In the Spotlight: May 25, 2012

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • P.H.C. Marchesi, a lecturer in the Department of English, was an award-winning finalist at the 2012 International Book Awards in two fiction categories, Young Adult and Science-Fiction, for her debut novel Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes. The young adult novel is a science-fiction/fantasy tale about two twins with special talents who are asked to take part in a dangerous mission in another dimension. The International Book Award works to honor “knowledge, creativity, wisdom and global cooperation through the written word.”
  • Luis Fernandez, professor of criminology and criminal justice, was elected vice president for the Society for the Study of Social Problems, an interdisciplinary community of about 1,800 scholars, practitioners, advocates and students interested in the application of critical, scientific and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems.
  • Students working with NAU’s Action-Based Research Teams presented at Prescott College’s annual Sustainability Education Symposium. Krysta Best, Adam Davidson, Hesham Elnagar, Adrah Parafiniuk, Samson Swanick and Liz Wiggen participated in a panel called “NAU’s Action Research Teams: Sustainability and Civic Engagement in Action.” The students are working to make stronger ties across the northern Arizona region on sustainability-related issues.
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  • Five students attended the Pathway to Civility: National Conference of College Leaders at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., last week, along with Lori Poloni-Staudinger, associate professor of politics and international affairs. The students—pictured from left, Shem Barlow, marketing and business major; Samantha Cross, criminal justice major; Angel Cerritos, journalism major; Samantha Norton, dual psychology and criminal justice major; and Blaise Caudill, dual international affairs and French major—participated in debates, breakout sessions and a town hall-style meeting with other student leaders from across the country.
  • Diane Vosick, director of Policy and Partnerships for NAU’s Ecological Restoration Institute, appeared on the KAET show Arizona Horizon on May 22. Vosick was part of a panel that examined the health of Arizona’s forests and whether America’s history of fire suppression has actually contributed to the highly destructive ‘mega fires’ now seen in Arizona on a regular basis. Watch the segment here.
  • Jim Wilce, anthropology professor, presented a keynote address at the international colloquium Register: Intersections of Language, Context and Communication at Helsinki University on May 25. His keynote lecture was titled “Honorification in Karelian Laments Old and New: Insights into Social Deference and Sacred Registers.”
  • Ryan Thompson, web designer for Information Technology Services, was a competitor on the NBC show American Ninja Warrior. The show challenges determined athletes to run “the world’s toughest obstacle course” for a chance to win $500,000. Thompson came in 12th in the Southwest Finals in Venice Beach, Calif., and competed in the national finals on April 20 in Las Vegas. That show will air on NBC in about six weeks. Thompson spoke with Channel 12’s Trisha Hendricks during an interview earlier this week; watch the video at right to learn more about his experience on the show and his inspiration to compete.