In the Spotlight: Jan. 24-28

Kudos to these faculty, staff, students and programs

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  • Bruce Hungate, Regents’ professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Hungate, who studies how soil microbes interact with their environments and how those microbes and plants affect the climate, joins a class of 564 scientists, engineers, and innovators being recognized this year for their scientific achievements.
  • Allen Z. Reich, professor, Isbell Ethics Professor and President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow in the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management, W. A. Franke College of Business, along with Wenbin Dai, associate professor in the College of Economics and Management at Tianjin University of Science and Technology (a former Chinese Scholar at NAU) had the article, The Differential Impact of Monological and Dialogical Corporate Social Responsibility Communication Strategies on Brand Trust in the Credence Goods Market, accepted by the Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing & Logistics. Corporate Social Responsibility and Brand Trust in the context of this article infer Ethical Legitimacy. The research was funded by the Isbell Ethics Center at the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management.
  • Northern Arizona University has been recognized by The Excelligent Magazine as one of the “Most Recommended Nursing Schools in America 2022.” 
  • Fred DeMicco, executive director and professor in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, authored an article that was recently published on The article, titled “Using Robotics to Elevate Experiences in Restaurants, Hotels, and Senior Living Spaces”, talks about the implementation of robotics in real-world scenarios. 
  • Nitika Sharma, a lecturer in the Department of Ethnic Studies, was interviewed about her dissertation, “Menstruation Rituals among Hindu Women of Nepalese Origin,” for a piece in Nepal’s leading daily newspaper, The Kathmandu Post. She discusses the difficult relationship with menstruation and societal norms in Nepal. 
  • Amit Kumar, assistant professor for the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, has had three articles published over the last two weeks. His three articles are “Medicare Claim-Based National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale to Predict 30-Day Mortality and Hospital Readmission”, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, “Rehabilitation Care at the Time of Coronavirus Disease-19 (COVID-19) Pandemic: A Scoping Review of Health System Recommendations”, published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, and “Healthcare utilization and costs among high-need and frail Mexican American Medicare beneficiaries”, published in PLOS ONE.
  • Undergraduate student Claire Gibson, a double major in philosophy and astronomy and planetary science, is interning with the Flagstaff Festival of Science. She interviewed Ph.D. student Lucas McClure about his research, teaching and outreach. The story was posted on the festival website.
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