In the Spotlight: April 21, 2010

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Annette McGivney, journalism lecturer, recently co-delivered a presentation, with Salt Lake City photographer James Kay, for the Utah museum of Natural History. McGivney was one of five presenters, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., for the museum’s annual “The Nature of Things” lecture series. The theme for the series was “Reports from the Front Lines,” focusing on innovative technologies, business practices and government policies that encourage environmental sustainability and a passion for the outdoors.McGivney’s and Kay’s presentation was based on their 2009 book Resurrection: Glen Canyon and a New Vision for the American West. The event included a lecture by McGivney on Western water policy and environmental sustainability and a 30-minute film produced by McGivney and Kay documenting their five year exploration into the recovered areas of Glen Canyon.
  • John CampbellTobias Kreidl and former NAU employee Douglas Pace had a chapter, “Why Central IT Must Embrace Open Source,” published in the book Open-Source Solutions in Education: Theory and Practice. In addition to a print edition, the book also is available online. Campbell also was a reviewer for the book.
  • Matt Casado, professor in the Hotel and Restaurant Management Program, had an article, “Including Foreign Language in the Higher Education Professional Curriculum,” published in The Language Educator. The paper argues the need to prepare students in foreign languages to compete in the new global economy.
  • School of Communication electronic media and film lecturer Charlie Hicks presented his paper, “Demystifying the ‘It’ Factor: Why Certain Audience Members Develop Preferences for Certain Broadcasters,” at the 2010 Broadcast Education Association annual convention April 12-15 in Las Vegas.
  • Bruce M. Sullivan, professor of religious studies, had a chapter published in a volume titled Notes from a Mandala: Essays in the History of Indian Religions in Honor of Wendy Doniger.  Doniger, distinguished professor of The University of Chicago’s Divinity Studies, will deliver the annual Cline Lecture in the Humanities at NAU on April 26.
  • Mark Johnson, an applied linguistics doctoral student, received the 2010 Ruth Crymes TESOL Fellowship for Graduate Study for the best dissertation proposal submitted to Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.