In the Spotlight: Dec. 4, 2020

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  • T. Paul Thomas, director of the NAU Center for Non-Profit Entrepreneurship in the Franke College of Business, wrote a featured section in the forum, “No Annual Fee Credit Cards” published on WalletHub. He discusses the differences between annual fee and no annual fee credit cards.
  • Lisa Hardy, associate professor of anthropology; Gwendolyn Saul, research affiliate; and Kerry Thompson, chair and associate professor of anthropology co-authored the article, “Tribes mount organized responses to COVID-19, in contrast to state and federal governments” published in The Conversation. The article discusses tribal nations’ responses to the pandemic and how they have implemented guidelines and procedures to control the spread of COVID-19.
  • In the Applied Linguistics program, visiting scholar Tove Larsson and associate professor Luke Plonsky received a $325,000 grant from the Swedish Research Council and the Swedish Academy of Letters, History, and Antiquities for the project titled, “Questionable research practices: The (un)ethical handling of data in quantitative humanities research.” The project will last two years as a collaboration with colleagues from Uppsala University and Indiana State University.
  • Ted Martinez, senior lecturer in the Honors College; Sean Evans, archivist at Cline Library Special Collections and Archives (SCA); and Peter Runge, head of SCA, presented, “Grand Canyon: Natural Wonder, Cultural Phenomenon” at the Virtual World Tour. The presentation provided contextually rich and broad perspectives of the Grand Canyon to engage and connect students with the region. Angelina Palumbo, director of the Center for International Education (CIE) and Maria Seewaldt, coordinator for CIE, partnered with universities from 25 different countries to have NAU participate in the tour, which is designed to offer students a global experience despite the circumstances of the pandemic.
  • Associate professor Josh Emery and interim Chair David Trilling, both in the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, co-authored the article, “Compositional study of trans-Neptunian objects at λ > 2.2 μm” published in Earth and Planetary Astrophysics. The study used data from the Infrared Array Camera on the Spitzer Space Telescope to present photometric observations of 100 trans-Neptunian objects.
  • Nicolette Cooley, program manager for the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, was quoted in the article, “An ancient people with a modern climate plan” published in Climate Solutions of the Washington Post. The article discusses how the Swinomish Tribe became one of the first communities to assess problems of climate change and how they have taken action.
  • Jut Wynne, faculty member of the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research, co-authored the article, “Planetary Cave Exploration Progresses” published in Eos. The article summarizes discussions from the Third International Planetary Caves Conference, which focused on the science and exploration of planetary caves.
  • Yuly Asención-Delaney, professor of global languages and cultures, was awarded a 2020 Research Priority grant from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for the project titled, “Examining reflection among novice Spanish language teachers within a technology-mediated community of practice.” Asención-Delaney will collaborate with Alfredo Urzúa from San Diego State University to analyze reflections about teaching topics between Spanish graduate teaching assistants at NAU and SDSU.
  • Juanita Heredia, professor of global languages and cultures, was invited to participate in a presentation and conversation with author Johana Londoño for the launch of her book, “Abstract Barrios: The Crises of Latinx Invisibility in Cities.” This book examines how urban planners, architects, designers, policymakers, business owners and other brokers took abstracted elements from barrio design to safely “Latinize” cities and manage a long-standing urban crisis of Latinx belonging over the past 70 years.
  • Yiqi Luo and Ted Schuur, professors of biological sciences; Andrew Richardson, Regents’ professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems; and Greg Caporaso, associate professor of biological sciences, were recognized as Highly Cited Researchers in 2020 by Clarivate Web of Science. All are researchers or affiliates of the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society.  According to the Web of Science Citation Index, their publications rank in the top 1 percent most cited in their field and publication year.
  • Erika Nowak, assistant research professor in the School of Earth and Sustainability, was featured in the article, “Best of Arizona – where the wild things are” published in Via, part of the AAA Magazine. Nowak’s feature was titled, “Western diamondback rattlesnakes” and is based on 27 years of research on rattlesnake ecology and management in the Verde Valley National Monuments and Tonto National Monument.