In the Spotlight: June 1, 2012

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  • Tokun Lake
    Tokun Lake is one of several Arctic lakes in which Darrell Kaufman, professor in NAU’s School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, and other researchers have collected core samples to measure the effects of climate change at high latitudes. The results of the research recently were published in a special issue of the ‘Journal of Paleolimnology.’

    Darrell Kaufman, professor in the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, recently was published in a special issue of the Journal of Paleolimnology composed of 18 articles of scientific findings as part of the National Science Foundation’s Arctic System Science 8,000 project. Kaufman served as editor and wrote the introduction to the special issue, “Holocene Paleoenvironmental Records from Arctic Lake Sediment,” and was lead investigator on the project. The research focused on understanding the natural climate variability in the Arctic over the last 8,000 years, including pre-industrial climate conditions. The research was conducted in Arctic lakes at high latitudes because the effects of climate change are amplified and can propagate globally. The articles are online.

  • Monica Brown, professor of English, received a 2012 Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature for her children’s book, Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People. The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore or selected non-fiction published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean or Latinos in the United States. By combining both and linking the Americas, the award reaches beyond geographic borders, as well as multicultural-international boundaries, focusing instead upon cultural heritages within the hemisphere. The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. Winning books will be honored at a ceremony in October 2012 during Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
  • Steven Schaeffer, assistant professor of practice in ceramics, is the co-curator and juror for a contemporary ceramics exhibition, Across the Divide, which will run June 5 to July 28 at the Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N. Fort Valley Road, in Flagstaff. A free opening reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. June 2. More than 30 pieces are in the show, represented by 21 artists, including Jen Holt, ceramics tech for the School of at NAU, and Lola Serkland, who received a BFA in ceramics from NAU in 2006. The exhibit encompasses the vast array of contemporary ceramics in the sculptural and installation genres, using the Continental Divide as a metaphor for ceramic work that pushes beyond the traditional boundaries of the field. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free. For information, visit or call (928) 779-2300.
  • Paul J. Ferlazzo, professor emeritus in English, had his book published by Peter Lang Publishing. Poetry and the American Presidency tells the story of 18 U.S. presidents who read poetry, wrote poetry and wrote about poetry, offering insights into the presidency that could affect how people decide to vote.
  • Elizabeth Schaller, a graduate student in geology, received a Farvolden Award from the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation for her poster presentation, titled “Influence of Springs WATER Geochemistry on Geomorphology and Vegetation Cover at Springs Ecosystems.” The award, which is given in honor of the late Robert Farvolden, former senior science counsel for the National Ground Water Association, includes a $750 scholarship based on her presentation, content and demonstrated insight on the chosen topic.
  • Eric Dieterle, a coordinator for the Office of Public Affairs, had a short essay published this week in elephant journal titled “Sustained by Choices.”