In the Spotlight: Oct. 4, 2019

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  • Assistant clinical professor Amy Armstrong-Heimsoth received the 2019 Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year Award from the Arizona Occupational Therapy Association (AzOTA). Armstrong-Heimsoth was awarded this prestigious honor for her contribution as a leader for the AzOTA and outstanding contributions to the profession.
  • Economics lecturer Ryan Fitch is a co-investigator with faculty from the University of Arizona and industry professionals on a research project entitled “Integrating Post-Wildfire Debris-Flow and Flood Risk Assessments and Value Change Metrics with QRA.” The project recently received a $500,000 grant.
  • Fred DeMicco, executive director of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, was published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights. “Medical tourism: strategies for quality patient/guest experiences” explores the world of satisfaction of service in the medical industry. 
  • Principal lecturer in The W. A. Franke School of Business Beverly Amer was named faculty fellow by the Faculty Guild for her work with adaptive technology in the Intro to Computer Information Systems (ISM 120) course. Faculty Guild helps higher education institutions create thriving faculty communities that lead to purposeful teaching and improved student outcomes. 
  • Eric D. Yordy, associate professor in The W. A. Franke School of Business, presented to the Flagstaff Leadership Program on ethical decision-making based on his scholarly writing on business ethics. The program brings together business leaders from throughout Flagstaff to engage in discussion with emerging leaders in the community with the hope of creating a better understanding of the city, region and the people in it.
  • Accounting professor TS Amer received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award sponsored by tax audit firm RSM US LLP at the Beta Alpha Psi annual meeting. Amer is one of five selected for their efforts to continually go above and beyond the job requirements of a faculty advisor. 
  • Daniel Foley, faculty member in the Department of Geography, Recreation, and Planning, co-authored a paper with United States Geological Survey research colleagues that looks at how geographic science can aid in better understanding global food and water security in the 21st century. “A meta-analysis of global crop water productivity of three leading world corps in the irrigated areas over three decades” was published in the International Journal of Digital Earth. 
  • School of Art senior lecturer David Van Ness was invited to create an altered monument for Wrong Biennale, a global event that is hosted online but projected in Amsterdam and embassies throughout the world. Van Ness’ work entitled “aSpace4herown – Digital Memorial” is intended to be a shattered monument expressing the violence against women.
  • Jaewook Lee, an assistant professor in the School of Art, is showing his video art work in downtown Seoul, South Korea. Entitled “Treatise on Rhythm, Color and Birdsong,” the work was commissioned as a public art project by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and is displayed every night until Dec. 19. 
  • ranked Northern Arizona University in three categories: No. 12 in best online public health degrees; No. 6 in best online hospitality management programs; and No. 15 in best online supply chain management degrees. Rankings were based on student satisfaction, admission rates, the number of programs the school offers online, the median debt of graduates from that program, how many degrees are offered within that program’s umbrella department and what percentage of students at that school graduated from that department.
  • Yvonne M. Luna, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, co-authored a paper with associate professor of ethnic studies T. Mark Montoya entitled “I need this Chance to… Help My Family: A Qualitative Analysis of the Aspirations of DACA Applicants” which was published in Social Sciences. The work examines the aspirations of undocumented youth seeking to defer deportation from the United States and obtain temporary employment authorization through DACA.
  • Health science librarian at the Phoenix Biomedical Library Catherine Lockmiller was published for the first time in the journal In the Library with the Lead Pipe. Her article, “Against Medicine: Constructing a Queer-Feminist Community Health Informatics and Librarianship,” highlights how community health informatics practices within libraries often perpetuate and reinforce adverse power structures. 
  • Tarang Jain and John Heick, faculty members in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, co-authored three monographs accepted for publishing by the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. “Screening for Orthopaedics” discusses the principles of differential screening and the important role physical therapists play in primary care. 
  • Assistant professor of sociology Katsuya Oi co-authored an article that was published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. “Cardiometabolic Risk and Cognitive Decline: The Role of Socioeconomic Status in Childhood and Adulthood” utilizes data from the health and retirement study to examine the impact of childhood socioeconomic status on cognitive trajectories over six years and test whether it operates through increased cardiometabolic risk and adult socioeconomic status. 
  • Maiah Jaskoski, associate professor of political science and international affairs, had an article accepted for publication by Comparative Politics. The article, “Participatory Institutions as a Focal Point for Mobilizing: Prior Consultation and Indigenous Conflict in Colombia’s Extractive Industries,”  will be published in 2020. 
  • Sociology professor James Bowie was interviewed by Communication Arts magazine. Their interview about the sociology of logos was initially published online over the summer and is now included in the print edition of the magazine. 
  • Sociology professor Jielu Lin authored the article “Activating Communal Coping Related to Diabetes Risk in Mexican-Heritage Families,” which was published in Family and Community Health. The paper investigates how interpersonal relationships within families of Mexican heritage influences the way family members communicate about the risk of Type 2 diabetes. 
  • Communications lecturer Quaquilla Walker authored a chapter in the forthcoming text “Communication Is…” as well as two abstracts that were accepted by the Center of Critical Media to be presented in? their third conference.
  • Psychology professors Ann Huffman and Heidi Wayment were invited to speak at the Utah Municipal Clerks Association Annual Conference in St. George, Utah. Their workshop “Managing Work-Life Demands with Balance and Growth Values,” introduced audience members to an easy-to-use “wise” strategy that draws on social psychological principles to help individuals balance myriad levels of concerns in ways that reduce our natural tendencies to think and feel in ways that exacerbate work-life stress.