In the Spotlight: April 13, 2018

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  • School of Music professor Blase Scarnati and associate vice president for global initiatives Daniel Palm presented a paper entitled “SIO-Faculty Collaboration: Global/Community Values as Catalysts for Curricular-Institutional Change.” The paper was presented at the 2018 Association of International Education Administrators Annual National Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Creative media and film professor Kurt Lancaster published the third edition of his book “DSLR Cinema: A beginner’s guide to filmmaking on a budget.” Lancaster also recently presented “Precipitant Sound and Sonic Metaphors: Shaping a Rhythmic Edit Through Sound Design in Nonfiction Film” at the Sound & Storytelling CILECT North American Sound Conference at Chapman University.
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI) coordinator Jane Gilbert has received the Outstanding SI Innovation award from the International Center for Supplemental Instruction. Gilbert was recognized for creating a professional development program for SI leaders based on the National Association of Colleges and Employers competencies used in the NAU common student employee appraisal form.
  • Journalism professor Martin D. Sommerness has been elected vice president of the Western Association of Pre-Law Advisers (WAPLA). Sommerness also presented “Advice for Advising—Looking Back from the Other Side of the Admissions Process” at the WAPLA Spring Training Conference in March.
  • School of Hotel and Restaurant Management professor Allen Reich had a paper accepted for this summer’s International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educators Conference in Palm Springs. The paper, entitled “Improving the Effectiveness of the Marketing Strategy Selection Process with New and Existing Graphical Models: Making sure the classroom reflects industry practices,” identifies several shortcomings in marketing education caused by textbooks failing to effectively guide students through marketing practices.
  • Educational leadership professor Ishmael I. Munene has been awarded a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship for 2018. The fellowship allows him to spend the summer at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, to work on a collaborative program for faculty development in research and community engagement.
  • On April 6, School of Art instructor Barbara A. Ryan Gartin presented her handmade book of woodblock prints, “The Story of Our Disappearing,” at the Museum of Northern Arizona. The exhibit, entitled “Voices for the Colorado Plateau,” remains open through May 20 at the museum.
  • Alan Lew, chair of the Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation, has been chosen as one of the “Most Awesome Scholars in Tourism.” Lew was one of the few selected from 114 nominees.
  • Harun Mehmedinovic, assistant professor of practice for School of Communication, and project partner Gavin Heffernan were recently featured in the online publication Fortune for their 3-minute short film showing what New York City would look like at night without light pollution. Seen below, the film titled “SKYGLOW NYC” uses compositing techniques to replace the typical New York City skies with long exposure footage of pristine conditions.