In the Spotlight: July 13, 2017

Kudos to these faculty and staff

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  • Roderick Townsend, assistant jumps coach for NAU track and field, was nominated for an Excellence in Sports Performance (ESPY) Award for best male athlete with a disability. Despite suffering permanent nerve damage to his right arm and shoulder at birth, Townsend has set multiple world records and won gold for the high jump and long jump T47 at the 2016 Paralympics.
  • Melissa Johnson, health sciences librarian at NAU’s Phoenix Biomedical Campus, received the 2017 MLCSCA First Time AHIP Award. She was one of two applicants selected by the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona to be recognized for professional contributions made to the health information profession.
  • Ding Du, associate professor of finance, Pin Ng, professor of economics, and Alan Lew, professor of geography, planning and recreation, received the 2017 Charles R. Goeldner Article of Excellence Award for their article “Tourism and Economic Growth.” The award was presented to them at the 2017 Travel and Tourism Research Association Conference in June.