In the Spotlight: Sept. 10, 2008

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Teena Olszewski, director of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, also known as Arizona GEAR UP, in NAU’s College of Education, was recently appointed by Gov. Janet Napolitano to the Arizona Commission on Postsecondary Education. The Commission seeks to expand access to postsecondary education for Arizona citizens through administration of financial assistance programs, disseminating information, policy analysis and research and problem-solving issues of mutual interest across various sectors of postsecondary education. Olszewski will take over the position of Sarah Bickel, associate vice president of student affairs, whose appointment to the commission expired last year.
  • John J. Doherty, and instructional designer at the NAU e-Learning Center, recently published his book Facilitating Interaction, a case study on the roles of reference librarians in online learning environments. He also has a chapter in the recently published Questioning Library Neutrality: Essays from Progressive Librarian.
  • Jim Wilce, professor of anthropology, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation for his sabbatical research in Finland, “Re-Sounding Voices: Healing with Lament in the Contemporary Finnish Lament Revival.
  • Doctoral students from the Department of Politics and International Affairs had works published:
    • Sayeed Iftekhar Ahmed: “Water Resources and Slum Dwellers’ Capabilities in Dhaka” in the South Asian Journal, issue 21, July- September 2008.
    • David Schlosberg and Sara Rinfret: Ecological Modernization, American Style” in Environmental Politics, 2008.