Faculty Publications, Presentations, Reports and Awards

E. Wayne Carp, Professor (Benson Family Chair in Economics), History – Dr. Carp’s book, Jean Paton and the Struggle to Reform American Adoption, University of Michigan Press, published in January 2014, has received very positive reviews. People have written “[This] book is a must read for anyone wishing to understand the challenges faced by adopted people.” And “This is an excellent book – thoroughly researched, gracefully composed, and a fitting tribute to a trailblazer.”  And, “E. Wayne Carp’s masterful biography of Jean Paton brings this neglected civil-rights pioneer and her accomplishments into the light. Paton’s ceaseless activity created the preconditions for the explosive emergence of the adoption reform movement in the 1970s. She founded the Life History Study Center and Orphan Voyage and was also instrumental in forming two of the movement’s most vital organizations, Concerned United Birthparents and the American Adoption Congress. Her unflagging efforts over five decades helped reverse social workers’ harmful policy and practice concerning adoption and sealed adoption records and change lawmakers’ enactment of laws prejudicial to adult adoptees and birth mothers, struggles that continue to this day.”

Selected Chair of the 2013-2014 Merle Curti Award Committee by the Organization of American Historians, the largest learned society and professional organization dedicated to the teaching and study of the American past. The Merle Curti Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians; one to the author of the best book in American social history; and one to the author of the best book in American intellectual history. During past five years, the average number of books that publishers have submitted to the committee have ranged in number from 150 to 210 books.

Maria Chavez, Associate Professor, Political Science – recipient of the American Political Science Association (APSA) Latino Caucus book award for best book published in 2011 Everyday Injustice:  Latino Professionals and Racism (Rowman and Littlefield, Inc. July 2011)

She has finished her book manuscript, Living The Dream:The Stories of Undocumented Latino Youth (Paradigm Publishers in 2014), Maria Chávez, Jessica Lavariega Monforti, and Melissa Michelson.

Keynote speaker at Bellevue College to open their Hispanic Heritage Month on October 2.

Brian Galante, Assistant Professor, Music – recipient of ASCAP Plus Award.  These awards, made by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, reflect the continuing commitment to assist and encourage ASCAP composers. Awards are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer’s catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances in areas not surveyed by the Society.

Jon Grahe, Professor, Psychology – collaborated on a new Research and Education Initiative project “Collaborative Replications and Education Project (CRaEP)“  sponsored by Psi Chi, the international psychology honors society and the Center for Open Science http://openscienceframework.org/project/WFC6u/wiki/home. This is directed at benefitting students and the faculty who mentor them.  This is a revolutionary collaboration in that it invites students to replicate projects for their coursework and for the benefit of science.

Joanna Gregson, Professor, Sociology – presented her research on romance authors at the Romance Writers of America national conference in Atlanta with co-researcher Jennifer Lois of Western Washington University; wrote guest blogs for Random House publishers and USA Today http://www.romanceatrandom.com/guest-post-romance-sex-and-being-shameless-the-challenge-of-writing-romantic-fiction/; was interviewed for a website that reviews romance novels http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/blog/51.-an-interview-with-drs.-joanna-gregson-and-jen-lois-about-the-gendered-c; and featured in the article “Being Nice” and the Feminine Culture of Romance Authors” http://wonkomance.com/2013/09/10/guest-post-romance-sociology-on-the-feminine-culture-of-romance-authors/

Her paper “Managing the Stigma of Sexual Shamelessness” has been accepted for presentation at the Princeton Symposium  http://www.princeton.edu/prcw/ on authorship in the popular romance genre at Princeton University in New Jersey on October 24-25, 2013.  An On-camera interview is also scheduled for a documentary being made about the romance industry called “Love Between the Covers” http://popularromanceproject.org/the-film/.

Featured in the Western Washington University “Window” alumni magazine in an article Shameless.

Colleen Hacker, Professor, Kinesiology – featured presentations at the Alliance of Women Coaches conference, the APA conference, the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy;  worked behind the scenes in assembling materials and background for the film the “Nine for IX” series by ESPN http://espn.go.com/espnw/w-in-action/nine-for-ix/article/8948907/nine-ix-film-summary-director-99ers on women in sports will feature the ’99 women’s Soccer World Cup team who won in a shootout against China.

Olympic mental skills coach for USA hockey, Sochi.

Michael Halvorson, Associate Professor, History – published a “600-page peer-reviewed publication that teaches Windows application and Windows Phone programming.” It has received very positive reviews. ” Halvorson provides a thorough introduction to Visual Basic 2013 language essentials but also provides specific coding and design tips for Windows 8.1 (Windows Store) apps, traditional Windows desktop apps (using Windows Forms), web apps with ASP.NET, and also two excellent chapters on Windows Phone 8 programming.

This book is also the only book out now with Visual Studio 2013 / Visual Basic 2013 / Windows 8.1 information. I guess there’s a reason he’s been authoring this book so long. Highly recommended.” And “One of the first books on VB 2013 and is very well done. Very easy to follow the concepts and explanations. Great examples. Good explanation of the new features of which there are so many to consider when developing for the Store. The author clears up much of the confusion created by Microsoft. I definitely recommend this book for those wanting to learn Visual Basic and VB 2013. It covers information for beginners as well as seasoned developers who need info about 2013.”

Christine Moon, Professor, Psychology – participated in a live discussion Spotlight Live: Language Development & Babies http://www.kavlifoundation.org/science-spotlights/language-development-and-babies by The Kavli Foundation to share and answer questions on a new study provided scientific proof that babies can remember specific sounds and words first encountered in the womb.

Presenter at Wartburg College, Iowa, Learning Before Birth: What is Possible? to discuss her research on very early learning and offer ideas about implications for early childhood well-being on September 30.

John Moritsugu, Professor, Psychology – Lead author of Fifth edition Community Psychology, with Elizabeth Vera, Frank Y. Wong and Karen Grover Duffy, published by Pearson.

Sven Tuzovic, Associate Professor, Business – attended the 42nd European Marketing Academy (EMAC) Annual Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, June 4-7, 2013. Presented a paper at the Joint Symposium: “Bridging Asia and Europe in Interconnected Marketing” organized by EMAC as well as the Korean Scholars of Marketing Science (KSMS) and Global Alliance of Marketing and Management Associations (GAMMA). Research paper “Is the Role of Marketing Diminishing? Results from three Geographical Regions: Asia, Europe and USA” co-authored by Jochen Wirtz, National University of Singapore, and Volker Kuppelwieser, Rouen Business School, was selected for the “Best Paper Award” of the EMAC, KSMS & GAMMA Joint Symposium.

Admin/Staff Publications and Other Achievements

Hal DeLaRosby, Director, Academic Advising – recipient of The Love of Learning Award, from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Published an article entitled “Developing Creativity Ecosystems: Preparing College Students for Tomorrow’s Innovation Challenge”, along with Dr. Eileen Hulm, Azusa Pacific University,  and Ben Thomas, Northwestern University, in the March-April 2014 issue of About Campus.  The article challenges educators to move beyond the preconceived convictions that have shaped universities for decades and to embrace the challenge of creating educational environments that enhance the innovative potential within college students.

Ryan Ceresola, PLU Sociology alumnus (class of 2009) won the Graduate Student Paper Competition presented by the Midwest Sociological Society for his paper “Doing Poor in AmeriCorps: How National Service Members Deal with Living Below the Poverty Line.” Ryan is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.