In the Spotlight: Jan. 16, 2008

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  • John Kemoli Sagala, a doctoral student in political science, published “HIV/AIDS Prevention Strategies in the Armed Forces in Sub Saharan Africa: A Critical Review,” in the winter 2008 issue of the journal, Armed Forces & Society. The paper builds on his previous research “HIV/AIDS and the Military in Sub Saharan Africa: Impact on Military Organizational Effectiveness,” published in 2006 in the journal Africa Today. 
  • Donelle Ruwe, associate professor of English, was awarded a $33,300 grant by the Arizona Board of Regents for curriculum development and assessment for the master’s in English-General Studies program. Using $37,600 in matching funds from NAU, the grant will be used toward the cost of library materials, special computer equipment, assessment and administrative activities, and the development of three new web classes for the program. Ruwe will work with course developers Paul Ferlazzo and Jane Woodman in the creation of courses and in the assessment of program needs.The master’s in English-General Studies program is an essential source of training for 6-12 teachers and community college instructors in remote and rural districts, for it is the only distance learning graduate program in Arizona for students to study  literature and linguistics as well as literacy, technology and professional writing.
  • Brett Dickson, an assistant research professor of environmental sciences, has been named as one of four David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellows, which identifies and supports early-career scientists who will shape the growth of applied conservation biology. Dickson will be based at Northern Arizona University and complete a project titled, “Restoring Native Ecosystems on the Kaibab Plateau, Arizona: Integrated Models of Fire, Vegetation, Plant Invasion, and Wildlife to Guide Science-Based Management and Conservation,” under the academic mentorship of environmental sciences professor Thomas Sisk, and in partnership with Ethan Aumack of the Grand Canyon Trust.