In the Spotlight: Sept. 16, 2011

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  • Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration book coverSix people with ties to Northern Arizona University figure prominently in a new book that links social and ecological perspectives of ecological restoration. Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration: Integrating Science, Nature and Culture emphasizes the value-laden, context-driven, often-argumentative and experiential nature of ecological restoration projects, especially those that take place within a public context and/or on public lands.

    Dave Egan, a writer and editor for the Ecological Restoration Institute at NAU, conceived of the book with Evan Hjerpe, who earned a doctorate in forestry from NAU, and Jesse Abrams, a social scientist formerly with the Ecological Restoration Institute. The trio wrote the introductory and synthesis chapters and edited chapters by ecological restoration practitioners and scholars from the NAU campus and around the world. Northern Arizona University authors include forestry professors Marty Lee and Yeon-Su Kim and forestry graduate Paul Hancock.

    Contributing authors provided research, case studies and personal experiences that help readers better understand the vital importance of linking social and ecological perspectives when developing and implementing an ecological restoration project. Restoration topics included volunteerism, collaboration, politics, economics, eco-cultural restoration and restoration-based education. Case studies in the book span the globe from the al Ahwar marshes of southern Iraq to the urban environs of Toronto to the ponderosa pine forests of northern Arizona.

  • Northern Arizona University has earned more than a dozen Emmy nominations from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

    NAU-TV producer-photographer Jerry Anderfuren received a total of seven nominations for his work on two promotional commercials for NAU. “Power of Possibilities” and “True Blue NAU” were nominated for best post-production directing, best lighting and best short-form photography. “Power of Possibilities” also was nominated in the best short-form writing category.

    Darryl Jacobsen, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in electronic media and film, received four student nominations, three of which were for his work on a “Pepsi Max Advertisement” in the community/public service, student photography and student editing categories. He also received a nomination for “Hikers” in the student editing category.

    Kyle Anderson, who graduated in May as a dual major in journalism and electronic media and film, received two nominations. His work on “Coconino Amateur Radio Club at the Grand Canyon Marathon” was nominated for best student editing. He and the School of Communication’s NAZ Today were nominated in the best student newscast category.

    The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, serving Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and El Centro, Calif. The 2011 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards will be announced Oct. 15 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.

  • Book CoverNew on the bookstore shelves this fall is a textbook by health sciences professors William (Bill) Culbertson and Dennis Tanner, The Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Swallowing. Published by Kendall Hunt, it is intended to provide detailed information on the subject for students building their educational foundations for practice in the field of speech-language pathology.
  • Pam Stephens, associate professor of art education, published an article about recent NAU art graduate and jeweler Matagi Sorensen. The article, “Responding to Nature Through Art,” was in the October 2011 edition of SchoolArts.
  • Julie Kalil Schutten, assistant professor of communication studies, and Richard A. Rogers, professor of communication studies, have had their article, “Magick as an Alternative Symbolic: Enacting Transhuman Dialogs,” published in the fall 2011 issue of Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture.
  • Lea Parker, professor emeritus in the School of Communication, co-authored an article titled “Public Participation in Environmental Design Making: A Case Study from Ethiopia,” which was published in the Journal of Environmental Extension.Parker’s co-authors in the environmental communication study are Solomon Andargie, who is with the Ministry of Education in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Hameed Sulalman in the Environmental Science Program at Addis Ababa University.