In the Spotlight: Nov. 04, 2011

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Bill Wiist, professor with the College of Health and Human Services and senior scientist with NAU’s Interdisciplinary Health Policy Institute, made two presentations the 139th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association this week in Washington, D.C. The meeting also marked the end of Wiist’s two-year term as a governing councilor for the 29,000-member association.
  • Kristen Swanson, professor in the School of Communication, and Constance DeVereaux, senior lecturer in comparative cultural studies, presented “Hopi Tourism Policy: Managing Cultural Resources,” at the 11th biennial Conference of Research on the Colorado Plateau.
  • Professors from the School of Communication partnered with the National Park Service to offer a multimedia studies course in the spring that documented park resources and projects in the Southern Colorado Plateau parks. Laura L. Camden, assistant professor of photojournalism and documentary studies, and Peter Friederici, associate professor of journalism, taught the course. Mark Neumann, communication professor, and Karen Underhill, director of special collections at Cline Library, also participated in the project.

    Graduate student Cori Cusker and undergraduate students Jim Benbow, Eric Betz, Cassandra Chee, Kate Durrell, Ryan Gahris, Hannah Green, Stephanie Kuhar, Ashley Palmer, Elaine Silverberg, Hanna Smolan, Brittany Tabor and Yfat Yossifor met with park staff and recorded their impressions in multimedia formats with a focus on photojournalism, audio documentary or print journalism. The students crafted those raw materials into final products that included short videos and photo galleries.The projects, which feature creative interpretations of natural, archaeological and historical resources, are available for viewing online.

    Petrified Forest National Park,
    The Chinle Formation pictured above, located in Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park, was the subject of a project by NAU undergraduate student Ryan Gahris. The project includes his interviews with park paleontologist Bill Parker and visits to the area on the project’s website.
  • Ekkehart Malotki, emeritus professor of linguistics, and Henry D. Wallace recently had an article published in Rock Art Research. “Columbian Mammoth Petroglyphs from the San Juan River Near Bluff, Utah, United States” was published in the journal’s Nov. 2011 edition.