In the Spotlight: April 9, 2021

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  • Parwez Besmel, lecturer in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, authored the book chapter, “A Holistic Approach to Transitional Justice for Afghanistan” in the book Global Perspectives on People, Process, and Practice in Criminal Justice published by IGI Global Press. The book focuses on incarceration and imprisonment in different parts of the world, analyzing and examining differences and alternatives to current policies.
  • The article, “Hospitality Bridging Healthcare: Career Opportunities for The Future Hotel School Graduate” co-authored by Frederick DeMicco, executive director of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, is currently the leading paper for the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research according to the Altmetric score. This score determines how much activity and attention a paper is receiving and is derived from an automated algorithm.
  • Benjamin Ruddell, director of the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS), co-authored a paper that was selected to receive the Ecological Society of America’s Sustainability Science Award. The article titled, “US cities can manage national hydrology and biodiversity using local infrastructure policy” was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The award recognizes a contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences.
  • Associate professor in the School of Earth and Sustainability Laura Wasylenki co-authored the article, “Nickel isotopes link Siberian Traps aerosol particles to the end-Permian mass extinction” published in Nature Communications. The study reports on nickel isotopes for Permian-Triassic sedimentary rocks from Arctic Canada.
  • Bertrand Cambou, professor of applied physics and materials science (APMS); Michael Gowanlock, assistant professor of SICCS; and Bahattin Yildiz, associate professor of mathematics and statistics co-authored the article, “Post Quantum Cryptographic Keys Generated with Physical Unclonable Functions” published in Applied Sciences. The study described practical ways to generate keys from physical unclonable functions for lattice and code-based cryptography.
  • Professor of mechanical engineering Peter Vadasz co-authored the article, “On habit and habitat” published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society. The paper focuses on a link to a factor called ‘resource utilization’ which extends the context of population growth and predictive modelling of microorganisms.
  • Professor of SICCS Scott Goetz and assistant research professor of SICCS Patrick Jantz co-authored the protocol, “Aboveground Woody Biomass Validation Good Practices Protocol” published with the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites. The document provides accepted good practices in an open and transparent way for those involved in the production and validation of satellite-based woody aboveground biomass products.
  • Chun-Hsing Jun Ho, associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental Engineering, co-authored the article, “Mechanical Properties and Energy Dissipation Characteristics of Coal–Rock-Like Composite Materials Subjected to Different Rock–Coal Strength Ratios” published in Natural Resources Research. The results of the study contribute to the study of coal and gas outbursts and dynamic disasters in coal mining activities.
  • Several individuals from the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science (APS) spoke at the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy conference titled, “Rock, Dust and Ice: Interpreting planetary data.” The conference was a four-day virtual workshop which brought together observers, modelers and laboratory astronomers to discuss the interpretation of observations of rocks, ices and dust on and around solar system objects. The following presenters are listed below.
    • Josh Emery, associate professor
    • Eric MacLennan, former NAU undergrad
    • Patrick Tribbett, doctoral student
    • Audrey Martin, doctoral student
    • Annika Gustafsson, doctoral student
    • Will Grundy, adjunct of the Astrophysical Ice Lab
  • MacLennan and Emery also co-authored the article, “Thermophysical Investigation of Regolith in the Asteroid Population I: Characterization of Thermal Inertia” published in Earth and Planetary Astrophysics. The study presents new thermal inertias for 239 asteroids and models object size, rotation period and heliocentric distance in a multi-variate model of thermal inertia.
  • Chad Trujillo, associate professor of APS, co-authored the article, “The Reactivation of Main-belt Comet 259P/Garradd (P/2008 R1)” published in The Planetary Science Journal. The study presents observations of main-belt comet 259P/Garradd from four months prior to its 2017 perihelion passage to five months after perihelion, a time when the object was confirmed to be active.
  • The National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs selected a proposal led by Mark Salvatore, associate chair of APS, titled, “Moving Beyond the Margins: Modeling Water Availability and Habitable Terrestrial Ecosystems in the Polar Desert of the McMurdo Dry Valleys.” The collaborative project totals more than $1 million and focuses on remotely quantifying habitable environmental conditions throughout the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica using a combination of satellite imagery, high-frequency meteorological data and ecological modeling.
  • The NASA James Webb Space Telescope Cycle 1 proposal selections chose seven proposals from NAU in the sub-area of solar system science. David Trilling, interim chair of APS; Cristina Thomas, assistant professor of APS; Emery; and doctoral student Audrey Martin were either principal investigators or co-co-principal investigators on the selected projects. The seven proposals represent about 244 hours of telescope time.