In the Spotlight: Jan. 14, 2009

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • William H. Wiist, professor of Health Sciences and special assistant to the executive dean of the College of Health and Human Services, was interviewed on Wisconsin radio station WTCH (AM 960) about the relationship between spirituality, religion and health. Download the Brian Grieves radio show “Health Talk.”
  • Pam Stephens, associate professor of art education, recently published the second edition of her text, Bridging the Curriculum through Art: Interdisciplinary Connections. The book is coauthored with Nancy Walkup, editor of SchoolArts magazine and focuses on the learning outcomes of quality art education.
  • Martha Portree, the Cline librarian who died in 2007 at the age of 40, is one of four NAU staff members to have an article published in the Winter 2008 issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly.In addition to Portree, Tina Adams and Sean Evans, also Cline librarians, as well as John Doherty, an instructional designer in the E-Learning Center, co-wrote “Overcoming Transactional Distance: Instruction Intent in an E-mail Reference Service.”

    The article is dedicated in Portree’s memory.

  • Richard “Tony” Parker, professor of speech communication in the School of Communication, presented an invited paper, “Immortal Metaphor: A Marketplace of Ideas for the 21st Century,” at the annual convention of the National Communication Association in San Diego in November.
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    The College of Education has published a new book calledIndigenous Language Revitalization: Encouragement, Guidance and Lessons Learned. This book is the sixth in a series of indigenous language monographs published by NAU. Its contents come from the 14th and 15th annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages conferences held in 2007 at Mount Pleasant, Mich. and in 2008 at NAU. All of the indigenous language books are available on the Teaching Indigenous Language web site. Papers are now being accepted for this year’s Indian education conference on June 12-13. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 30.

  • Dennis C. Tanner, professor in the Department of Health Sciences and John Sciacca, dean of health sciences at Cyprus College in Los Angeles, published “Logical alternatives to aphasia therapy when evidence-based research is lacking” in the Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology. It was published in the Clinical Notes section and addressed the concept of “clinical syllogisms” for determining aphasia therapies when evidence-based research is lacking.
  • Sam Minkler
    “Memories Revisited” by Sam Minkler

    The fine art photography of Sam Minkler, associate professor in the School of Communication, was featured during an art market at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City in December.

  • The Arizona Commission on the Arts awarded Jane Armstrong Woodman, associate professor of English, an Artist Project Grant. Armstrong Woodman is one of 18 artists from across Arizona to receive the prestigious grant. She will produce a book-length collage of essays, “Building the House I Grew Up In: A Book of Lies,” that investigate the reliability of personal narrative.