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Jut Wynne 

Jut Wynne

Jut Wynne, PhD student in biology and cave explorer, is this year's winner of the NAU Research and Creative Activity (RCA) Award for the outstanding graduate student researcher.

Wynne has studied the fauna of cave systems across the American Southwest, in the Hawaiian Islands, on Easter Island (Rapa Nui), and in Central and South America, discovering 22 new species and three new genera previously unknown to science. He has pioneered multiple new research initiatives while a doctoral student, including work on cave detection using thermal imaging systems with applications in cave detection on Mars and in Earth’s most remote deserts and islands. His work has been noted and promoted by leading organizations including the Explorers’ Club and National Geographic.

With 10 peer-reviewed publications, 12 technical reports, 14 published abstracts, 24 scholarly presentations at professional conferences, 19 public presentations, 36 stories in the news media and popular press, five invited presentations in South America and Hawaii, and more than $1 million in research funding, Wynne is well on his way to becoming a globally recognized cave biologist.

 

Haydee Hampton

Haydee Hampton

Haydee Hampton, PhD student in forestry, was awarded a three-year, $30,000 per year NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship. Her research will be carried out in association with NAU's Climate Science and Solutions program and will integrate satellite and field measurements using quantitative modeling to address questions about the future of forest management in the context of climate change.


Shelley Dennis 

 

Shelley Dennis

Shelley Dennis, MA in sustainable communities student in Boston, was named a GreenFaith Fellow and will join the 2012 class of the GreenFaith Fellowship Program. The fellowship program is the only U.S. comprehensive education and training program to prepare lay and ordained leaders from diverse religious traditions for environmental leadership.

 


Navin Singh

Navin Singh

Navin Singh, EdD student in curriculum and instruction, is the first NAU student ever selected for the $10,000 Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award. Golden Key in an international honor society recognizing intellectual achievement. Singh is a prolific scholar: he has made numerous conference presentations and published seven journal articles, multiple book reviews, and a book chapter while a doctoral student. His textbook, Globalization and Multilinguism: Prospers and Challenges, is under review.


 

Anthony Chapman (right) 

 

Anthony Chapman

Anthony Chapman, a 2011 master's degree recipient in choral conducting (far right), recently won the inaugural David R. Davidson Handbell Composition Competition. “Black Belling,” his winning composition for five-octave handbells, is based on African drumming techniques and African rhythms.

Chapman will receive a cash prize and travel expenses to the premiere performance of the piece at the Distinctly Bronze West performance event in February 2012. His winning composition will be published by AGEHR Publishing.



(Photos courtesy of the students or their departments.)