In the Spotlight: Feb. 5, 2016

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • NAU Forestry faculty members Thomas Kolb and Kristen Waring contributed to a new report that examines the ways to understand and mitigate the effects of drought on forests and rangelands in the United States. Kolb is the lead author of a chapter about forest insect and fungal pathogen responses to drought, and Waring contributed to a chapter about impacts of drought on forest dynamics, structure, diversity and management. The report will help the Forest Service and other forest landowners better manage forests and grasslands impacted by climate change. Read the full report online.
  • Harun DishdanceHarun Mehmedinovic, assistant professor of practice in the School of Communication, was recently featured in Slate for his time-lapse video “Dishdance” created with photographer Gavin Heffernan. The time-lapse shows radio telescope dishes collecting radio energy from distant objects in the sky. The video was shot as part of the Skyglow project, a photo book and time-lapse video series focused on the night sky. Watch the time-lapse here.
  • Fred Solop, professor of Politics and International Affairs, and doctoral candidate Emily Schnurr, recently presented a co-authored paper titled “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Innovative Tactics Used By #BlackLivesMatter” at the 2016 Southern Political Science Association conference. Schnurr also presented a paper titled “Campaign Finance and the Top Two Primary in Washington” while Solop presented “Social Movements and Electoral Activity: A Tale of Two Mobilizations.”
  • Tobias Kreidl, academic computing team lead in Information Technology Services, was one of six awardees honored with the highly competitive Citrix Technology Professional Program award. The international award is bestowed upon professionals who have devoted significant time and resources to become experts in the company’s products and solutions.
  • NAU delegatesEight students from NAU’s Model United Nations club recently traveled to Montreal for a competition at McGill University. Members Emma Schraner and McKenzie McLoughlin received the Book Award, equivalent to a Distinguished Delegation. Pictured from left are: John Murphy, Caitlyn Ratliff, Emma Schraner, Josh Demakovsky, faculty advisor Gretchen Gee, Will Wolf, McKenzie McLoughlin, Austin Rock and Scott Brownell.
  • NAU’s Newman Center was ranked among the Top 50 Best College Newman Centers by Best College Reviews. NAU earned the number 15 spot for its programs including Newman Nights, which feature mass followed by dinner and a speaker, and the Lumberjack Awakening Retreat, a time of reflection, spirituality, and relationship building for students.
  • Great Value Colleges ranked NAU among the 35 Great Value Colleges with Beautiful Campuses for its mix of historic, modern and green buildings and ponderosa pine trees that surround campus. They also cited NAU’s access to almost 50,000 acres of forest and grasslands for hands-on research.