In the Spotlight: March 27, 2020

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  • College Gazette ranked Northern Arizona University No. 1 on its list of 10 Amazing Public Universities You Have Never Heard Of, calling it a “true hidden gem, boasting a number of premiere top-tier programs at a cost significantly less than equivalent private universities.” College Gazette noted the W. A. Franke College of Business and NAU’s rise in rankings nationally, including making the Washington Times’ top-250 university in the country list and being placed in the top 600 internationally by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.
  • The Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) awarded Northern Arizona University Phoenix Biomedical Campus the second annual COTAD Chapter of the Year award. This honor recognizes a COTAD chapter that has been effective in furthering education and awareness of occupational therapy and diversity issues on campus and in the community.
  • Northern Arizona University programs have recently been ranked by several different organizations.
    • Phi Theta Kappa named NAU one of the 122 colleges on Phi Theta Kappa’s 2020 Transfer Honor Roll. This honor recognizes the dynamic pathways NAU has created to support transfer students.
    • Great Business Schools ranked NAU No. 10 on its list of 15 Best Online Supply Chain Management Bachelor’s Degrees for 2020. The supply chain management program expands business knowledge and teaches students how to make logistical systems more effective and efficient.
    • Online Schools Report ranked NAU No. 10 on its list for Best Online Master’s in Elementary Education. The program teaches students how to design and develop curriculum and then apply those strategies to the classroom.
  • The 2021 U.S. News Best Graduate Schools list recognized the W. A. Franke College of Business. Additionally, NAU’s health specialties ranked No. 49 in physical therapy and No. 93 in occupational therapy.
  • David Trilling, professor; Chad Trujillo, assistant professor; Jay Kueny, faculty member; and doctoral students Colin Chandler and Will Oldroyd, all from the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Sciences, co-authored, “Cometary Activity Discovered on a Distant Centaur: A Non-Aqueous Sublimation Mechanism.” The paper reports the discovery of activity emanating from Centaur 2014 OG392.
  • Faculty members in the anthropology department had several achievements.
    • Associate professor Sharon Moses was the keynote speaker at the Crime Scene Investigators meeting held at the Prescott Valley Police Department training center. The presentation familiarized Arizona law enforcement with the university, made them aware of her forensic specialist skills for consultation or assistance and discussed possibilities for NAU students to interact with law enforcement.
    • Kerry Thompson, associate professor and chair of the department, published a chapter entitled, “Pedagogical Opportunities to Foster Interaction and Deep Understanding Between International and Domestic University Students: Teaching Critical Reflexivity Through Interaction,” in the book, “People-Centered Approaches Toward the Internalization of Higher Education.” The chapter is based on the university’s anthropology course, Connecting Across Cultures.
    • Assistant professor Emery Eaves was selected for the Fulbright U.S. Scholars award to study decriminalization and maternal drug use in Portugal. Eaves, along with Regent’s professor Robert Trotter, co-authored the article, “Integrating Behavioral and Primary Health Care in Rural Clinics: What Does Culture Have to Do with It?” in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.
    • Jaime Awe, associate professor, was selected as the 2020 NAU Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Scholar. This award recognizes professional excellence over the course of an academic career.
  • Jessie Finch, sociology lecturer, co-authored the article, “Teaching the Town Hall: Incorporating Experiential Learning in a Large Introductory Lecture Course,” in the Journal of Political Science Education. The article describes a project designed to introduce 70 students in a course to the basic political processes of local government and explores how students respond to the experiential learning component of the course, looking at cognitive development, community awareness and self-understanding.
  • Communications assistant professor Jiun-Yi Tsai co-authored the article, “Beyond Altruism: Framing Organ Donation in a 19-year Review of Chinese News Coverage,” published in the Journal of Health Communication.
  • Paul Lenze, senior lecturer of political science and international affairs, gave a book talk on his co-authored book, “Syrian Forced Migration and Public Health in the EU,” at the International Pavilion. He also collaborated with colleagues at Texas A&M and George Mason University to co-author an article entitled, “Conflict and Cholera: Conflict and Yemen’s Man-Made Public Health Crisis and the Global Implications of the Weaponization of Health,” slated for publication in the journal Health Security.
  • Associate professor of social work Michael McCarthy co-authored two articles discussing research from his study of stroke dyads. The article, “Interpersonal relationship challenges among stroke survivors and family caregivers,” was published in Social Work in Health Care, and the article, “Development and validation of a quality of relationship intervention for stroke survivor-family caregiver dyads,” was published in Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation.
  • Sociology instructor Kate Rose edited the book, “Displaced: Literature of Indigeneity, Migration, and Trauma,” published earlier this year. The book explores the way writers of contemporary literature in effected communities depict indigeneity, displacement and trauma.
  • Ragh Singh, program manager at the Center for International Education, and graduate assistant Neshay Mall presented, “Recruitment to Retention: The International Student Experience at NAU,” at the Educators State Meeting. The presentation emphasized the importance of cultural student organizations and programming practices that play a crucial role in the recruitment and retention of international students at NAU.