In the Spotlight: April 3-7, 2023 

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  • Ph.D. student Cara Caruolo presented her master’s research at the American Association of Geographers conference in Denver. Her study, titled “Community Perceptions of Wildfire Mitigation and Risk Perception in Colorado Springs,” won the Kasperson student paper award within the Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group. 
  • NAU’s Department of Politics and International Affairs Master of Public Administration Program recently sent graduate students Halley McIntyre and Jessica Watson to compete in the global Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration’s Student Simulation Competition in Denver student simulation.  The purpose of the simulation is to bring together students, across the globe, to tackle real-life public sector problems. This year’s focus was on the management of wildlife fires. Watson was part of the winning team—a program and university first. 
  • Trevor Hook set a new school record in javelin with his performance at the Texas Relays. His mark of 68.49 meters during the B section at the Texas Relays cements his place at the top of the Big Sky and puts him within the Top 20 in the nation in the event. 
  • The NAU track & field teams swept the Big Sky Outdoor Athlete of the Week awards following impressive performances at the Willie Williams Classic.  
    • David Dunlap was named Men’s Track Athlete of the Week following his event win in the 200-meter. He ran a time of 20.65, easily winning the event and putting him at seventh in the nation. Dunlap also ranks first in the Big Sky and third in the west region in the event.
    • Mitchell Effing won the Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honor after winning the long jump with a mark of 7.79 meters. Effing is currently ranked sixth in the nation, third in the region and first in the Big Sky in the long jump. 
    • Alyssa Colbert took home the Women’s Track Athlete of the Week award on the back of an event win in the 100-meter dash and a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash. She ran a time of 11.46 in the 100-meter and a time of 23.83 in the 200-meter. Colbert is ranked 23rd in the nation in the event, as well as being ranked eighth in the west region and first in the Big Sky. 
    • Jade Kwinn was named Women’s Field Athlete of the Week after her second-place performance in the javelin throw. Kwinn threw for a distance of 48.76 meters to earn a ranking of 24th in the nation, 15th in the region, and first in the Big Sky. 
  • Assistant research professor of astronomy and planetary sciences Allie Rutledge was recently awarded a NASA grant worth $47,000 to augment her esker project in Iceland. These funds will allow Rutledge, alongside APS associate professor Christopher Edwards, graduate research assistant Ari Koeppel, Ph.D. student Natalie Jones and their collaborators to extend their Summer 2023 field season and gather even more data at the glacier being studied. 
  • Rutledge also is a co-author on a recent review paper about eskers on Mars. The article discusses several open questions posed by the existence of glacier-linked eskers on Mars, including on their global-scale abundance and distribution, the drivers and dynamics of melting and drainage, and the fate of meltwater upon reaching the ice margin. Such questions provide rich opportunities for collaboration between the Mars and Earth cryosphere research communities. 
  • Recent Ph.D. graduates Colin Chandler and Will Oldroyd, associate APS professor Chad Trujillo, incoming Ph.D.student Will Burris, former undergraduate student Jay Kueny, current undergraduate student Jarod DeSpain and current graduate student Kennedy Farrell have a new paper out announcing the discovery of a main-belt comet (MBC), 2010 LH15 (alternately designated 2010 TJ175). 
  • Fred DeMicco, professor in the School of Hotel and restaurant Management (HRM) and HRM student Jackie Guzman authored an article published on HospitalityNet. The article discusses new career opportunities in hospitality bridging health care. 
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