In the Spotlight: April 1, 2016

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Luis Fernandez, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, has been elected president-elect of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. He will serve a one-year term and will assume full presidential duties the following year. The organization promotes research and dialogue through presentations at the annual meeting, publications, awards to community groups, committee participation, consultation and the generation of new ideas.
  • Indigenous Pop book coverJeff Berglund, professor of English, was a contributing editor for Indigenous Pop: Native American Music from Jazz to Hip Hopwhich recently was published by the University of Arizona Press. The book is the first comprehensive and wide-ranging examination of the work of Native American musicians who work within contemporary and popular genres. The editors showcase the contributions of American Indian musicians to popular forms of music, including jazz, blues, country-western, rock and roll, reggae, punk and hip hop. Chad Hamill, special advisor to the president for Native American Affairs, also contributed to the book. Hear Berglund discuss the book in a KJZZ interview here.
  • Steven Barger, professor of psychological sciences, had a paper published in Biological Psychology. The paper titled “Social support sources matter: Increased cellular aging among adults with unsupportive spouses” compares leukocyte telomere length in older married adults who did or did not report their spouses as a source of social support. The study found telomere length, a marker of cellular-level aging, was shorter among spouses who did not nominate their spouse as a support source.
  • Eric Yordy, associate professor of business law, had his paper “The New Freedom for Business: The Past and Future of Free Exercise” accepted for publication in The Freedom Center Journal, a constitutional law review affiliated with the University of Cincinnatti Law School. The paper is an analysis of the free exercise of religion under the First Amendment and how the U.S. Supreme Court expanded the right to closely held corporations in 2014.
  • Joseph Martin, associate professor and director of the American Indian School Leadership, had a chapter published in Voices of Resistance and RenewalMartin’s chapter defines, describes and expands theories about the experiences of graduates from the American Indian School Leadership program during their tenure as first-year principals.
  • Model United Nations teams NAU’s Model United Nations club recently returned from two conferences. A team of 12 competed at the University of California at Berkeley and two took home awards. Connor Mullins received the Outstanding Delegate award and John Murphy won Honorable Mention. Seven members also participated in the World Model United Nations conference in Rome where the Pope addressed the 2,000 delegates.