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Gregory Atkins, doctoral candidate, history, presented “The Rise of the Evangelical Mecca: Boosters, Young Life, and the Navigators in Colorado Springs”—which explores the first evangelical business-ministries to move to the city, their interactions with boosters, and the model set by that interaction—at the 107th annual meeting the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association in Portland, Ore.
Jennifer Binczewski, doctoral candidate, history, received the 2014 David Rogers Research Award from the Catholic Record Society (UK) for her dissertation, Solitary Sparrows: Widowhood and the Catholic Community in Post-Reformation England, 1570-1620.
John Bishop, professor, biological sciences, delivered the keynote address at the banquet of the WSU Master Gardener Advanced Education Conference in Tacoma, Wash., in September: “The Paradox of Enrichment and Other Stories of Colonization from Mount St. Helens’ Pumice Plain.”
An essay by Tiffany A. Christian, doctoral candidate, critical culture, gender, and race studies, “Gendered Survival: The Recuperation of Wounded White Masculinity in Doomsday Preppers,” was accepted for inclusion in the forthcoming anthology We Dare Not Go Back! Critical Essays on Apocalyptic Media in the Millennium(McFarland).
Paula Coomer, instructor, English, published two new books, both of which are finalists for the 2014 Idaho Book Award: Nurses Who Love English, poems (Stephen F. Austin State University Press), and Blue Moon Vegetarian, memoir (Booktrope).
Through Booktrope, Coomer also recently published a cookbook, Blue Moon Gluten-Free Vegan, and has three more titles due for release next year: Blue Moon Herbs, Spices, and Medicinals, non-fiction; Jagged Edge of the Sky, novel; and Blue Moon Folkways Kitchen, non-fiction.
Asaph Cousins, professor, biological science, published an article in the Journal of Experimental Botany: “Disruption of the mitochondrial alternative oxidase (AOX) and uncoupling protein (UCP) alter rates of foliar nitrate and carbon assimilation in Arabidopsis thaliana.”
Michael Delahoyde, clinical associate professor, English, published the article “Perspective Art and Shakespeare” in the Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter. In September, he presented the paper “Oxford’s Early Errors” at the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship’s 2014 authorship conference in Madison, Wisc. Over the summer he also led master classes and outreach events for the California Shakespeare Theater in San Francisco thanks to an English department summer research fellowship for non-tenured faculty.
Robert Eddy, associate professor, and Victor Villanueva, Regents Professor and director of the WSU Writing Program, English, are co-editors of a new book, A Language and Power Reader: Representations of Race in a ‘Post-Racist’ Era (Utah State University Press), which offers readings by writers, scholars, and others about racism and the language of racism in action.
Monica K. Johnson, professor, sociology, presented an invited lecture on “Parental Financial Assistance in the Transition to Adulthood” at Duke University, and her co-authored article “The Great Recession and Recent Employment Trends among Secondary Students in the United States” was accepted for publication in Longitudinal and Life Course Studies.
Christopher Lupke, professor, foreign languages and cultures, was named Fulbright Visiting Research Chair for fall 2014 at the University of Calgary, BC, where he is teaching a seminar and conducting research for a book about the Confucian notion of “filiality” in modern Chinese literature and culture. He is also presenting public lectures on the subject at UC and elsewhere in Canada.
Leonard Orr, professor, English, WSU Vancouver, was a finalist for the Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize. His poems “Invitation” and “Backyard” were featured on the journal’s website. He also published the poem “Desperate Times” in Slant (Summer, 2014).
This fall, Orr was a faculty member for the poetry event LiTFUSE 2014 in Tieton, Wash., where he taught a master class, led a workshop, and read poems from his new collection, A Floating Woman (WordTech/Cherry Grove, forthcoming, 2015).
Melissa Parkhurst, instructor, music, published To Win the Indian Heart (Oregon State University Press), which chronicles the musical life of Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Ore, the nation’s oldest continuously operating federal boarding school for Native American children.
Craig Parks, professor, psychology, has been named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
Samantha Swindell, clinical associate professor, Lee Daffin, clinical assistant professor, and Lisa Fournier, associate professor, psychology, published a book chapter, “Training Tomorrow’s Teachers: Graduate Training in University Instruction in the Department of Psychology at Washington State University,” in The New Psychology Professorate: Helping Students Become Competent Teachers.
Jennifer Thigpen, associate professor, history, published a monograph Island Queens and Mission Wives: How Gender and Empire Remade Hawai’i’s Pacific World, which demonstrates that women’s relationships—formed in the 19th century—became vital to building and maintaining the diplomatic and political alliances that ultimately shaped Hawai’i’s political destiny. (UNC Press)
R. Charles Weller, instructor, history, published the research paper “Religious-Cultural Revivalism as Historiographical Debate: Contending Claims in the Post-Soviet Kazakh Context” in the Journal of Islamic Studies, highlighting the internal struggle between resurgent Muslim and Tengrist (i.e., “native Turkic religious”) positions developing in dynamic interface with lingering atheistic-Communist and rising Western-secular as well as Christian influence among the Turkic Central Asian peoples.
Greg Yasinitsky, Regents Professor and director, music, is featured on Round the Korner, a new CD recording by the Delbert Bump–Greg Yasinitsky Quintet, available from iTunes, CD Baby, and numerous other outlets.