In the Spotlight: Dec. 11, 2014

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  • Psychology professor Michelle Miller’s new book, Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technologyrecently earned a top spot on Amazon’s Educational Psychology best seller list. The book also was reviewed in the Chronicle of Higher Education earlier this weekReviewer James M. Lang describes it as “an outstanding book that provides a road map for truly effective online teaching.” Read the full review online.
  • Judson “Jut” Wynne, assistant research professor in the department of Biological Sciences, was featured in Live Science for the discovery of a new species of pseudoscorpions, hesperochernes bradybaughi, in a cave on the northern rim of the Grand Canyon. Unlike true scorpions, these arachnids lack a tail with a venomous stinger and instead use venom-packed stingers in their pincers to immobilize their prey, said Wynne.
  • NAU’s online master’s of educational technology has been ranked among the top 25 degree programs of its kind by The website evaluated many factors including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths and reputation for online degree programs.
  • President Rita Cheng visited with local business leaders during a visit to NAU-Yuma. From left are: Arturo Magana, western region director for Chicanos Por La Causa; John Morales, director of the Yuma Private Industry Council; Amanda Aguirre, president and CEO of Regional Center for Border Health; Theresa Garcia, director and guidance counselor at Kofa High School; President Cheng; Rebecca Garcia Sanchez, director and guidance Counselor at Cibola High School; and David Camacho, associate vice president for diversity. The second photo is of President Cheng and retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor during a celebration of the O’Connor House Civil Discourse Initiative in Phoenix.PresidentChengVisit