In the Spotlight: Sept. 19-23, 2022

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  • A new study, “Forests’ carbon uptake will be compromised by climate change, leaf temperature study suggests,” published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences was co-authored by Andrew Richardson, Regent’s professor in the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society and School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber System. The study looked at leaves and their ability to stay warmer than the surrounding air across a diverse range of forests. Richardson said the study, led by Oregon State University researchers, shows that trees “may be approaching critical thresholds of temperature stress faster than we expect. 
  • Richard Quartaroli, the Special Collections librarian emeritus, had an article published in the Annals of Wyoming: The Wyoming History Journal, Autumn 2021, “Field of Green, Keg of Blue: Green River’s ‘Jake’ Field, Blue Head Whiskey, and John Wesley Powell.” The article concerns explorer John Wesley Powell and his men in 1869 and 1871 and their interactions with Samuel Ichabod “Jake” Field, co-founder of Green River, Wyoming, at a time just after the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. 
  • The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) was recognized in the Native Science Report for the success of the recently concluded National Tribal and Indigenous Climate Conference. The conference, “focused on the resilience of Native peoples and celebrated the work of young activists.” Ann Marie Chischilly, Vice President of the Office of Native American Initiatives, and Nikki Cooley, assistant director of ITEP, were quoted in the article speaking about the significance and impact of the conference.  
  • Senior Taylor Jacobsen became the 16th player in Northern Arizona University volleyball history to join the 1,000-kill club in the Lumberjacks’ game against New Mexico on Friday in the Rolle Activity Center. Jacobsen’s milestone night concluded with a career-high 27 kills surpassing her previous career-high of 26 set at Montana State on Feb. 6, 2021. Jacobsen was joined in the double-digit column by junior Jordan Elder and freshman Kacee Moore, who set new career-bests of their own with 15 and 11 kills, respectively. 
  • The School of Communication’s Journalism Program finalized a partnership with the Maricopa County Community College District to facilitate the transition for transfer students of journalism between the two institutions. Martin Sommerness, professor of journalism, said, “This agreement took a great deal of work, starting with my role as a member of the Arizona Journalism and Media Arts Articulation Task Force. Now, Maricopa Community College journalism students can take 75 hours in the valleycompleting their associate’s degreeand then transfer directly into the NAU journalism program for their remaining 45 hours. This pact promotes equity, access and affordability for the students.” 
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