In the Spotlight: Oct. 25, 2019

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  • Allie Rutledge, assistant research professor in the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, received funding for her proposal to NASA Solar System Working. “Between a rock and a frozen place: Cold-based glacial chemical alteration of volcanic bedrock as an analog for Mars,” is a three-year project that will collect and analyze sediments, rocks and water from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to study chemical alteration at the base of cold-based glaciers. The measurements they collect will help explain the processes at work on Mars. 
  • Robyn Meier, master’s graduate in applied physics, and Mark Loeffler, associate professor of astronomy and planetary sciences, published a paper in Surface Science titled “Sputtering of water ice by keV electrons at 60 K.” The paper details their laboratory study focused on understanding erosion of icy extraterrestrial surfaces through a process known as sputtering. 
  • Joshua Emery, associate professor of astronomy and planetary science, co-authored “Characterization of material around the centaur (2060) Chiron from a visible and near-infrared stellar occultation in 2011.” The paper outlines the outgassing behavior of Chiron and how it possibly hosts a ring system.
  • New and first-time international enrollments at NAU, both undergraduate and graduate, have seen significant increases despite national declines. This fall, 543 first-term international undergraduate students enrolled, an increase of 8 percent compared to last year, and new international graduate enrollments are up 12 percent. 
  • Jiun-Yi Tsai, assistant professor in the School of Communication, co-authored “Socioecological influences on concussion reporting by NCAA Division 1 athletes in high-risk sports,” which was published in PLOS One. The research reports a multi-dimensional, mixed-methods research project conducted to identify possible points of intervention into changing the culture of concussion-injury reporting among collegiate athletes.
  • Oaklee Rogers, chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, was featured on Good Morning Arizona with AZ Family for her work with Crossroads, a substance abuse treatment provider, in creating a healing garden to help addicts on the road to recovery.
  • Lori Poloni-Staudinger, associate dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, was interviewed by the New Book podcast about her book “Why Don’t Women Rule the World?” Poloni-Staudinger’s book is a comprehensive text that aims to educate students and scholars on women and politics by assessing the unique limits women have historically faced and the limits they face today. 
  • Eric O’Connell, assistant professor of practice in the School of Communication, created an exhibition entitled “Remnants” with Viola Award winner Shawn Skabelund. The exhibition was sponsored and presented by the College of Arts and Letters. 
  • Robert Long, lecturer in the School of Communication, was featured in the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustration Juried Exhibit at Queensland Museum and Science Center in Brisbane, Australia. 
  • Emily Dale, lecturer of anthropology, had her article “Anopticism: Invisible Populations and the Power of Not Seeing” featured in the September issue of the International Journal of Historical Archaeology. The paper looks at the understudied ways invisibility can be imposed or adopted concerning past populations. 
  • Amir Arzani, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Ali Farghadan, mechanical engineering master’s student, published “Topological analysis of particle transport in lung airways: Predicting particle source and destination” in Computers in Biology and Medicine. The article presents dynamical systems features that influence airflow and particle transport in the tracheobronchial trees.
  • Pamela Heinonen, director of the Equity and Access Office, and Alicia Beekman, NAUPD records coordinator, received Community Partner Awards for 2019 from Victim Witness Services. Heinonen and Beekman were nominated for the award for their continuing support of Victim Witness Services and advocacy at NAU. The awards were presented at the A Taste of Flagstaff event on Oct. 21.