In the Spotlight: Oct. 12, 2018

Kudos to these faculty and staff 

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  • Julie Mueller, associate professor in The W. A. Franke College of Business, co-authored a paper with Ryan Lima, a doctoral student in the School of Earth and Sustainability (SES), Abe Springer, associate professor in SES and associate professor of geography Erik Schiefer. Published in the peer-reviewed journal Water Resource Research, the paper uses a unique statistical method to estimate the impact of the Schultz wildfire and flood on house prices in Flagstaff. The paper concluded that house prices decrease after such events, indicating the impacts of wildfires and flooding must be carefully considered to understand the net benefits of forested watershed restoration.
  • Amy Rushall, principal lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, assumed the office of president at the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics (AATM). An affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, AATM is an organization of educators who are dedicated to the improvement of mathematics at all education levels and the sponsor of the NAU Council of Student Teachers of Mathematics.
  • T. Mark Montoya, assistant professor in Ethnics Studies, led a  broadcast webinar for National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA): Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education and NASPA Center for First-generation Student Success. The webinar, “First-generation Journeys: Confronting, Challenging and Crossing Academic Borderlands,” focused on challenges and opportunities first-generation students might face in academia and pulled examples from the approaches NAU’s first-generation program makes to help students. The webinar is available for faculty and staff on the NASPA website.
Tallie Valverde