In the Spotlight: Oct. 31, 2014

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Amanda Stan, geography, planning and recreation lecturer, and Peter Fulé, professor in the School of Forestry, collaborated on a paper titled “Modern fire regime resembles historical fire regime in a ponderosa pine forest on Native American lands,” published in the International Journal of Wildland Fire. Using fire-scarred trees and statistical models, the authors obtained valuable insights regarding past fire frequency and fire spread on the Hualapai tribal lands. The study results will be useful for informing adaptive management throughout the region as climate warms.
  • Ishmael Munene, associate professor of educational leadership, was elected president of the African Studies and Research Forum at the association’s annual general meeting held in Denver. Munene will oversee the forum’s five strategic initiatives: Female Members’ Professional Development Support, The Members’ Publication Support, The Members’ Tenure and Promotion Support, The Partnerships with Africa and The Summer Institute for Graduate Students at African Universities during his two-year term.
  • Annette McGivney, senior lecturer in the School of Communication, won the silver award for Best Travel Feature for her article “To Hellsgate and Back” featured in Arizona Highways Magazine. The award was presented at the 2014 International Regional Magazine Awards in Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Michelle Miller, psychology professor and co-director of the First Year Learning Initiative, and John Doherty, instructional designer for the e-Learning Center, have started a pilot program, Attention Matters, aimed at reducing student distraction. Faculty members can use the freestanding instructional module as an optional or required learning activity. Through demonstrations and videos, students learn about how attention works and the impact of distraction on learning. Attention Matters will be available to instructors for pilot-testing through Spring 2015.