In the Spotlight: May 4, 2017

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  • NAU’s Online Master’s Degree in Communication was ranked No. 20 in a list of most affordable by The website evaluates the most affordable degree opportunities in the country and the value students get from each program in order to make the list.
  • Paul Keim, executive director of NAU’s Pathogen and Microbiome Institute, is the senior author of a study published in mBio highlighting how genomic sequencing was used to discover a strain of anthrax-causing bacterium thought to have been viable 80 years after a thwarted World War I espionage attack, was, in reality, a much younger standard laboratory strain.Fitness Wellness Logo
  • The Health Sciences: Fitness Wellness program has received accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) as an applied program. This accreditation helps align learning outcomes and professional practice for students in the Fitness Wellness degree program to national standards. Students who graduate from the program will be prepared for a slew of outlets for the promotion of fitness and wellness.
  • On April 29 in Phoenix, Northern Arizona University hosted a law enforcement career fair sponsored by the Justice Studies and Intelligence Studies programs, along with Strategic Partnerships, Career Services and the Alumni Office. Attendance was estimated at approximately 400 job seekers who met with 18 different agencies, including police departments and representatives from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The event was covered by 12 News in Phoenix.
  • Communications professor Kurt Lancaster’s essay, “What Video-Journalists Can Learn from Alfred Hitchcock’s Cardinal Rule of Filmmaking” has been accepted in the Journal of Film and Video. By exploring the cinematic style of Hitchcock, the case can be made that Hitchcock’s rule of “show not tell” (pure cinema) finds a close alliance to the principles of the observational filmmaker. Thus, by applying some of Hitchcock’s techniques to video-journalism through observational cinema, the video-journalist can discover ways to record intimacy of emotions through stronger visual storytelling.
  • Biology adjunct professor Erika Nowak presented at the Museum of Northern Arizona’s forum on endangered species titled”The Way Home”on her research and NAU’s involvement assisting with the recovery of the federally threatened narrow-headed gartersnake. Researchers have tracked the movement and patterns of the snakes in Oak Creek in the interest of their safety. NAU is home to a breeding program for the snakes, which involves the help of graduate and undergraduate students.