In the Spotlight: Sept. 11-15, 2023

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  • James Bowie, professor in the Department of Sociology, was interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio about the cultural implications of the 608 local area telephone code, which expected to run out of assignable prefixes by the beginning of 2024. Bowie, who studies logos, talked about how area codes can become part of a business’s branding.
  • NAU ranked No. 16 on the fourth annual College Free Speech Rankings, done the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) and College Pulse. The survey evaluated 248 colleges and universities on comprehensive comparison of the student experience of free speech on their campuses.
  • Alumnus Alan Saquella co-authored a book, “Security Investigations: A Professional Guide” release. The book is the culmination of Saquella’s 30 years of research into security investigations in both public and private sectors.
  • Eight students in the Department of Theatre—Alexis Connel, Jaden Roberts, Ahren Boender, Asher Robinson, Isabel Dial, Manuel Santana-Propper, Naomi Rusk and Sydnee Nicole Messerschmidt—attended the US Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) conference along with theatre faculty Ben Alexander and Cathryn Ellis, in spring 2023. Five of them were awarded travel grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity to attend the conference. Additionally, Robinson, Dial Santana-Propper, Rusk and Messerschmidt found employment with the connections they made at that conference.
  • NAU alumna Vicki Mayo invented TouchPoints, high-tech wearable devices, designed to improve the cruise travelers’ experience by reducing the stress and anxiety often associated with cruising. Frederick DeMicco, executive director and professor in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management along with Mayo later released an article titled “Enhancing the Cruise Experience with Wearable TouchPoints Stress Relief,” to further explain the research behind and use of TouchPoints.
  • Scott Goetz, a Regents’ professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems, was elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, an honor awarded to only o.1 percent of the 160,000 members. He was honored for advancing our understanding of changes in the global terrestrial biosphere using remote sensing observations.
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