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Mathematics and Statistics

David Watkins.
Jared Aurentz

David Watkins, emeritus professor, and Jared L. Aurentz (PhD ’14), mathematics and statistics, and two colleagues received the Outstanding Paper Prize at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) annual meeting for their paper “Fast and Backward Stable Computation of Roots of Polynomials,” published in SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications, Volume 36, Issue 3 (2015). They also co-authored with three colleagues Core-Chasing Algorithms for the Eigenvalue Problem (SIAM).


Andrew Gillreath-Brown
Kyle Bocinsky

Andrew Gillreath-Brown, graduate research assistant, and R. Kyle Bocinsky, PhD ’14, anthropology, co-edited “Empirical and Model-based Agricultural Studies in Archaeology,” a special section in Journal of Ethnobiology, and coauthored “A Dialogue Between Empirical and Model-Based Agricultural Studies in Archaeology” in that section. Bocinsky also authored “Comparing Maize Paleoproduction Models with Experimental Data” in the same section.


Don DillmanDon Dillman, Regents professor, sociology, presented the president’s invited address, “The Challenge of Creating Data Collection Methods That Are Neither Too Far Ahead Nor Behind Our Survey Respondents,” at the Statistical Society of Canada’s annual conference in Winnipeg. He also presented the keynote address, “The Worldwide Challenge of Pushing Respondents to the Web in Mixed-Mode Surveys,” at the 28th International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Dillman and five recent sociology doctoral graduates, Michelle Edwards Neilson ’13, Morgan M. Millar ’12, Benjamin Messer ’11,  Leah Melani Christian ’07, and Jolene D. Smyth ’07, received the 2017 American Association for Public Opinion Research Award for development of a new data collection methodology.

Criminal Justice and Criminology


Youngki Woo, doctoral student, criminal justice and criminology, coauthored with Heeuk Lee, PhD ’15, and colleagues “Vulnerability versus opportunity: Dissecting the role of low self-control and risky lifestyles in violent victimization risk among Korean inmates” in Crime and Delinquency.

Criminal Justice and Criminology; Governmental Studies and Services

David Makin
Amber Morczek
Michael Gaffney

David Makin, assistant professor, criminal justice and criminology, authored “When the Watchers are Watched: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of Body Worn Cameras” in Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology. He also coauthored three publications: with Sanne Rijkhoff and Christopher Campbell, PhD ’15, “A rhetorical balancing act: Popular Punitivism in the Netherlands” in Punishment and Society; with Caroline Bye, MA ’16, “Commodification of Flesh: Data Visualization Techniques and Interest in the Licit Sex Industry” in Deviant Behavior; with Andrea Walker and Amber Morczek, doctoral students, “Finding Lolita: A Comparative Analysis of Interest in Teenage Pornography” in Sexuality & Culture; and with Michael Gaffney, director, governmental studies and services, and Gary Jenkins, “Civilizing Surveillance Practices: The Pullman Police Department Public Safety Camera Monitoring Internship Program” in Journal of Applied Security Research.

Makin was a featured presenter in the “Body Worn Camera and Wearables Panel” of the VQiPS workshop hosted by the U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security in Seattle. He received the Outstanding Thesis Advisor Award from the WSU Honor’s College in May.