In the Spotlight: Dec. 6-Dec. 10

Kudos to these faculty, staff, students and programs

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  • Gioia Woods, professor of comparative cultural studies, began the NAU Plague Project, which brought students, faculty and community together to read Albert Camus’ 1947 novel “The Plague” and to participate in a wide variety of events, including panels and presentations by professionals on campus and in our community alongside Nicole Walker and Donelle Ruwe, professors of English. In November, the Plague Project reached a national audience in the first episode of the podcast “Making Meaning: Why the Humanities Matter,” produced by the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
  • Martin Sommerness, professor of journalism, presented research conducted with Nicole Hampton, senior lecturer of educational specialties, and Amy Hitt, associate professor of practice of strategic communication. The speaker session, titled “CliftonStrengths in the Classroom for Undergraduates, Graduate Students and Alumni,” was presented at the Association of Career and Technical Education CareerTech Vision Conference on Dec. 2.
  • Ricardo Guthrie, associate professor of ethnic studies, will be honored as a community newsmaker by the Arizona Informant newspaper at their 50th Anniversary Gala on Dec. 9 in Phoenix. The award is given in recognition of his “commitment and dedication to the African-American community.” Guthrie also received a $5,000 sustainability grant from the City of Flagstaff for his project, “Resilience and the Lived Black Experience in the Historic Southside.” The project will help build resilience via educational kiosks, plaques and artifacts throughout the city.
  • Richard Quartaroli, the Special Collections Librarian Emeritus, had an article published in the Autumn 2021 issue of Annals of Wyoming: The Wyoming History Journal, “Field of Green, Keg of Blue: Green River’s ‘Jake’ Field, Blue Head Whiskey, and John Wesley Powell.”
  • Mark Loeffler, associate professor of astronomy and planetary science, was interviewed by KJZZ in a broadcast about research showing that asteroids hitting Earth billions of years ago may have provided the missing ingredients for the planet’s oceans.
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