In the Spotlight: Feb. 13-17, 2023

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  • Catharyn Shelton, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Specialties, has recently published an article that highlights practical ways pre K-12 teachers can be critical, careful, and savvy users of online curriculum marketplaces like This is an important piece that highlights the work Shelton has been involved with for years. 
  • Emma Federman, an Honors College student double majoring in biomedical science and psychology, won first place in the poster competition at The Wildlife Society AZ/NM Conference last week. Her poster, “Detection of Listed Bat Species Under Bridges Through the Use of Fecal DNA” was selected for the top prize among presentations given by undergraduates and graduate students. Federman is working at the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute with faculty mentor Faith Walker through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity’s Interns-to-Scholars program.
  • Brendan Trachsel, president of the Associated Students at Northern Arizona University (ASNAU), and parks and recreation management degree-seeking student with an emphasis in outdoor education & leadership, wrote a short article highlighting the PRM program and finding a path toward meaningful experiential education here at NAU. The article is entitled “Finding My Path to Parks and Recreation.” It was published in the ‘We Are Parks and Recreation’ section of this February’s NRPA magazine. 
  • Northern Arizona University was recognized for a CANOPUS First Place award with the entry Photography Professors Complete with Children’s Cameras in the category of Video/Online Video (Single) – Toy & Hobby at the 2022 Vega Digital Awards. The awards are hosted by the International Awards Associate (IAA), a team of individuals who have dedicated themselves to honoring professional excellence with award programs running at a global scale. 
  • The Northern Arizona University track & field teams finished their road trip with a bang, setting new school records at the Don Kirby Invitational. 
    • Alyssa Colbert ran the 200-meter, capitalizing on the banked track to run a time of 23.66. This time is both a new school and conference record. Colbert finished seventh overall in the event. 
    • Desmond Lott set a new PR to tie for the top mark in the weight throw in the Big Sky. He threw 20.28 meters, taking sixth place in the event. John Murphy and Parker Bays placed ninth and tenth with throws of 19.54 meters and 18.44 meters, respectively. 
    • The women’s 4×400-meter relay finished in a time of 3:37.89, easily toppling the previous record set in 2018 and finishing second in the event. Running for the Lumberjacks were LiNay Perry, Kyairra Reigh, Alonna Johnson and LaTrouchka Duke. 
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