In the Spotlight: Nov. 1, 2019

Kudos to these faculty, staff and programs

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  • Jessica Barnes, a lecturer in the Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation, was selected to participate in the Council of American Overseas Research Centers 2020 Faculty Development Seminar in India. The seminar includes visits to Delhi, Jaipur and Lucknow to study economic, cultural, social and environmental pressures facing emerging cities in India.
  • Gregg Schneider, coordinator for the Academic Success Center, was awarded the 2019-20 Supervisor of the Year (SOTY) Award. Schneider was recognized for making his team feel valued, setting expectations and providing feedback, encouraging career readiness and creating a student-centered work environment that connects with the overall campus community. 
  • Several faculty from the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) collaborated with other NAU professors on a variety of projects:
    • Ricky CamplainJulie A. Baldwin and Carolyn Camplain from CHER; Meghan Warren and Monica R. Lininger from the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training; and Robert T. Trotter with the Department of Anthropology wrote an editorial, “Physical Activity in People who are Incarcerated: A Social Justice Issue” published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. The article studies the recreational time of 188 individuals who were in the Coconino County Detention Facility between October 2017 and April 2018.
    • Ricky Camplain, Carolyn Camplain, Baldwin, Lininger and Trotter published “A Survey of Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health and Converging Morbidities in a County Jail: A Cultural-Ecological Assessment of Health Conditions in Jail Populations” in the International Journal of Environmental Research. The research examines the primary results of the survey data collection that compares the health of county jail populations in the United States with the general population.
    • Ricky Camplain, Carolyn Camplain, Baldwin, Warren and Trotter along with Viacheslav Fofanov from the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems published “Epidemiology of Incarceration: Characterizing Jail Incarceration for Public Health Research” in Epidemiology. The study is an early step in understanding jail incarceration as an exposure for future epidemiologic research.
    • Postdoctoral fellow George Pro and Ricky Camplain recently completed an independent study of the Yavapai County Detention Center Reach Out program to evaluate characteristics of inmates. They found that more than 4,800 incarcerated individuals interacted with Reach Out coordinators in the first year of a three-year program, and many of the participants demonstrated behavioral health characteristics that put them at increased risk for recidivism.
  • A multi-disciplinary research team with the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative received a one-year, $374,906 administrative supplement grant from the National Institutes of Health to study diverse caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementias living in northern Arizona. The results will be used to reduce health inequities of American Indian, Latino and rural caregivers and develop a multi-level understanding of their needs to promote future policies, practices and research initiatives. PI Baldwin will work with co-investigators Dorothy Dunn, associate professor in the School of NursingEvie Garcia, associate professor in the NAU Department of Educational PsychologyMichael McCarthy, associate professor in the Department of Social Work, and Heather Williamson, assistant professor for CHER and the Occupational Therapy department.
  • Northern Arizona University’s online bachelor of science in public health program was ranked No. 5 by College Rank for best online public health programs. The program prepares students for careers in hospitals, schools, government health agencies, private industries, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Associate professor of anthropology Sharon Moses published work in two forensics publications. “Forensic Archaeology and the Question of Using Geographic Profiling Methods and ‘Winthropping,’” chapter 15, was published in Forensic Archaeology: Multidisciplinary Approaches. “Cemetery Hoodoo: Culture, Ritual Crime, and Forensic Archaeology” was published in International Forensic Science: Synergy.
  • Volleyball coach Ken Murphy set a new win record for head coaches in Lumberjack history when the team won its third straight match against Northern Colorado. Murphy has 144 wins during his tenure here.