In the Spotlight: June 25, 2021

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  • Northern Arizona University was ranked No. 3 on Best Value Schools’ list of 25 Best Value Schools for Pre-Law 2021. Pre-law degrees provide a base of knowledge for students and teach them how to critically think, write and develop research skills geared towards a profession that serves both people and institutions.
  • NAU also was ranked on Bachelor’s Degree Center’s list of 15 Best Online Bachelor’s In Public Health for 2021. Rankings were determined by tuition rate, student satisfaction and graduate salary data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and Niche.
  • The NAU Geospatial Research and Information lab created a visualization app to monitor the activity and progress of the fires near Flagstaff. The app examines the growth, advancement and active hot spots of the Rafael Fire southwest of Flagstaff.
  • From the Center for Science Teaching and Learning, director Joëlle Clark, assistant director Nena Bloom, research associate Lori Rubino-Hare, alumna Courtney Barnes and research associate Sean Ryan co-authored the article, “Designing Professional Development Resources to Meet the Needs of OST STEM Educators” published in Afterschool Matters. The article is based on their work in the NASA-funded PLANETS program in which they developed out-of-school time curricula on planetary sciences and engineering for educators and youth.
  • Charn McAllister, assistant professor of management in the W.A. Franke College of Business, co-authored the article, “Why Pivoting People is a Strategic Priority” published in the MIT Sloan Management Review. The article argued that just like post-pandemic physical workspaces will need revising, so too, will the skill sets and capabilities of employees.
  • Faculty and staff from the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society have had several accomplishments.
    • Assistant research professor Christina Schädel, Regents’ professor Ted Schuur and associate professor of climate science in the School of Earth and Sustainability Deborah Huntzinger were awarded a three-year, $764,000 grant from the Department of Energy to help more accurately represent permafrost carbon dynamics in Earth System models. The project, for which Schädel is the primary principal investigator, will synthesize data from pan-Arctic experimental warming studies and create new functional benchmarks for models to improve understanding of permafrost carbon’s implications for climate change.
    • Director and Regents’ professor Bruce Hungate was named to the Laboratory Advisory Council of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a Department of Energy research center. The council plays a major role in setting the agenda for the laboratory, and provides review and input for PNNL’s future direction, investment priorities and vision.
    • Hungate, along with research professor Jane Marks, co-authored the opinion piece, “Invest in infrastructure to help slow climate change,” which appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun. Clean energy, they write, is “a win for decarbonizing: this investment will help untie the knot between CO2 emissions and a healthy economy.”
    • Postdoctoral scholar Tim Rademacher, Regents’ professor Andrew Richardson and research associate Jim LeMoine co-authored the article, “Manipulating phloem transport affects wood formation but not local nonstructural carbon reserves in an evergreen conifer,” which appears in the recent issue of Plant, Cell & Environment. The authors described an experiment designed to explore how carbon supply influences wood formation.