The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce its
fall internal college grant awardees.
Edward R. Meyer Projects: Keri McCarthy (assistant professor, music), Kevin Haas (associate professor, fine arts), Lisa Guerrero and David Leonard (both assistant professors, comparative ethnic studies), Douglas Gast (assistant professor, fine arts, WSU Tri-Cities), Francisco Manzo-Robledo (associate professor, foreign languages and cultures).
Edward R. Meyer Grant Development Awards: Susan Dente Ross (associate professor, communication; associate dean, College of Liberal Arts), William Hamlin (professor, English).
Faculty Travel Grants: William Andrefsky (professor and chair, anthropology), Rick Busselle (associate professor, communication), Kim Christen (assistant professor, comparative ethnic studies), Andrew Duff (associate professor, anthropology), Jason Farman (assistant professor, English, WSU Tri-Cities), Claire Metelits (assistant professor, political science), Mark Stephan (associate professor, political science, WSU Vancouver).
Support for Major Extramural Grant Development: Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe (professor, psychology).
When the Daily Evergreen conducted a student survey to determine the "Best of Pullman," liberal arts faculty fared extremely well in the "Favorite Professor" category. Richard Hines (general education) took top honors, while the "Other High Achievers" listed were Lisa McIntyre (associate professor, sociology), Travis Pratt (associate professor and director, criminal justice), Bruce Pinkleton (professor, communication), Todd Butler (assistant professor, English), and Richard Zack (associate professor and chair, entomology). Glenn Johnson, professor of communication, mayor of Pullman, and voice of the Cougars, was named "Favorite Pullman Personality."
Brian Kemp (assistant professor, anthropology) was interviewed for a September 28, 2007, segment on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" on sequencing the DNA of a wooly mammoth from 10,000-year-old hair samples. On the subject of the numerous hair samples collected in decades past, Kemp said, "People have been keeping this old 'junk' around. No one could fathom extracting DNA from 46,000-year-old mammoth hair, and it really emphasizes the importance of careful curation." Listen to the full segment / Read more about Kemp's work
Brett Atwood (clinical assistant professor, communication) spent last summer in San Francisco working as a managing editor for Linden Research Inc. (a.k.a. Linden Lab), maker of the leading 3D online digital world Second Life. In this capacity, he coordinated a complete design and content revamp of the popular Secondlife.com Web site. The effort, which debuted August 28, aimed to maximize downloads of the Second Life application. The site was also adjusted to better evangelize the technology to its various publics, including mainstream consumers, business partners, nonprofits, academic institutions, international media, and investors. As part of this initiative, Atwood conducted an audit of the site's previous traffic and click-through patterns using Google Analytics and CrazyEgg metrics measurement tools. Read full story
Bruce Pinkleton (professor, communication) was named the 2007 Educator of the Year by the Greater Spokane Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). PRSA communications coordinator Tamitha Anderson said Pinkleton was selected to be honored because "his commitment to his students, in addition to his ongoing research in the field, exhibits a passion for the profession of public relations."
Erica Weintraub Austin (professor and director, communication) and Yvonnes Chen (Ph.D. candidate, communication) received the 2008 Washington State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Grant ($28,041). Their grant seeks to investigate the role of media literacy and entertainment-education in changing children's perceptions of and susceptibility to alcohol abuse and alcohol advertising.
In November, C. Richard King (associate professor and chair, comparative ethnic studies) organized and presided over the 28th annual meetings of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) in Pittsburgh. He assumed the presidency of NASSS during the conference. At the most recent meetings of American Anthropological Association, he presented a paper entitled "Globalization, White Supremacy, and Panics over Latina/o Immigration" at an invited presidential session on "The Anthropology of Contemporary White Supremacy." He also served as a discussant on an invited presidential session on "Racial Passing and Performances in the 21st Century."
Kim Christen (assistant professor, comparative ethnic studies) has been collaborating with the Warumungu community of Tennant Creek, Australia, and Craig Dietrich, Chris Cooney, and Tim Dietrich on the production of the Mukurtu Wumpurrarni-kari Archive for the last 2 years. The digital archive, recently installed at the Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Center, contains photos, digital video clips, audio files, and digital reproductions of cultural artifacts and documents. The archive uses Warumungu cultural protocols to facilitate access to content. In doing so, the archive mirrors a system of accountability in which many people engage in the responsible reproduction and transmission of cultural knowledge and materials. Learn more about the archive
The findings of research on racial stereotypes conducted by Yolanda Flores Niemann (professor, comparative ethnic studies; special assistant to the dean, liberal arts) were noted in a New Republic article later picked up by the CBS News Web site, entitled "Hillary Clinton's Firewall: Will Barack Obama's Anemic Standing among Latinos Be His Undoing?"
Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo (associate professor, comparative ethnic studies; associate dean, College of Liberal Arts) will be featured as a notable alumna on the Web site of the University of Memphis, where she earned her Ph.D. The university is seeking to recognize alumni from its graduate programs that are doing outstanding professional work in many facets of society.
Nicholas P. Lovrich (professor, political science; director, DGSS), Michael J. Gaffney (associate director, DGSS), Clayton C. Mosher (associate professor, sociology, WSU Vancouver), Travis C. Pratt (associate professor and director, criminal justice), Michael Erp (assistant director, DGSS), and Mitchell J. Pickerill (associate professor, political science) conducted this study for the WSP, funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to continue a multi-year independent monitoring of traffic stop data collected by the WSP. This report sets forth the results of an analysis of traffic stops, traffic citations, searches, and use of force for evidence of biased policing. DGSS' analysis indicates very few instances of noteworthy minority/nonminority disparities in the use of police discretion by Washington State Patrol troopers. Most importantly, there is no evidence of a systematic practice of racial profiling in decisions concerning who is stopped, who is issued a citation, who is searched, and to whom force is applied by WSP officers. In addition to these substantive findings, this report confirms the utility of racially coded traffic stop data as a "denominator" for racial profiling assessments by means of 3 observational studies conducted with digital photography. Research assistant Yu-Sheng (Linus) Lin (Ph.D. candidate, criminal justice) was invaluable with his data management and statistical analysis skills in preparing the final report.
During the summer of 2007, DGSS began working with Doreen Hauser-Lindstrom (WSU Extension) and leaders of the foundation's Horizons project in coordinating a survey administered to people living in each of the 22 Horizons communities scattered throughout the state of Washington. Horizons communities include Cathlamet, Chewelah, Colville, Glenwood, Goldendale, Hunters, Kettle Falls/Marcus, Klickitat, Mattawa, Mossyrock, North Moses Lake, Northport, Pe Ell, Republic, Ritzville, Royal City, Sprague, Springdale, Stevenson, Trout Lake, Warden, and White Salmon. The Horizons program is funded by the Northwest Area Foundation to reduce poverty in 8 northern states. The goal of the survey was to get feedback from residents regarding poverty, community participation, and how WSU Extension might be able to assist struggling communities. The citizen response to the survey was highly positive, and it was encouraging to both Horizons leaders and DGSS to hear from community residents how WSU Extension is making a positive difference in addressing poverty in rural areas of Washington. Christina Sanders (research coordinator, DGSS) and Michael Gaffney headed up this effort.
DGSS contracted with the Washington Association of Sherriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) to conduct an evaluation of Washington's SAVIN Program. This evaluation entails an assessment of the effectiveness of the system, the percentage of victim notifications that meet time standards, and an assessment of the training provided to crime victim advocates and related criminal justice professionals concerning the SAVIN program. Grad students Teri Herold-Prayer and Laura Gilmore worked with Nicholas Lovrich and Michael Gaffney to conduct this 2-year evaluation study.
The Washington State Supreme Court recently created the WSCCR to promote research on trial and appellate courts in the state. The advisory board of the WSCCR, appointed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, is headed by WSCCR director Dr. Carl McCurley and Judge Dennis Sweeney. Given the enduring legacy of Charles Sheldon (professor emeritus, political science—deceased), they requested that DGSS provide a representative to serve on that board. Nicholas Lovrich (professor, political science; director, DGSS) is the current representative on the board, and David Brody (associate professor, criminal justice, WSU Spokane) and Clay Mosher have provided valuable assistance to that body in its first year of operation. It was agreed in 2007 that DGSS would assist the WSCCR in convening a working conference of a small group of state trial and appellate court judges and WSU researchers to explore their mutual interests in carrying out research of importance to the ongoing operations of the state courts.
In 2007 DGSS continued working with the WSU Office of Business and Finance to complete data collection on hazard identification and risk assessment for this FEMA-funded planning effort. December saw a series of public meetings in all 9 Homeland Security regions of the state to solicit feedback on this project. This effort will result in a 2008 draft of a system-wide plan to reduce the impact of more than 20 natural and man-caused hazards on WSU facilities and operations. The plan will be submitted to FEMA for final approval. Michael Gaffney, Christina Sanders, and Teddy Linley have led this effort.
Working closely with the author Steve Lundin and using funds allocated by the state legislature, DGSS facilitated the publication of this comprehensive general reference book and resource guide to local governments in the state of Washington. Nicholas Lovrich, Bill Budd (assistant director, DGSS), Ruth Self (administrative assistant, DGSS), Christina Sanders, and Teri Herold-Prayer all worked diligently with Lundin in the editing and formatting stages to prepare a camera-ready copy for the printers. This book is intended as a resource book for officials and employees of local governments, consultants, and members of the general public interested in local government in Washington state. Lundin served as counsel to the House legislative committee for local government for nearly 30 years. He undertook writing this book in retirement and plans to update the book annually for subsequent printings. The first printing of this reference guide met with resounding success and many requests for copies; as a result, DGSS is now preparing for a second printing. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the book, see the DGSS Web site for details on cost and method of ordering.
In 2006, DGSS completed organizational assessments for Regions 3 and 4 of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). As a result of those 2 studies, DGSS was asked to perform a similar study of the remaining ODOT regions in 2007. The results of this organizational assessment for over 3,600 ODOT employees were compared with appropriate norms derived from surveys conducted in public agencies (state, county, and municipal) in Washington and Oregon over the course of the past decade using pretested and reliable measures of workplace attitudes and organizational attachment measures. Nicholas Lovrich and Linus Lin presented the results to the ODOT administrative officials and regional office managers in Salem this November. The other DGSS staff members working on the project were Michael Gaffney, David Brody, Ruth Self, Teri Herold-Prayer, Heidi Lee (program assistant, DGSS), Christina Sanders, and Adam Lincoln (professional worker I, DGSS).
David Brody, Mike Erp, and Nicholas Lovrich completed an assessment of the Seattle Police Department's (SPD) Office of Professional Accountability, which provides for citizen oversight on complaints made against SPD officers. The Seattle City Council contracted with DGSS to develop a survey instrument for commissioned personnel in the SPD in collaboration with a stakeholder committee designated by the council. This report reflects a combination of survey response data and themes derived from volunteered commentaries of Seattle police officers. The survey documented officer attitudes toward and perceptions about the Office of Professional Accountability. The research revealed some practical suggestions for improving both service by and perceptions of the Seattle Police Department Office of Professional Accountability. Importantly, these data offer a benchmark for monitoring the impact of changes in the OPA system upon officer perceptions in the years ahead.
Since 2002 DGSS has been contracted by the WTSC to monitor the use of child safety restraints throughout the state by means of an annual statewide observational study. The 2007 study revealed declining rates of compliance since 2005, but virtually universal use of car seatbelts to restrain (improperly) infants and small children. Steven Stehr (professor and chair, political science) and Nicholas Lovrich have been the co-principal investigators on these projects, and in 2007 they teamed up with researcher Dr. Beth Ebel and her colleagues at the University of Washington (Harborview Pediatric Injury Prevention Unit) to examine the impact of enforcement and court-imposed sanctions on rates of compliance at the county level. The 2007 study generated a great deal of interest in the problem of lagging compliance, and Stehr has conducted 4 telephone interviews concerning the 2007 study for representatives of the press, including National Public Radio.
The Nampa Police Department contracted with DGSS to conduct a community survey and carry out "outreach field interviews" with Latino and Anglo citizens of Nampa to measure how well community policing is working in that city and to identify productive areas for improvement. This study was a follow-up to a WRICOPS community policing assessment headed up by Mike Erp several years ago. Erp led the DGSS project throughout, and Christina Sanders and her staff provided the Pullman-based support for the project. Andy Giacomazzi and his students at Boise State University teamed with Martin and Christina Garcia to carry out the field interviews. The City of Nampa mayor and city council were quite pleased with the insights derived from the survey and interviews and have committed to replicating the study in 2 years.
During the summer of 2007 Teddy Linley, Christina Sanders, and Michael Gaffney conducted 2 hazardous material flow studies covering 4 Washington counties—Grant, Adams, Douglas, and Chelan. These studies will help emergency managers in those counties identify potential risks from the transport of hazardous materials. Field researchers from DGSS were Adam Lincoln, Jacinta Gau, Maggie Cronin, Ashley White, Travis Franklin, Tonisha Jones, and Cortney Franklin.
Camille Roman (associate professor, English, American studies, women's studies) has been selected for the current editions of Contemporary Writers, Who's Who in American Education, and Who's Who of American Women. She is currently president of the international Robert Frost Society and will be chairing a panel of Frost scholars at the Modern Language Association (MLA) in Chicago and moderating a panel on Ernest Hemingway and Frost for both the Frost and Hemingway Societies. She is cohosting as well an open cash bar for the Frost Society for MLA members and the public with the Hemingway Society. Roman also has learned that the John Hay Library at Brown University is acquiring the archives of her coedited project The New Anthology of American Poetry, published by Rutgers University Press.
Anne Ritter, English 101 instructor and codirector of the Undergraduate Writing Center, attended a regional conference in La Grande, Oregon. Her presentation was entitled "Small-Group Writing Tutorials: Building Community Around Composition."
Michael Delahoyde (clinical associate professor, English) presented "Shake-speare's The Winter's Tale as Tudor Family Allegory" at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference in Calgary, where he also served as a resume and cover letter consultant. He also visited Lincoln Middle School in Pullman as an invited speaker on Shakespeare.
Carol Siegel (professor, English, WSU Vancouver) presented a paper, "The Mystery of Child Molestation: A Deleuzian/Minoritarian Approach to Mysterious Skin and Mystic River," as part of the Deleuze and Guattari panel on October 5 at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association convention.
Victor Villanueva (professor, English)
recently completed a distinguished visiting professorship
at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he
delivered 2 public talks. He also delivered 2 talks at
the University of Delaware, including the keynote for the
McNair Scholars Program banquet, and spoke with teachers
for the Puente Project in Riverside, California.
The Puente Project is a bridge program for those entering universities from 2-year colleges. Villanueva delivered the keynote for the Pacific Northwest Two-Year College Association annual meeting in Spokane. This last marks his 80th public lecture (not including conference presentations).
Bill Condon (professor, English) was awarded a Spencer Foundation planning grant to study the long-term effects of faculty development. The planning grant will allow Condon to collaborate with colleagues at Carleton College on a full proposal currently titled "Tracing the Effects of Faculty Development into Student Learning Outcomes: A Collaborative Project between Carleton College and Washington State University."
Leslie Jo Sena (instructor, English) and Theresa Jordan's (instructor, history) Freshman Focus pairing was selected to be part of historian Alfred Crosby's visit to WSU in connection with the Common Reading Program. During Crosby's visit, Sena presented a lecture in Jordan's GenEd 111 class on the introduction of western medicine into Japan during the Meiji Restoration period, modeling the research process for her Engl 101 students in that pairing. Sena has been appointed to the 2008 Common Reading Committee as Freshman Focus representative.
At the recent American Literature Association Symposium on Naturalism, Donna Campbell (associate professor, English) chaired a roundtable on women naturalists, spoke at the "What Is Naturalism?" panel, and presented a paper, "Lillie Chace Wyman: An Early Naturalist?" Campbell is one of 4 featured interviews in "The Secret Life of Edith Wharton," part of the "Young Indy" series of documentaries produced by Lucasfilms Inc. The series is now available on DVD and on the History International channel.
Paul Brians (professor, English) gave 2 talks at the Portland Wordstock festival on November 11, a workshop entitled "From Web to Print" and a larger address discussing his approach to "Common Errors in English Usage." NBC News has purchased nonexclusive rights to Brians' Common Errors in English Usage book (William, James & Co.), for use on its new high school education Web-based project, iCue.
Buddy Levy (clinical assistant professor, English) traveled to Denver in December to witness Erik Weihenmayer (the first blind athlete to summit Mt. Everest) test the BrainPort, an innovative technology developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin that allows the wearer of the device to "see" in a tactile way. Levy is working on 2 articles for national magazines about Weihenmayer and the technology. The headset camera records images which are sent through sensors on the wearer's tongue, and these images are then translated by the brain into a form of vision. Weihenmayer and the device were recently featured on "The Today Show," and Levy spent 3 days at Weihenmayer's home and at a climbing wall in Denver, where Weihenmayer illustrated his abilities to "see" doorways, to play catch and rock-paper-scissors with his daughter, and to rock climb by "seeing" the hand and footholds through the BrainPort.
Jason Farman (assistant professor, English, WSU Tri-Cities) received the CLA Faculty Travel Grant for international travel to the Digital Humanities Conference in Oulu, Finland.
Nancy Bell (assistant professor, English) will be presenting initial findings from her work on failed humor at the American Association for Applied Linguistics in March. The title of the paper is "That Wasn't a Laugh.: Responses to Failed Humor." She has also been invited to write a chapter on failed humor for an edited collection with the working title of Humor in Interaction, edited by Delia Chiaro and Neal Norrick. This paper, "Impolite Responses to Failed Humor," discusses a subsection of this data, gathered almost entirely by undergraduates in Lynn Gordon's (associate professor, English) sociolinguistics class.
Pavithra Narayanan (assistant professor, English, WSU Vancouver) presented a paper entitled "Manipur in Motion: Conflict and Displacement in North East India" at an interdisciplinary conference at the School of Humanities, University of Southampton, UK, on Nov. 18th, 2007.
Carol Ivory (professor and chair, fine arts) attended the invitation-only opening of the newly re-installed gallery of Oceanic art in the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on November 13. She gave a lecture, "Challenges and Choices: Te Fenua 'Enata (the Marquesas Islands)," on December 6 as part of the Seattle Art Museum's lecture series, "Pivotal Perspectives: Conversations on Art and Culture." She was an invited guest at the 7th Festival of Marquesan Art, held December 15–18 on the island of Ua Pou, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia.
Doug Gast (assistant professor, fine arts, WSU Tri-Cities) was awarded an Edward R. Meyer Project Award ($1,000) to partially fund an exhibition entitled Chain Reaction: The Hanford Project at Allied Arts Gallery in Richland, Washington, in March 2008. Gast's work "THIS IS NOT WORTH YOUR TIME" was selected for inclusion in the PUNCH + SOIL International Juried Exhibition, which ran December 6–30.
Io Palmer (assistant professor, fine arts) is part of the Working History exhibit at Reed College, a group show of African American artists including such notables as Kara Walker, Faith Ringgold, Fred Wilson, David Hammons, and Adrian Piper. Palmer will give a lecture at Reed in February, and her work was featured on the exhibit poster.
Stephen Chalmers (assistant professor, fine arts) has upcoming solo exhibitions for his project Dump-Sites (sponsored in part by a CLA Initiation Grant, a Washington State Artist Trust GAP grant, and a residency at Lightwork in New York) at the Esvelt Gallery in Pasco, Washington, in July, and also at the Orange County Gallery of Art in Los Angeles in September. Five pieces from the project Dump-Sites will be in a group exhibition of recent additions to the Lightwork Collection in Syracuse, New York, from February to March. Chalmers will also have a solo exhibition for his project on RV culture (sponsored in part by a WSU Seed Grant) at the Spokane Arts Commission Chase Gallery in September. In July, pieces from his Dump-Sites project will be published in Contact Sheet, and the introduction to his work will be written by Natasha Egan, associate curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.
Michelle Forsyth (assistant professor, fine arts) had a solo exhibition of her work at Deluge Contemporary Art in Victoria, B.C. During her exhibition, she gave a lecture at the University of Victoria. Her work is included in a traveling exhibition of artists using cut-paper, titled Cutting Fine, Cutting Deep, at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The exhibition runs from February 20 through April 4 and will travel to venues across the country and Switzerland. Forsyth's work will also be exhibited in Scope New York, which runs March 26–30 in New York. More information and images of her work can be found at www.michelleforsyth.com.
Kevin Haas (associate professor, fine arts) will be presenting a paper at the 96th annual College Art Association in February titled "Embedded Practices," exploring the role of technology in the visual arts and, in particular, the field of printmaking. He has also organized a group of 16 U.S. and Canadian artists who will exhibit prints at the annual Southern Graphics Council Conference to be held at Virginia Commonwealth University in March. Titled Are We There Yet?, the exhibit will explore the proliferation of highways, strip-malls, mega-malls, parking lots, corporate office parks, hotels, conference centers, airports, and the like, that are known as "non-places."
Rachel Halverson (associate professor, foreign languages and cultures) presented a conference paper entitled "Constructing a Legacy: Hermann Kant's Abspann: Erinnerungen (1991)" at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages/American Association of Teachers of German conference in San Antonio on November 18. She gave an interactive workshop entitled "Der ConcepTest: Was DeutschlehrerInnen von den Physikern lernen können" at the Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers (WAFLT) fall conference on October 12 in Wenatchee. Halverson was invited to present a similar workshop, entitled "Assessing Classroom Learning: Was DeutschlehrerInnen von den Physikern lernen können," at the Idaho Association of Teachers of Language and Culture fall conference on October 5 at the University of Idaho.
David Pietz (associate professor, history; director, Asia Program) presented a lecture, "Using History to Understand Water Resources Management in China," at the International Water Management Institute (Colombo, Sri Lanka) in September. Pietz also lectured at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, on "Ties that Bind? The Economics of U.S. and Asia-Pacific Relations" in October.
The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is exhibiting a selection of major Lincoln manuscripts and memorabilia from several public and private collections. The exhibit, titled A House Divided: Lincoln in His Own Words and curated by Richard Hume (professor, history) and Robert McCoy (assistant professor, history), focuses on Lincoln's humanity, the emancipation of the slaves, and his assassination. Hume is a prominent scholar of the Civil War and Reconstruction periods. McCoy was the OHS's 2007 Sterling Fellow and teaches U.S. and public history with a special interest in memory and the creation of historical narratives. The exhibit runs through March 31.
Robert Bauman (assistant professor,
history, Tri-Cities) was among a select group of scholars
invited to participate in a special War on Poverty
Conference at the prestigious Miller Center for Public
Affairs at the University of Virginia November
9–10. A leading public policy institution, the
Miller Center organizes and hosts conferences that
assemble public figures and scholars to discuss issues of
national importance to the governance of the United
Charles Argersinger's (professor, music) collection of 20 illuminated manuscripts of medieval writing and music, dating from 1250 to 1742, were on display for the first time this fall in the Special Collections area of the Holland and Terrell Library. Medievalist Michael Hanly (professor, English), whose research focuses on works penned during Geoffrey Chaucer's lifetime, transcribed, translated, and annotated the manuscripts for the exhibit. More information.
WSU's vocal jazz ensemble VoJazz, under the direction of Jennifer Parker (assistant professor, music), appeared as the guest choir at the Kentridge High School Jazz Festival on November 15. Parker worked with 8 schools from the west side and led a workshop on vocal improvisation.
The WSU Jazz Big Band and the School of Music were recognized in Down Beat magazine's "Where to Study Jazz 2008" section (October 2007, p. 165). The Jazz Big Band has also received a juried invitation to perform at the February 2008 Washington Music Educators Association conference in Yakima, Washington.
Travis Pratt (associate professor and director, criminal justice) coauthored a paper with colleagues at Iowa State University (Matt Delisi and Andy Hochstetler) at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in November, held in Atlanta. The paper was titled "Social Support and Feelings of Hostility among Released Inmates."
Lance T. LeLoup, vice provost of
International Programs and Edward R. Meyer Distinguished
Professor of Political Science, was awarded the Aaron
Wildavsky Lifetime Achievement Award for Research in
Public Budgeting by the Association for Budgeting and
Financial Management, the largest section of the American
Society for Public Administration. The award was
presented in Washington, D.C., on October 26 at the
association's national conference, where LeLoup presented
the keynote address to several hundred attendees. The
award is named in honor of Aaron Wildavsky, one of the
most influential scholars in political science and public
administration of the last 50 years, who died in
In presenting the award, Robert Eger from Florida State University, president of the association, described the scope of LeLoup's record and his influence on the field. He noted LeLoup's 13 books and more than 50 articles with 600+ citations, and how many of them have become seminal works in the field. "Lance LeLoup helped reconceptualize how scholars look at budgeting," he said, "focusing on multiyear changes shaped by macrobudgetary trends and institutions." In his letter of support, Professor Aman Khan of Texas Tech University wrote, "One of the most recognized names in public budgeting, Professor LeLoup has a distinguished record of research and publications that span over 30 years covering a wide range of areas. There are very few people in the field today who can claim the same level of distinction and authority over such a long period of time."
Cornell Clayton (professor, political science) was a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in April 2007. Clayton has an appointment in the Social Science Faculty at Ljubljana and advises on curriculum matters and lectures in their M.A. program in global studies. In March 2007, he gave an invited lecture to law faculty and government officials at Kyoto University. The event was a part of the Japanese government's "Program for the Reconstuction of the Japanese Judicial System in the 21st Century." Clayton's address was entitled "Judicial Review and the Tides of Political History: Lessons for Japanese Reform of the Judiciary." He also gave invited guest lectures to the law faculty at Maribor University, Slovenia, on April 19 and at Bordeaux University, France, on May 4, 2007; his subject was "The Role of Constitutional Courts: Two Models of Judicial Review."
Faith Lutze (associate professor, criminal justice) and Jeffrey Bouffard (assistant professor, criminal justice) have been awarded a 3-year grant from the Washington Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development totaling $99,000 for their project "An Evaluation of the Washington State Re-entry Housing Pilot Project for High Risk Offenders."
Several faculty in the Criminal Justice Program have been awarded an internal university grant (18 months) of $29,000 from the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program at WSU. Jeffrey Bouffard (assistant professor) is the principal investigator, conducting an "Evaluation of the Implementation and Effectiveness of the Spokane County, Washington 'Driving Under the Influence' (DUI) Court" along with Faith Lutze (associate professor), David Brody (associate professor, WSU Spokane), and Leana Bouffard (assistant professor).
Gene Rosa (professor, sociology) was the
single academic invited to make a presentation at the
Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy sponsored
conference "The Role of Nuclear Power in Global and
Domestic Energy Policy: Recent Developments and Future
Expectations," held at the Woodrow Wilson International
Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., in October.
Among presenters at the conference were Senators Howard
H. Baker Jr., Lamar Alexander, Pete Domenici, Jeff
Bingaman, Bob Corker, several representatives including
Lee Hamilton (director of the Wilson Center), and the
secretary of the Department of Energy, Samuel Bodman, and
chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Dale Klein.
The conference audience comprised a "select group of
approximately 40–60 invited guests consisting of
policy professionals, public servants, and distinguished
academics." Rosa's talk was titled "The Public Climate
for Nuclear Power: The Changing of Seasons."
Rosa has been reappointed to 3-year term on the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change of the National Academy of Sciences, and he was recently appointed to the International Advisory Panel of the Leverhulme Trust, U.K., for the project "Understanding Risk: Climate Change and Energy Choices."
The research program identified with the acronym STIRPAT, which he cofounded with Thomas Dietz in 1994, was selected as an official partner of the Encyclopedia of Earth, the first peer-reviewed, online encyclopedia of science.
Mike Allen (professor, sociology) has accepted an appointment as a visiting professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, for their first semester, which runs concurrently with WSU's spring semester (January to June of 2008). Newcastle is located near the Hunter Valley, the oldest wine growing region in Australia. While in Australia, Allen plans to conduct research on the cultural valorization of Australian and Washington wines.
Amy Wharton (professor of sociology, director of liberal arts, WSU Vancouver), Jerry Goodstein (professor, management and operations, WSU Vancouver), and Mary Blair-Loy (University of California, San Diego) received funding from the Arthur W. Page Center at the Penn State College of Communications for their proposal, "The Role of Publicly Communicated Corporate Mission and Values in Firm Decisions Regarding Pension Fund Changes." The Page Center is dedicated to the study and advancement of ethics and responsibility in corporate communication and other forms of public communication. As award recipients, Wharton, Goodstein, and Blair-Loy have been designated as Page Legacy Scholars for the 2007–2008 year.
The National Indian Education Association featured Ella Inglebret (assistant professor, speech and hearing sciences) and Michael Pavel's (associate professor, educational leadership/counseling psychology) new book, The American Indian and Alaska Native Student's Guide to College Success, in their newsletter and weekly email announcement from their president, highly recommending this book as "an invaluable tool."
Speech and hearing sciences faculty and graduate students presented papers and seminars at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association held in Boston November 15–17, 2007.
Assistant professor Ella Inglebret, instructors Michele Fredrickson, Sally Johnston, and Susan Forbes, clinical associate professor Carla Jones, undergraduate student Kayla Kilpatrick, academic coordinator Lauri Sue Torkelson, College of Education associate professor Michael Pavel, and Susan Pavel organized the highly successful 2-day professional development symposium on "Possibilities for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing," held in the Lewis Alumni Centre October 4–5. The symposium brought together a total of 115 participants representing area public schools (administrators, teachers, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, sign language interpreters, and paraprofessionals), Washington State University (faculty and undergraduate and graduate students), as well as parents and students who are deaf and hard of hearing. The response was so positive that fund raising and planning for a follow-up symposium to be held in 2008 are already in progress.
Sandy Bassett (clinical associate professor, speech and hearing sciences) coauthored a poster session on an innovative auditory-oral preschool program for hard-of-hearing children that involves families, community partners, and graduate students at the annual convention of the Washington Speech-Language-Hearing Association, October 13, 2007.
Ella Inglebret (assistant professor, speech and hearing sciences) accepted a position on the Multicultural Issues Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, effective January 2008. Inglebret organized and spoke at a workshop on the Spokane Indian Reservation on August 10 titled "Transforming Speech-language Pathology Practice: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Frameworks.”
Jon Hasbrouck and Jeff Nye (clinical associate professors, speech and hearing sciences, WSU Spokane) presented a national teleconference on auditory processing disorders for Lorman Education Services of Spokane on October 30.
Gail Chermak (professor and chair, speech and hearing sciences) delivered a half-day workshop on diagnosis and treatment of (central) auditory processing disorder at the annual convention of the North Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Minot, North Dakota, on October 18.
Nancy Potter (assistant professor, speech and hearing sciences, WSU Spokane) spent last summer testing 33 children in 12 different states, using a 3-hour battery of speech, language, cognitive, and motor tests. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the travel and testing are part of a study on communication disorders in children with galactosemia, a rare disorder that affects one in 53,000 people in the United States. Galactosemia is a genetic disease detected during newborn screening and is fatal if left undiagnosed. Children who have galactosemia are unable to tolerate galactose, a sugar found in all human and animal milk. Potter is interested in these children because more than half of them have speech disorders, typically diagnosed as apraxia, the inability to plan and program the mouth and tongue movements needed for speech. Her goal is to examine markers of apraxia and determine the nature and relationship of co-occurring speech, language, and motor disorders in children who have classic galactosemia. Although not all data have been analyzed, data from a pilot study she conducted in 2005 suggest that the risk of language disorders occurring together with speech disorders may be up to 5 times greater in galactosemic children than in children whose speech disorders are of unknown origin. She also discovered that individual children with galactosemia have very different patterns of significant speech, language, and motor impairments.
Students in Amy Meredith's (assistant professor, speech and hearing sciences) anatomy and speech production lab take a creative approach to learning the muscles. Play-Doh. Crayons. A plain white T-shirt. These are among the many creative course materials Meredith uses in lab. "Now that I get to have a lab, I've got to keep thinking creatively," she said. For the past 2 years, students in Meredith's Anatomy of Speech Production Lab (SHS 377) have drawn and colored human muscles on the outside of their T-shirts. Meredith said she got the idea from the popular skull T-shirts she sees students wearing on campus. "It just hit me," she said. "Oh, if I have students draw their muscles on themselves, maybe they'll learn it a little better and remember." More information
The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at WSU, along with Eastern Washington University, offered a clinical instructor workshop in November to thank Spokane-area speech-language pathologists and audiologists (and allied health science professionals) for their pro bono work in training our graduate students. The course helped participants explore learning theories and apply them through an interactive process, providing a wide variety of teaching tools and strategies to promote optimal learning for students at every level.
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