In the Spotlight: Dec. 14, 2012

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Greg Caporaso, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is a co-author of “Cross-Biome Metagenomic Analyses Soil Microbial Communities and their Functional Attributes,” which appears online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Caporaso’s role in the study involved high-throughput sequencing to investigate microbial communities.
  • Angele Anderfuren, lecturer in the School of Communication, has been awarded a micro grant from Northern Arizona University’s Parent Leadership Council. The grant will fund the purchase of five mobile multimedia production kits that will allow students to work with mobile technologies to produce professional quality stories.
  • NAU-Yuma social work students completed four community change projects with area service providers this semester in Yuma, Ariz., and Imperial County, Calif.
    • In one project, students collaborated with the Yuma Sunrise Rotary Club to promote the screening of the polio documentary, The Shot Felt ’Round the World. Students provided community education about polio, sold tickets to the screening and raised funds to benefit polio research.
    • Another group of students completed a YouTube video project that provides education on sexually transmitted infections.
    • Imperial County students created a Natural Disaster Comfort Kit for elementary students at the Desert Garden Elementary School. The kits are filled with items such as letters from parents, family pictures, favorite toys and games, and nonperishable snacks. In the event of a natural disaster, the kits will be provided to the children as a way of helping the students cope.
    • An Anti-Obesity Program at the Pine School in Holtville, Calif., was a partnership with Imperial County United Way to provide elementary age children information on nutrition, exercise and healthy habits.