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Spring 2012 Honors & Accomplishments

Special Recognition


Shelley Staples (PhD Applied Linguistics) won a 2011 University of Virginia Learning Assessment Grant in the amount of $1,500. The grant is to support a project titled “Impacting Undergraduates’ Perceptions of ITAs through Collaborative Project-based Encounters.”

J. Judson Wynne (PhD Biology) received the NASA Mars Student Travel Grant to attend the First International Planetary Cave Research Workshop (2011) offered by the NASA Mars Exploration Program in Carlsbad, NM. He also received the National Park Service Award, Wupatki to do biological inventory and mapping of earth cracks at the national monument (2011-2013).

Three graduate student proposals received support from the Henry Hooper Student Fund to advance sustainability on the NAU campus or in northern Arizona. The awardees are:  

  • Allison Baker (MA Sustainable Communities) for her project S.N.A.I.L. (Students Nurturing Alternatives in Landscaping) Garden. The goal of this project is to create a space where students who are passionate about local food systems, gardening, and sustainability can express those interests by growing their own food. 
  • Clint Basham (MS Climate Science and Solutions) for Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Criollo Latin Kitchen, a project that will result in recommendations to the business owner to increase efficiency while reducing emissions. Basham will also develop a template to inventory the greenhouse gas emissions at NAU's 1899 Grill.
  • Patrick Pfeifer (MA Sustainable Communities) to support Local FARE Municipal-Scale Compost Research. This project will analyze the waste streams, biophysical methods of composting, and networks/markets of distribution. Pfeifer will create an informed plan for implementing comprehensive composting of food waste on the NAU campus.