In the Spotlight: Nov. 23, 2011

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Thomas Kolb, professor of forestry, contributed ideas and data to a manuscript that appears in the Nov. 17 issue of Nature. The paper, “Observed increase in local cooling effect of deforestation at higher latitudes,” included data from eddy flux towers in the NAU Centennial Forest and Coconino National Forest.
  • Four members of the School of Communication recently presented papers at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association in New Orleans.
    • Brant Short and Dayle Hardy-Short, professors of communication studies, presented “‘For I was Hungry and You Gave Me Food’: The Post-Denominational Rhetoric of Jim Wallis, Progressive Evangelical Christianity and The Poverty Forum.”
    • Marie Baker-Ohler, lecturer in communication studies, presented her essay, “Exploring Recruitment, Organizational Maintenance and Scholarship in State Communication Associations.”  Baker-Ohler is president of the Arizona Communication Association and served on this panel of state association leaders.
    • Mark Neumann, professor of journalism, presented his paper, “Ethnographic Listening: Studying Culture through Sound, In the Dumps.”
  • Mandy Hansen, director of International Admissions and Recruitment, presented “Pairing the Right Shoes with the Perfect Enrollment Plan” at the NAFSA Association of International Educators Region II conference in Ft. Collins, Colo., last month.  Hansen also was elected as treasurer for the region.
  • Venessa Jim, a master’s student in chemistry, won a Certificate of Achievement for successful accomplishment in the graduate session at the recent national meeting of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society in Minneapolis.
  • Students in Honors 190 recently collected 1,366 pounds of food for the Northern Arizona Food Bank as part of a four-week food drive coordinated by HON 190 faculty Kerri Quinn. Honors 190 is a required first-year course in the Honors Program’s curriculum with 300 students currently enrolled. This is the fourth year of the food drive.