In the Student Spotlight: Jan. 22, 2021

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  • Junior Lucy Hoffman, Blue Key president with a dual major in biomedical sciences and Japanese, coordinated the National Blue Key Honor Society Annual Conference for 14 other member organizations and more than 180 registered attendees. In addition to Hoffman’s work, the NAU Chapter of Blue Key Honor Society was awarded the Director’s Choice Award for outstanding leadership, dedication, commitment and chapter excellence. It also is one of the highest honors awarded by Blue Key.
  • Senior Megan Gialluca and assistant professor Ty Robinson in the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science co-authored the article, “Characterizing Atmospheres of Transiting Earth-like Exoplanets Orbiting M Dwarfs with James Webb Space Telescope” published in Earth and Planetary Astrophysics. The study investigated the ability of the James Webb Space Telescope to characterize the atmospheres of Earth-like exoplanets orbiting nearby M dwarf stars.
  • Doctoral student of astronomy and planetary science Lori Pigue was featured in the article, “USGS Astrogeology Embraces Virtual STEM Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic” published with the U.S. Geological Survey. The article discusses the work the USGS Astrogeology Science Center has done to maintain STEM education and outreach programs throughout the pandemic by going virtual.
  • Senior swimmer Maddie Seidl was named the Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week. She took two individual first-place finishes in the 200- and 100-meter? fly and one relay win at the first conference meet of the season.
  • As part of the NAU PA Program Class of 2022 Community Service Committee, Angie Sotelo, Maddy Schuck, Dilia Stevens, Lisa Tapia and William Clark led their classmates in raising $1,247 for the Circle the City, a Phoenix-based medical organization on the frontlines of the pandemic serving people experiencing homelessness. The funds were used to create 100 Kindness Kits, which included water, facemasks, toothbrushes and socks. Additionally, $320 was donated to support the Circle of City’s work.