In the Spotlight: April 20, 2018

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  • Lynda Ransdell, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, recently was elected an active fellow for the National Academy of Kinesiology. Becoming an active fellow indicates a willingness to contribute to the goals of the academy and advancing the field of kinesiology, which consist of serving on committees, presenting at programs and attending annual meetings.
  • Vedran Dronjic, assistant professor of English, is part of a three-year joint grant by the National Science Foundation and the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation. Dronjic is collaborating with Tali Bitan from University of Haifa and James Booth from Vanderbilt University for a project titled, “The Neural Mechanisms of Language Transfer in Morphological Learning.” The total amount of the grant is $757,437, with an NAU portion of $53,450. This project will include primary research, training components and workshops for second-language teachers and speech-language pathologists.SAS Building Magazine Cover
  • Northern Arizona University’s Student and Academic Services (SAS) building made the cover of College Planning and Management magazine. According to the magazine, the character of the SAS building emphasizes the characteristics of the surrounding natural and institutional environments.
  • The Salt River Project recently gifted $75,000 to the Tribal Environmental Education and Outreach Program (TEEOP), which is part of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals. The funds will be used to provide services to Native American communities, tribal schools and students directly, including education, economic and workforce development, mentoring programs, internship programs, training facility site visits, professional assistance and support.
  • Blase Scarnati, professor in the School of Music, was recently elected president of the Pacific Southwest chapter of the College Music Society, consisting of nearly 1,000 members. These members are in Central and Southern California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.
  • Matthew Wangeman, disability studies instructor at the Institute for Human Development, was recently interviewed by Canadian legislator Kent Hehr at the Picture This Film Festival in Calgary, Canada. In the interview, he discusses the video “My Dad Matthew,” a short film that tells the story of Wangeman through his son. On April 25, Wangeman and John McDermott, dissemination coordinator in NAU’s Institute for Human Development and producer of “My Dad Matthew,” will host a conversation about disabilities after screening the film. The event will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Health and Learning Center.