In the Spotlight: Aug. 30, 2019

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  • College Consensus has ranked Northern Arizona University in the top 25 most affordable online college programs. The rankings are based on Peterson’s authoritative data on cost per credit.
  • Eric D. Yordy, associate professor of business law in The W. A. Franke College of Business, became president of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business at the organization’s annual conference, held this year in Montreal, Canada. Yordy planned and hosted the conference as the president-elect and conference chair.
  • Psychological sciences professor Michelle Miller had her piece, “How to Make Smart Choices About Tech for Your Course,” published in The Chronicle of Higher Education this month. The article answers the burning question of how professors should choose which technology to use in the higher education classroom setting.
  • Jamie Awe, a professor in the Department of Anthropology, authored a piece about his work in recent excavations in Belize, which was published in Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology. The report documents Awe’s findings in Belize and the socio-political implications they prove. Additionally, Awe and fellow anthropology professor Claire Ebert co-authored several articles about their research into the ancient Maya in Belize. “The Role of Diet in Resilience and Vulnerability to Climate Change: Stable Isotope Evidence from the Ancient Maya Community at Cahal Pech, Belizeexamines the effects of the Terminal Classic drought on the ancient civilization and how their diets helped them stay resilient through climate change. “Defining the Preclassic Ceramic Economy at Cahal Pech, Belize Using Geochemical Compositional Analyses” is a study that uses neutron activation of ceramics found at the excavation site to determine economic change and social complexity in the area.
  • Nancy Wonders, a professor of criminology and criminal justice, wrote two articles for Border Criminologies, a research blog supported by the University of Oxford. “Migration as a Social Movementlooks at migration patterns and how they exhibit social movement dynamics, and “Introducing the New Themed Series on Transforming Borders from Below” is part of a series that evaluates global migration from the perspective of those who have crossed borders.   
  • Lisa Hardy, associate professor in anthropology, co-created the Sunnyside Longevity Project with Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans in hopes of shedding light on health inequality and social justice in the Sunnyside neighborhood. The project has received an honorable mention for the RWJF-CCPH Award for Health Equity 2018.
  • Political science and international affairs professor Zachary Smith co-authored “Green Gilded Oil: How Faux Sustainability by US Oil Companies is Undermining Neo-Sustainability,” The article, published in “Sustainability,” talks about greenwashing, the role it plays in the United States and its danger to neo-sustainability.