In the Spotlight: Dec. 6, 2019

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  • Social and health psychology professor Heidi Wayment, industrial organization psychology professor Ann Huffman, assistant professor of physical therapy and athletic training Monica Lininger and their doctoral candidate from the University of Georgia Patrick Doyle had a study published in the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training. The paper has been selected for inclusion in an e-book collection designed to meet the new practical knowledge for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
  • Amalia Garzon, clinical professor of Spanish at NAU Yuma, recently presented at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference in El Paso, Texas. The paper she presented focused on the representation of indigenous women in the 2018 film “Roma.” She also serves on the executive board of RMMLA.
  • Daniel Okoli, vice president for capital planning and campus operations, and Jay Lewis, director of the Center for International Education, recently hosted an event in Abuja, Nigeria. Nearly 50 prospective students came to the event with one committing to attending NAU and many others declaring their desire to tour campus in December.
  • Director of the Center of Health Equity Research Nicolette Teufel-Shone was appointed as an editorial board member for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The journal is open access and publishes articles that discuss environmental health sciences and public health.
  • Professor of practice Amy Hitt and journalism professor Martin Sommerness presented “Mass Media, Social Media and the Erosion of Democracy.” The lecture was given as part of the Conversations lecture series from the Sedona International Film Festival, which politics and international affairs professor Sheila Nair moderated.
  • Jaewook Lee, assistant professor of new media in the School of Art, is exhibiting his work in a group show at Insa Art Space, one of the nonprofit art institutions for contemporary art under the Arts Council Korea in Seoul. The show, Insa Art Space Thematic Project Carpenter’s Scene, will be on display through January.
  • Vincent Caranchini, assistant professor of interior design in the School of Art, is exhibiting his work in the annual International Contemporary Art Exhibition in Assisi, Italy. The show displays artists who worked in the historical town while developing their creative projects.
  • recognized NAU for offering one of the best online bachelor of social work programs. To initially qualify, programs must be non-profit, accredited and entirely online. Intelligent then assesses cost, return on investment, online readiness, program strength and student engagement. NAU received a score of 76.28 based on the criteria.
  • Zhan Xu, a professor in the School of Communication, co-authored an article published in Emerald Insight. “Understanding public opinion in different disaster stages: a case study of Hurricane Irma” examines the public opinion of Hurricane Irma on Twitter as the disaster went through its different stages. The team analyzed more than 3.5 million tweets in order to capture the full breadth of opinions.
  • Psychological sciences professor Laura Noll was appointed as a junior fellow at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child. The organization seeks to bring together local, national and international efforts in policy and practice focused on children and families.
  • Rachel Cox Tso, communication and journalism lecturer, gave the keynote speech for Wind
    Rachel Cox Tso gives her pack to a ranger
    Rachel Cox Tso gives her 30-year-old day pack to a ranger at the 150th-mile celebration at Wind Cave.

    Cave National Park’s 150th-mile celebration. In 1989, an 18-year old Tso was lost in the cave for 36 hours, which sparked the largest search and rescue operation in the park’s history. She spoke about the experiences both in being lost and in other adventures.

  • Peter Friederici, professor and director of Sustainable Communities, had his article published in The Conservation. “In Paraguay, rural communities facing deforestation see power – and profit – in a beloved drink” discusses an economic and ecological sustainability project being carried out in the country.
  • Sustainability professor Diana Stuart published the piece “Why Extinction Rebellion Might Succeed – and in Many Ways, Already Has” in Truthout. The article discusses the Extinction Rebellion movement, the evolution of their protests in the United Kingdom and why they are the most likely to succeed in their efforts.
  • School of Forestry research professor Nadine Laporte co-authored research with Center for Ecosystem Science and Society professor Scott Goetz titled “Road expansion and persistence in forests of the Congo Basin,” published in Nature Sustainability. The research has been discussed in multiple media outlets, including NASA Earth Observatory.
  • The Civic Service Institute’s Foster Grandparent program was highlighted on ABC15. The piece talks about how the program has helped to alleviate stress among elementary school teachers. Currently, the institute has 120 volunteers with 22 of them being in Maricopa County. They are still looking for a minimum of 20 volunteers who would receive a small stipend and training if selected. For more information, visit the Civic Service Institute online.