In the Spotlight: Feb. 7-11

NAU Spotlights: Feb. 7-11 

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  • Anna Engle, Ph.D. student in the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, was accepted to attend the Caltech Space Challenge in March. Engle is one of 32 selected out of 900 applicants. 
  • Cristina Thomas, assistant professor in Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, has been named to the James Webb Space Telescope Users Committee.  
  • Christopher Edwards, associate professor in Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, was re-selected as a Mars Science Laboratory Participating Scientist. Edwards also was awarded a continuation of the Emirates Mars Mission Training funding at NAU for at least another year following the augmentation of an existing award. He also has a Mars Student Camera Development Class underway,. 
  • Abe Springer, professor in the School of Earth and Sustainability, will be on a distinguished lecture tour this year. Springer will give lectures nearly 30 times at universities, agencies and organizations in North America and in Europe. 
  • James Bowie, principal lecturer of sociology, published the article, “Why the Washington Commanders rebranding is way too much and still not enough” in Fast Company. The article discusses why the NFL team, in replacing its offensive nickname, ended up with an identity that many consider “minor league.” 
  • Fred DeMicco, executive director and professor for the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, recently published, “The Use of Apple Glasses for Augmenting Guest Services for Lodging and Hospitality Bridging Healthcare (H2H),” in Hotel Online. The article examines how hotels, hospitals, Medi-Spas, etc. can leverage technology to provide advanced and focused high level service experience for the hospitality industry  
  • Amit Kumar, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, recently received funding to study disparity in transitions of care from acute to post-acute settings in American Indians and Alaska Natives patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and without ADRD diagnoses.  
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