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Anne EGGER, Geological Sciences and Science Education, was elected as the new 1st Vice President of the National Association of Geosciences Teachers. 

Lila HARPER, English and Computer Science, presented the paper, “'Swimming Among the Jellyfish": Elizabeth von Arnim and Marianne North,” at the Elizabeth von Arnim Conference, September 13, at the University of Cambridge, England.


Art graduate student and teaching assistant Chase Grover had three pieces selected for the Juried National III at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT. Sixteen artists and 43 works are featured in this national exhibition which opened in September. 

César GARCIA, Communication, had his article, “Using Strategic Communication for Nation-Building in Contemporary Spain: The Basque Case” published in the International Journal of Strategic Communication (6[3]: 212-231). It was the most downloaded article in his department and CWU as a whole in the week that ended in September 13. This article has reached so far a total of 1,135 downloads since its publication.


Art Professor Allyson KLUTENKAMPER's large scale image, “Ribbons,” has been acquisitioned by the permanent photography collection at the newly built museum of art on the campus of Pittsburg State.


Janet SPYBROOK, Language, Literacy, and Special Education, recently received a $5,000 grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation to assist with Compass 2 Campus Tour Day on October 27. For Tour Day, Compass 2 Campus will welcome 300 fifth-grade students to CWU to get a glimpse of college life. It serves as a kickoff to the year-long mentoring program that puts CWU students in elementary school classrooms to encourage kids to finish high school and enroll in some form of higher education.

Mark AUSLANDER, Anthropology and Museum Studies, and Chong-Eun AHN, History, published "Responding to 'Comfort Woman' Denial at Central Washington University," in Japan Focus: Asia Pacific Journal, Vol. 13, Issue 21, No. 3, June 1, 2015, The essay describes how two faculty members organized a teach-in responding to a historical controversy on campus. It is part of a larger series in the on line periodical, Japan Focus: Asia Pacific Journal, exploring how US universities have grappled with historical debates over the Comfort Women issues and the legacies of human rights atrocities during World War II.

Janie CHARLTON, Early Childhood Program, received $23,457 from the US Department of Agriculture/Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for Food Program Support for Early Learning Centers.

Art Professor David BIELOH’s work has been chosen for publication in LogoLounge Volume 9. Bieloh’s work was selected by an international panel of judges. More than 22,000 logos were submitted to the journal.


Todd SHIVER, chair, Music, was recently named president of the Washington University Music Administrators Association.

Bob HICKEY, Geography, has published a review of Mark Monmonier's latest book, Lake Effect: Tales of Large Lakes, Arctic Winds, and Recurrent Snows, in Cartographic Perspectives, Number 77. In addition, Hickey and Joe KEENEY, a former CWU Science Honors student published Keeney’s honors project, “Using Satellite Image Analysis for Locating Prehistoric Archaeological Sites in Alaska's Central Brooks Range,” in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 2015.

Nadene VEVEA, professor, Communication Studies  has been appointed editor for the Journal of the Northwest Communication Association, a highly competitive regional journal. This peer-reviewed journal accepts original manuscripts related to any context of human communication and open to all theoretical and methodological approaches.

Art Professor Maya Chachava’s portfolio was selected to be featured in Still Point Arts Quarterly Magazine, summer 2015. The publication is part of Shanti Arts LLC and can be viewed online at; the printed publication can be purchased. She also had a solo exhibition at Baia Gallery in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, in March 2015. The show, Lost Horizon, explores the symbolic meaning of a horizon line as an arbitrary demarcation between reality and imagination, present and future, hope and its absence. It can be viewed at


Anthony DIAZ, Chemistry, had his manuscript, “Systematic Trends in Electron-Hole Pair Trapping Efficiency of Rare Earth Doped YBO3 under Vacuum Ultraviolet Excitation,” accepted for publication by the Journal of Luminescence. Former master’s student Max Wallace is a co-author.


Steve CHAMBERLAND, Chemistry, has had a peer-reviewed research manuscript accepted for publication as a full-paper in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Natural Products. This paper includes the work of former CWU students Stephanie J. CONN, Shannon M. VREELAND, and Alex N. WEXLER, who are listed as co-authors. There are two additional co-authors: Rebecca N. POUWER, a postdoctoral researcher in Ronald J. Quinn’s laboratory at Griffith University in Australia, and Professor Ronald J. QUINN, director of the Eskitis Institute of Griffith University, Brisbane Campus, Australia, who funded his portion of the research.

Carin THOMAS, Chemistry, presented “Chronic exposure to elevated saturated dietary fat promotes a mitochondrial unfolded protein response but not oxidative stress in C. elegans,” a peer-reviewed paper, at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine in November, 2014.  This project involves faculty and student collaborators from the departments of biology and chemistry at CWU and from the School of Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University. The meeting attracted scientists from eastern and western Europe, South, Central and North America, New Zealand and Australia.

Professor Maya Chachava, Art, has had her work accepted into Women Works 2015, The 28th Annual International Juried Exhibit at Arts Center in Woodstock, Illinois.


David BIELOH, Art, has been selected as one of the top 100 artists, designers and photographers of 2014 by Creative Quarterly, The Journal  of Art & Design. The publication highlights the artists, designers and photographers who appeared in the quarterly in 2014. Winners will appear in the special 100 Best Annual of Creative Quarterly.

Laura PORTOLESE DIAS, Phil UPPERMAN, and Bob TRUMPY, Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM), have published, The Art of Leadership and Supervision, a textbook that reflects the authors’ combined leadership experiences in higher education, marketing, consultation, for-profit businesses, healthcare, and the military. Published by Flatworld Education, Inc., in Washington, DC, the textbook is available in both hard and electronic copies. 


Patsy CALLAGHAN, English, published “Literature and Ecology: Integrating Story, Science and Standards” in the April 2013 English Leadership Quarterly. It received the Best Article of the Year Award from the Conference on English Leadership at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference in November 2014.


Bob HICKEY, Geography, has been elected to the position of Member-at-Large of the AAAS Pacific Division Council.

Undergraduate Edward PINTO, Spanish teaching major and sociology minor, with Alejandro LEE, World Languages, presented, "¡A escribir! Estrategias de redacción para estudiantes de lengua heredada a nivel universitario" at the bi-state conference of the Washington Association for Language Teaching and Confederation in Oregon for Language Teaching, in Vancouver, Washington, in October 2014. Teachers from Oregon and Washington attended the session.Keith LEWIS, art, had his work included in Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection, an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, which ran through August 2014



Matt ALTMAN, philosophy, has just published The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism, for which he served as editor and contributor. The volume features selections from 37 of the leading scholars in the field and includes sections on Kant, Reactions to Kant, Fichte, German Romanticism, Schelling, Hegel, and Alternative Traditions in German Idealism. 

Young KIM, Chemistry, and colleagues Kang, C., Ranatunga, S., Yang, H., Sebti, S.M., Del Valle, J.R. have published “Imidazo[1,2-a]pyridine-based peptidomimetics as inhibitors of Akt” in  Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. Their work was performed at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Stephen ROBISON, Art, currently has work in an exhibition at Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery in Spokane. The exhibit, Cup of Joy is an Invitational show of local and regional ceramic artists featuring cup, mug, tankard, goblet, sake, and yunomi. The exhibit will run from  December 5 to January 30.

Jay BALL, professor, Theatre Arts, has received a special invitation to participate in the Vaclav Havel Film Festival to honor the 25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, at the University of Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to participating in a panel discussion, he has been invited to present a lecture, “Hooligans: Vaclav Havel & Pavel Landovsky,” on Sunday, November 16. Ball was in Prague for the Velvet Revolution in 1989 in his junior year abroad at Oxford University that academic year.

Anne JOHANSEN, Chemistry, received $21,652 for the first year of her three-year award totaling $87,863 from the National Science Foundation for Collaborative Research: RISE - Research-Based Interdisciplinary STEM Education.

Breanyn MACINNES, Geological Sciences, received $6,247 from Island County for Tsunami Deposits in Saratoga Passage, Northeast Whidbey Island.

Wendy Bohrson, Geological Sciences, received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for a total of $182,015. In Year 1 she will receive $73,711 for her research, Collaborative Research: Crustal Modulation of Flood Basalts--Integrating Field, Geochemical and Computational Data for the Steens Basalt.

Anne EGGERS, geological sciences, was elected second vice president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. This is a three-year track that leads to president in the third year.

Leo D'ACQUISTO (Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences) received $11,000 from the Ellensburg School District to support an athletic training position/graduate assistant.

Tim MELBOURNE, geological sciences, received $82,688 from the University of Washington for the third and final year of his research, Production of Level 2 GPS Data Products.

Anna YOST, resource management graduate student, supervised by Bob HICKEY, geography, and Tom COTTRELL, biology, earned the Dick Thomas Award for top student project from WAURISA. The announcement and abstract can be found on pages 3 and 4 of

Anya KLUTENKAMPER, art, will have her work is included in the exhibition To Be Alone Together, featuring the work of 10 specially selected Pacific Northwest Artists. It will open on October 4 from 2:00-5:00pm at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington.  Following the opening will be performances by Mark Pickerel (of The Screaming Trees, Nirvana, etc.) and Delaney Davidson.  (

Steve CHAMBERLAND, chemistry, had his abstract, "Total synthesis of terminal-guanidine-containing marine natural products", accepted for an oral presentation at the June 2014 Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana.

Jeff LEE, geological sciences, received $17,499 from US Department of the Interior, US Geological Survey for his research, Geologic Mapping in the Northern Eastern California Shear Zone, California: Testing a Kinematic and Geometric Fault Slip Transfer Model.

DIAZ, chemistry, presented "Characterizing Electron Migration and Trapping in Luminescent Materials" to the chemistry department at Eastern Washington University in May.

In May, graduate student Max Wallace gave an oral presentation, "Investigation of Surface Loss in Nano-scale YPO4:Eu using VUV  Spectroscopy"  at the 225th international conference of the Electrochemical Society in Orlando, FL. Wallace conducts research with Anthony Diaz.

Bob HICKEY, geography, published “Advances in Large-scale Mudflat Surveying--the Roebuck Bay and Eighty Mile Beach, Western Australia Examples,” a book chapter, with Australian and Dutch co-authors G. Pearson, and T. Piersma, in C.W. Finkl and C. Makowski (eds.), Environmental Management and Governance: Advances in Coastal and Marine Resources, Coastal Research Library 8, Springer International Publishing Switzerland, 2014.

Martha KURTZ, chemistry and science education, has been named Associate Dean for Inter-Science Support. Her principle areas of responsibility are: student recruiting and advising; undergraduate research experiences; outreach to the general public, government agencies, educational institutions, and non-governmental organizations; and faculty professional development. She is also charged with planning, implementing, coordinating, and managing college-level support of cross-disciplinary efforts with regard to natural, social and computational science initiatives; fostering awareness of the quality and breadth of science programs at Central; and securing external funding for transformative programs.

Dale WILSON's book, Managing Risks: Best Practices for Pilots (co-authored by Gerald Binnema) was recently published by ASA, the leading publisher of aviation books and the largest producer of pilot supplies in the United States. Wilson teaches aviation safety-related courses in the Department of Aviation.


Teacher candidates Kyle HUTCHINSON, Lacey GOBLE, Katie WILSON, and Naomi ZORNES, under the supervision of Sharryn LARSEN WALKER, Language Literacy and Special Education, had their integrated teaching unit published by the International Reading Association (IRA) in IRA Bridges: Instructional Units for the Engaging Classroom. “Courage: Facing Adversity-An Integrated Unit for Grades 6-8” was the only unit published which was composed by undergraduate teacher candidates. The authors also presented their work at the IRA Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Bruce PALMQUIST, physics and science education, published a case study called “Sorting Trash with Static Electricity” in the peer-reviewed collection at the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science found at

An abstract submitted by chemistry student researchers Erik CONTRERAS, Nicholas TREICH, Michael FRANK, and Kristin SIGURJONSSON (working in Levente FABRY-ASZTALOS's research group) titled "Towards the synthesis of novel boronates as potential HIV-1 protease inhibitors," was accepted for a poster presentation at the ACS Puget Sound Section Undergraduate Research Symposium, held in May  at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

In April, Steve CHAMBERLAND, chemistry, gave an invited seminar presentation to the Chemistry Department at Whitworth University in Spokane, titled “Total chemical synthesis of terminal guanidine-containing marine natural products.”

Yingbin GE, Robert RITTENHOUSE, chemistry, undergraduate Jacob BUCHANAN and alumnus Benjamin LIVINGSTON published “Using a Spreadsheet To Solve the Schrodinger Equations for the Energies of the Ground Electronic State and the Two Lowest Excited States of H2,” in the Journal of Chemical Education (DOI: 10.1021/ed400693p).

Martha KURTZ, Bruce PALMQUIST, from the Science Education Department and Mark OURSLAND, from the Math Department, along with other faculty and staff comprising the Science Phase II Planning Team were awarded the first annual College of the Sciences Collaboration Award at the Celebration of the Sciences 2014 Honors Banquet. The Collaboration Award recognizes interdisciplinary and interdepartmental collaboration that enhances the College of the Sciences. Martha, Bruce, and Mark all represented CESME, the Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education, at points along the way.

JOHANSEN, chemistry, was encouraged to serve on two Kittitas County Public Health Department Committees: the BOHAC (Board of Health Advisory Committee) and the newly formed Air Quality Advisory Committee for Ellensburg.

Sathy RAJENDRAN, Engineering Technology, Safety, and Construction, received $113,565 from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries for his project, "Construction Project Safety Management Best Practices Handbook."
Shane SCOTT, Facilities Management, received an additional $14,752 from Yakama Nation for his project, "Archaeological Investigation of Yakama Nation Fish Enhancement Projects."

Chris MATTINSON, Geological Sciences, received $77,382 from the National Science Foundation for year 1 of his research, “Thermal Structure of a Long-Lived Ultrahigh-Pressure Terrane, North Qaidam, Northwest China.” The total award amount for the three years of his project is $235,294.

Jay BALL, Theatre Arts, adapted the play, Pantagleize, which opened at Quantum Theatre, a nationally recognized theatre company associated with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Here is the link:

Itzia LUNA, Isaac MEZA, Edward M. PINTO, and their professor, Alejandro LEE (Spanish/World Languages), presented “’Se debe y se puede’: Heritage Language Education at Central Washington University” at the spring regional conference of the Washington Association for Language Teaching in Tacoma on 22 Feb. 2014. LEE also delivered “Writing Tasks: From the Personal to the Academic” and “The State of Spanish HL Teaching” at the Second International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages at the University of California, Los Angeles, on 7 March 2014.

Daniel CannCasciato (Library) has had a number of subject heading proposals accepted by the Library of Congress for use in the internationally-used thesaurus, Library of Congress Subject headings.  The new terminology provides access to faculty-mentored research carried out by CWU students as documented in their theses.  The new terminology is now available via an international network to librarians worldwide for use in their cataloging of information resources, as well as being available to millions of researchers worldwide.  Examples:  Track stations (Zoology);  Prior appropriation doctrine (Water rights);  Mathematical fluency;  Incidental take (Endangered species);  Cascades frog;  Yellow-bellied marmot;  Prerequisites in education;  Archaeological integrity;  Archaeological significance;  East Asian-Australasian Flyway;  Chocolate Glacier (Wash.);  Geladaindong Peak (China);  Tupungatito Glacier (Chile);  Cle Elum River (Wash.);  Starvation Flats (Wash.);  Umtanum Ridge (Wash.)

In February, at the Ocean Sciences Conference in Hawaii, Anne Johansen, chemistry, presented research performed by graduate and undergraduate students on the chemical makeup of marine aerosol particles over the Equatorial Pacific Ocean.

Anne Johansen was reelected for the User Executive Committee for the User Facility Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at the National Lab in Richland.  More information can be found at the following website:

Martha Kurtz has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Pacific Education Institute. The Pacific Education Institute (PEI) promotes project-based inquiry programs to expand students’ opportunities to learn in outdoor settings throughout Washington State.

Senior chemistry major Jacob BUCHANAN had a poster accepted for presentation at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Dallas, Texas in March. The poster is based on chemistry research conducted with chemistry professor Steve CHAMBERLAND. The poster session consists of abstracts selected by division program chairs and represents the most exceptional abstracts submitted to participating divisions. Buchanan also received a prestigious $600 travel award from the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Travel Award Committee. Only one student at each university can be awarded a travel grant for each National ACS Meeting. 

Gil BELOFSKY, chemistry, has his paper “Antimicrobial and Antiinsectan Phenolic Metabolites of Dalea searlsiae” accepted to the Journal of Natural Products.

Mike JACKSON, physics, and undergraduates Henrique ALVES, Robert Holman, and Rolf Minton published a manuscript "New cw optically pumped far-infrared laser emissions generated with a transverse or 'zig-zag' pumping geometry" in the International Journal of Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves, Volume 35, Issue 3, 2014.

CWU cleaned up at the Tuba-Euphonium Festival competitions at the University of Montana in Missoula in February. Alysen PAINTER-JOHNSON won the young artist competition and Beserat TAFESSE won the artist competition. CWU's tuba-euphonium quartet, Sorta Voce, was also featured in concert.  Curtis PEACOCK, CWU lecturer and instructor of tuba and euphonium, performed two solos and conducted the festival tuba-euphonium choir. Peacock was also commissioned to compose a new work for the festival.

CWU Art Professor David BIELOH had an article accepted for publication in a new book, Why Study Graphic Design as your Major? Expert Opinions on Teaching, Research and Practice of Graphic Design in the USA.

CWU art student Sharlyn Gonzalez SANTIAGO’s design was selected for the 2014 Jazz in the Valley poster. Santiago is a senior graphic design major from Bremerton.

CWU Art Professor Stephen ROBISON’s work is featured in 500 Teapots, Volume 2. Ranging from classically beautiful to wonderfully witty to wildly imaginative and ultramodern, these teapots will inspire ceramicists, collectors, crafters, and enthusiasts. Jim Lawton, Juror. Publisher: Lark Crafts

Cesar GARCIA, professor and chair, communication, has had his paper "Strategic communication applied to nation building in Spain: The experience of the Catalan region," published in Public Relations Review, Volume 39, Issue 5, 558-562.

Joseph POWELL, English, has had his collection of poems, Preamble to the Afterlife, published by March Street Press.
Anthony GABRIEL, geography, received $222,867 from Washington State Department of Natural Resources for "Washington State Eelgrass Mapping and Monitoring Project."