In the Student Spotlight: Oct. 12, 2018

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  • Undergraduate researcher Jordyn Upton returned this month from Australia, where she participated in a research exchange thanks to NAU’s Research Coordination Network g2p2pop program. She joined a team of researchers in the field in South Australia, where they studied southern hairy-nosed wombats. Upton, who works in the Walker Lab in the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute, has been genotyping wombats from non-invasively collected hair samples for the past year. Wombats are 60-pound burrowing marsupials whose populations are declining due to drought and mange. The research exchanged allowed her to meet her study animal, collect hair on double-sided sticky tape left at burrow entrances, and interact with a vibrant research community in South Australia.
  • Junior football player Jalen Goss was honored as the Big Sky ROOTS SPORTS Defensive Player of the Week. During the game against Weber State on Saturday, Goss recovered a fumble that resulted in a touchdown, tying the score in the third quarter and contributing to the Lumberjacks’ 28-24 victory over Weber. Goss is the first Lumberjack to be recognized by the league this season.
  • Volleyball senior Kaylie Jorgenson was honored as Big Sky’s Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season and third in her career. Jorgenson is in the conference’s top 10 with 3.04 kills per set. In league play, she is seventh with 3.26 kills per set.
Tallie Valverde