In the Spotlight: Feb. 24, 2017

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  • Lisa Campos, vice president of athletics, was selected as one of SportsBusiness Journal’s Forty Under 40. SportsBusiness Journal/Daily highlighted Campos for excellence and innovation in her career, all before the age of 40. She will be honored at the SportsBusiness Forty Under 40 gala on April 20.
  • “Architecture in Harmony with Nature: Exploring the Ideas of Hundertwasser,” written by Pamela Stephens, professor of art education, in collaboration with Nancy Walkup, the editor for Davis Publications, and Andrea Fürst of the Hundertwasser Archives in Vienna, has appeared in the China Art Education Journal. The article explores the major artistic concepts of Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) and offers activities for educators to introduce his work to their K-12 students. Stephens has been collaborating with Fürst for more than a decade, and in 2016, she was approached by visiting Chinese scholar Xing Jin about developing an intellectual exchange. This manuscript is the first result of what is hoped to be a continuing exchange of information between NAU and China.
  • George Rudebusch, professor of philosophy, is writing a volume for the University of Oklahoma Press Series in Classical Culture titled “Plato’s Philebus: A Commentary for Greek Readers.” This volume aims to replace Robert Gregg Bury’s 1897 commentary, which has been the standard for more than a century, with up-to-date scholarship on textual and philosophical problems to assist scholars for the next century. Rudebusch also has been an important contributor to Project Archelogos, a database of all arguments in Plato and Aristotle that relies on international collaboration and uses a novel presentation of the arguments for which it received the Henry Ford Foundation Award for the Preservation of European Culture in 1997. His most recent contribution is a book-length argument analysis of the Philebus that is in press.
  • Patrick Pynes, lecturer for the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, recently gave a talk on “Africanized Honeybees in Arizona: What They Tell Us About Who We Are” at the White Tank Library and Nature Center in Waddell. Arizona Humanities sponsored the talk as part of its Arizona Speaks program. Pynes has been an organic beekeeper and gardener for more than 25 years, allowing him to research the interaction and collision of honeybees and other biological organisms, as well as humans and their diverse cultures.
  • Donelle Ruwe, professor of English, has a forthcoming edited book collection, “Broadway Babies: Children, Childhood, and Musical Theater” (co-edited with music department professor James Leve and to be published by Ashgate). Within this book is a number of essays, including “Mediocrity: Mechanical Keyboards and Music for Girls,” In Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century and the Child” and “Ghetto Chic: Performing the Authentic Child in The Me Nobody Knows and Runaways.” In June, Ruwe will be a keynote speaker for the 25th anniversary of the 18th and 19th century British Women Writers Association Annual Conference at UNC Chapel Hill. She is one of the founders of the conference and will be speaking about its history and the rise of scholarship on early women writers over a quarter of a century.
  • Metal Construction News recognized NAU’s new Student & Academic Services Building for being environmentally conscious and using long-term durability and design flexibility metal. According to the story, the LEED Gold certified building maximized the use of the raw materials in a very effective manner.
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