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CAS Connect May 2016

Honors and Achievements

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Kristin ArolaKristin Arola, associate professor, English, presented “Assemble With Care” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Houston, Texas.

Danh Pham
Martin King
Troy Bennefield

Troy Bennefield, director, Cougar Marching Band; Martin King, clinical assistant professor; and Danh Pham, assistant professor and director of bands, music, are performing this month with the Saigon Wind Ensemble at the Ho Chi Minh Conservatory of Music in Vietnam. Bennefield also recently traveled to the Netherlands to conduct research into wind band music composed by victims of the Holocaust.

Christopher BarryChristopher Barry, associate professor, psychology, coauthored “Effects of tootling on classwide and individual disruptive and academically engaged behavior of lower-elementary students” in Behavioral Interventions.

Kimberly BurwickKimberly Burwick, clinical assistant professor, English, authored three new poems to appear in Terrain. This summer she is conducting a multi-city reading tour in New York, Massachusetts, and Kentucky.

Donna CampbellDonna Campbell, professor, English, presented “Jack London’s Marriage Revolution: Sex and Spiritualism in ‘Planchette’ and ‘The Little Lady of the Big House’” at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference in Seattle.

Eric DexterEric Dexter, doctoral student, environment, was awarded a three-year EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship.

Katie EricssonKatie Ericsson, instructor, English, authored “Thinking Outside ‘The Box’: Going Outside the CMS to Create Successful Online Team Projects” in Applied Pedagogies: Strategies for Online Writing Instruction (Utah State University Press).

Ken FaunceKen Faunce, instructor, history, received the Richard G. Law award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the WSU Office of Undergraduate Education. Faunce also mentored the winning team in WSU’s sixth annual Global Case Competition, which included Madeleine Hunter, junior, history, and Kari Whitney, senior, general studies, humanities.

Lydia GerberLydia Gerber, clinical associate professor, history, and director, Asia Program, received the award for Excellence in Support of Undergraduate Research from the WSU Office of Undergraduate Education.

Rebecca GoodrichRebecca Goodrich, clinical assistant professor, English, presented “Plateau Native Women’s Digital Storytelling Workshop” at the Washington State Indian Education Association conference in Ocean Shores, Wash.

Rachel HalversonRachel Halverson, professor, foreign languages and cultures, received a Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to teach and conduct research at the Universität Duisburg-Essen in Essen, Germany.

Alexander HammondAlexander Hammond, professor emeritus, English, presented “Melville’s Images of Poe in 1840s New York: Troubled Genius in the Marketplace” at the annual conference of the American Literature Association in San Francisco.

John Harrison

John Harrison, associate professor, environment, WSU Vancouver, received the Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence.

virginia-hyde_88x106Virginia Hyde, professor emeritus, English, guest-edited the current international issue of D.H. Lawrence Studies 20.2 (December 2015) with essays from the UK, United States, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Japan, Korea, and elsewhere.

Pedro Jimenez MejiasPedro Jiménez-Mejías, postdoctoral researcher, biological sciences, coauthored “Notes on South American carex section schiedeanae and description of the new species Carex Roalsoniana” in Phytotaxa.

Annie LampmanAnnie Lampman, instructor, English, authored the essay “Confessions of Uncharitable Thoughts Toward Others” in HerStories Project. She also authored six poems: “Night Song,” “Passage,” “A Boy Who Paints the Universe,” and “(untitled)” in Cascadia Review; “November Wind” in Dunes Review; and “Independence Day in the Yard” forthcoming in Grey Sparrow Journal.

Debbie LeeDebbie Lee, professor, English, co-edited The Land Speaks: New Voices at the Intersection of Oral and Environmental History to be published by Oxford University Press. Lee and alumnus Ben Bunting also contributed essays to the collection. This spring, Lee was a visiting scholar at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn.

Sean LongSean Long, associate professor, environment, coauthored “Pressure-temperature-structural distance relationships within Greater Himalayan rocks in eastern Bhutan: implications for emplacement models” in Journal of Metamorphic Geology.

Chris LupkeChristopher Lupke, professor, foreign languages and cultures, authored two chapters: “Cold War Fiction from Taiwan and the Modernists” and “Nativism and Localism in Taiwanese Literature” in The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature (Columbia University Press).  Lupke is also preparing for a residency at the Vermont Art Studio to work with poet Xiao Kaiyu of Henan University, China, to complete the translation of a collection of Xiao’s poetry for publication in English.

david-marcus_88x106David Marcus, chair, psychology, coauthored “Psychopathic personality traits predict positive attitudes toward sexually predatory behaviors in college men and women” in Personality and Individual Differences.

Danieil Plotnick
Philip Marston

Philip Marston, professor, and Daniel Plotnick, postdoctoral candidate, physics and astronomy, coauthored “Measured backscattering of a first order vortex beam by a sphere with helicity selective processing and imaging” in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

Shannon Scott
Keri McCarthy

Keri McCarthy, associate professor; Shannon Scott, assistant professor; Martin King, clinical assistant professor; and Danh Pham, assistant professor, music, will perform this summer at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Contemporary Festival in Nanning, China. Scott also will be the featured soloist in the Mozart concerto with the Eastern Festival Orchestra in Greensboro, NC.

Matthew McCluskeyMatthew McCluskey, chair, physics and astronomy, coauthored “Tutorial: Defects in semiconductors—combining experiment and theory” in Journal of Applied Physics.

Courtney MeehanCourtney Meehan, associate professor, anthropology, coauthored “Implications of lengthy development and maternal life history: Allomaternal investment, peer relationships and social networks” in Childhood: Origins, Evolution, and Implications.

Amber MorczekAmber Morczek, doctoral candidate, criminal justice and criminology, received the President’s Award for Leadership from WSU Student Involvement and the Center for Civic Engagement. She also was awarded the Arnold & Julia Greenwell Memorial Scholarship for Social Sciences & Humanities from the WSU Graduate School.

Barry MooreBarry Moore, associate professor, environment, coauthored “Is lipid correction necessary in the stable isotope analysis of fish tissues?” in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.

Mark Kuzyk
Sean Mossman

Sean Mossman, graduate research assistant, and Mark Kuzyk, professor, physics and astronomy, coauthored “Time-domain simulation of three dimensional quantum wires” in PLoS ONE.

Melanie NeuillyMelanie-Angela Neuilly, assistant professor, criminal justice and criminology, coauthored “Within and Inter-Institutional Differences Between Death Certifiers on Autopsy Conclusions” in Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Leonard OrrLeonard Orr, professor, English, was a featured poet at the Seattle Creative Arts Center where he read from his new book, A Floating Woman (WordTech Communications).

Chung-Min ParkChung-Min Park, assistant professor, chemistry, coauthored “PH-controlled hydrogen sulfide release for myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury” in Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Linda RussoLinda Russo, clinical associate professor, English, authored the poem “The Birds: Their Arcs – The Years” in Entropy. She also authored the review, “but you whiz by: A Consideration of Slow Reading & Textual Curating Inspired by ‘Lake Superior: Lorine Niedecker’s Poem and Journal, Along with Other Sources, Documents, and Readings’ in Tripwire: a Journal of Poetics. This spring, Russo was a visiting writer at the University of Wyoming and at the University of Nevada-Reno.

Raihan SharifRaihan Sharif, doctoral candidate, critical culture, gender, and race studies, presented “From ‘Murderous Inclusion’ to ‘Machinic Enslavement’: Networks for Ethnic Studies” at the Symposium on American Ethnic Studies: Toward Transdisciplinary Perspectives at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Nathan Nicol
David Shier

David Shier, associate professor, and Nathan Nicol, clinical assistant professor, politics, philosophy, and public affairs, received a Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Teaching and Learning Award for their project “Bringing Logic into the 21st Century: Retooling Classes for Enhanced Student Success.”

Balasaheb SonwaneBalasaheb Sonawane, postdoctoral researcher, biological sciences, coauthored “Improved analysis of C4 and C3 photosynthesis via refined in vitro assays of their carbon fixation biochemistry” in Journal of Experimental Botany.

Charles WellerCharles Weller, professor, history, is a 2016 co-recipient of the Critical Literacies Achievement and Success Program (CLASP) faculty award from the WSU Office of Undergraduate Education for his work supporting underrepresented students.

Lori WiestLori Wiest, associate professor, music, will direct and appear as a soloist with the WSU Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers in performances in South Korea this summer.