In the Spotlight: Oct. 12, 2012

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  • Northern Arizona University staff members earned three awards last week at the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences annual Emmy Awards ceremony in Phoenix. NAU had 10 nominations this year.NAU-TV producer-photographer Jerry Anderfuren won three awards—after receiving eight nominations—for his work on “Being Green” and “Why NAU,” two promotional commercials for NAU.NAU Alumni Relations staff members Krista Perkins andRosanne Burton and former staff member Angele Anderfuren, now a lecturer in the School of Communicationwere nominated in the category of commercial-single spot or campaign for the Northern Arizona University Mobile App.

    The documentary, Forests Under Fire: The Race to Restore the American West, produced by NAU’s Ecological Restoration Institute, was nominated for an Emmy in the category of environment-program/special.

  • Professor Robert Trotter, adjunct Elizabeth Briody and master’s graduate Tracy Meerwarth have received the Robert B. Textor and Family Prize in Anticipatory Anthropology for their work on “The Ideal Plant Culture Project.” The award is presented by the American Anthropological Association. Working collaboratively with General Motors, the Ideal Culture Project helped bring about organizational change in General Motors and developed an approach that can be used by others seeking organizational change. The three also have co-written the book Transforming Culture: Creating and Sustaining a Better Manufacturing Organization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
  • Dennis Catlin, criminology and criminal justice professor, was named Educator of the Year by the Arizona Justice Educators Association. The association cited his high ethical standards, outstanding achievements, contribution and dedication to students and faculty in criminal justice education. Catlin is a long-time member of the association, which represents Arizona community college and university criminal justice instructors.
  • Sixteen faculty members and students from the Program in Intensive English recently gave presentations at Arizona Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages State Conference. Presenters included administrators Jackie Evans and Hannaliisa Savolainen; instructors Laura Zurlo and Charlotte Remmel; teaching assistants Marianna BeeryTingting Kang, Yilmin Koo, Qiandi Liu, Jena Lynch, Nadege Neta, Kerry Pusey, Randy Rebman, Nick Velde, Linxiao Wang, Xin Wang; and graduate student Maria Nelly Gutierrez-Arvizu. The 16 separate presentations were related to research and teaching in NAU’s Program for Intensive English.
  • Physics and math senior John (JJ) Zanazzi recently won honorable mention for his essay “Defining Cosmological Complexity” from New Cosmic Frontiers in an international competition. He will travel to Philadelphia next weekend to accept his award. Zanazzi also has received a scholarship from the American Mathematical Society to the prestigious Math in Moscow program for the spring.
  • Mandy Hansen, associate director for the Center for International Education and director of International Admissions, had an article published in the fall 2012 IIENetworker, a publication of the Institute of International Education that is distributed internationally. The article, “Take a Deep Breath: Making International Enrollment Management Manageable,” is available online.
  • Professor Brant Short from the School of Communication had his essay, “Greenwashing to Green Advocacy: The Environmental Imperative in Organizational Rhetoric,” published in Talking Green: Exploring Contemporary Issues in Environmental Communications, edited by Lee Ahern and Denise Bortree of the College of Communications at Penn State. Short’s essay grew out of a lecture he presented in 2010 on several university and college campuses as part of an initiative funded by the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication.
  • Associate professor Lori Poloni-Staudinger, from Politics and International Affairs, will give a talk, titled “Terrorism and Violent Conflict: Women’s Agency, Leadership and Responses,” to the American Academy of University Women in Prescott on Saturday, Oct. 13.
  • Senior fullback Jake Hess has been named a candidate for the 2012 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards. He is one 147 semifinalists for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the best football scholar-athlete in the nation.