In the Spotlight: Oct. 14, 2011

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  • Pete Fulé, a professor in the School of Forestry, and forestry graduate student Kristen Shive were featured in a video on wildfires in Arizona that was produced by the New York Times. The eight-minute video, titled The Forest for the Trees, can be viewed online.
  • Bruce M. Sullivan, professor of religious studies, published a chapter titled “Experiencing Sanskrit Dramas in Kerala: Epic Performances and Performers,” in the volume Studying Hinduism in Practice.
  • Jim Wilce, professor of anthropology, published the article, “Sacred Psychotherapy in the ‘Age of Authenticity’: Healing and Cultural Revivalism in Contemporary Finland,” in the open source journal, Religions. The article may be viewed here.
  • Jessalyn Carpino, junior art education major, has been named by the Arizona Art Education Association as the state’s Outstanding Higher Education Student of the Year. Carpino serves as president of the NAU student chapter of the National Art Education Association, has been published in School Arts, a national art education trade magazine, and will be studying abroad in Vienna next summer prior to student teaching in Arizona. She also is a recipient of the 2011-12 Hooper Undergraduate Research Award.

    'Three Tumblers'
    ‘Three Tumblers’ by Jason Hess
  • Jason Hess, associate professor of ceramics, published an article in issue No. 47 of The Log Book, an international wood-fired ceramics publication. The article, “Wood Firing in the USA,” is based on a paper that Hess delivered at the First European Wood Fire Conference in Brollin, Germany, last fall. Steve Schaeffer, assistant professor of practice, and Hess have images of their work included in the article.Hess recently won the Director’s Award for Form and Function in the 19th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National in Lancaster, Pa., for his pieces Bottles and Caps. Hess also won first place in The Barrett Clay Works third National Cup Show in Poughkeepsie, NY, for his entry, Three Tumbers.
  • Two graduate students from NAU’s master’s program in creative writing recently had their works published. Brian Anderson’s story, “Sprinkler Hose: Something Something Something Phallus Joke,” appeared in this issue of Prick of the SpindleBen McClendon’s poem, Jimmy, was a finalist for the Indiana Review 2011 1/2 K prize and will be published in an upcoming issue of the Indiana Review. Program graduate Nick Kraft’s story “Trawler” was published by Lark’s Fiction Magazine.
  • Lindsey Blum and Julie Murphy, undergraduate students in construction management, were selected to attend the Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar hosted by the Kiewitt Corporation in Omaha next month. Only 50 female students are chosen each year for the all-expense paid opportunity to attend the seminar that brings in top construction, mining and engineering companies from around the world.
  • Peer JacksMore than 40 members of Peer Jacks teamed up with the city of Flagstaff to help clean up one of the trails in the Flagstaff Urban Trail System on NAU’s south campus. Peer Jacks will continue to maintain the Sinclair Wash trail throughout the year. Peer Jacks works with Western Undergraduate Exchange students to assist with transition to the NAU and increase retention.
  • The NAU Ice Jacks club hockey team was featured on the front cover of Arizona Rubber magazine, along with an accompanying article.