In the Spotlight: Feb. 14, 2020
Kudos to these faculty, staff and programs
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- NAU researchers Scott Goetz and Ted Schuur were quoted in the article, “Explainer: Nine ‘tipping points’ that could be triggered by climate change,” on CarbonBrief. The article discusses how climate change could push certain elements to a tipping point that would have stark effects on the world. Work from a third researcher, Xanthe Walker, was also quoted.
- Lori Poloni-Staudinger, associate dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and professor in politics and international affairs, gave the keynote speech at the American Political Association Teaching and Learning Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The talk, presented alongside co-author J. Cherie Strachan, was entitled, “Democracy is More Important Than a p-value: Embracing Political Science’s Civic Mission Through Intersectional Engaged Learning.” It called for political scientists to embrace the civic mission of the discipline and reminded faculty of their obligations to fully incorporate intersectional civic education when possible. Poloni-Staudinger also wrote an article titled, “Can a woman win the presidency? Even asking the question discourages women from running,” published by The Washington Post.
- LendEDU ranked Northern Arizona University on its list of The Most Desired Colleges of the Last Decade. Percent change in the number of applicants during the last decade were tracked for more than 1,200 colleges. NAU ranked No. 1 in the state of Arizona and No. 115 nationally.
- Ajot.com ranked NAU’s online bachelor’s degree in supply chain and logistics No. 2 on its list, 5 Best Online Bachelor’s in Supply Chain & Logistics Programs. The degree provides students with an understanding about the flow of goods and services, business operations and supply chain management.
- The psychological sciences department had several successes.
- Lecturer Emily Patch presented a session titled, “Sex, Intimacy and the Senior Citizen” as part of the 2020 Sedona Film Festival’s “Conversations” series. Her talk addresses attitudes concerning sexual expression in older adults. Patch also co-authored the article, “Mother knows best…except when it comes to a diagnosis of preeclampsia: an exploratory study of the convergence between maternal recall of pregnancy-related outcomes and objective medical data,” published in The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. The article explores mothers’ recall of infant data and maternal health.
- Professor Steven Barger, along with former graduate students Timothy Broom, Michael Esposito and Taylor Lane, wrote, “Is subjective well-being independently associated with mortality? A 14-year prospective cohort study in a representative sample of 25 139 US men and women,” published in BMJ Open. The authors explore the relationship between subjective well-being and mortality to examine whether that relationship is independent of self-rated health and socioeconomic status.
- Alexandra Carpino, professor of comparative cultural studies, will present, “Quintessentially Etruscan: Art and Architecture from the Villanovan to the Etrusco-Roman Period,” at the Etruscan Italy: Life and Afterlife symposium held in San Francisco. The symposium honors the Etruscans who contributed to some of Western civilization’s greatest achievements in architecture, engineering and art.
- Stephanie Van Ness, library supervisor in user services and experience, authored the book chapter “Creating an Effective Student Employment Environment,” published in “The Library Workplace Idea Book: Proactive Steps for Positive Change.” The book offers case studies and personal narratives from librarians across the country.
- Andrew See, head of user services and experience, along with Cynthia Childrey, dean and university librarian published the book chapter, “Leading Change through User Experience: How End Users are Changing the Library,” published in “Leading Change in Academic Libraries.” The chapter focuses on leading change through user experience and the impact of end user influence on library services and programs.
- Senior lecturer in history Ana Varela-Lago published the chapter, “Identidad Nacional entre los españoles de Estados Unidos, 1875-1975,” in the edited volume “Hacer patria lejos de casa. Nacionalismo español, migración y exilio en Europa y América (1879-2010).”
- Dylan Rust, director for the Center of International Education, received a Fulbright award for the International Education Administrators Seminar held in India. Rust will travel to Chennai, Kolkota and Delhi to meet with members of Indian institutions.
- Ricky Camplain, assistant professor of health sciences and the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER); Carolyn Camplain, program coordinator with CHER; Robert T. Trotter II, Regent’s Professor of anthropology and CHER affiliate; George Pro, postdoctoral fellow with CHER; Samantha Sabo, associate professor of health sciences and CHER; Emery Eaves, assistant professor of anthropology; Julie A. Baldwin, director of CHER and Regent’s Professor; and Marie Peoples, deputy county manager for Coconino County, published, “Racial/Ethnic Differences in Drug- and Alcohol-Related Arrest Outcomes in a Southwest County From 2009 to 2018,” in the American Journal of Public Health. Ricky Camplain also coauthored, “The Association of Acculturation with Accelerometer-Assessed and Self-Reported Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos,” in ScienceDirect.