In the Spotlight: Feb. 17, 2017

Kudos to these faculty and staff

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

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

  • Northern Arizona University will be recognized by the Arizonans Concerned About Smoking Organization at the 8th Annual Health Leadership Award Ceremony on Feb. 25 in Tempe. NAU adopted its tobacco-free campus policy in 2016 to further demonstrate the university’s commitment to wellness and public health by creating a healthy environment for the NAU community.
  • Kurt Lancaster, professor of creative media and film, and Peter Friederici, director of sustainable communities and associate professor of journalism, have earned an Award of Excellence in the Faculty Video Competition of the National Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts 2017. The faculty members worked alongside students in the production of the project to earn the award for Mixed Video.
  • Associate clinical professor in the College of Education, Suzanne Becker O’Keeffe, and retired education professor Catherine Medina recently published two articles showcasing research in diversity in middle school classrooms. “Nine strategies for helping middle school students weather the perfect storm of disability, diversity, and adolescence” was published in the latest edition of the American Secondary Education Journal, and “Engaging Inclusive Educators: Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional (CLDE) Students in Middle School Classrooms” was presented in the American Council on Rural Special Education conference.
  • Tim Yamamura, lecturer in English, and Michael Amundson, history professor, were recently interviewed by the BBC for an upcoming program on the cultural history of Mars. The pair presented their work last fall at a centennial history of Percival Lowell’s death at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. The BBC will broadcast the interview in March.
  • Nancy Wonders, criminology and criminal justice professor, recently published the article “Sitting on the Fence–Spain’s Delicate Balance: Bordering, Multiscaler Challenges, and Crimmigration” in the most recent issue of the European Journal of Criminology.


NAU Communications