In the Spotlight: Aug. 31, 2018

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  • NAU’s online program was ranked No. 1 in the state by, noting the large number of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered, and the Personalized Learning program that allows students to complete classes at their own pace. Grand Canyon University was ranked No. 2, and the University of Arizona ranked third.
  • Several members of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice represented NAU at the 2018 annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems Aug. 10-12 in Philadelphia. Department chair Luis Fernandez served as the 2018 president of the association, while Regents professor Raymond Michalowski received the Lee Founders Award in recognition of his distinguished career contributions. Professor Nancy Wonders, senior lecturer Stephanie Williams and graduate students Meredith Brown, Julie Cheney and Illse Ortiz presented papers.
  • Robert Kellar, an associate professor of practice in the Center for Bioengineering Innovation, was recognized as a top medical professional in the Health Care Heroes program by the Phoenix Business Journal. He was a finalist in the Innovator category for his work in advancing the field of regenerative medicine.
  • NAU has been ranked as the best master’s degree program in accounting in the state of Arizona by AccountingEDU selects schools based on rates of those who pass the CPA exam the first time. 
  • NAU is listed as one of the best online schools for Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism degree programs. The methodology behind the school rankings is 50 percent program criteria, 30 percent ancillary services and 20 percent school criteria.
  • Lori Poloni-Staudinger interviewed by C-Span on her recent book.
    Lori Poloni-Staudinger poses in front of the C-Span van before her interview.

    Lori Poloni-Staudinger, associate dean of research, faculty affairs and graduate programs, was interviewed by C-Span about her book “Gender and Political Violence: Women Changing the Politics of Terrorism.” The interview will air on Sept. 1 and 2 on C-SPAN2, channel 27.

  • Special collections librarian emeritus Richard Quartaroli has edited the Proceedings of the third Grand Canyon History Symposium, “Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service.” Quartoli also contributed a chapter named “The Grand Canyon Rose: Grand Canyon National Park’s First Botanist, Rose Collom.”
  • Bruce Hungate of the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss) co-authored a new study that suggests biodiversity can help or hurt in forest carbon storage, but is a smaller factor than previously thought. The study, led by Carol Adair of the University of Vermont and David Hooper of Western Washington University, is published in Ecology Letters this week.