In the Spotlight: Aug. 23, 2013

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  • NAU President John Haeger participated in a panel discussion in Phoenix on Tuesday that focused on higher education issues in Arizona. Other panelists at the “Morning Scoop with Arizona Capitol Times” included Eileen Klein, president of the Arizona Board of Regents, and Rep. Bob Robson, rules chairman for the Arizona House of Representatives. The discussion was moderated by Jim Small, Arizona News Service editor.
Students conduct interviews in Istanbul
Students conducted interviews in eight neighborhoods in Istanbul and produced multimedia content to tell the story of conflicts and protests during a monthlong study abroad program in Turkey. Kurt Lancaster, associate professor in the School of Communication, worked with students in the field to guide them on how to film documentaries.
  • Kurt Lancaster, associate professor in the School of Communication, taught a multimedia class in international reporting for a summer study abroad program in Istanbul. Lancaster went into the field with students to teach how to film documentaries by visiting various neighborhoods of the city. The result was The Istanbul Project, a compilation of the students’ work presented from the viewpoint of a foreign correspondent.
  • Lindsay Wagner, director of Facilities Services, received the Pacesetter Award from APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities, an international association of educational institutions and their facilities and physical plant departments. The award is designed to encourage further participation in APPA among those who have already made significant contributions at their regions or chapters. Wagner was honored at the association’s 2013 conference and exhibition in Minneapolis, Minn., earlier this month.
  • Tom Paradis, chair of Geography, Planning and Recreation, Melinda Treml, associate director of Curriculum and Assessment, and Mark Manone, assistant professor of practice for Geography, Planning and Recreation, have published a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Urbanism that showcases the new major in the Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation. Called Geographic Science and Community Planning, the major combines skills of geospatial science, GIS mapping and urban planning in an innovative framework known as Geodesign. Treml assisted the department in its curriculum design during 2010-11, and the program recently opened its new Geodesign Studio classroom in 117 SBS West.
  • Kathleen J. Ferraro, chair and professor of sociology and social work, recently received the 2013 Lee Founders Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. The award recognizes significant achievements that, over a distinguished career, have demonstrated a longtime devotion to the humanistic tradition of sociology.