In the Student Spotlight: Feb. 5, 2021

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  • Sophomore Branan Harrison, double majoring in violin performance and mathematics, won second prize for a recorded submission of the first movement of Bruch’s Violin Concerto no. 1 in G Minor, op. 26 at the King’s Peak International Music Competition. The competition is a global online classical music competition for instrumentalists and vocalists of all nationalities.
  • Graduate student Patrick Tribbett and associate professor Mark Loeffler from the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science co-authored the article, “The sputtering of radiolytic O2 in ion irradiated H2O-ice” published in Surface Science. The study shows that existing models over predict the sputtering of O2 from H2O-ice by a factor between five and eight at temperatures relevant to Europa.
  • From the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, undergraduate student Megan Gialluca, graduate students Catherine Clark, Erin Aadland, Colin Chandler, Will Oldroyd, James Windsor and Amber Young all presented at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting. Assistant professor Ty Robinson, interim chair David Trilling and associate professor Chad Trujillo also presented. The AAS was established in 1899 and is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America with a membership of about 7,700 individuals.
  • Undergraduate students Meg Ruff (political science and international affairs) and Sarah Frey (international affairs, criminology and criminal justice, German) competed and won awards at the McGill Model United Nations Assembly conference. The conference is the largest collegiate Model United Nations conference in Canada and the third largest in North America and hosts lively debate among competitors.
  • The men’s cross country team ranked No. 2 and the women’s cross country team ranked No. 17 in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. Both teams competed at the Silver State Collegiate Cross Country Challenge where the men placed second and the women placed third.
  • The Tri-Alpha Honor Society held an induction ceremony for first year members joining the NAU chapter. A Tri-Alpha chapter promotes academic excellence and provides opportunities for growth, leadership development and community service for first-generation college students. The group of more than 90 inductees included undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni, faculty and staff across the NAU Flagstaff-Mountain, online and statewide campus locations. Officers elected include: Ariana Kelley, president; Nina Ciotola, vice president; Elena Garcia, secretary; Issabell Ellis, historian; and Tracy Talbot, treasurer.