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COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Honors and Achievements

Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

Travis Ridout, professor, politics, philosophy, and public affairs, won the Jack L. Walker, Jr. Outstanding Article Award in the Organized Section on Political Organizations and Parties for his coauthored article “Loose Cannons or Loyal Foot Soldiers: Toward a More Complex Theory of Interest Group Advertising Strategies” in American Journal of Political Science .


Jeannette MageoJeannette Mageo, professor, anthropology, co-edited Mimesis and Pacific Transcultural Encounters: in Time, in Travel, and in Ritual Reconfigurations in the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania’s monograph series (Berghahn Press). She authored “Nightmares, Abjection, and American Not-quite Identities” to appear in Dreaming, published by the American Psychological Association. Mageo also was elected chair of the WSU Faculty Senate for AY 2018-19, and now serves as chair-elect.


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.


Nathalie Wall

Nathalie Wall, associate professor, chemistry, presented “Aspects of technetium chemistry for nuclear waste management and nuclear forensics” at the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories; and “Having fun with environmental radiochemistry” at the Nuclear Forensics Summer School at the University of Utah.


Marina TolmachevaMarina Tolmacheva, professor, history, presented “From Central Asia to Central Eurasia: A Personal Retrospective” at the Central Eurasian Studies Society’s Regional Conference at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkeko, Kyrgyz Republic. She also delivered two invited talks in Russian: “The Role of Higher Education in the Development of Non-Commercial Organizations” (O roli obrazovaniya v razvitii nekommercheskih organizatsiy) at Kyrgyz National University; and “International Faculty Development: Opportunities and Procedures” at International University of Kyrgyzstan.