In the Spotlight: Feb. 6, 2015

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Palio horse race in Siena, Italy
Thousands of spectators watch the Palio horse race in Siena, Italy, the subject of Thomas Paradis’ new book. The race has taken place in the Piazza del Campo twice yearly since 1644. Photo by Thomas Paradis.
  • Thomas Paradis, professor of geography, planning and recreation, recently published Living the Palio: A Story of Community and Public Life in Siena, Italy, based on research he performed during a study abroad trip with students and faculty. In the book, Paradis highlights the Palio horse race that has taken place twice each year since 1644 in Siena’s historic Piazza del Campo. The book discusses the design of effective public spaces that promote active engaged communities. Read an excerpt from the book and view Paradis’ photos and video here.
  • NAU’s Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals released a video highlighting its Climate Change Adaptation Workshop held in Portland, Ore., in September. The video explores the effects of pollution and glacial melt on indigenous peoples.
  • History professor Michael Amundson published Wyoming Revisited: Rephotographing the Scenes of Joseph E. Stimson, which recently was the subject of a news story on KWMP, Wyoming Public Media’s NPR station. Listen to the interview and view photographs here.
  • Vice Provost Harvey Charles has been selected by the Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development to receive its Service to the International Community award. Charles will be recognized during the ACPA—College Student Educators International annual convention in March.
  • David Camacho, associate vice president for diversity, recently was elected to serve a three-year term to the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education Board of Directors. The association utilizes research to inform on diversity initiatives and local and national policy.
  • Christopher Rhode, a philosophy, politics and law major and a Campus Recreation employee, was selected to receive the 2015 William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. He will receive the award during the association’s annual conference in Grapevine, Texas in March.
  • Carolina Mora, biology and psychology double major, recently was named a “Big of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff. She is part of the school-based mentoring program. Read more about the award in the Arizona Daily Sun.
  • NAU recently earned accolades on several independent online rankings including the 30 Most Beautiful Places to Go to Graduate School, seventh overall for online master’s teaching programs,  the top 25 Best Accredited Online Colleges and a “Best Buy” for students seeking online degrees in psychology and human services bachelor’s degrees. NAU also ranked in the top 25 for its online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice on