In the Spotlight: Dec. 6, 2013

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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Russ Gilbert’s photo above, taken at Callanish in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, is among 14 images that are part of his exhibit this month.

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  • Russ Gilbert, program coordinator and photography instructor for the School of Communication, will be exhibiting photographic images this month at Will McNabb Fine Jewelry Studio, 18 N. Leroux St., in downtown Flagstaff.

    The show, titled “Megalith,” contains a series of images taken over the course of three trips to Britain and Ireland. An artist’s reception will be held at the studio from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, as part of the First Friday Art Walk.

  • Bruce Hungate, director of the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, is a coauthor of “Linking Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Current Uncertainties and the Necessary Next Steps,” published this week in BioScience.
  • Collin Haffey, an environmental science and policy graduate student, is teaming up with local artist Kate Aitchison to curate an exhibit titled “The Burnished Landscape: Blending Art and Science.” Haffey and Aitchison translate into art the predicted impacts of climate change on Southwestern forest fire regimes, conveying a sense of what the region may look like in the future. The exhibit opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Firecreek Coffee Company, 22 E. Rte. 66 in Flagstaff. The art will be on display through December.
  • Kasey Ragan, a graduate student in criminology and criminal justice, won the 2013 Outstanding Master’s Student Paper Award from the Division of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology for her paper, “Women Migrants: A Transnational Feminist Justice Issue.
  • Six students have been named Noyce Fellows for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program, which awards $15,000 to encourage talented undergraduate science, technology, engineering and math majors and post-baccalaureate students holding STEM degrees to earn a teaching credential and commit to teach in high-need school districts. After graduation, the fellows will participate in an induction program for support during their first years of teaching to promote retention. The undergraduate fellows are Rebecca Holub, Vann Johnson, and Cindy Koehler. The post-baccalaureate fellows are Jonathan Griffith, Ryan Monahan and David Tollefsen.
  • NAU picked up two honors in the annual Best of Flagstaff awards. 1899 Bar & Grill received “Best Overall Restaurant” honors and KNAU was named “Favorite Radio Show.” Best of Flagstaff winners are selected each year by readers of the Arizona Daily Sun.