In the Spotlight: Aug. 3, 2018

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  • Business Insider ranked Flagstaff third on its list of the 20 Best College Towns in America. The city also received a noteworthy mention as number one in diversity on the list. Rankings were determined based on economic, demographic and quality-of-life factors.
  • Northern Arizona University is the recipient of one of the Hearst Foundations’ grants of summer 2018. The grant will support the digital media and immersive technology program. The Hearst Foundations award grants throughout the year to organizations relating to culture, education, health and social services.
  • Northern Arizona University made Affordable Colleges Online’s list of Most LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges. The school ranked No. 15 on the list, based on factors such as the availability of inclusive housing, LGBTQ scholarships, an LGBTQ support center and college affordability.
  • College Choice ranked Northern Arizona University fifth on its list of most affordable online master’s in organizational leadership. Schools made the list for keeping low tuition costs while maintaining high-quality programs.
  • School of Forestry professor Carol Chambers was elected vice president of The Wildlife Society (TWS). TWS is the main professional society for wildlife scientists and managers in North America and consists of nearly 10,000 members. Chambers will serve four years total: one year as vice president, one year as president-elect, one year as president and one year as the immediate past president.
  • Mechanical engineering professor Brent Nelson co-authored “Electrification Futures Study: Scenarios of Electric Technology Adoption and Power Consumption for the United States.” The paper is about the future of electricity and power consumption in the United States and was published as part of a series by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
  • NBC News featured Nate Nieto, associate professor of biological sciences, in a segment about his research involving ticks discovered in new areas of the country and the danger they present. Other news outlets from throughout the country also highlighted his research.
  • Astronomy professor Chad Trujillo had his work involving the discovery of new moons around Jupiter highlighted in several national news sources, including The Washington Post, CNN and The New York Times.
  • Tarang Jain, professor in physical therapy and athletic training, received an Emerging Leader Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Jain was one of 22 winners selected for exceptional service to and leadership in the profession and the APTA at the onset of their careers. The magazine “PT in Motion” will highlight these individuals in its October issue.


Cheyenne Jarrette