In the Spotlight: March 20-24, 2023

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  • NAU’s Center for International Education (CIE) hosted an international Climate Science group of eight professionals from the Near East and North Africa on March 10. Sponsored by Global Ties Arizona, the group traveled to the United States through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. During their stop at NAU, the group was greeted by NAU’s leaders in the Office of Native American Initiatives, Ann Marie Chischilly, Ora Marek-Martinez and Ron Lee. They learned more about NAU’s Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals from co-director Mehrdad Khatibi. Following this, CIE hosted a roundtable discussion on climate solutions with the international guests and students of Climate Science and Solutions and students of the Green Fund at NAU. The visit prompted an excellent sharing of ideas and cultures across international borders around the unique approaches to address the climate crisis worldwide. 
  • Matthew Morales, an undergraduate majoring in microbiology and Hooper Undergraduate Research Award recipient, authored a journal article that has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Fungi. He and the primary author Daniel R. Kollath, a researcher at the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute (PMI), contributed equally to the research. Other co-authors include Bridget Barker, associate professor from PMI, and Naomi Lee, assistant professor from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 
  • The Northern Arizona University track & field teams finished their time at the NCAA Indoor National Championships with two individual podium finishes on the second day. The NAU men finished tied for ninth place with a total of 19 points, the third-most in school history. 
    • Drew Bosley finished as the national runner-up in the 3000-meter behind Oklahoma State’s Fouad Messaoudi. Bosley’s time of 7:48.34 earned him a second-place podium finish and All-American status. This is his second podium finish in this year’s national championships.
    • Annika Reiss competed in the finals of the women’s mile, finishing as an All-American for the first time. She ran a time of 4:40.79, a personal best, to finish eighth and earn the NAU women their only point. 
  • Eric Otenyo, professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs and a diversity fellow, authored a new book, “Covid-19 and Vaccine Nationalism: Managing the Politics of Global Pandemics.” The book provides an in-depth overview of the complex nature politics played in vaccine production and distribution. 
  • Educational Advertising Awards has announced its 38th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, with 16 ads and other examples of creative work by Northern Arizona University honored. The awards cover a wide array of categories, including student viewbooks, calendars, blog sites, radio ads and electronic advertising, among others. NAU was recognized with four gold, four silver, three bronze and five merit awards. The Educational Advertising Awards are among the largest, oldest, and most respected educational advertising awards competitions in the country. NAU’s ad and marketing awards were given in the following categories: 
    • Gold Award: NAU Website in Website Refresh category 
    • Gold Award: Arizona Daily Sun Ads in Magazine Advertising: Series category 
    • Gold Award: Graduate Viewbook in Student Viewbook category 
    • Gold Award: Jacks Care in Special Promotions Campaign category 
    • Silver Award: President JLCR Installation in Installations category 
    • Silver Award: Campus Banners in Outdoor category 
    • Silver Award: KSOM Audition Poster in Poster category 
    • Silver Award: Athletic Posters and Banners in Total Athletic Marketing Campaign category 
    • Bronze Award: Boundless Radio Ad for Adult Learners in Radio Advertising: Single category 
    • Bronze Award: 2023 Calendar in Calendar category 
    • Bronze Award: Giving Day in Total Fundraising/Development Campaign category 
    • Merit Award: Boundless Radio Ad for Adult Learners in Radio Advertising: Single category 
    • Merit Award: Honors Small Brochure in Brochure category 
    • Merit Award: Elevating Excellence Brochure in Brochure category 
    • Merit Award: NAU Homecoming in Special Event Campaign category  
    • Merit Award: NAU’s President’s Website in Website Refresh category 
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