In the Spotlight: Sept. 21, 2018

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  • Ethnic studies lecturer Cameron Herman co-authored “New Rules to the Game: Neoliberal Governance and Housing in Atlanta, Georgia”  and “‘No Blank Canvas’: Public Art and Gentrification in Houston’s Third Ward.” Both works examine the response of African-Americans to marginalization and neo-liberalism in urban environments, such as gentrification in Houston.
  • Assistant professor of anthropology Emery Eaves received a $50,000 Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for the project Involving Native Stakeholders in Pain Research Efforts (INSPiRE). The project focuses on engaging providers, policymakers and patients in discussions on how to improve treatment for Native American communities suffering from chronic pain and opioid use disorders. Eaves works on INSPiRE with Cora Phillips, employee at the Center for Health Equity Research, and health sciences professor Julie Baldwin. The progress of the project was presented at the Southwest School for Behavioral Health conference in Tucson.
  • Astronomy professor David Trilling was named co-convener for The U.S. Extremely Large Telescope Program. The group helps define projects that could possibly compete with the next generation of very large telescopes. Trilling’s co-convener is NAU alumnus Tommy Greathouse.
  • Faculty members of the physics and astronomy department, along with some former students, co-authored papers:
  • Assistant professor of politics and international affairs Sean Gregory and brother Brian Gregory, professor at the W. A. Franke College of Business, collaborated on a study that evaluated workplace intervention to reduce burnout among physicians. The study observed changes in the burnout, or personal stress reaction, of primary care providers before and after an intervention changing the work process within the work environment.
  • The Northern Arizona University Colleague to Colleague Mentor Program began last week with a reception in the School of Forestry. The event helped kick off a mentor program by allowing new faculty and experienced faculty to begin the inter-professional mentorship process. The annual program encourages an ongoing sense of community, collegiality, networking, improved teaching and further research endeavors.
  • Kathleen Stigmon, Sam Navarro, Sam Sarkar and Richard Gaughan of the Physics and Astronomy Department participated in the STEM education component of the Navajo Nation Fair’s Youth Day. The group volunteered to share their time and expertise with fair-goers.
Cheyenne Jarrette