Honors and Recognitions
Karen Stout, Communication,received the Northwest Communication Association's 2012 Harry "Bud" Hazel Service Award and was honored at the annual convention luncheon April 13 for her "vision, leadership and hard work over the years on the executive committee [that] have led to significant positive benefits [for] students and faculty."
Janet Finlay, director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Program at Western Washington University, has been elected by the Society for Neuroscience Council to serve a three-year term on the Committee on Neuroscience Departments and Programs. The committee is chartered to advance neuroscience education for teachers and learners as well as to advocate for neuroscience education at the federal level.
Oliver de la Paz, English, has been elected to serve as the secretary on the Executive Board for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. The AWP provides community, opportunities, ideas, news and advocacy for writers and teachers, supporting more than 34,000 writers, 500 college and university creative writing programs and 100 writers' conferences and centers.
Sheila Webb and Carolyn Nielsen, both assistant professors of journalism at Western Washington University, have been named Page Legacy Educators for the 2012 academic year by the Arthur W. Page Center. Their "The Ethical Audit" proposal has been approved for $2,500 in grant funding.
The Page Center was created in 2004 through a leadership gift by Lawrence G. Foster, a distinguished Penn State alumnus and retired corporate vice president for public relations at Johnson & Johnson.
Arthur W. Page, the longtime vice president for public relations at AT&T, is often regarded as the founder of the modern practice of corporate public relations. He also was a noted educator, publisher and adviser to U.S. presidents. Page was the first person in a public relations position to serve as an officer and director of a major corporation and, in that capacity, was widely known for management according to the Page Principles, his guidelines for ethical and effective communication with the public and for responsible corporate behavior.
Dr. Jeffrey Grimm, Psychology, has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Biobehavioral Regulation, Learning and Ethology Study Section, Center for Scientific Review for a term running from July 2011 through June 2017. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. Service on a study section also requires mature judgment and objectivity as well as the ability to work effectively in a group.
Membership on a study section represents a major commitment of professional time and energy as well as a unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the National Institute of Health (NIH), make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science. These functions are of great value to medical and allied research in this country.
Dr. Kristen Mahoney, English, is selected as the 2012 Pre-Raphaelite Fellow at the Deleware Art Museum. The Delaware Art Museum and the University of Delaware Library are pleased to announce that Kristen Mahoney, professor of English at Western Washington University, has been selected as the 2012 Pre-Raphaelite Fellow. Mahoney was chosen to spend one month researching the Museum’s and the Library’s extensive collections of British Pre-Raphaelite art, literature, and archival documents. Mahoney will take up the Fellowship in July of 2012. Mahoney, a Victorian literature scholar, was awarded the competitive fellowship based on her proposal to research Max Beerbohm and the Pre-Raphaelites for a chapter in her upcoming book, "Old Guard-Avant-Garde: The Politics of Post-Victorian Aestheticism." An early 20th century caricaturist, writer, and notable humorist, Max Beerbohm was a harsh critic of the modern world in which he lived. To escape the horrors of World War I, and to articulate a critique of the present, Beerbohm sought inspiration and refuge in the Victorian era; specifically, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his fellow Pre-Raphaelite artists. During her fellowship, Mahoney will study museum and library materials to place Beerbohm’s vision of Rossetti’s circle in a larger historical context, and to gain further insight into how Beerbohm was influenced by ongoing conversations about the Pre-Raphaelites.About the Pre-Raphaelite Fellowship: The University of Delaware Library, in Newark, Delaware, and the Delaware Art Museum offer a joint Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite studies. This short-term, one-month fellowship, awarded annually, is intended for scholars conducting significant research in the lives and works of the Pre-Raphaelites and their friends, associates, and followers.