In the Spotlight: July 17, 2020

Kudos to these faculty, staff and programs

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  • Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library was a winner of the PR Xchange Awards Competition presented by a division of the American Library Association. The award recognizes the best public relations materials produced by libraries in the past year evaluated on content, originality and design by a team of public relations experts.
  • Frederick DeMicco, executive director of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, wrote the article titled, “Covid-19 and The Hotel Resort Buffet: The Last Supper?” published with Hotel Online: The B2B News Source. The article discusses the concerns and current state of tourism along with reopening during the pandemic. He also co-authored the article “A Model for Hotels to Hospitals (H2H) During an Unprecedented Era.” The article outlines the logistics of transforming a hotel into a hospital or health care facility.
  • Maiah Jaskoski, associate professor of politics and international affairs, authored the article, “Participatory Institutions as a Focal Point for Mobilizing: Prior Consultation and Indigenous Conflict in Colombia’s Extractive Industries” in Comparative Politics. The article provides an analysis of the participatory institution “prior consultation” and how it has given a voice to Indigenous communities in Colombia.
  • Associate chorale director Ryan Holder was awarded the 2020 Arizona ACDA Choral Director of the Year award presented during the online AzACDA Summer Conference. Several of Holder’s nominators were quoted during the presentation, and his work was showcased with the NAU Women’s Chorale and Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers.
  • A faculty program led by associate professor of engineering practices Dianne McDonnell was selected for a U.S. Department of State International IDEAS grant of $35,000. The program aims to set up innovation HUBs in Malawi in February and take a student group to Malawi in summer 2021. The funding will go toward the project and assist in establishing the first NAU study abroad student group in Malawi.
  • Professor of biological sciences Tad Theimer received the Grinnell Award, a prestigious teaching award with the American Society of Mammologists. The award was established to honor those who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to education in mammalogy over a period of at least 10 years.
  • Professor of physician assistant (PA) studies Richard Dehn was appointed the new editor-in-chief for the Journal of the American Academy of PAs, one of the most prestigious nationally peer-reviewed journals for the PA profession. Dehn has more than 35 years of experience as a clinically practicing PA and PA educator and more than 100 published peer-reviewed articles.
  • Associate professor of anthropology Lisa Hardy, librarian Amy Hughes, professor of health sciences Priscilla Sanderson, retired assistant professor of health sciences Cruz Begay, doctoral student in international affairs Candi Corrales and staff member with the Center for Health Equity Research Travis Pinn co-authored the article titled, “Building a Narrative of Equity: Weaving Indigenous Approaches into Community-Engaged Research” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The article analyzes global injustices and demonstrates principles for effective health research and social justice work that builds on community-engaged approaches by weaving critical Indigenous approaches into structural project designs.
  • Associate professor of astronomy and planetary sciences Josh Emery co-authored the article titled, “Evidence for ammonia-bearing species on the Uranian satellite Ariel supports recent geologic activity.” The article investigated whether ammonia-rich constituents are present on the surface of the Uranian moon Ariel by analyzing 32 near-infrared reflectance spectra.
  • Mark Loeffler, associate professor of astronomy and planetary sciences, and graduate student Patrick Tribbett were lead authors on an article titled, “A possible explanation for the presence of crystalline H2O-ice on Kuiper Belt objects” published in Icarus. The article studies the amorphization of crystalline H2O-ice induced by energetic electrons as a function of energy and temperature.
  • Associate professor of physical therapy and athletic training John Heick was a course author for the class Acute Care 101, a four-week self-paced synchronous and asynchronous physical therapy course that introduces acute care practice from vital sign interpretation and chart review to exercise prescription for patients recovering from critical illness. 1,000 people across the U.S. registered for the course with 181 people attending the live session.