In the Spotlight: March 31, 2011

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  • Bill Wiist, special assistant to the executive dean and professor in the College of Health and Human Services, recently published an article titled “Citizens United, Public Health and Democracy: The Supreme Court Ruling, its Implications, and Proposed Action,” in the American Journal of Public Health.
  • Lori Poloni-Staudinger, assistant professor for Politics and International Affairs, recently published “Gendered Political Opportunities? Elite Alliances, Electoral Cleavages, and Activity Choice Among Women’s Groups in the UK, France, and Germany,” in Social Movement Studies:  Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest.
  • Bennet Grubbs, a graduate teaching assistant for Politics and International Affairs, and Robert Kenneth Sammons, a graduate student of Politics and International Affairs, presented “Game Changer or Mere Annoyance? The Emergence of the Tea Party Movement in Republican House Primary Races,” at the Southwestern Social Science Association annual conference in Las Vegas.Also at the conference, Doris Schartmueller, a graduate teaching assistant and doctoral student in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, presented “Doing ‘Life’–A Comparison of the Impact of the 2006 Legal Reforms on Life-time Incarceration in Sweden and Finland.”
  • Three employees with the Gateway Student Success Center highlighted NAU’s online advising technologies at the National Academic Advising Association regional conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Coordinators Zane Shewalter and Ian Wischmeier and academic advisor Sara Cobb presented on the university’s use of the Electronic Advising Notebook, Grade Performance Status and Resource Connect and how these online tools are positively affecting student success.
  • Mikhael Star, ePlanning functional lead, presented on NAU’s Grade Performance Status at the Designing Early Alert Systems for At-Risk Students conference, hosted by Academic Impressions in Atlanta. Star joined three other presenters at the event to lead attendees in developing or improving their own early alert systems. In addition to highlighting lessons learned in the development of NAU’s GPS, Star also led sessions on the use of data and developing community participation.
  • Mary I. Dereshiwsky, professor or educational leadership, presented a webinar titled “Continual Engagement: Why It’s Important to Effective Online Instruction” to the Learning Resources Network.
  • Greg Glau, director of the University Writing Program and associate professor of English at NAU, along with fellow NAU English professor Greg Larkin, are displaying 20 photographic works in an open show in the College of Arts and Letters dean’s office. The show is open to the public and will run through July.