In the Spotlight: Sept. 11, 2020

Kudos to these faculty, staff and programs

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  • Bill Crawford, academic director of the Program in Intensive English, published the second edition of his book “Teaching Grammar” with TESOL Press. The book is a guide to define grammar and shows corpus linguistics as a useful tool, covers basic grammar research and addresses important components of teaching grammar.
  • Professor of English Naoko Taguchi authored the article, “Digitally mediated remote learning of pragmatics” that was published in Foreign Language Annals. The article presents flexible instructional options in the COVID-19 crisis. Taguchi also gave two online plenary talks in conferences in China: The 1st International Conference of Language Acquisition, Cognition and Brain Science and Second Language Acquisition Symposium, which attracted more than 4,000 audience members total.
  • T. Mark Montoya, associate professor of ethnic studies, was named as a member of the inaugural speakers bureau for The National Association of Student Personnel Center for First-generation Student Success. The center’s bureau serves as the leading resource for those seeking keynote speakers, presenters and facilitators for higher education engagements and conferences throughout the nation and on virtual platforms. Montoya also is on the inaugural editorial board for the new Journal of First-generation Student Success, which will publish practice articles that are grounded in research and literature and research articles that speak to practice.
  • Catherine Gehring, associate chair and director of graduate studies in the Department of Biological Sciences, was quoted in the article, “Hidden web of fungi could shape the future of forests” published in Science. The article discusses the importance of fungi for preserving the world’s forests. Her work also was mentioned on NPR’s Science Friday.
  • Alumnus Alexander Wood , professor of earth and sustainability Abraham Springer and Benjamin Tobin co-authored the article, “Geochemical Variability in Karst-Siliciclastic Aquifer Spring Discharge, Kaibab Plateau, Grand Canyon” published in a special issue of Environmental & Engineering Geoscience. The study used stratigraphic data from hydrostratigraphic outcrops and geochemical data from springs to focus on the hydrogeological variability within the shallow karst-siliciclastic Coconino (C) aquifer on the Kaibab Plateau. Springer also served as the guest editor of the journal issue and wrote the foreword titled, “Foreword to the Environmental & Engineering Geoscience Journal Special Edition on Springs.”