In the Spotlight: Jan. 27, 2012

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • School of Forestry doctoral candidate Tabitha Graves is one of four students selected for the David H. Smith Conservation Research post-doctoral fellowship. Graves’ fellowship will allow her to complete a project that involves combining different datasets such as genetics and marked animal observations and to optimize spatial sampling. Graves will be stationed at Colorado State University while she works to improve monitoring of grizzly bears and other species.
  • Two students from Brazil are attending NAU this academic year through the Brazilian government’s Science Without Borders program. The program is sponsored by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and part of an initiative to grant 100,000 scholarships that will send students abroad for two semesters to learn at the best universities around the world. Priority is given to students majoring in the fields of science, technology, math and engineering. Raquel Gewehr de Mello is a geology major and Gledson Tondo is an engineering major.
  • NAU alumnae Delphine Rodriguez and Jeri Williams were named among Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women by the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project. The project is part of the multifaceted initiative to celebrate Arizona’s centennial.Rodriguez, who earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational leadership from NAU, is being recognized for her work with the San Carlos Unified School District and the San Carlos Apache Regional Partnership Council of First Things First.

    Williams, who earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from NAU, was assistant police chief for the city of Phoenix and is the first African American woman to achieve the high rank in an Arizona law enforcement agency. Williams currently serves as the chief of police for the city of Oxnard, Calif. 

    Former educator and public policy advocate Nadine Basha, Gov. Rose Mofford and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano also are among the women named by Arizona Centennial Legacy Project and all have received honorary doctoral degrees from NAU.