In the Spotlight: Sept. 23, 2011

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Shutting Down the StreetsLuis A. Fernandez, director of the master’s in sustainable communities program, coauthored a new book published by New York University Press titled Shutting Down the Streets: Political Violence and Social Control in the Global Era. The book revamps the literature on social control and reveals the significance of protest policing in the era of alterglobalization. Based on direct observation of more than 20 global summits, the book demonstrates that social control is not only global, but also preemptive, and that it relegates dissent to the realm of criminality. The authors document in detail how social control forecloses the spaces through which social movements nurture the development of dissent and effect disruptive challenges. The book shows that much “policing of protest” is political violence against democracy.
  • Alex Alvarez, professor of criminology and criminal justice, recently received Northern Arizona University’s Most Significant Scholarly Work Award for his book, Genocidal Crimes. Reviewers describe the book as “an excellent foray into a previously underutilized paradigm with which to pursue a better and more accurate understanding of genocide.” He is named among Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide, by Paul Bartrop and Steven Leonard Jacobs.
  • Joseph Martin, an associate professor of educational leadership and special adviser to NAU President John Haeger on Native American Affairs, is one of five University of Northern Colorado graduates to be honored as distinguished alumni at the school’s homecoming festivities this week in Greeley, Colo. Martin graduated from UNC in 1982 with a doctorate of education in educational administration. He is a member of the Diné Nation and has been instrumental in establishing NAU’s Native American Cultural Center, which opens next month. He earned the UNC Alumni Association’s Educator of the Year Award in 1992. Martin is a lifetime member and former executive director of the National Indian Education Association and served on the advisory committee from 1999-2001. He also has led federally funded projects from the Office of Indian Education to prepare Diné and Hopi school administrators.

    Gene Hughes
    Three of the organizers of the recent Math Club Reunion at Chadron State College presented their mentor, NAU President Emeritus Gene Hughes, seated, with a copy of school’s new centennial book. They are, from left, Rick Rickenbach, Stan Hoffman and Bill Delinger.
  • NAU President Emeritus Gene Hughes, a math professor for Chadron State College during the 1950s and ‘60s, recently reconnected with 20 of his former math students for the Chadron State Math Club Reunion. The group of graduates gathered to renew acquaintances with Hughes and to reflect on how technology has changed their field of study. “The main reason we got together was to thank Dr. Hughes for what he did for all of us,” said Stan Hoffman of Berthoud, Colo., one of the organizers of the reunion. “He was our leader and our guiding light. We all owe a lot to him and are proud that we were taught by him.”
  • Jolene Bowers, a research associate at the Translational Genomics Research Institute’s Pathogen Genomics Division in Flagstaff, is the recipient of a $50,000 award from the Salt River Project’s Arizona Graduate Student Support Program. The program promotes the recruitment, development and retention at TGen of high quality graduate students from Arizona universities. Bowers, who is studying several antibiotic-resistant diseases, is working toward a Ph.D. in biology at NAU.