NAU Spotlights: Sept. 13-17

NAU Spotlights: Sept. 13-17

Kudos to these faculty, staff, students and programs

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  • Michele Sky Lee and Arden Day, graduate students in the Institute for Human Development, along with Carly Camplain, senior research coordinator with the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER), Natalie Papini, part-time faculty in the Department of Health Services, Melinda Smith, graduate research assistant with CHER, Katharine Compton-Gore, student researcher with CHER, and Julia Gardner, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Health Sciences, recently published “ in the Harvard Public Health Review.
  • Ricky Camplain, assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences, Monica Liniger, associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Julie Baldwin, Regents’ professor in the Department of Health Sciences and director of CHER, and Robert Trotter, Regents’ professor in the Department of Anthropology, recently published “Cardiovascular Risk Factors Among Individuals Incarcerated in an Arizona County Jail” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  • Ishmael Munene, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, is the editor of the newly published book “Ensuring All Children Learn: Lessons from the South on What Works in Equity and Inclusion.”
  • NSF awarded the S-STEM grant titled “Scholarship Opportunities for Student Retention and Degree Attainment in Undergraduate Engineering and Computer Science Programs” to an NAU team led by Constantin Ciocanel, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The team includes Pradeep Dass, chair of the Department of STEM Education, Carson Pete, lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Fethiye Ozis, senior lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental Engineering, and Kyle Winfree, associate professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems. The grant of approximately $1.5 million will provide scholarships to 36 full-time students over a six-year period.
  • NAU has been recognized as one of the Abound’s 2021 Top Grad School Programs, which recognizes universities that provide the essential needs of non-traditional students.
  • Xanthe Walker, assistant research professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Melissa Boyd, research assistant in the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, Michelle Mack, Regents’ professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Logan Berner, assistant research professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems, co-authored the study “Positive response of tree productivity to warming is reversed by increased tree density at the Arctic tundra-taiga ecotone” which was published in the latest issue of the Canadian Journal of Forest Research.
  • Gina Dittmann, sophomore on the NAU women’s tennis team, has been selected to compete at the ITA Women’s All-American Championships.
  • Naoko Taguchi, professor in the Department of English, published a special issue with Modern Language Journal titled “Learning and Teaching Pragmatics in the Globalized World.
  • Jut Wynne, assistant research professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and five co-authors including and Derek Sonderegger, formerly an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, authored a paper titled “Advancing Cave Detection using Terrain Analysis and Thermal Imagery” which was published in the journal Remote Sensing.
  • The Sustainable Community Program was recently awarded $25,000 in grant funding from SEDI. The grant will be used to continue the Rural Foods Pathways Project, which seeks to improve food systems and food access in northern Arizona.
  • Diana Stuart, associate professor in the Department of Sustainable Communities, recently authored the book “What is Environmental Sociology?” The book introduces environmental sociology using a variety of theoretical approaches and research methods.
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