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PULLMAN, Wash. – Scores of missteps as a soldier and cop in hazardous places have prepared Bryan Vila to make a career of studying deadly errors in his criminology lab at Washington State University Spokane.
His free, public presentation, “Mistaken Adventures around the Globe,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in Smith CUE 203 will kick off the WSU Pullman Common Reading Program’s (http://commonreading.wsu.edu) guest expert series for the 2013-14 academic year.
Thousands of WSU students will use topics from the common reading book, “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error,” by Kathryn Schulz, in classes, activities and projects. It considers how some of the world’s most outstanding discoveries – and much personal growth – have originated from failure.
“Half a century of stumbles, screw ups and goofs have made me an expert on making the best of an ugly situation,” said Vila, a criminal justice and criminology professor.
“His story plays out like a thriller novel,” said Karen Weathermon, co-director of common reading. “It will be a relevant and exciting addition to our ongoing discussion of error and judgment.”
Vila has been a teenaged Marine on the battlefields of Vietnam, a young street cop in the slums of Los Angeles and a police chief in the dubious island paradise of Micronesia. He will share hard-won strategies for embracing error as inevitable, learning to recover with good humor and wringing good lessons from bad times.
Leaving lots of time for discussion, he’ll also describe how his one-of-a-kind simulation lab uses normal accident theory to study the impact of fatigue-related errors on deadly force judgment and decision making, police driving and counterinsurgency operations.
Each Common Reading Tuesdays event in fall and spring will touch on themes from the book. On Feb. 24, author Schulz will be on the Pullman campus for the program’s annual invited lecture and visits with students and faculty.
Vila earned his Ph.D. in ecology in 1990 from the University of California-Davis. He has held tenured teaching positions at UC-Irvine and the University of Wyoming. Formerly director of the Division of Crime Control and Prevention Research at the U.S. Department of Justice, Vila joined WSU Spokane in 2005.
With numerous publications focused on fatigued law enforcement agents and a myriad of other criminal justice topics, Vila was honored with a Career Achievement in Scholarship Award in 2012 from the WSU College of Arts and Sciences. He has attracted several millions of dollars in grant funding to WSU Spokane and teaches courses on criminology, policing and crime control.
n active shooter used a firearm to hit up to 20 vehicles over a three and a half hour period,” beginning about 1 p.m. Friday.
PULLMAN–Pullman Police Department officials are still trying to identify a suspect in an alleged assault that took place in a Pullman bar during the early morning of Saturday, Sept. 6. While several people witnessed the incident in Stubblefields Bar and have cooperated with police, no one has yet identified the suspect.
The bouncers at Stubblefields temporarily restrained the perpetrator, but he was gone by the time an officer arrived on the scene.
Pullman Chief of Police Ted Weatherly said he is discussing the possibility of working with an artist to create a sketch of the perpetrator based on information from the witnesses.
The incident left the victim, a WSU student, with a broken jaw that required surgery. Staff members in WSU’s Division of Student Affairs, Equity and Diversity have been offering support to him and his family throughout the ordeal.
“Although his injuries will definitely take time to heal, he is recovering well so far and recently began returning to his classes,” said Dean of Students Luci Loera.
Loera, along with her colleagues, have been meeting with students and others in the WSU community encouraging them to spread the word about the incident in hopes someone can help identify a suspect.
Anyone who can provide information about this case is asked to call the Pullman Police Department, 509-334-0802.