In the Spotlight: Oct. 26, 2018

Kudos to these staff, faculty and programs

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  • Cpl. Ken Hunter of the Northern Arizona University Police Department was awarded the Heart of Gold by the Victim Witness Services of Coconino County. Those honoring him expressed their admiration for his “kindness and patience while working through these often painful moments” as paramount to victims’ experiences.
  • Ethnic studies professors T. Mark Montoya and Frederick Gooding Jr. recently published a chapter in the book “Critical Intersections In Contemporary Curriculum & Pedagogy.” Titled “It Takes a Nation of Millions: How to Freestyle a Hip Hop Curriculum,” Montoya and Gooding examine hip hop’s relevance to academics as a pedagogy innovator and a powerful tool in connecting diverse learning communities.
  • NAU is ranked 17th in Online Schools Report’s list for best online business administration bachelor’s degree programs. The rankings are based on program quality, student-to-faulcty ratio, graduation rates, tuition price, acceptance rates and student and alumni satisfaction.
  • Assistant professor of sociology Katsuya Oi is co-author of the paper “The developmental origins of health and disease in international perspective,” published in the September issue of Social Science & Medicine. The study examines the variations in the early life origins of health among populations in 13 different countries, examining differences in exposure to poor childhood health and socioeconomic disadvantage, long-term health associations and whether those factors help explain differences among residents of different countries later in life.
  • Professor Ted Schuur of the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society is one of 10 U.S. science delegates at the Arctic Science Ministerial meeting in Berlin this week. The delegates aim to establish high-level research collaborations in the Arctic and to respond to shifting geopolitical circumstances as environmental change opens up a new region of Earth.
  • The School of Hotel and Restaurant Management moved up two spots in this year’s ranking by CEOWORLD, ranking 10th in the world on the magazine’s Best Hospitality and Hotel Management Schools. Programs were ranked on brand influence, recruiter responses, employer feedback, job placement rates, admissions eligibility, specialization and academic reputation.
  • James Allen, executive director of the School of Forestry, was appointed to a three-year term on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board. This board advises the secretary of agriculture and land-grant colleges and universities about national priorities and policies and contributes to effective agricultural research, education and economics programs.
  • Northern Arizona University was ranked as the most applied to school in Arizona, as well as 35th in the nation for colleges with the most applications by Rankings made by use recent data from available sources on all four-year colleges.