In the Student Spotlight: Nov. 30, 2018

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  • Physics and astronomy sophomore Megan Gialluca participated in an asteroid occultation observation in southern Arizona in preparation for NASA’s 2021 Lucy mission that will visit Trojan asteroids to gather more information about the solar system. The observation consisted of setting up telescopes and data systems in the desert and taking nearly 2,000 frames of an assigned sky band during the timeframe of the occultation.
  • Four members of the volleyball team were selected for the 2018 All-Big Sky Conference teams. Redshirt senior Kaylie Jorgenson, junior Abby Akin and sophomore Heaven Harris were on the all-conference first team, while freshman Ryann David was on the second. Jorgenson also was voted the Big Sky Co-Most Valuable Player. David was voted the Conference’s Outstanding Freshman. Since Jorgenson and Harris received that award the previous two seasons, NAU is the first school to have three consecutive awardees in this category.
  • Molly Shuman-Goodier, graduate student of biological sciences, was awarded the Best Student Platform Presentation Award at the annual North American Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry meeting for her talk “Invasive cane toads: Good for something? Developmental assays reveal safety concerns of the common rice herbicide, butachlor.” Students were judged on quality of presentation and research, oral delivery, visual impact and defense of presentation.
Cheyenne Jarrette