In the Spotlight: Feb. 24, 2011

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  • Paul Dutton, executive director for the Interdisciplinary Health Policy Institute at Northern Arizona University, had an opinion piece published in the Feb. 11 edition of the New York Times. The article, “Are Doctors Too Quick to Cut?” asks whether the American medical culture relies too heavily on surgical treatments.
  • A team of construction management students earned second place honors in the Commercial Construction category of the recent Associated Schools of Construction regional competition in Reno, Nev. More than 1,200 students representing 50 schools participated, making the competition the association’s largest regional competition in the country. NAU sent teams to compete in the following categories: Heavy Civil Construction, Building Information Modeling, Preconstruction Services and Commercial Construction.
  • Two student-produced short films will be screened at the Sedona Film Festival, which takes place Feb. 20-27.The films were the judges’ and the audience favorites selected during the fall semester’s 73-Hour Film Festival, presented by the School of Communication, the Electronic Media and Film program and UTV 62, the university’s student-run television station. The 73-Hour Film Festival challenges students to produce a five-minute film within 73 hours, centered around a theme and one line of dialogue.Sierra Rankow, electronic media and film major, was the film festival director, and Kate Hinojosa, journalism and interior design dual major, was the assistant festival director. The judges’ award winner was Anhydrous, produced by Danielle CullumChelsea ClarkMargo McClellan and Cleo Saenz. The audience winner was Flame and Fortune, produced by Addison WilletCJ LeeHannah Straus and Carly Straus.
  • Florence Karlstrom, an emeritus professor of sociology, will be honored March 10 by Planned Parenthood at its 38th annual Roe v. Wade Anniversary Celebrations at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Karlstrom is being recognized for her long-time advocacy for women, children and families. She led service agency leaders and university faculty in forming the Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth. Karlstrom serves on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Foster Care Review Board for Coconino County.
  • J. Judson “Jut” Wynne, doctoral candidate in biological science and research ecologist for the Colorado Plateau Research Station, recently was featured in Tähdet Ja Avaruus, a Finnish astronomy magazine, for his research related to cave detection and cave ecology. The article, “Luolatutkija tähyää Marsiin (A Cave Researcher Looks at Mars),” written by Mikko Suominen, can be viewed here.