Recent highlights from the College of Liberal Arts • October 28, 2011 • View in Browser
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Photo: Kimberly Christen Grant Allows Christen to Refine, Distribute Digital Archive Tool

Kimberly Christen, associate professor of critical culture, gender, and race studies, was awarded a $484,772 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, augmented by $497,936 in matching funds from sources that include the National Anthropological Archives and the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution.

The funds will allow Christen and her team to continue the development, testing, and dissemination of Mukurtu, a digital archive and content management tool aimed at the specific needs of indigenous libraries, museums, and communities globally.

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Photo: Paul Strand and Clay Mosher Strand, Mosher Identify Ways to Reduce Truancy

Paul Strand, associate professor of psychology at WSU Tri-Cities, and Clayton Mosher, professor of sociology at WSU Vancouver, have received John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Models for Change grants intended to help reverse a rising national trend in truancy, long considered an early warning sign of delinquent activity, social isolation, and educational failure.

The researchers are using grant funding to administer and evaluate programs to improve high school graduation rates across the state and create truancy prevention models that can be replicated nationally.

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Photo: Bryan Vila Defense Grant Expands Vila's Fatigue Study

Bryan Vila, professor of criminal justice and criminology at WSU Spokane, was awarded a two-year, $244,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research, an agency within the Department of Defense, to expand the scope of his study on the impact of fatigue and distraction on police officer driving performance.

Defense funding will allow Vila's team to examine the effects of fatigue on deadly force judgment and decision making in potentially threatening circumstances, as well as its effects on reporting and communications tasks. The grant also increases the number of subjects in the study.

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