In the Spotlight: Aug. 20, 2008

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Anne Hart, associate professor of physical therapy and athletic training in the College of Health and Human Services, has been selected to serve as the head of classification for wheelchair rugby in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. The Paralympic Games, the second largest sporting event in the world, follow the Olympic Games in Beijing. Athletes with disabilities from all over the world compete in elite sport in the same venues as the Olympic Games. The Paralympic Games run Sept. 6-17.
  • Portions of KNAU’s powerful “Poverty with a View” series, examining the disparity between Flagstaff’s average household income and the high cost of living, aired nationally on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on Aug. 19 and 20. Listen to the entire series online.
  • Bill Wiist, professor of health sciences and special assistant to the executive dean of the College of Health and Human Services, returned Aug. 17 from a two week visit to the University of Chile in Santiago. Wiist’s visit focused on initiating collaborative research, and faculty and student exchange between NAU and the University of Chile. Wiist met with numerous faculty and administrators of the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, School of Social Sciences and the Center for Public Safety Research, and with the director of the university’s International Relations Office.Wiist also met with the Chilean representative of the Pan American Health Organization and with a Free Trade Agreement official of the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss the health implications Chile’s role in economic globalization.
  • Alex Alvarez, professor of criminology and criminal justice, published a chapter titled “Destructive Beliefs: Genocide and the Role of Ideology” in the new book, Supranational Criminology: Towards a Criminology of International Crimes, edited by Alette Smeulers and Roelof Haveman.
  • Jon Reyhner, professor of education, had an article, “Promoting Human Rights Through Indigenous Language Revitalization,” published this summer in the 2007-08 issue of theIntercultural Human Rights Law Review.
  • Julie Kalil Schutten, visiting assistant professor in the School of Communication, published “Chewing on the Grizzly Man: Getting to the Meat of the Matter” in Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture. The article discusses Werner Herzog’s documentary about Timothy Treadwell and explores the potential for deconstructing the nature/culture binary through Treadwell’s story.Schutten also had her dissertation, Coming Out of the Coven: Contemporary Witches, Hidden Populations, and New Social Movements, published by Verlag Dr. Müller Publishing. The book explores the Neo-Pagan movement to critically examine social movement theory in light of the postmodern condition.