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Chris Allan, PhD 2010 – Gold, Steel & Ice

Gold Steel & Ice - 1Chris Allan received his PhD in Public History from WSU in 2010.  Dr. Allan is currently a Research Historian with the National Park Service in Alaska.  His book entitled  “Gold, Steel & Ice – A History of Mining Machines in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve” was published in November 2015.  A copy is housed in the main office of the Department of History – WSU.  The book examines one of the three parks that was expanded in size when President Jimmy Carter signed the Antiquities Act in 1980 to preserve the land as a National Monument.  Chris specifically targets the mining machinery used in the Yukon-Charley Rivers area dating back to the 1890s.  More information about the book can be found here.  Photos and sketches included in the book are found  at this site.  Dr. Orlan Svingen was Chris’ mentor and advisor during his years spent at Washington State University.

Lecture & Colloquium: “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” Mar 9, 2016

William Seefeldt - History

A lecture entitled “Studying Buffalo Bill in the Digital Age” will be held March 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the University of Idaho Whitewater Room, Idaho Commons.  Presenter, Dr. Douglas Seefeldt, is an Assistant Professor of History at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.

Dr. Seefeldt will also conduct a colloquium entitled “History After the Digital Turn: How Digital Humanities Has Redefined Scholarship”  to be held in WSU’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, 4th floor Holland/Terrell Library at 3:00 p.m.

More information is available on the Studying Buffalo Bill in the Digital Age flyer.

Research Fellowships available

The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library is offering research fellowships from $1,000 to $15,000 annually.  Available on their web page, is information on How to Apply, About The Friends, Current Projects and Services, and Results of their Work.  The Friends established and fund the program.

Jen Corrinne Brown – PhD 2012, book noted in Spring ’16 Washington Magazine

Dr. Jen BrownA book by Dr. Jen Brown, PhD ’12, Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain West, was highlighted in the spring 2016 issue of Washington State magazine. Brown grew up in Montana and learned to fly fish on the Beaverhead and Big Hole rivers while in college. She is now an assistant professor of History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. While earning her PhD at Washington State University, she worked closely with her advisor, Dr. Jeff Sanders.

Interdisciplinary Innovation Challenge – Declining water resources on the Palouse

The College of Arts and Sciences Ambassadors’ IIC is inviting students to participate in a unique opportunity.  The application deadline is February 24.  Students from all majors/levels can engage in a team-based problem solution activity that will enhance academic and professional skills.  The winning team can receive up to $1,000 in scholarship money – for each team member!  For more information, see  The flyer announcing this terrific opportunity can be seen here: Interdisciplinary Innovation Challenge.

Dr. Ken Faunce discusses “Just Mercy” in Washington State Magazine

Kenneth Faunce“I think this book has had a real impact on students,” says WSU history instructor Ken Faunce, who uses Just Mercy in his Roots of Contemporary Issues course. “We discuss a chapter every Friday.”  The book, required reading for first-year WSU students and incorporated into various course curricula as this year’s common reading program selection, has sparked numerous discussions among students, faculty, and staff about the troubling incongruities.  For the entire article, see the Spring 2016 edition of Washington State Magazine.

Graduate Assistant Positions 2016-2017 at CDSC

The Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation is offering two full Graduate Assistantships (tuition and stipend) for academic year 2016-2017. Consider applying for an assistantship in the CDSC if you are interested in digital scholarship, curation, data management, digital production, issues of access, ethics, and collaboration.  For more information on the application process, see the CDSC-GA_flyer.

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