In the Spotlight: May 11, 2016

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  • Sexton book James D. Sexton, Regents’ professor emeritus, published a new book titled An Anthropologist Goes to the Vietnam War. Part I of the book is based on Sexton’s service in the U.S. Army from 1968-69. Parts II and III find Sexton returning to Vietnam with his wife in 2004 and 2008 to observe changes since the war. Maps, photographs, notes and an appendix supplement the text and an epilogue updates significant events. The book is available online.
  • Eric V. Meeks, associate professor of history, has been named the Bill & Rita Clements Senior Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America at the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. The fellowship is designed to provide time for senior scholars to bring book-length manuscripts to completion. Through the fellowship, Meeks will continue his work titled “The U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: A Transnational History.”
  • Jim Wilce, professor of anthropology, is part of a radio documentary called “Sounds of Grief.” The documentary examines the traditions of laments, including keening and ritual wailing. Laments are considered endangered  and a revival effort is underway in Ireland and Finland.
  • Computer science capstone team
    The senior computer science capstone team poses with mentor Bjorn Kronderfer at the Undergraduate Symposium. From left to right: Luke Sanchez, Herbie Duah, Bjorn Krondorfer, John Loudon and Michael Ortega.

    The senior computer science capstone team including Luke SanchezMichael OrtegaHerbie Duah and John Loudon recently completed a joint project with the Martin-Springer Institute. The team—under the mentorship of Steven Jacobs, computer science professor, and Bjorn Krondorfer, director of the Martin-Springer Institute—launched an educational website The Bedzin Exhibit that follows the stories of young people in the Jewish ghetto of Bedzin, Poland, before, during and after the Holocaust. The site supports and enriches the traveling exhibit “Through the Eyes of Youth: Life and Death in the Bedzin Ghetto.”

  • Sarah Eddings, graduate student in the master’s in English Literature program, has published an article titled “The Use of the Vertical Plane to Indicate Holiness in C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy” in Mythlore, a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of mythopoeic literature.
  • NAU student Kristen Tallis participated in the Native American Fitness Council Fitness Week earlier this month. Tallis attended alongside fitness leaders representing tribes from Alaska, California, Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida, Maine and Washington. Participants discussed lesson planning, fitness games, diabetes prevention techniques and youth mentoring.