In the Spotlight: Sept. 24, 2008

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Pam Stephens, associate professor of art, has been named the 2008-09 Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator for Arizona by the Arizona Art Education Association.
  • Kurt Lancaster, assistant professor in the School of Communication, recently published an essay, “The Performative Language Games of Dramapolitik: How Abraham Lincoln became an intellectual patriot and George W. Bush became a cowboy diplomat,” in the online International Journal of Communication.
  • Al Henderson, tribal liaison for NAU’s Institute for Native Americans, was principal author of an article “Leetsoii means ‘Yellow dirt’ in the Navajo Language: Troubling Uranium Mining on Navajo Lands” in the spring 2008 Indigenous Policy Journal. Patricia Rife and Perry H. Charley were co-authors.
  • The Blue and Gold chapter at Northern Arizona University was among the outstanding chapters to be honored for excellence at the 2008 Mortar Board National Conference, held July 25-27 in Columbus, Ohio. Chapter President William Moran II, senior, international affairs major, was present to accept the Golden Torch Award on behalf of last year’s chapter. Award recipients were selected by a committee based on their devotion to Mortar Board’s three key ideals of scholarship, leadership and service throughout the year.
  • Heidi A. Wayment and K. Laurie Dickson, professors in the Department of Psychology, presented their work, “Increasing Student Participation in Undergraduate Research”, at the 116th annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Boston. Their article was published this month in Teaching of Psychology.
  • Zachary A. Smith, Regents professor of politics and international affairs, and Katrina D. Taylor, doctoral student of politics and international affairs, recently published the book Renewable and Alternative Energy Resources.
  • David Schlosberg, professor of politics and international affairs, is co-editor of the recently published book Environmentalism in the United States: Changing Conceptions of Activism.
  • Debra Larson, associate dean of the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences will be presented with the 2008 Arizona Society of Civil Engineers Distinguished Service Award on Thursday, Sept. 25 at AzSCE’s annual section conference in Tucson. The award is presented to someone who has exhibited extraordinary distinguished service to the civil engineering profession, the ASCE society and the community. AZSCE is a non-profit professional organization representing over 2,300 civil engineers and civil engineering students throughout Arizona.
  • Dayne Pratt, sophomore advertising major, will receive a Merit Award as an outstanding new member of the Northern Arizona University chapter of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. The scholarships are awarded to only 50 outstanding new members nationwide. Recipients were chosen based on their essays, extracurricular activities and recommendation letter. Pratt will receive a $1,000 scholarship.