In the Spotlight: Nov. 2, 2018

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  • ranked NAU No. 36 in its Best Online Master’s in Education Programs. NAU’s program was also recognized as the best path to a doctorate. Factors considered when determining rank were the academic quality of a program (graduation rate, retention rate and academic rank of online instructors), affordability (net cost and percent of students with loans and default rate), and student success (student engagement, online learning tools and assessment of current students and alumni).
  • Anya Malatynska, a lecturer in the School of Communication, was a cinematographer for a modern remake of “Little Women.” She has been involved in many films and TV series, including National Geographic’s “Most Amazing Photos,” Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here,” and HBO’s “Insecure.”
  • Cultural studies lecturer David Church published “Why Adult Film History Matters” in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies with Eric Schaefer. The article discussed the history of adult films and how they leave space for experimentation and expansion in the field of film and media studies.
  • Professor of psychological sciences Larry Stevens presented at the annual Conference of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research in Glendale. “The Human Compassion Circuit” talked about the temporal and spatial neurological characteristics of the experience of compassion in humans. The session also described NAU’s ongoing research in the Department of Psychosocial Sciences.
  • Björn Krondorfer, professor of religious studies and director of the Martin-Springer Institute, published “Reconciliation in Global Context: Why It Is Needed and How It Works.” The book, which was made possible due to a seed grant from NAU’s Center of International Education, allowed several international scholars to meet at Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, Germany, to discuss their experiences and write this book.
  • Center for Ecosystem Science and Society assistant research professor Christina Schädel spoke to KNAU about the recent IPCC report on climate change. Schädel is a contributing author for the report, in which she and thousands of experts documented the damage one degree Celsius warming has done to Earth and laid out what global efforts will be required to limit warming to 1.5 degrees. “Yes, we can make the changes,” she told KNAU. “We have to make them soon, immediately, basically.” According to Schädel, “it’s important to know that it’s not a geophysical impossibility, but the timeframe to limit warming to 1.5 degrees is dwindling rapidly.”
  • Amy Horn, senior lecturer of photography, is co-author of the book “The Art of Macro Photography.” The book shows images of small pieces of the natural world, using flower pistils and stamens, bug’s eyes view and lacy details. Horn and her co-author Bruce Taubert will have a book signing from 2- 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at Mother Road Brewing Company.
  • School of Forestry professor Thomas Kolb presented a talk, “Challenges and Opportunities for Maintaining Ponderosa Pine Forests in the Southwestern U.S.” at the annual meeting of the Western Forestry Nursery Association and Intermountain Container Seedling Growers’ Association in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
  • The Best Schools ranked several of NAU’s online programs in its latest list. NAU was ranked third in The Best Online Colleges in Arizona, second in The Best Online Bachelor’s in Supply Chain and Logistics Programs, fifth in The 25 Best Online Bachelors of Social Work Degree Programs, fifth in The 10 Best Online Master’s in Math Education Programs and seventh in The 10 Best Online Master’s in Science Education Programs.
Cheyenne Jarrette