In the Spotlight: Jan. 22, 2021

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  • Frederick DeMicco, executive director of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, co-authored the article, “Hotels Will Need A 5-Star Rating In Safety And A 3-Star Michelin Rating To Address Guest COVID-19 Concerns” published on Hospitality Net. The article addresses how hospitality will have to meet increasing health concerns regarding COVID-19 and how the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care consumers and purchasers, could be a starting point.
  • Benjamin Ruddell, director and professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS), was featured in the article, “2020’s Effect on the Supply Chain” published in Modern Work Truck Solutions. Ruddell discusses the effects that shipping and the supply chain may see on a national scale due to various factors such as the pandemic, hurricane season and vaccine distribution.
  • Ramona Mellott, dean of the College of Education and professor of educational psychology, was named as a fellow with the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). The fellowship was established in 1990; fellows are recognized for giving outstanding service to ASPPB and to the field of professional psychology regulation, licensing and certification.
  • Assistant clinical professor Evelyn Burrell was selected as president-elect of the Arizona Psychological Association. The association was founded in 1950 and is devoted to supporting its members, advancing the profession, preserving its integrity, promoting health and advocating in the public interest.
  • Alark Saxena, assistant professor of forestry; Patrick Jantz, assistant research professor of SICCS; and Alder Keleman Saxena, assistant research professor of anthropology, received a $119,000 grant for their proposal titled, “Creating evidence for forest based resilience during Covid-19.” The research project was accepted by the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development and will take place in India.
  • Professor of forestry Yeon-Su Kim co-authored the article, “History Lessons from the Late Joseon Dynasty Period of Korea: Human Technology (Ondol), It’s Impacts on Forests and People, and the Role of the Government” published in Forests. The article explores Ondol, the traditional underfloor heating system, in depth and concludes more historical analogs from different parts of the world could offer understanding into the social and ecological systemic risks of the current technical developments.
  • Anita Antoninka, research professor of forestry, and Matthew Bowker, associate professor of forestry, were interviewed in the article, “How researchers hope to preserve and restore ‘biocrust,’ the desert’s protective skin” in the Arizona Republic. The article discusses biocrust’s relation to the environment, its continuing disappearance and the importance to preserve and restore it. Associate research professor in the School of Earth and Sustainability Helen Rowe also has collaborated with Antoninka and the McDowell-Sonoran Conservancy on the research and citizen science presented in the article.
  • Alexandra Carpino, professor in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, presented a paper titled, “Not a Taboo: Maternal Undress in Late Classical Etruscan Mirror Iconography” as part of a colloquium on nudity, costume and gender in Etruscan Art at the 2021 Annual Meeting of Archaeological Institute of America. Carpino analyzed the ways in which undress functioned as a socially-relevant “costume” that conflated the themes of fertility, procreation and nurturing.
  • Blake Rayfield, assistant professor in the W. A. Franke College of Business, co-authored the article, “Institutional Monitoring and Litigation Risk: Evidence from Employee Disputes,” published in the Journal of Financial Research. The study investigated how institutional investors help mitigate employment-related litigation.
  • Associate professor of history Eric Meeks published the essay, “Navigating the Border: The Struggle for Indigenous Sovereignty in Arizona and Sonora” in a special issue of the Journal of Arizona History titled, “Exploring Arizona’s Diverse Past.” The essay discusses how Tohono O’odham and Yaquis have negotiated among their own people over the past several decades as they faced the challenges of living on both sides of an increasingly-enforced international border.
  • Associate professor of anthropology Lisa Hardy authored the op-ed, “Staying safe in the time of coronavirus: pay attention to ‘the guy you know’” in Stat. The article looks at the stories people have created about the virus and how that affects people’s perception of who is a “safe” person to be around and who is not.
  • Muhittin Cavusoglu, assistant professor in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, wrote the article, “An analysis of technology applications in the restaurant industry,” which was selected for a 2020 Emerald Literati award for Outstanding Paper. Cavusoglu is also the managing editor for the Journal of Global Business Insights and the associate editor for the Journal of Global Education and Research.
  • Postdoctoral scholar Andrew McNeill, interim chair, and professor David Trilling and associate professor Joshua Emery, all from the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, co-authored the article, “Comparison of the physical properties of the L4 and L5 Trojan asteroids from ATLAS data” published in Earth and Planetary Astrophysics. The study found that, on average, the L4 asteroids are more elongated than the L5 asteroids.
  • Postdoctoral scholar Jennifer Buz of astronomy and planetary science was featured in the article, “A Field Guide to the Magnetic Solar System” published with Eos. Buz discusses the magnetic properties of Mars.
  • Ecotoxicology professor Frank von Hippel‘s book, “The Chemical Age,” was reviewed in The New York Review of Books. The book examines the efforts of scientists in their work related  to plagues, famine and war. Read more about the book.