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Dr. Franklin to Oversee Execution of Hanford History Project Grant

The Hanford History Project was awarded a two-year grant from the National Park Service, “Create Digital Media to Share African American Narratives Related to the Manhattan Project” and Robert Franklin will be the PI on the grant and oversee execution.

“This project will create a suite of digital interpretive products that will share the African American migration, segregation, and civil rights history associated with the Manhattan Project at Hanford, WA.Source materials produced through this project, Documenting the African American Migration, Segregation, & Civil Rights History at Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MAPR), Hanford will inform these new interpretive products. Articles, oral history vignettes, a story map and an in-depth digital walking tour will be developed. The goal is to broaden the racial and age diversity of park visitors through digital interpretive products that share diverse and inclusive perspectives as well as engage youth.”

Dr. Bauman Wins Award

Bob Bauman was presented the WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Excellence Award.

This award is given annually to a WSU Tri-Cities faculty member whose research, scholarship, or creative work is exemplary, and whose work has had a positive influence on the broader community. It is the campus’s highest research honor.

WSU-TriCities Panel “The Holocaust, Neo-Nazism, and White Supremacy”

Bob Bauman, lead liaison with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Center for Arts and Humanities, organized a panel being given Thursday, October 7th from 4:30pm-5:45pm at WSU-TriCities on “The Holocaust, Neo-Nazism, and White Supremacy.”

It will be available on Zoom (registration link below) and available afterward on the WSUTC YouTube channel.

The Holocaust, Neo-Nazism, and White Supremacy | Events | Washington State University (

Smith Teaching and Learning Grants

The Smith Teaching and Learning Grants are awarded by the Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement to faculty members who submit proposals supporting innovative ideas that enhance teaching and learning at WSU. This year’s recipients include Dr. Nikolaus Overtoom as well as Dr. Tracey Hanshew and instructor Robert Franklin for a joint proposal. Congratulations to all award recipients!

Dr. Bob Bauman and Robert Franklin release Echoes of Exclusion

Dr. Bob Bauman and WSU Tri Cities lecturer, Robert Franklin (MA 2014, WSU), have released their new co-edited book, Echoes of Exclusion and Resistance: Voices from the Hanford Region. Echoes of Exclusion and Resistance “focuses on the experiences of non-white groups such as the Wanapum, Chinese immigrants, World War II Japanese in carcerees, and African American migrant workers from the South, whose lives were deeply impacted by the Hanford Site,” (WSU Press). You can read more about this new book by clicking here!

2017 Celebration of Assessment Excellence

The Department of History is honored to receive praise from the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning for not only the success of the general history courses being offered, but also for the success of the Roots of Contemporary Issues UCORE program. History as a whole department was recognized for its high quality learning and assessment practices while RCI was recognized for its exemplary student learning assessment system for a UCORE program in partnership with WSU Libraries.

Marina Tolmacheva attends summer conferences

As we settle into this new academic year we want to take a moment to look back and appreciate some achievements that were not previously recognized over the last few months as we transitioned through staff changes!

Marina Tolmacheva traveled to two international meetings this summer. In August, she attended the 25th International Congress of the History of Science and Technology in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tolmacheva presented a paper in the symposium on the “History of Islamic Science: Global and Local,” and also gave the academic year’s Inaugural Lecture in the Geography Program at the Universidade Federal da Integração Latino-Americana (Foz do Iguaçu, Parana). In July, she attended the regional conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. The conference was hosted by the American University of Central Asia. In addition to presenting a paper, Tolmacheva was invited to speak at two other local universities: the International Relations Faculty at Balasagyn National University and in the Department of Foreign Languages at the International University of Kyrgyzstan.

Review the conferences and their content at the links below!