In the Spotlight: May 24, 2013

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Jim Wilce, professor of anthropology, presented two lectures on May 17 at Aarhus University in Denmark: “The Semiotics of Authenticity” at the Centre for Interacting Minds and “Language and Emotion” at the Department of Linguistics.
  • James Wittke, geological materials analyst, and Ted Bunch, adjunct faculty in planetary geology and cosmochemistry, recently published “Evidence for Deposition of 10 Million Tons of Spherules Across Four Continents 12,800 Years Ago” in PNAS Plus. The study includes research from 18 sites across North America, Europe and the Middle East that support the theory of a major cosmic impact in the Younger Dryas boundary layer. The full research report is available here.
  • Dustin Kuluris, a graduate student in political science, is a finalist for the Presidential Management Fellowship Program, a leadership development program that aims to develop a cadre of potential government leaders.

    Finalists have the next year to apply for a two-year appointment with a federal government agency. Once hired, Kularis will participate in 160 hours of classroom training and at least one 4- to 6-month developmental assignment. Upon completion of the program, graduates are encouraged to pursue permanent positions with the federal government, though former fellows can be found with careers in the private sector, academia and the nonprofit world.

    Cerissa Hoglander, who earned her NAU master’s in environmental science and policy in May 2012, also was named among the 667 program finalists.