In the Spotlight: Aug. 30, 2013

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  • Laura Gray-Rosendale, professor of English, just published an article, “Making Campuses Safer From Rape” in the Aug. 26 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. The article speaks about the new Campus Sexual Violence Elimination provision, an amendment to the Clery Act, and the opportunity to oppose sexual violence and support its victims.

    An interview with Gray-Rosendale also was featured this morning on KNAU, in which she discussed her new memoir, College Girl, the story of her own sexual assault as a college student and her path to recovery.

  • Ricardo Guthrie
    Ricardo Guthrie stands in front of the historic Southside mural in Flagstaff’s Sunnyside neighborhood.

    Ricardo Guthrie, assistant professor in the Ethnic Studies Program, recently published a journal article, “The Historic Southside Mural Project: Pedagogical Art and Community Empowerment in Desegregated Neighborhoods,” in The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts. The article examines the use of ethnic studies research methodology and neighborhood artwork to help build communities ravaged by continuing legacies of racial segregation. Focusing on Flagstaff’s Southside neighborhoods, the article analyzes the impact of the historic Southside mural, created on the wall of the Murdoch Community Center, less than one mile from Northern Arizona University’s campus.

  • Pamela Geiger Stephens, associate professor of art education, just published a new book and video in the “Dropping In On…” series. Titled Puffer Learns About Ceramics, the book features artwork by Jason Hess, professor of ceramics, and two recent NAU art graduates, Susan Stark and Zoe Kratina-Hathaway.
  • Jim Wilce, professor of anthropology, was elected Member-at-Large of the executive board of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology for a two-year term to start in November at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association.
  • Michael Skelton, associate clinical professor for Communication Sciences and Disorders, recently was certified as the Northern Arizona Audiologist/Provider for Veterans Evaluation Services, a system aimed at addressing urgent needs to help veterans receive their benefits in a timely fashion. Skelton will be performing full hearing evaluations for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and entering the complete reports into the system so benefits can be determined without northern Arizona patients having to travel to distant locations.
  • Mary Towle Harmon, assistant professor for Communication Sciences and Disorders, was awarded a grant by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association to fund a Project on Multicultural Activities that links Harmon to a school district in northern rural Alaska where she will be conducting inservice trainings.
  • Assistant professor Gregory Caporaso is a co-author of “Predictive Functional Profiling of Microbial Communities Using 16S rRNANA Marker Gene Sequences,” published online by Nature Biotechnology. Carporaso worked on the project as an affiliate of the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology at Argonne National Laboratory.
  • Jut Wynne, a biological sciences doctoral candidate and research ecologist with the Colorado Plateau Research Station, recently described a new species of psocid, a small, winged insect, that inhabits caves on Easter Island. Wynne, along with coauthor Edward Mockford of Illinois State University, named the new species after a local Rapanui man who, along with his daughter, has cataloged locations and contents of caves on the island over the last 15 years. The scientific paper is available here.