Reese, who has been at NAU since 1990, also recently published an ebook of translations with Tübingen/Germany’s Schiler Verlag titled Kunst der Wissenschaft/Art of Science. Reese’s co-translator of this 182-page volume of prose, poetry and sculpture images by Zehra Çirak and Jürgen Walter is Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright, literary translator and wife of Pulitzer Prize recipient Franz Wright.
Reese is also working with Schiler Verlag to publish her translation into German of Putrefaction Live, a 2009 novel by Flagstaff physician-author Warren Perkins.
Susan Marks, professor in the College of Education, recently produced the film Vectors of Autism, which was screened at the 2013 Sedona International Film Festival. The 50-minute documentary is about a 57-year-old northern Arizona woman who has autism and has much to say about the influence it has had on her life. Marks’ production received the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 2013 Media Award. The documentary will be featured at the International Association of Special Education Conference in Vancouver in July.
Donelle Ruwe, associate professor of English, Atticus Bailey, Samantha Gebel and Marie Knowlton-Davis, graduate students in English, presented research during the 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers’ Association Conference in Albuquerque. This international conference is dedicated to the recuperation and critical exploration of texts by non-canonical as well as canonical women writers.
Amy Vogler, assistant director of NAU’s Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics, was the lead author on a study recently published in the online science journal mBio. “A Decade of Plague in Mahajanga, Madagascar: Insights into the Global Maritime Spread of Pandemic Plague” examines a cluster of human Yersinia pestis cases that struck the seaport city of Mahajanga between 1991 and 1999 after 62 years of no evidence of plague. The full study is available here. Additional authors are Paul Keim, Regents’ Professor of Biological Sciences, Cowden Endowed Chair in Microbiology, and Director of MGGen, Roxanne Nottingham, coordinator at MGGen, Kevin Drees, research associate at MGGen, Stephen M. Beckstrom-Sternberg, associate professor of biological sciences, David Wagner, associate professor of biological sciences, and Genevieve Andersen, undergraduate microbiology major.
Kees Jan van Groenigen, a visiting international scholar who has dual appointments with the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research and the Department of Biological Sciences, is a co-author of “Greenhouse-gas emissions from soils increased by earthworms,” published online by Nature Climate Change.
Dr. Lori Poloni-Staudinger, associate professor of Politics and International Affairs, recently released the book Terrorism and Violent Conflict: Women’s Agency, Leadership and Responses, published by Springer Press. The book investigates the intersection between terrorism and gender at several levels in society including the individual terrorist, social movements, elites and the pubic. The work is based in part off of research Poloni-Staudinger conducted in the Basque regions of Spain and France on ETA terrorism.
Poloni-Staudinger will teach at Basque National University in San Sebastian with University Studies Abroad Consortium in spring 2014, during which she will conduct further primary research on the topic.
Robert Schehr, professor of criminology and criminal justice and executive director of the Arizona Innocence Project, delivered a lecture, “Wrongful Conviction and Innocence Organizations,” to more than 200 people at the Lyon III School of Law in Lyon, France. The Jan. 11 event marked the formal launch of Innocence Project France. The event captured significant press attention, including a story in Le Monde.
Donelle Ruwe, associate professor of English, has published an essay, “International Quidditch: Using Cultural Translation Exercises to Teach Word Choice and Audience,” in the March 2013 issue of the English Journal. Ruwe’s essay is based on a presentation that she delivered in 2011 for the NAU Faculty Development series, “Insights from Studies of Women and Children in Global Settings.”
James Sample, PhD, professor in the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, is a coauthor of “Stress State in the Largest Displacement Area of the 2011 Tohoku-Oki Earthquake,” which was published in Science.
Recently, the research project contributed to by Sample, reached a milestone when the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology research vessel Kairei successfully retrieved sensors from the deepest borehole observatory ever installed. The Kairei carried out the complex sequence of operations in the Japan Trench at a depth of 7,000 meters. Sample sailed on the Kairei a year ago and collected samples from the fault for further analysis.
National awards and achievements
The College of Education has released a new book, Honoring Our Children: Culturally Appropriate Approaches to Teaching Indigenous Students, edited by NAU professors Jon Reyhner, Louise Lockard and Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert, as well as Joseph Martin, an associate professor of educational leadership and special adviser to NAU President John Haeger on Native American Affairs. The book is the eighth in a series of monographs related to teaching indigenous students published by Northern Arizona University. Honoring Our Children assists educators and policy makers in better understanding how the education of indigenous children can be improved by building on their cultural heritage and involving their families and local communities. Several NAU faculty contributed to the book, including Louise Lockard, Velma Hale, Christine Lemley, Loren Hudson, Mikaela Terry and Evangeline Parsons Yazzie.