In the Spotlight: Oct. 6, 2017

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  • The master’s in special education program at NAU was ranked one of the top applied behavioral analysis programs in the nation by Students can earn a master’s in special education (non-certification) with an emphasis in positive behavior support or a positive behavior support graduate certificate. The organization looked at tuition rates, flexibility and accreditation.
  • Disability studies professor Matthew Wangeman and former NAU student Kaitlyn Roy will present at the 33rd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity in Honolulu, Hawaii, next week. The Pac Rim is one of the largest disability related conferences in the world. Wangeman will be presenting on why he teaches disability studies at NAU and the impact he has on his students.
  • Jamie Awe and other NAU colleagues and students were part of a National Geographic channel series called “One Strange Rock: How Earth Works.” Awe and his team were in western Belize assisting the Belize government with the conservation and development of several ancient cities for their tourism potential.
  • Shawn Morton, anthropology faculty researcher, has a new article in “Antiquity” about an ancient Maya ball game. It has been recently highlighted in several publications. The research has been publicized at Ancient Origins, Archaeology News Network and Chabil Mar Villas.
  • Anthropology chair Kelley Hays-Gilpin consulted 10 Native American communities to create a new gallery, “Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau” at the Museum of Northern Arizona. She and Leigh J. Kuwanwisiwma presented on “Tracing Hopi History through Pottery” at the Hopi Pottery Festival at the Hopi Veterans’ Center in Kykotsmovi.
  • Zachary A. Smith, professor of politics and international affairs, recently had the seventh edition of his textbook “The Environmental Policy Paradox” published by Routledge. This book is the most widely used textbook on environmental politics and policy in the United States.
  • Lisa Hardy completed exploratory research this summer in the Florida Keys and on the coast of Cuba on wellness and health in changing political times. She conducted trainings on health risk remediation and is a founding member and leader of the Sunnyside Longevity Project, which is designed to train community members on policy wellness. Hardy also sits on advisory boards for the Office of Minority Health Resource Center and the Arizona Health Equity Committee.