In the Spotlight: Feb. 7, 2008

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Bob Neustadt, professor of Spanish and chair of the Latin American Studies Committee, was invited to write the section on Chile for the catalog of an exhibition titled, “Arte Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas 1960-2000,” at the Museo del Barrio in New York. He also was invited to give a presentation and a gallery talk when the book is released in May. Neustadt has recently published Bone Flutes and Quechua Love Songs: Excavating Traces of Colonial Trauma in Néstor Taboada Terán’s Manchay Puytu.
  • Steve Atkins, research engineer in mechanical engineering, and Brandon Doss, instrumentation specialist in chemistry and biochemistry, along with Dave Williamson, president of Mogollon Brewing Co. in Flagstaff, will be on the Feb. 12 episode of Invention Nation on the Science Channel. The segment will feature the trio’s Arizona Synthetic Fuels Project, a collaborative research partnership with a strategic effort to produce methanol—a carbon-neutral transportation fuel—from hydrogen and carbon dioxide using carbon dioxide derived from Mogollon’s fermentation process.
  • johnson GifThomas Paradis, director of Academic Assessment, and Lee Dexter, professor of geography, planning and recreation, recently had a paper published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Geography titled “Learner-centered Teaching and Assessment in an Undergraduate Field Analysis Course.” Field analysis is the geography program’s capstone course for majors. Those interested in capstone course assessment can obtain a free article reprint from the Office of Academic Assessment at (928) 523-8679.
  • Chris Johnson, associate professor of visual communication in the School of Communication, created the cover image for the December issue of the French magazine, Bibliothèque(s). Johnson created the image, pictured at right, called “technodharma,” in 2003.
  • Richard Quartaroli, special collections librarian at Cline Library, delivered an address at Illinois Wesleyan University on Jan. 28 titled “John Wesley Powell’s Surveys of the Greater Grand Canyon Region: Prelude to a Practical Environmentalist.”
  • Hesham Elnagar, an Honors student majoring in math and music, was elected to a one-year student term on the National Collegiate Honors Council’s board of directors. The council serves honors professionals and students while advancing undergraduate education, and recognizes the importance of life-long learning and social responsibility.
  • J. Judson Wynne, biology doctoral student and cave research scientist of Merriam-Powell Center of Environmental Research, gave an invited presentation at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff on Feb. 6 titled, “Thermal Detection of Caves on Earth and Cave-Like Structures on Mars.”
  • Matt A. Casado, professor in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, and Mary I. Dereshiwsky, associate professor in the College of Education, had the refereed article, “Cultural Diversity in Higher Education Programs,” published in the Winter 2007 issue of the journalEducation. The paper analyzes the current perceptions of a sample of minority students at Northern Arizona University on cultural diversity as a component of the curriculum and proposes a method to investigate classroom approaches to diversity teaching
  • Andrea Thode, assistant professor in the School of Forestry, received an award for her seven years of dedicated service to the Association for Fire Ecology and the student organization, SAFE, at the association’s national meeting in Tucson in January. Valerie Kurth, a doctoral student in the forestry program, won an award for the best student poster.