In the Spotlight: Aug. 13, 2008

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Leslie Schulz, executive dean of the College of Health and Human Services, has been invited to serve as a member of the National Institutes of Health Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, through July 2012. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline.
  • Roddy Brett, professor of politics and international affairs, published a new book titled, Social Movements, Indigenous Politics and Democratisation in Guatemala, 1985-1996.
  • Stephen Nuño, professor of politics and international affairs, is consulting on a PBS documentary about Latinos in American politics. The documentary will air on PBS in late October. Expect to see a preview of the film and a meeting with the director organized for the NAU campus in late October.
  • Lori Poloni-Staudinger, assistant professor of politics and international affairs, published an article in the June issue of Environmental Politics titled, “Are Consensus Democracies More Environmentally Effective?” Poloni-Staudinger also has an article coming out next month inEuropean Union Politics titled, “The Domestic Opportunity Structure and Supranational Activity: An Explanation of Environmental Group Activity at the European Union Level.” She will be presenting a paper at American Political Science Association titled, “Activity Choice Among Women’s Groups in the United Kingdom, France and Germany: Feminizing the POS?”, and will be presenting an invited paper at the Pan-European Conference on EU Politics in Riga, Latvia, at the end of September titled, “Gendered Opportunities? Political Opportunities and EU Activity.” This summer, Poloni-Staudinger taught a course in San Sebastian titled “The Iraq War and Its Effect on US-EU Relations.”
  • Laura Camden, assistant professor of photography in the School of Communication, has her work being exhibited at Bethel College in Kansas. The exhibit, “Mennonites in Texas: The Quiet in the Land,” is on display at Bethel’s Kauffman Museum.
  • Kurt Lancaster, assistant professor of digital media in the School of Communication, published “News Media Coverage of the Iraq War in Basra, Fall 2007: A case study in ‘spinning’ news for the state,” in the International Journal of Communication.
  • Janna Jones, associate professor in the School of Communication, and Mark Neumann, professor and director of the school, presented “Maine and the Rural Imagination in Early Amateur Films” at the 2008 Summer Film Symposium: City and Country, July 25-27, at the Northeast Historic Film Archive in Bucksport, Maine.
  • Brant Short, professor in the School of Communication, published “Madeleine Albright and the Rhetoric of Madame Secretary,” in the book Telling Political Lives: The Rhetorical Autobiographies of Women Leaders in the United States (Lexington Books, 2008). The book is a collection of scholarly essays examining selected autobiographies as a distinctive form of political rhetoric.