In the Spotlight: May 25, 2018

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  • NAU-TV is a finalist in the SVG College Sports Media awards. NAU-TV has two nominated programs out of seven finalists in the outstanding live game production-collegiate student category.
  • Psychological sciences professor Michelle Miller gave an invited address at the 2ndInternational Forum on Future World, Future Learning at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The conference focused on the integration of educational approaches across cultures and disciplines including neuroscience, educational psychology and cognitive psychology. Miller’s address, “Improving Teaching, Improving Learning: Principles from Research on Human Cognition,” discussed the value of frameworks for online, blended and face-to-face university courses using cognitive principles and proposed criteria for selecting effective instructional technologies. Miller also served as a panelist at Tsinghua’s Institute of Education Doctoral forum.
  • Cline Library received a $27,000 grant from the Library Services and Technology Act for its project “Thinking Through Making.” The grant will offer education programs for the NAU and Flagstaff communities to explore, experience and create using Cline Library’s MakerLab. The grant also will fund four workshops throughout the year focusing on augmented reality art, Native American jewelry making, creative writing, storytelling and illustration. The project was created by Amanda Meeks and Naomi Bishop, librarians with teaching, learning and research services.Bill Carter addressing audience members while receiving a Bosnia and Herzegovina Friendship Award
  • Creative media and film professor Bill Carter received a Bosnia and Herzegovina Friendship Award at an event in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. Carter received the award for his ongoing work toward peace and ethnic diversity in the Balkans. Carter began his work in Bosnia in 1993 when he developed creative approaches to help besieged citizens of Sarajevo to bring attention to the genocide that was happening in Bosnia.
  • Aaron Smith was awarded the Distinguished Assistant Professor award for the Department of Biological Sciences and the Jerry O. Wolff Distinguished Faculty award. Smith teaches entomology, undergraduate research and graduate seminars and oversees the graduate thesis within the department of biological sciences. He also is the division curator for the Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity.
  • NAU track and field director Michael Smith swept all six Big Sky Conference awards during cross country and track and field seasons. The last coach to receive all six conference honors was former NAU director Eric Heins in 2014.