In the Spotlight: Aug. 23, 2019

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  • Northern Arizona University committed a team of 102 people to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Climb to Conquer Cancer of Flagstaff at Snowbowl Saturday. NAU’s team raised $2,890. The Flagstaff event raised $132,380 to put toward the fight against cancer.
  • Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW) in the College of Health and Human Services earned a 2019 Phoenix Award in the category of Homeless Service. Students in SHOW offer health and behavioral care to the homeless population in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Phoenix Awards program identifies companies that have achieved significant marketing success in their local community.
  • Criminology and criminal justice professors Linda Robyn and Marianne Nielsen co-authored a book that was released in August. “Colonialism is Crime” presents the relationships between colonial crimes and their continued social and criminal consequences today.
  • Biological sciences professor Jeff Foster is a co-principal investigator on a $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation and the Natural Science Foundation of China. The collaborative team, which is headed by researchers at Virginia Tech, hopes to understand the long-term host and pathogen dynamics of white-nose syndrome in bats which could provide implications for other infectious diseases as well.
  • The American Geophysical Union (AGU) announced that biological sciences professor Ted Schuur would be committed to the 2019 Class of Fellows. This honor is bestowed on only 0.1 percent of the AGU membership in any given year.
  • Northern Arizona University was ranked No. 35 on the most affordable online bachelor’s degree in psychology programs and No. 31 on the most affordable bachelor’s degree in communication and public relations programs by Affordable Schools. The rankings are determined by examining the average cost of attendance in conjunction with the student-to-faculty ratio and then awarding points based on those figures. In both areas, NAU was awarded three out of six points.
  • Flower Darby, assistant director of the e-Learning Center, co-authored the book, “Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes.” The book has received positive reception, and Darby appeared on the podcast “Teaching in Higher Ed” to discuss her work.
  • Emily Schneider, an incoming professor of criminology, authored “Touring for peace: the role of dual-narrative tours in creating transnational activists,” published in the International Journal of Tourism Cities. The piece addresses the debate about contact-based changes in attitudes are related to activism.
  • Geography, planning and recreation professor David Folch co-authored an article published in Geographical Analysis. “Connecting Points to Spatial Networks: Effect on Discrete Optimization Models,” investigates the connection method of network allocation by examining how the density of centroid connectors affects travel costs along the network and how the algorithms utilized to determine the placement of connectors are affected by the density of connectors.
  • Luis Fernandez, chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, authored an article entitled “Presidential Address: Abolitionist Approaches to Social Problems.” It appeared in Social Problems, the official publication of the Society of the Study of Social Problems.