See some of our faculty members at work solving real-world
problems in this STOP In Action
film by the Montana Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission.
June 2014-Dr. Trina Spencer of the Institute for Human Development was recently awarded a three year research grant from the Institute of Educational Sciences, the research arm of the US Department of Education totaling $1,481,976. The long-term goal of the grant entitled, “Development of a Dual Language Narrative Curriculum” will be to promote academic success among young Spanish-speaking English learners. This is the first grant received by the university from this funding agency.
This project will be completed through collaboration with Northern Arizona Council of Governments Head Start and many NAU undergraduate and graduate students will serve as research assistants. The award period is from 8/1/2014 to 7/31/2017. For further information about this exciting new research project, contact Trina Spencer at 523-8103 or at Trina.Spencer@nau.edu.
October 2013 - Trina Spencer, Research Director at the Institute for Human Development, received a Preliminary Studies Grant to develop and validate a dynamic assessment of decoding and language. The purpose of this new assessment tool is to reduce the bias against culturally and linguistically diverse children that is inherent in many static measures used in schools and to identify students who need intensive academic support when they first enter kindergarten.
On Friday January 11th, 2013 CCJ faculty member and Executive Director of the Arizona Innocence Project, Dr. Robert Schehr, delivered his lecture entitled, "Wrongful Conviction and Innocence Organizations", to more than 200 people at the Lyon III School of Law in Lyon, France. Dr. Schehr spoke as an invited member of the Board of Directors for The Innocence Network, and as Chair of the International Committee. The event marked the formal launch of the first French innocence project, Innocence Project France. The event captured significant press attention, including this story in France's most prestigious newspaper, Le Monde.
Dr. Dennis Wayne Catlin, professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was named "EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR" for 2012 by the ARIZONA JUSTICE EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION. The wording on his award reads as follows: "In recognition of your high ethical standards, outstanding achievements, contribution and dedication to students and faculty in criminal justice education" Trina Spencer, Research Director at the Institute for Human Development, received a Preliminary Studies Grant to develop and validate a dynamic assessment of decoding and language. The purpose of this new assessment tool is to reduce the bias against culturally and linguistically diverse children that is inherent in many static measures used in schools and to identify students who need intensive academic support when they first enter kindergarten.
Wonders, PhD professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, won the Joseph B. Gittler Award from the Society
for the Study of Social Problems during its 2012 annual meeting in Denver.
The award recognizes the significant scholarly achievements that society
members have made in contributing to the ethical resolution of social problems.
Richard Carroll of the Institute for Human Development was awarded a 2.7 million dollar, five-year grant from the Administration on Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities to conduct disability preservice interdisciplinary training, community training and technical assistance, research and and dissemination. The project commenced July 1, 2012 and will go through June 30, 2017.
Alan A Lew, PhD was awarded membership in the International Academy for the Study of Tourism in recognition of his significant long-term contributions to the field of tourism research.
The Arizona Governor's Office of Children, Youth and Families provided Neil Websdale with $783,090 in grant funds to implement the FRASA (Fatality Reviews and Safety Audits) project. The project commenced August 1, 2011 and ends June 30, 2012.
Mr. Marco Meier and Dr. Larry Stevens in the Department of Psychology were awarded a $10,000 Research Scholarship Grant from Applied Neuroscience, Inc. The award is for EEG equipment, software, and supplies for purposes of testing LORETA z-score EEG Neurofeedback as Mr. Meier’s Graduate Thesis project in the Department of Psychology at NAU.
NAU’s 2012 Research and Creative Activity Award for Most Significant Scholarly Work was presented to Alex Alvarez, Professor, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, for the Book, Genocidal Crimes (2010) The award recognizes a work of scholarship that has had a demonstrable impact on the individual or group, the discipline and/or the university as evidenced through publicity, dissemination, citation, awards, etc.
Sam Minkler, associate professor of photography for
the School of Communication, was awarded second place honors in the digital
photography category at the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts 2010 Santa Fe Indian Market Awards.
Neil Websdale, a professor of criminology and
criminal justice, received the 2009-10 Attorney General Distinguished Service Award in Leadership. He was given
the award by Attorney General Terry Goddard for his dedication to the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Teams Initiative.
The National Communication Association’s Ethnography Division has awarded its Best Book
of the Year (2010) Award to Mark Neumann, director of the School of
Communication, for Recording
Culture: Audio Documentary and the Ethnographic Experience.
communication professor, was selected to receive a research grant from the
Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication at Penn State University. Short received $3,000 for
his research project, “From Greenwashing to Social Advocacy: The Ethical
Imperative in Green Branding.”
assistant professor in the School of Communication, is the 2009 recipient of
the Copper Quill Award, given by the Friends of the Flagstaff Public Library. The
award honors a local author for a body of work.
assistant professor of visual communication, was awarded third place in the
logo design category for the "American Design Award Semi-Annual Design
Contest,” a peer-reviewed competition with 1,313 entries and 52 winners.
Michelle Miller, professor of psychology, published an article titled, “What College Teachers Should Know about Memory: A Perspective from Cognitive Psychology,” in the journal College Teaching in 2011.
Luis A. Fernandez, director of the master’s in sustainable communities program, coauthored a new book published by New York University Press titled Shutting Down the Streets: Political Violence and Social Control in the Global Era. The book revamps the literature on social control and reveals the significance of protest policing in the era of alterglobalization. Based on direct observation of more than 20 global summits, the book demonstrates that social control is not only global, but also preemptive, and that it relegates dissent to the realm of criminality. The authors document in detail how social control forecloses the spaces through which social movements nurture the development of dissent and effect disruptive challenges. The book shows that much “policing of protest” is political violence against democracy.
assistant professor of politics and international Affairs, published "Gendered Political Opportunities? Elite Alliances, Electoral Cleavages, and Activity Choice Among Women's Groups in the UK, France, and Germany,"
in Social Movement Studies: Journal of
Social, Cultural and Political Protest.
visiting assistant professor in politics and international affairs, published
"Modern Democratic Thought" in 21st Century Political Science: A Reference Handbook.
instructor in Photography, wrote "Digital Gold," published in the
January/February 2011 issue of Gold Prospectors. The magazine also
published one dozen of her photographs along with the article, including one
featured on the front cover of the publication.
politics and international affairs instructor, published her book, Gay Marriage in the US: Challenging the National Security Imaginary, in 2010.
professor of politics and international affairs, has had the sixth edition of
her textbook, Environmental Politics: Domestic and Global Dimensions,
published by Wadsworth Publishing.
assistant professor of ethnic studies, published an article, "Runagate,
Runagate: Historical Noncompliance, Pre-Emption and Moral Justice," on SB
1070, immigration, and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, in the Tidal Basin Review.
Norman J. Medoff,
professor in the School of Communication, has published a second edition of his
Media: Then, Now, & Later, which
connects the traditional world of broadcasting with the contemporary universe
of digital electronic media.
assistant professor of visual communication, published "Usability Study of the Motorola Razr V3 Cellphone" in the
peer-reviewed journal, Design Principles and Practices: An International
Journal. The article details how Melhus and a team of designers developed
two cell phone design prototypes geared toward tech-savvy baby boomers.
Laura L. Camden, assistant professor of photojournalism and documentary studies in the School of Communication, presented "Lights Still On: The First and Last of Montana's Drive-in Movie Theatres" at the 10th annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities last week in Honolulu.
director of the School of Communication, recently delivered a keynote address,
"Excavations of the Cinematic City: Between Evidence and Evocation,"
at the Mapping the City in Film conference at the University of
School of Communication electronic media
and film lecturer Charlie Hicks
presented his paper, "Demystifying the 'It' Factor: Why Certain Audience
Members Develop Preferences for Certain Broadcasters," at the 2010 Broadcast Education Association annual convention.
associate professor of communication, delivered the keynote speech "Coping with Loss: Effective and
Ineffective Communication" at the 2010 MISS Foundation Conference. The MISS Foundation is a
volunteer-based nonprofit which provides support, education, advocacy, and
research after the death of a child at any age and from any cause.
professor of sociology and social work, Geeta Chowdhry, professor of
politics and international affairs, Ricardo Guthrie, assistant professor
of ethnic studies, Daisy Purdy, faculty in ethnic studies, and T.
Mark Montoya, instructor of ethnic studies, presented a panel, "Surviving Arizona: Defending Ethnic Studies in a New Jim Crow Era?"
at the 39th annual conference of the National Ethnic Studies Association.
assistant professor of politics and international affairs, presented the paper
"From Institutions to Interconnections: Revisiting, Reinvigorating, and
Realizing Democracy as a Way of Life" as part of a panel titled
"Toward Sustainable Institutions for Participative, Egalitarian Governance"
at a recent American Society for Public Administration Conference.