In the Spotlight: July 11-16, 2022

Kudos to these faculty, staff, students, and programs 

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  • Frederick DeMicco, executive director and professor of School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, authored the article, Halal Cuisine Could Provide a Competitive Advantage in Hotels and Resorts.” This article looks at how food branded as halal is increasing consumerism in the restaurant industry. 
  • Aleksandra Chekalina and Elle Kocourkova represented the NAU golf team on the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s All-American Scholar list, one of the toughest Scholar Teams to qualify for in all of college athletics. This is Kocourkova’s fourth career WGCA All-American Scholar honor; she is the only Lumberjack golfer in program history to earn four such awards. This is   second honor of her career. 
  • A recent paper looking at biocrust adaptation to novel climates was published in Frontiers in MicrobiologyAnita Antoninka of the School of Forestry was the lead author, and co-authors include Pete Chuckran and Rebecca Mau of the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, and Matthew Bowker of the School of Forestry. The study demonstrated that biocrusts are sensitive to climate change and a transplant experiment revealed that mature biocrusts do better in cooler wetter environments than their home.
  • A new article on carbon/livestock grazing in semi-arid grasslands was published in Geoderma. The authors include graduate student Megan Dean McKenna and Nancy Collins Johnson from the School of Earth and Sustainability and Anita Antoninka, faculty in the School of Forestry. The article discusses how organic and inorganic soil carbon in semi-arid rangeland is primarily related to abiotic factors and not livestock grazing. 
  • Once again, The NAU’s women’s tennis team was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team for the ninth time in the past 11 years. Additionally, Elinor Beazley, Annabel Davis and Gina Dittmann earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors. For Beazley, it is the third honor of her career in her third season with the Lumberjacks, while Dittmann earned her second in as many seasons and Davis her first in her first collegiate season.