In the Spotlight: Sept. 14, 2016

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  • Chinese delegates with President ChengPresident Rita Cheng met with a delegation from China on Thursday, Sept. 8, to discuss future initiatives and further strengthen NAU’s relationship. While on campus, the delegation met with faculty members, students and administration to learn more about NAU programs that will bolster international student exchange with China. Pictured (from left) are Yin Kai, director of the 1+2+1 program within the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, NAU President Cheng, Shen Xianfeng, deputy dean of Beijing International Studies University School of International Relations and Hao Ming, assistant to the board director at Xi’an University.
  • NAU photography professor Harun Mehmedinovic and his renowned SKYGLOWPROJECT were featured on the Science Channel this week. The show, Outrageous Acts of Science, looks at Mehmedinovic’s time-lapse photography composited with cityscapes of Los Angeles and Hollywood to illustrate the impact of light pollution. Watch the show segment online.
  • Sierra Magazine, which is the official publication of the Sierra Club, recently released its annual “Cool Schools” rankings—recognizing Northern Arizona University as a national leader in sustainability. After assessing hundreds of schools that participate in an extensive sustainability survey created by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), NAU was ranked No. 51 in the nation. The magazine ranks universities based on their commitment to upholding high environmental standards and implementing projects and initiatives that demonstrate this commitment. Innovative research and development, renewable energy installations, educating students in the most advanced thinking on sustainability and other innovative initiatives and projects gain institutions points and higher positions in the ranking.
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