In the Spotlight: Jan. 11, 2013

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Mark Gula, a lecturer in technical writing and an NAU alumnus, was awarded an Elizabeth George Foundation artistic grant for unpublished fiction writers, poets and emerging playwrights. Gula will use the grant to seek an agent and publisher for his first draft of a novel titled The Absence of Dust. The work of fiction follows character James Martin, a government employee with a penchant for mixed martial arts and hunting for scorpions who is searching for self-worth and contentment.
  • Joelle Clark and Lori Rubino-Hare, professional development coordinators for NAU’s Center for Science, Teaching and Learning, are among the first Endorsed Professional Development Partners qualified to present The Boston Museum of Science’s Engineering is Elementary curriculum. Thus far, Clark and Rubino-Hare have offered four workshops on science, technology and engineering to 38 Arizona teachers.
  • Chris Parish, doctoral student in the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, has been selected to receive the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Natural Resource Professional of the Year Award. Parish is the project director for The Peregrine Fund’s Condor Recovery Program and conducts research in NAU’s Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology.
  • Travis Sowards, undergraduate student in the School of Forestry, has been named one of 10 students nationwide to serve as a U.S. Forest Service Student Ambassador for the 2012-13 academic year. Sowards will act as an on-campus resource for connecting students with internship and job opportunities available within the federal agency.