In the Spotlight: June 15, 2012

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Academic programs librarians Kevin Ketchner and Amy Hughes presented a session, titled “Creating a Culture of Assessment: Librarians Take the Lead,” at the second annual conference of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education in Albuquerque.
  • Rehanna Thelwell, vocal music undergraduate student, performed as one of six finalists in the undergraduate division of the Classical Singer Vocal Competition’s national finals last month in Chicago. Watch her performance in the video at right.

  • Nando Schellen, NAU Opera director, and Deborah Raymond, associate professor in the School of Music, conducted a master class, titled “Nail Your College Auditions,” at the Classical Singer Convention last month.
  • Constance DeVereaux, senior lecturer of arts and cultural management, and Kristen Swanson, professor in the School of Communication, recently published a book, titled Cultural Sustainability: A Case Study in Hopi Tourism Policy. The book is a field guide that includes information on analysis of texts; how to conduct executive interviews; field interviewing in international contexts; stakeholder participatory research; researching indigenous and marginal people; and cross-case analysis. A synopsis of the book is available here.
  • NAU geologist Ted Bunch and Jim Wittke, geologic materials analyst, co-authored and published new research findings supporting the controversial Younger Dryas Boundary hypothesis that states a cosmic object collided with earth approximately 12,900 years ago. The team of 18 scientists from around the world discovered melt-glass material in a thin layer of rock in South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Syria. The research was published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Karin Wadsack was named Outstanding Young Wind Advocate by the U.S. Department of Energy WindPowering America program at the organization’s annual WindPowering America State Summit on June 7 in Atlanta, Ga. Wadsack directs the Arizona Wind for Schools project and serves as a project director at NAU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy Solutions. The award, given annually to one individual working in WindPowering America’s state programs, honors Wadsack “for her energy and creativity in developing wind energy education in Arizona.”
  • Jim Allen, executive director for the School of Forestry, has been selected as a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters, considered one of the highest honors for members of the society. The fellowship is bestowed upon approximately 5 percent of members by their peers for outstanding contributions and service to the society and the profession.
  • The W.A. Franke College of Business won the “large worksite” category in last week’s Bike to Work Week worksite challenge with 19.45 percent participation. The group earned a 2011 Specialized Globe Haul 1 bike, courtesy of Specialized and Absolute Bikes. Watch the team demonstrate its solidarity in the video at right.