In the Spotlight: Aug. 31, 2017

Kudos to these faculty and staff

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  • Bill Carter, an assistant professor of practice in the Creative Film and Media department of the School of Communication, was asked by the Sloan School of Management at MIT to make a documentary in Santiago, Chile. The film was a collaboration between MIT and Universidad de Chile and focused on changing the future of health care. This is Carter’s second film with MIT and he is scheduled to make another film next May in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition, Carter has contributed as a consultant to MIT’s fusion energy. As this transformative power source gets closer, there are a myriad of issues beyond engineering that will need to be addressed.
  • Jiun-Yi Tsai, assistant professor in the School of Communication, recently won the 2017 Early Career Researcher Award from The Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia on the Science of Science Communication held by the National Academy of Sciences. With this award, Tsai is invited to participate in a colloquium focusing on fostering evidence-based strategies for public engagement with science in November.
  • Julie “Madrone” Kalil Schutten, associate professor in the School of Communication, and Caitlyn Burford, lecturer in the School of Communication, published an article titled “’Killer’ Metaphors: The Wisdom of Captive Orcas” in a special issue for the journal Rhetoric Society Quarterly. They speculate that captive orcas embody three principle metaphors: prisoner, activist and martyr. These metaphors help individuals to imagine the kinds of rhetorical thinking necessary for a deeper understanding of the costs of human behavior.
  • Alan A. Lew, professor of geography and public planning, recently published two books on tourism development and community resilience based on his research in Taiwan. The books are titled “Tourism Resilience and Adaptation to Environmental Change” and “Tourism, Resilience and Sustainability: Adapting to Social, Political and Economic Change.”
  • Northern Arizona University ranked in the top 35 operations management and logistics degree programs online for 2017-2018, according to Best College Reviews. NAU was recognized in part because it can be completed entirely online or in a hybrid format. Best College Review used US News & World Report data and cost per credit hour in determining rankings.
  • Professors Ding Du, Pin Ng and Alan A. Lew received the Research Paper of the Year Award for their paper “Tourism and Economic Growth” from the International Travel and Tourism Research Association. Du and Ng are in the Franke College of Business, and Lew is chair of the Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation.
  • Nicole Langille-Jelsing, senior lecturer in the School of Art, attended a three-week art residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She was selected by a master artist from a pool of hundreds of applicants to take part in this program. During the residency, she created a performance piece with the intention to connect with participants on an emotional level through the art and impossibility of language. She took that artwork to Basel, Switzerland for an exhibition at the art festival CAMPBASEL.
  • Jerry Anderfuren, a producer at NAU-TV, and Angelé Anderfuren, a lecturer in the School of Communication, were nominated for Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, announced this week. Jerry Anderfuren earned nominations for “Where I Belong” and “Create Your Stage,” and Angele Anderfuren was nominated as a producer and writer for “Create Your Stage.
  • Kathleen M. McGeever, professor and chair of theatre, was appointed Book Review Editor of the SDC Journal, the professional journal for the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Her accomplishment was announced at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) National Conference that took place earlier this month.
  • Jim Wilce, professor of anthropology, has recently published his textbook, Culture and Communication, through Cambridge University Press. It introduces readers to linguistic anthropology as the study of how people use language as a cultural tool and key to carrying out social actions. He also was featured in a New York Times Magazine article, “How to Lament,” that features research on lament (crying songs).