In the Spotlight: Oct. 16, 2020

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  • Northern Arizona University was recognized by LendEdu in its second annual report for having one of the lowest student loan default rates in both Arizona and the country. NAU’s default rate was 6.8 percent.
  • Chris Hakkenberg, postdoctoral scholar of SICCS, co-authored the article, “Race and affluence shape spatio-temporal urbanization trends in Greater Houston, 1997 to 2016” published in Land Use Policy. The study looks at how temporal trends in urbanization arose from the spatial layout of the urban land upon which growth was founded using a novel interdisciplinary synthesis.
  • Fatemeh Afghah, associate professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS), co-authored the article, “Multi-level Feature Learning on Embedding Layer of Convolutional Autoencoders and Deep Inverse Feature Learning for Image Clustering” published in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. The article introduces multi-level feature learning alongside the embedding layer of Convolutional Autoencoder as a novel approach in deep clustering.
  • Professor in the School of Earth and Sustainability Abraham Springer co-authored the article, “Springs ecosystem classification” published in Early View. The article reviews historical literature on springs classification variables and presents a conceptual springs ecosystem model that clarifies the central role of geomorphology in springs ecosystem development, function and typology.
  • Carol Chambers, professor of forestry, was sworn in as the new president of the Wildlife Society on Oct. 1. Chambers serves as only the third female president since the society’s founding in 1937.