In the Spotlight: Feb. 17, 2010

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  • Experts from NAU’s Ecological Restoration Institute have produced Field Guide to Forest & Mountain Plants of Northern Arizona, available now for $30 to aid in scientific study and casual enjoyment.This comprehensive, up-to-date botanical resource for northern Arizona forests is the first book of its kind for the higher-elevation ecosystems of northern and eastern Arizona. It distinguishes more than 1,400 species, using the scientific and common names of conifers, flowering trees and shrubs, grasses wildflowers, cactuses and aquatics.

    The guide—compiled by plant ecologist Judith Springer, botanist and ecologist Mark Daniels and botanist Mare Nazaire in collaboration with a number of contributing authors, photographers, researchers and artists—also offers a snapshot of the geology, human history and climatic events that have shaped the region.

    The three will be available at a book signing scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at the NAU Bookstore. Log on to or call (928) 523-4041.

  • Bill Wiist, professor of health sciences, edited and co-authored The Bottom Line or Public Health: Tactics Corporations Use to Influence Health and Health Policy, and What We Can Do To Counter Them, published by Oxford University Press. The book deconstructs the most ubiquitous tactics corporations use—such as public relations, political influence, legal maneuvering and financial power—using the pharmaceutical, food and agriculture, tobacco, alcohol and motor vehicle industries to illustrate these tactics. Other chapters describe the growing global movement to counter this corporate force.
  • The fine art photography of Gary E. Karcz, a lecturer in the College of Education, will be on display at the West of the Moon Gallery in downtown Flagstaff. The show, “Monsoon Clouds and Temple Koi: Images of Northern Arizona and Japan,” will be featured at the gallery for the month of March. View more of Karcz’s photography at his web site