In the Spotlight: Oct. 18, 2019

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Chrissina Burke standing with Anthropology students in front of their research display
Chrissina Burke standing with Anthropology students in front of their research display.
  • Senior lecturer Chrissina Burke and several students from the Department of Anthropology presented their research on animal bone tool and bone artifact replication experiments at the International Council of Archaeozoology, Worked Bone Research Group in October.
  • The U.S. Department of State invited professors Fredricka Stoller and William Grabe to give two 18-hour mini-courses on second language reading in Dien Bien Phu and Dong Ha, Vietnam. Both are associated with Northern Arizona University’s MA TESL and Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics programs. Stoller gave the opening keynote address at Vietnam’s national English language teachers’ conference, and Grabe was featured at the same venue.
  • ranked NAU’s online master of science in math education program No. 2 out of nine online master’s programs and the special education, master of education was ranked No. 11 out of 50 online master’s in special education
  • Psychological sciences professors Heidi Wayment and Ann Huffman published their research, “The Indirect Influence of Organizational Safety Climate on Football Players’ Concussion Reporting Intentions” in the journal Health Education and Behavior. They used structural equation modeling to evaluate direct and indirect influences of players’ perceptions of their coaches’ endorsement about concussion safety and how these might predict intentions to report concussion symptoms.
  • The Council for Development of Social Science Research in Africa awarded educational leadership professor Ishmael Munene $30,000 under the Meaning-Making Research Initiative for a study on “Understanding the shifting dynamism between higher education, the state and society.” He will collaborate with Gerald Wangenge-Ouma, a professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
  • John Fegyveresi, professor of practice in the School of Earth and Sustainability, published two articles related to the South Pole Ice Core Project. “Volcanic glass properties from 1459 C.E. volcanic event in South Pole ice core dismiss Kuwae caldera as a potential source” was published in Scientific Reports and examines the meaning behind an observed volcanic sulfate increase in historical records of ice cores. “The SP19 chronology for the South Pole Ice Core – Part 1: volcanic matching and annual layer counting” was published in Climate of the Past and focuses on ice core dating and the dating techniques.
  • Anthropology professor Corina Kellner completed her first year of a multi-year excavation at Huaca del Loro, a pre-Inka site in Nasca, Peru, that investigates how the Nasca dealt with Wari imperial influence in the region. Working with Christina Conlee of Texas State University, they found evidence of Wari control and a Nasca style “trophy” head.
  • Anthropology professor Emery Eaves is a co-investigator for a research project titled “A Naturalistic Experiment to Evaluate the Impact of Changes to Oregon Medicaid Treatment Reimbursement for Back Pain on Opioid Prescribing and Patient Outcomes (Back on Track)” funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.