In the Spotlight: Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2023

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  • Lizzie Neale, a sophomore majoring in health science-fitness & wellness, was named Big Sky Conference golfer of the week after being placed tied for third at a NAU-hosted tournament last week.   
  • Seven NAU soccer players won Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors for the regular season.   
    • Allie Larsen, a graduate student pursuing a master’s in human relations, was awarded the Big Sky Co-Defensive MVP player award and named alongside Maddie Shafer, a senior majoring in Fitness Wellness, Big Sky all-conference first-team honors.  
    • Trinity Corcoran, a junior majoring in business economics, was named to the conference’s second team and earned her second straight Big Sky all-conference honors. 
    • Logan Maszton, a senior majoring in psychology, Dai Williams, a senior in university studies, Allison Veloz, a senior pursuing a major in communication studies and Josie Novak, a senior majoring in criminology and criminal justice, received second-team all-conference honors.  
  • Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, professor of art history and Asian studies in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, will be the Roger E. Covey Member in East Asian Studies of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University in spring 2024. While at Princeton University, Gulácsi will work on her sabbatical research project, “Manichaean Artifacts at Dunhuang Cave 17 and the ‘Book Cemeteries’ of Buddhist Archeological Sites of Medieval East Central Asia,” which aims to propose new identifications and theory preservation methods for Manichaean texts and art from the eight and tenth centuries at the Mogao Grottos near Dunhuang and the Turfan Oasis.  
  • Gulácsi also presented “The Life Cycle of the Sacred: Manichaeans Artifacts and their Curious Preservation at Buddhist Archaeological Sites across Medieval East Central China”, at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, on Oct. 17. Gulácsi’s presentation focused on text and art produced for Manichaean communities along the eastern part of the Silk Routes.   
  • ITS and the NAUgo app won best dining experience and best overall campus app at the Modo Labs’ 2023 Appademy Awards. The award was given for exemplary digital experience, innovativeness and creativity in mobile apps built with Modo Campus, Modo’s student engagement platform.  
  • NAU continues to rank in eight subjects at the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023. In the last year Atmospheric Sciences, Ecology and Agricultural Sciences moved up 30 to 100 points in range.
    • Education: 301-400
    • Biological Science: 301-400
    • Agricultural Sciences: 151-200
    • Environmental Science & Engineering: 301-400
    • Geography: 201-300
    • Ecology: 51-75
    • Earth Science: 151-200
    • Atmospheric Sciences: 76-100
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