In the Spotlight: Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, 2023

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  • The NAU track & field teams sent athletes to three meets this weekend, with each group seeing success on their first day of competition. 
    • Drew Bosley made his presence known as he competed in the John Thomas Terrier Classic. He broke the school, conference and collegiate 3000-meter record with a time of 7:36.42. 
    • Mitchell Effing also earned a place in history, jumping 7.84 meters in the long jump to win the event at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Team Open. He moved to No. 7 in the country, and third on the NAU All-Time Records list. 
    • Also at the UNM Team Open was Jack Normand, who finished sixth in the high jump with a leap of 1.96 meters.  
    • Brenna Rodriguez set a lifetime best in the long jump at the UNM Team Open, with a mark of 5.79 meters, finishing ninth in the event. Kenashalee Kerr placed 29th with a mark of 5.32 meters. Jenna Figueroa competed in the high jump, taking 12th place with a jump of 1.61 meters. 
    • In Lubbock at the Texas Tech Open & Multis, Alyssa Colbert and David Dunlap each competed in the 60-meter. Colbert ran a time of 7.37 in the first round to qualify for the finals, in which she placed sixth with a time of 7.33. Dunlap ran a time of 6.71 in the first round, narrowly missing out on a trip to the finals. 
  • Associate professor of rhetoric Ira Allen recently published an essay on megafire, climate anxiety, and love of Flagstaff in Local Philosophy. The piece explores how we might live lovingly with fears we ourselves are partially responsible for causing. 
  • Daphne Chen, Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS), has been appointed to serve on the Technical Program Committee of IEEE Semiconductor Interface Specialists Conference (SISC) for 2023-2026. Her published paper “Direct-Grown Helical-Shaped Tungsten-Oxide-Based Devices with Reconfigurable Selectivity for Memory Applications” was highlighted in Journal of Low Power Electronics and Applications as the editor’s pick. 
  • Zhan Xu, assistant professor in the School of Communication, published an article titled “Examining U.S. Newspapers’ Partisan Bias in COVID-19 News Using Computational Methods” in the journal, Communication Studies. This study examined partisan media bias in the U.S. national and local newspapers regarding COVID-19 using computational methods. It visualized the trends of COVID-19 news articles published by left-leaning, least biased and right-leaning media as well as revealed frames that were used in partisan media to report COVID-19. 
  • Laura L. Camden, professor in the School of Communication, received an honorary mention by juror Eric Kunsman for her photograph “Young Boxer, Havana, Cuba in the international photography exhibition Black, White & All the Gray in Between at the Rhode Island Center for the Photographic Arts this December. In addition, Camden’s photograph “School Recess, Mainpat, India” was selected by juror Robi Chakraborty in the international photography exhibition Black and White at the Praxis Photo Arts Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this December.
  • The research of Pamela Bosch, and University of Arizona fourth-year medical student Lizzie Mangone was presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference in 2022. It was recognized with the Stroke Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group Chair Outstanding Scientific Poster Award. The research will be submitted for publication in a medical journal. 
  • Fred DeMicco, executive director and professor in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, was featured in the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association newsletter for his recent publication in Hospitality Ney. This publication regards trends in University-Based Retirement Communities (UBCR), a trend that has continued due partly to the growing needs and wants of retiring Baby Boomers. 
  • DeMicco was also recently published in Hospitality Net for the article, “Hospitality to Health Renaissance: Innovative Community-Based Healthcare Strategies that can have Positive Implications to Lodging and Restaurant Operations.” This paper provides some community-based creative solutions bridging Hospitality to Healthcare – putting the “heart back in healthcare to improve the health and well-being of the community. 
  • Former assistant professor of physical therapy Amit Kumar is a co-author of a research study recently published in JAMA Network. Finding from the study, “Association Between Race and Receipt of Home- and Community-Based Rehabilitation After Traumatic Brain Injury Among Older Medicare Beneficiaries suggest that there are relative shifts in rehabilitation use, with lower outpatient therapy use and higher home health care use among Black patients vs. White patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which may contribute to differences in recovery from TBI and long-term disability. 
  • Northern Arizona University was ranked No. 60 in U.S. News’ ranking for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. NAU also ranked: 
    • No. 36 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans  
    • No. 44 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs 
    • No. 28 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs 
    • No. 68 in Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs  
    • No. 75 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (Excluding MBA) 
    • No. 34 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs for Veterans (Excluding MBA) 
    • No. 97 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs  
    • No. 28 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs for Veterans 
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