In the Spotlight: Aug. 5, 2011

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  • Spotlight
    Several students recently visited with Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and his wife, Martha Shelly, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility in Livermore, Calif. Pictured from left to right: LLNL program manager Steve Grey, Janice Benally, Kimberly Danny, University of Arizona undergraduate student Monique Adakai, Venessa Jim, Ben Shelly, Martha Shelly, Dustin Sagg, Burnell Jones, and LLNL web developer Darlene Yazzie. Toni Goldtooth, not pictured, is participating in her internship at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Four NAU undergraduate students and two graduate students were selected to participate in a ten-week internship at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The intern program, funded by a grant from the United States Department of Energy, is called “Integrating Two Worlds: A Successful Pathway for Native American Students from High School to College to National Nuclear Security Agency Careers.”The students participating in the internship are: undergraduate students Janice Benally, chemistry major;Kimberly Danny, environmental engineering major; Dustin Sagg, electrical engineering major; Burnell Jones, environmental engineering major; graduate studentsVenessa Jim, chemistry; and Toni Goldtooth, mathematics.

  • Andrea Thode, assistant professor in the School of Forestry, and several NAU Forestry students were featured in a recent issue of Fire Science Digest. In the article, “Preparing Tomorrow’s Fire Professionals: Integration of Education, Training and Experience Through Science-Management Partnerships,” Thode discusses hands-on learning opportunities that NAU offers students through mentorships, training and internships. The article may be viewed here.