In the Spotlight: May 25, 2016

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Stephen M. Shuster, professor of biology and curator of marine invertebrates and molluscs, co-authored a new text book titled Invertebrates. The book provides updated information for each of the 32 currently recognized phyla, including detailed classifications, general biology and anatomy, illustrations, and much more. The chapters are organized around the “new animal phylogeny,” while introductory chapters provide basic background information on the general biology of invertebrates. The book is available online.
  • FBO Brick Award
    Derek Hansen and Cori Cusker pose with their bricks outside Flagstaff City Hall.

    NAU Transportation Action Team members Cori Cusker, Derek Hansen and Erin Stam were recognized by the Flagstaff Biking Organization for their contributions to the cycling community. NAU is among the League of American Bicycles: Bicycle Friendly Universities. A brick in recognition of their work can be viewed at Heritage Square.

  • Tobias Kreidl, academic computing team lead in Information Technology Services, was one of four panelists selected to participate at the Citrix Synergy Conference Educational Birds of a Feather customer roundtable. Best practices on mobility, virtualization, networking and cloud solutions will be discussed. Kreidl will also attend a Citrix Technology Professionals meeting in Las Vegas.
  • Northern Arizona University has been ranked among the best online bachelor’s in healthcare administration and best online bachelor’s in education degree programs by College Choice. The rankings are designed to help prospective students make the best choice about where to invest their time and resources toward earning their degree. Schools and programs were evaluated based on academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field and return on investment.
  • NAU-Yuma potluck The NAU-Yuma Social Work program celebrated 15 years of social work education in Imperial and Yuma counties at the 2016 Bachelor of Arts in Social Work community potluck. Seniors Juanita Cabrera and Natasha Conrood received the Outstanding Social Work Senior Award and Ivan Gutierrez, Nubia Quintana and Myriam Hernandez received the Outstanding Social Work Student Award. Graduating seniors were also recognized for their service projects in Imperial and Yuma counties and San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico.
  • Laura Umphrey, professor in the School of Communication, had a research article titled “Parental Responsibility and Respondent Anger, Sympathy, and Willingness to Help Following Child Death” published in Illness, Crisis & Loss. The article examines 306 responses to news stories that manipulated attributions of parental responsibility following the accidental death of a child. Results confirm that attributions of responsibility increase expressions of anger and reduce sympathy and willingness to help.
  • BBC Earth instagramHarun Mehmedinovic, assistant professor of practice in the School of Communication, and his shooting partner Gavin Heffernan are part of a team that won a Webby award for Best Photography and Graphics for their work on BBC Earth Instagram account.
  • NAU-TV has been named as a finalist in the College Sports Media Awards. The Sports Video Group/National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics will select winners at its annual event in Georgia. NAU-TV manager Cynthia Catizone said this is the third time the student-run television production team has been recognized by the organization. The team covers 40 live television events each year, which air on Fox Sports Arizona, NAU-TV and its web stream. Catizone and three students will travel to Atlanta in June for the awards ceremony. View the video submission online.

  • NAU’s Model United Nations Club has been ranked among the top 50 North American College Model UN: World Division schools. The rankings recognize teams for their efforts in preparing students to succeed at conferences, thereby improving and expanding Model UN activity including leadership, research, public speaking, resolution-building, negotiation and diplomacy.

    NAU CIE delegation
    Pakistani educators visit NAU and make a stop at the Skydome to attend the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Northern Arizona University welcomed 18 high school counselors and principals from Pakistan this past April.  The delegation toured campus, attended the Undergraduate Research Symposium and met with provost James Coleman and Daniel Palm, senior associate director of the Center for International Education. The tour was sponsored by Education USA.