In the Spotlight: April 19, 2019

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  • Professor of creative media and film Mark Neumann had his experimental documentary “Everywhere West” selected for exhibition in the “Film as Idea, Film as Film, Film as Art” festival in Warsaw, Poland. Neumann’s work is a film-poem that takes viewers on a journey across America. The film was selected by a jury including renowned Polish artist, filmmaker and poet Ewa Partum.
  • English professor Fredricka Stoller organized for Vietnamese Fulbright scholar Tran Thi Thanh Hue, vice dean ofVisiting Fulbright scholar in front of NAU sign the faculty of foreign languages at An Giang University, to tour NAU. The weeklong trip included meetings with leadership of the Center for International Education and Program in Intensive English and a lecture for doctoral students in applied linguistics, masters students in TESL, undergraduates in the Department of English and visiting students from China and Germany.
  • A number of faculty members in the Physician Assistant Studies program were recognized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), winning two out of five national awards:
    • Andy Le and Linda Som, who are clinical partners with the PA program, won the Preceptor of the Year Award (a joint award from AAPA and the Physician Assistant Education Association) for demonstrating a commitment to excellence in the clinical education of PA students.
    • Bettie Coplan won the Publishing Award as the lead author on “Burnout, job satisfaction, and stress levels of PAs,” published in the Journal of the American Academy of PAs. The paper was highlighted for its original and scientifically rigorous ideas contributing to advancement in the PA profession.
  • Psychological sciences professors Heidi Wayment and Ann Huffman, assistant professor in athletic training Monica Lininger and doctoral student in interdisciplinary health Taylor Lane published “Relationship of athletic and academic identity to concussion reporting intentions” in Musculoskeletal Science and Practice. The paper focuses on the potential role self-identity processes play in the intentions to report concussion symptoms.
  • Criminology and criminal justice professor Robert Schehr and his German co-author Stefan Harrendorf of Greifswald University presented their research on German and American analyses of wrongful conviction at the University of Zurich’s Legal Science Institute in Switzerland. Schehr is one of 50 legal and social science scholars in their second year of meeting to address problems relating to criminal law and criminal justice in both common law and civil legal systems.
  • Catherine Lockmiller, health science librarian at Phoenix Biomedical Campus, hosted the community’s first Living Library. The event was similar to the Human Library with an added focus on health disparities experienced by patients from at-risk populations. Participants included students from NAU’s College of Health and Human Services and other state universities.
  • Northern Arizona University was included in a number of rankings:
  • Faculty members Laurie Dickson, Melissa Welker, Terri Hayes and Flower Darby won two of five grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their proposals “Student Success Through Teaching Excellence” Gates grant winnersand “Transforming English Language Learning.” Helping students succeed by better preparing graduate students and faculty to teach with excellence is the common theme of both. Work on these projects will begin immediately, with results to be shared nationally next Spring.
Cheyenne Jarrette