In the Spotlight: May 9, 2013

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    Pictured from left: John Tingerthal and Stephen Mead, professors of civil engineering, construction management and environmental engineering, NAU Provost Laura Huenneke, and Dave Woods, executive director of the Beavers Heavy Engineering Construction Association.

    NAU Construction Management recently received a $50,000 gift from the Beavers Heavy Engineering Construction Association to fund an endowed scholarship for students interested in pursuing careers in the fields of heavy construction and civil engineering. NAU joins 40 other higher education institutions recognized by the association for outstanding construction management programs.

  • Ann Marie Chischilly, executive director of NAU’s Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals has been named a member of a newly created federal advisory committee that will provide guidance about the Interior Department’s climate change adaptation science initiatives. Sue Wotkyns, ITEP climate change manager, will be an alternate. Twenty-five committee members were selected from more than 100 nominations received by the Interior Department. Members represent Interior and other federal agencies; tribal, state, and local governments; nongovernmental organizations; academic institutions; and the private sector.
  • Levi Esquerra, program director for NAU’s Center for American Indian Economic Development, received the 2013 Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence Award in Tribal Community by the Arizona Association for Economic Development during the association’s annual conference at Tucson’s Loews Ventana Canyon Resort May 2.
  • Rodrigo de Toledo, associate professor of visual communication, had his short video/animation called Hollow Null exhibited at these international events:
    • ResExtenza, contemporary art exhibition at the Living Gallery in Lecce, Italy, from September 2012 through April, 2013
    • Viewpoints 2013, contemporary art exhibition at the Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, in Newark, New Jersey, April 10 through May 4, where his project received an honorable mention.
    • Fifth FIVAC, International Video Art Festival of Camagüey, Cuba. Part of the Hybrid Identities Cuba, from April 24-28
    • Hybrid Identities/UK, exhibition at the Old Ambulance Depot in Edinburgh, UK, March 29-30.

    The video is a whimsical adaptation from part of de Toledo’s illustrated book, Chronicles of Entanglement, about the search for identity and integration in a foreign land—the search for creative balance, beauty and the muse. He also composed the video’s original music, and shot footage in downtown Flagstaff. Watch the video.

  • A research project contributed to by Jim Sample, professor of geology, recently reached a milestone when the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology research vessel Kairei successfully retrieved sensors from the deepest borehole observatory ever installed. The Kairei carried out the complex sequence of operations in the Japan Trench at a depth of 7,000 meters. Sample sailed on the Kairei a year ago and collected samples from the fault for further analysis.
  • NAU’s GEAR UP college access program has had two of its graduates selected into the prestigious GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy. Tucson resident Hector Araujo and Phoenix resident Josh Barreda will be attending the weeklong program in Washington, D.C. GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, serves 4,000 students in 31 schools in six counties throughout Arizona rural communities. The Arizona GEAR UP alumni were two of 30 selected from a nationwide pool of applicants.