In the Spotlight: Jun. 26, 2011

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Thomas Whitham, Regents’ Professor of biological sciences, was selected to receive this year’s Eminent Ecologist Award from the Ecological Society of America. The award is given to a senior ecologist in recognition of an outstanding body of ecological work or sustained ecological contributions of extraordinary merit.The society notes that Whitham’s explanation of how genetic variation can manifest at higher levels of ecological organization “is a particularly exciting area of research in evolutionary ecology,” and describes him as a renowned mentor to an entire generation of ecologists.
  • Tom Kolb, professor of forestry, and Matthew Hurteau, forest ecologist with NAU’s School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, participated in a Science Live online discussion that addressed the subject, “Is Climate Change Stoking Global Wildfires?” Science Live is a weekly program sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A transcript of the program is available online.
  • Natalie Angell, a graduate student in the School of Forestry, won the student poster competition at the North American Forest Ecology Workshop last week in Roanoke, VA. Her poster title was “Determinants of Pygmy Sugar Pine (Pinus lambertiana) in the Lake Tahoe Basin, USA.” Her co-authors were Kristen Waring, assistant professor for the School of Forestry, and Roy St. Laurent, associate professor for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Barbara Veltri, assistant professor of social studies and elementary education, and Navin Singh, College of Education doctoral student, co-authored an article titled, “A Tale of Two Countries: Global Education Reform for the ‘Public Good?'” that was published in May in an the international journal SUTRA – the thread, a quarterly journal for research on education, psychology, traditional sciences and systems.
  • Mary I. Dereshiwsky, professor of educational leadership, had an article titled, “What You Can Learn from Your Online Students Regarding Effective Continual Engagement,” published in the June 2011 issue of eLERN, the faculty newsletter of the Learning Resources Network.