Dawn Garzon Maaks plans to focus on mental health
in her new role as president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. A clinical professor in the
College of Nursing in Vancouver, Garzon Maaks began her term leading the 9,000‑member association in July.
Avantika Bawa, associate professor of fine arts in the College of Arts and Sciences,
is one of five Oregon Hallie Ford Fellows for 2018.
Bawa will receive a $25,000 unrestricted award for her work and potential for significant advancement of her practice of art.
After earning her master’s degree at WSU in 2017, Megan Brendal became the first
Native American faculty member of WSU’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
Brendal serves as the speech‑language pathologist and research coordinator for WSU’s Early Social Communication and Language Lab.