In the Spotlight: April 13, 2017

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  • Ted SchuurEcology professor Ted Schuur, whose research focuses on the response of Arctic ecosystems in a warmer world, was quoted in the April 11 New York Times article, “More Permafrost Than Thought May Be Lost as Planet Warms.” Schuur (pictured right) studies permafrost and how arctic ecosystems respond to the changing climate.

  • Professor James Leve of the School of Music received his third NEH Summer Stipend and the 2017 Virgil Thomson Fellowship from the Society of American Music to work on the next phase of his book “Sights, Sounds, and Silences: Disability in Musical Theater.” The book examines the intersectionality of disability and musical theater. Last month, Leve presented a paper entitled “’Bring my goat [cane] [wheelchair] [ ]’: The Intersectionality of Race and Disability in ‘Porgy and Bess’” at the annual meeting of the Society for American Music. This month Leve will participate in “Scottsboro Boys: Inspiring Community Hope and Understanding” program series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at ASU.
  • School of Communication photography lecturer Amy Horn and five other local photographers are presenting their photographic work, “When Earth Meets the Sky” at Brandy’s Restaurant and Bakery, 1500 E. Cedar Ave. This is the seventh year Horn has displayed her work at Brandy’s and this year is joined by Abe Snider, Monica Saaty, Charles Ruscher, Gwenn McCaleb and Adam Schallau. Brandy’s is open from 6:30am – 3pm daily. This show can be viewed until May 29, 2017.
  • Marilya Veteto Reese, professor of German, co-translated the book “The Art of Science” alongside Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright. Reese has worked on an English-to-German novel by Flagstaff author Warren Perkins, entitled “NAVAJO LIVE” which will be released in a bilingual reading event featuring the new documentary film, “Art of the People,” filmed by NAU filmmaker Kiril Kirkov, and subtitled in German by Reese. This summer Reese will conduct interviews with refugees in Germany and Austria for a new German course this fall. Reese also transcribed and translated Kirkov’s three other documentaries on refugees in Austria earlier this year. Reese’s summer research is to be funded by NAU’s Center for International Education, as well as a scholarship and Creative Activity Program Award.
  • The Parade of Nations kicked off NAU’s International Week with more than 30 countries represented by international students, some in traditional dress. The students were joined by President Rita Cheng and Center for International Education staff (see photo below). The colorful ensemble walked the length of the university, celebrating NAU’s global commitment. Other International Week events included a food festival, a Chinese Cultural Showcase and International Idol.International Week parade