In the Spotlight: Aug. 21, 2015

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Arizona Highways photoAmy Horn, photography lecturer in the School of Communication, had a photograph published in the September issue of Arizona Highways magazine. The photo was captured at Watson Lake in Prescott, Ariz. and is being used to promote the magazine’s annual photo contest titled “Take Your Best Shot.”
  • Nathan Nieto, assistant professor of microbiology at Northern Arizona University, recently contributed to a new study in PLOS ONE, which reveals ticks in the San Francisco Bay Area carry a larger diversity of bacteria than expected and may help explain why Lyme disease symptoms vary widely among Bay Area patients. Previous findings by Nieto’s lab identified Lyme disease in Bay Area ticks. The variety of bacterial species and strains identified in the new study may be the reason that Bay Area patients with tick-borne diseases experience a wide range of symptoms, making exact diagnoses extremely difficult.
  • Octaviana V. Trujillo, professor of Applied Indigenous Studies, was featured in the August issue of Alaska Airlines magazine, Alaska Beyond. Trujillo was among the leaders profiled in the article titled, “Native Leaders: Icons of indigenous communities help guide 21 century progress.” Trujillo was the first chairwoman of the Pascua Yaqui tribe and the founding chair of NAU’s Applied Indigenous Studies department.
  • Rick Szal, lecturer of economics, has been appointed to the Fulbright Association Board of Directors of the Arizona Chapter where he will serve as the Board’s treasurer. The Fulbright Association has more than 60 chapters across the United States, all led and managed by alumni members, with the goal of promoting international scholarly exchange. A Fulbright event will be held at NAU in March.
  • Cynthia Catizone, senior producer and director for NAU-TV, was recognized along with her student-production crew as a 2015 Sports Media Awards finalist by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. NAU-TV produces nearly 40 live sporting events each school year, which are carried on Fox Sports channels including Fox Sports Arizona. This season’s first broadcast will be Labor Day weekend with a double-header volleyball match.