In the Spotlight: Oct. 4, 2013

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  • Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and NAU staff
    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer selected the Center for American Indian Economic Development to receive the Future Leaders Award for efforts toward teaching financial literacy to youth.

    NAU’s Center for American Indian Economic Development, part of the W.A. Franke College of Business, earned recognition from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer this week during her Economic Development Conference in Flagstaff. The center earned the Governor’s Future Leaders Award for the Seven Generations Money Management Game, which instills financial responsibility in Native American youth.

  • Peter Friederici, associate professor of journalism, recently published a three-part series on Germany’s difficult transition to a renewable energy economy that was featured in InsideClimate News. The series, based on Friederici’s sabbatical research conducted in the spring, examines why coal continues to play a major role in Germany’s electricity production even as the nation dramatically ramps up its use of wind and solar energy. The articles, “Despite New Obstacles, Germans Still Aim for Future Without Nukes or Fossil Fuels,” “Why is Germany’s Greenest City Building a Coal-Fired Power Plant?” and “WW II-Era Law Keeps Germany Hooked on ‘Brown Coal’ Despite Renewables Shift” were published between June and October. InsideClimate News won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting earlier this year.
  • Air Force ROTC
    Air Force ROTC cadets salute the Missing in Action table in recognition of soldiers who have not returned home.

    More than 150 NAU Air Force ROTC cadets gathered for the annual Prisoner of War/Missing in Action ceremony Sept. 19 to honor the nation’s servicemen and women. Retired Lt. Col. Andrew Griffin, director of the Office of Military and Veteran Affairs, and Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours spoke during the ceremony recognizing the more than 83,000 Americans missing in action and half a million military personnel who have been held as prisoners of war since World War II.

  • Peter Fule, professor in the School of Forestry, is co-author of “Managing Forests and Fire in Changing Climates,” published by Science. Fule said the piece, which critiques fire suppression as a stand-alone approach, is oriented toward applying science to policy.