In the Student Spotlight: Nov. 1, 2019

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  • In August, Tyller West co-presented, “Creating Connections: The Importance of Individual, Family, and Community Connectedness in Suicide Prevention,” at the 51st Annual Southwestern School for Behavioral Health Studies Conference in Tucson. With plans to pursue a graduate degree, she aims to speak throughout the world about breaking the stigma associated with mental health and create a platform to inform communities about suicide risk and prevention.
  • Senior volleyball player Abby Akin earned the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week Honors following NAU’s victories against Southern Utah and Northern Colorado, during which she averaged 3.14 kills per set on .526 combined hitting and added four service aces in the two wins. Akin is the only player in the league to have been recognized as both Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week this season.
  • The following students received the Student Travel Award to present their research at regional, national and international conferences.
    • Two students presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics in Seattle. Chadrick Jennings presented their research on “Numerical Modeling of Prostatic Artery Embolization: Patient-Specific Blood Flow and Emboli Transport.” Connor Moreno presented their research on “Wall Shear Stress Manifolds and Surface Temperature Patterns in Heat Transfer Enhancement Applications.”
    • Sarah Frey presented their research on “Human Rights and Justice Issues in the Backdrop of Current Political Affairs and Global Conflict” at the 2019 American Society of Criminology Conference: Criminology in the New Era: Confronting Injustice and Inequalities in San Francisco.
    • Caden Chamberlain presented their research on “Comparisons of LiDAR and Field-Derived Estimates of Crown Base Height and Canopy Bulk Density in Ponderosa Pine.”
    • Jourdyn Riley presented their research on “Contemplative Rhetoric and Student Agency” at the Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference in Bozeman, Montana.
    • Two students presented research at the 15th Biennial Conference of Science and Management for the Colorado Plateau and Southwest Region in Flagstaff. Makenzie Meacham presented their research on “Spring Diets of Antelope and Black-Tailed Jackrabbits.” Rebeca Stephens presented their research on “Cost-effective and Reliable Methods to Genetically Fingerprint Horses using Degraded Scat.”
    • Two students presented research for the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery in Miami Beach, Florida. Isaac Smith presented their research on “Particle Counting Through In-Line Holography.” Nicholas Norris presented their research on “In-Vitro Vascular Model Material Characterization.”
    • Two students presented research at the 2019 Botany Conference in Tucson. Landon Kuestersteffen presented their research on “Assessing Effects of Symbiosis between Soil Organisms and Vascular Plants for Mojave Desert Restoration.” Casey Hensen presented their research on “Measuring Productivity at Varying Richness Levels of Biocrust Communities.”
    • Megan Gialluca presented their research at the 2019 TESS Science Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
    • Tianna Jordening presented their research on “Development of a Taxonomic Structure to Support Automatic Recognition of Eating Behaviors” at the International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement in Maastricht, Netherlands.
  • Senior tennis player Chiara Tomasetti won the ITA Mountain Regional singles championship securing her as a two-time regional champion. Her win qualifies her to compete in the Oracle ITA National Championships held in Newport Beach, California.
  • Art education student Vanessa Mora was awarded the Outstanding Pre-Service Art Educator award by the Arizona Art Education Association at the annual conference, Get Fired Up. Also honored were alumni Hailey Hatch (2014) for the Emerging Leadership Award and Janay Wiggins (2016) for the Outstanding Middle School Art Educator Award.