In the Spotlight: Feb. 16, 2018

Kudos to these staff, faculty and programs

 Do you have a spotlight item to share with the NAU community?

E-mail your announcements to, or use our online submission form.

  • Catherine Gehring, co-executive director of the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research and professor for Northern Arizona University’s Department of Biological Sciences, was selected as the first John and Pit Lucking Family Professor. Gehring will use this professorship to advance her lab’s work on the use of beneficial soil microbes to improve the restoration of plant communities that have been devastated by drought, high temperatures and non-native species.
  • In December, Jaime Awe, associate professor of anthropology, received the Field Discovery Award from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of his outstanding research and significant discoveries at the Xunantunich archaeological site in western Belize.
  • Last weekend, the three-day JazzMad Festival brought 84 schools, 152 choirs and 2,800 students to Northern Arizona University. Participants took part in madrigal and vocal jazz clinics, NAU Vocal Jazz concerts and watched two host concerts featuring NAU Shrine of Ages Choir and the pop-jazz a cappella vocal sextet M-Pact.
  • Sean Gregory co-authored the article “Treatment-Refractory Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Adults: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Treatment Strategies” which was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (JCP). The article also was chosen as the lead article in last week’s edition of JCP Weekly.