In the Spotlight: Sept. 14, 2012

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • The Office of the Vice President for Research recognized the research, scholarly and artistic achievements of four individuals last night at the 2012 Research and Creative Activity Awards, held at the High Country Conference Center. The winners are:
    • Most Promising New Scholar: Okim Kang, assistant professor of English.
    • Most Significant Artistic/Creative Work: Ricardo Guthrie, assistant professor of ethnic studies
    • Most Promising Graduate Student Researcher: Emily Cope, biological sciences
    • Most Promising Undergraduate Student Researcher: Jai Rideout, computer science
  • Donelle Ruwe, associate professor of English and literature coordinator, was elected co-president of the 18th- and 19th-century British Women Writer’s Association, a national scholarly organization devoted to the recovery and study of texts by early women writers. Ruwe also has been selected to serve a three-year term on the three-member committee that awards the prestigious Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry for Children.
  • Civic Service Institute volunteersNAU’s Civic Service Institute and community volunteers marked the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks through a National Day of Service and Remembrance. The group placed flags representing each victim on the lawn in front of Flagstaff City Hall.
  • Jeff Kane, who earned his PhD in forest science in August, is one of three authors of “Consequences of Widespread Tree Mortality Triggered by Drought and Temperature Stress,” published online by Nature Climate Change.
  • Leandra Thomas, a graduate student in NAU’s bilingual/multicultural education program, was crowned Miss Navajo Nation at last week’s 2012-13 Miss Navajo Nation pageant in Window Rock, Ariz. Thomas earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from NAU last fall.