In the Spotlight: Feb. 10, 2017

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  • Nicole Hampton, assistant clinical professor of career and technical education, and Martin D. Sommerness, professor of journalism, have produced the second, expanded edition of Communication Writing: Some Beginnings, published by Kendall-Hunt. Hampton wrote the essays “‘A’-cing APA Style,” “Annotated Bibliography” and “Conducting Research” for the collection; Sommerness wrote “The Clifton Strengths Finder 2.0 and You.” Other faculty members who contributed essays include Amy Hitt, assistant professor of practice in strategic communication, Dorothy Wu Nelson, lecturer in strategic communication, Alexa S. DuMity, part-time instructor in journalism, and Brian C. Snow, part-time instructor in career and technical education.
  • Ed Smaglik, associate professor in civil and environmental engineering, has teamed up with professors from ASU and UA to conduct research on the I-10 corridor. Focusing on efficiency, safety and sustainability, the researchers hope to reduce the impact of freight traffic and improve air quality. The project was awarded a Regent Innovation Funds grant from the Arizona Board of Regents for its potential to positively impact Arizona livelihoods and the economy.
  • NAU Social recently received the Net Natives Bronze award for top performing university social engagement for the month of December. Ranked No. 3 on the EduRank list, NAU continually boasts high engagement on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. This engagement rate is calculated with a variety of performance indicators and celebrates the success of social media marketing in the education sector.
  • Janna Jones, professor in the School of Communication, was selected to be the 2017 Dow Visiting Scholar, endowed by The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. As part of her duties, Jones will teach a variety of classes about screenwriting, the history of movie palaces, cinema audiences and film archives at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan, on Feb. 15.
  • NAU’s Facility Services department recently installed a sustainability display case highlighting the multiple sustainable actions being adopted throughout the university. The display features a variety of departments on campus that are making a conscious effort to adopt programs that benefit the economy in some way.
  • NAU’s Campus Dining was featured in the fall-winter issue of Campus Dining Today for its commitment to improving plant-based entrees to not only cater towards vegetarian and vegan students but increase nutritional food options for students.
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