Spotlight 10-11-2006

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  • Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert, professor of bilingual/multicultural education, accepted an award on behalf of the Hopi Education Endowment Fund at Harvard’s Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations awards ceremony last month in Sacramento. Gilbert serves as the fund’s president and has served on its board since 2001.The fund, which helps Hopi students pay for their educational pursuits, received “High Honors” as one of the top seven programs in Indian Country, and also received a $10,000 award.


  • An article about the tallest redwoods, “Tall for its Age: Climbing a record-breaking redwood” by Richard Preston in the Oct. 6 issue of The New Yorker magazine, features the work of NAU ecologist and plant physiologist George Koch.The article interviews numerous scientists, including Koch, and references his studies of redwood tree growth. Koch’s research reveals that some of the world’s tallest trees can be found growing on slopes as well as on flat ground. Koch reports that there might have once been 400-foot redwoods.Koch’s research to understand how redwoods move water through their branches and how that affects how tall the trees grow, was featured in the Feb. 14, 2005, issue of The New Yorker.


  • Donelle Ruwe, assistant professor of English, won a national poetry award, the second annual Camber Press Chapbook Prize for her entry, Another Message You Miss the Point Of. Along with publication, Ruwe receives an award of $1,000. The collection is scheduled to be released in December. Information is available online.