In the Spotlight: Sept. 27, 2019

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  • Emeritus professor of Earth and Sustainability Dave Brumbaugh has authored a paper on seismotectonic research that was published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. The article, “Seismotectonics of the Grand Wash Arizona Area,” details an investigation of earthquakes that occurred in Arizona during 2016 that resulted in mild east-west extension. Brumbaugh serves as the director of the Arizona Earthquake Information Center.
  • Northern Arizona University recently appeared in several rankings:
    • NAU ranked No. 1 on’s best college campus in Arizona. The rankings took into account city population, student population, rental costs, college education rates, transportation access, unemployment rates and availability of bars. After reviewing these criteria, the team weighed the cost of living, unemployment rates for residents aged 20 to 24 and ease of access to the city.
    • ranked NAU as one of the top online colleges and best value schools in Arizona. NAU is viewed as having an ideal tuition rate for budget-conscious students that allows access to multiple campuses across Arizona.
    • NAU ranked in three categories from No. 29 out of 154 one of the most affordable RN to BSN online programs; one of the most affordable criminal justice online bachelor’s degree programs; one of the most affordable online master’s in instructional design.
  • Yvonne M. Luna, associate professor and sociology department chair, and associate professor of ethnic studies T. Mark Montoya co-authored an article entitled “I need this Chance to… Help My Family: A Qualitative Analysis of the Aspirations of DACA Applicants” which was published in Social Sciences. The work examines the aspirations of undocumented youth seeking to defer deportation from the United States and obtain temporary employment authorization through DACA.
  • Professor of English and department chair Donelle Ruwe’s essay entitled “The British Reception of Genlis’s Adèle et Théodore, Preceptive Fiction and the Professionalization of Handmade Literacies” was republished in Children’s Literature in the Long 19th Century. This work is part of the Routledge series on historical women’s writing.
  • Sherwin Bitsui, associate professor of English, was sponsored by the University of New Mexico’s Department of English and University Libraries to give a poetry reading on Sept. 18. Bitsui, a Navajo from the White Cone Navajo Reservation, seeks to reveal the tension between Native American and contemporary urban culture.
  • Professor Devon Burr and associate professor Josh Emery from the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science co-authored “Planetary Geoscience.” The textbook highlights planets and how they are shaped by geological processes.
  • Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science Jennifer Buz was featured in an article from the Times Observer. The work highlights a presentation Buz gave to fourth-grade students at the Warren Area Elementary Center.
  • Amy Armstrong-Heimsoth, assistant clinical professor and ArizOTA’s past president was recognized as being the 2019 Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year. Armstrong-Heimsoth was nominated and awarded this prestigious honor due to her contribution as a leader for the state OT association and her outstanding contributions to the profession.
  • Associate professor of practice in the School of Communication, Eric O’Connell photographed lecturer Rachel Tso for the exhibit “Resilient Flagstaff Women.” The display was presented by the Arizona Historical Society and NAU’s Martin-Springer Institute.
  • Anthropology professor Emery Eaves co-authored an article that was accepted for publishing in the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. The work entitled “Integrating Behavior and Primary Health Care in Rural Clinics: What Does Culture Have to do With it?” will be released in the next issue of the journal.
  • Kerry Thompson, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, co-authored the article “The Right to Lead: Navajo Language, Dis-citizenship and Dine Presidential Politics,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Sociolinguistics. Thompson is a member and resident of the Navajo Nation and has been studying applied archeology and its intersections with social justice, inclusion and equity issues in regards to Native American people.
  • Creative media and film professor Janna Jones had her article entitled “Making Room for the Brady Bunch: The Syndication of Suburban Discomfort” published in the journal Liminalities, A Journal of Performance Studies. Jones argues that the television series The Brady Bunch was not popular until after people began to promote it following a syndicate in 1976.
  • Stephen Nuño, an associate professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs, was recently published in Political Research Quarterly. His co-authored article entitled “Intersectionality, Linked Fate and LGBTQ Latinx Political Participation” explores the relationship between group identification and political behavior among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) and non-LGBTQ individuals.