In the Spotlight: Nov. 04, 2009

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Brant Short, communication professor, was selected to receive a research grant from the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication at Penn State University. Short received $3,000 for his research project, “From Greenwashing to Social Advocacy: The Ethical Imperative in Green Branding.” The funds will go toward travel for public lectures on the topic. A book about ethics in environmental communication is the planned outcome for most of the $48,800 in research grants awarded to the 14 scholars selected.
  • Laura camden
    ‘Old Colony school playground’ by Laura Camden

    An image by Laura Camden, assistant professor of photography in the School of Communication, was selected in the ninth annual juried photography exhibit, “High and Dry: People and Places of the World’s Dry Lands.” Camden’s image, “Old Colony school playground” (Seminole, Texas), will be part of the exhibit on display at Texas Tech University’s International Cultural Center in Lubbock from Dec. 4, 2009 through Jan. 16. Camden’s image was selected from more than 500 entries submitted by 135 professional photographers worldwide.

  • Peter Friederici, assistant professor in the School of Communication, is the 2009 recipient of the Copper Quill Award, given by the Friends of the Flagstaff Public Library. Given annually since 1995,  the award honors a local author for a body of work.
  • Jon Reyhner, a professor of  bilingual multicultural education, gave the keynote address at the Native American Language Preservation Summit Oct. 26 through 28 in Phoenix. Reyhner has written extensively on Native American education and indigenous language revitalization and served as a commissioned author for the Indian Nations at Risk Task Force. His most recent books include,  Indigenous Language Revitalization, Education and Language Restoration and American Indian Education: A History.
  • Chris Gunn, director of NAU’s Counseling Center, along with Barry Schreier from the University of Connecticut, presented “Gender Queer on Campus: Working with Transgender Students” at the recent national conference of the Association of University & College Counseling Center Directors in Asheville, N.C.
  • The Capacity Building for American Indians Project within the Institute for Human Development, along with its collaborators at San Diego State University and Texas Southern University, provided grant writing workshops and trainings to 25 American Indian tribes from across the country. Sixteen tribes, competing for the vocational rehabilitation service projects for the American Indians with Disabilities grant, were awarded grants ranging from $294,000 to $925,000, with a total of nearly $7 million in grant funds awarded.
  • Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert, a professor of bilingual multicultural education and a member of the Hopi tribe, is in Turkey participating in a Native American Lecture Tour sponsored by the Turkish Coalition of America. Gilbert, past president of the National Indian Education Association, also is researching the possibilities for future collaborations for NAU faculty and student exchanges.