Media highlights for the week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6, 2006
A sampling of NAU programs, professors, students, staff and alumni appearing in the news
Can we talk?
"Prairie dogs have a language. They talk, and they sometimes talk about us," says Con Slobodchikoff, a professor of biology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. "Our studies are showing that prairie dogs have the most sophisticated natural animal language that has been decoded to date." He'll present his findings in a book to be published this year by Harvard University Press. The working title is "Prairie Dogs: Communication and Community in an Animal Society." Slobodchikoff conducted most of his research on the Gunnison's prairie dog species in the vicinity of Flagstaff.
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, AZ), 1/6/2006
Finding the gay Mayberry
The largest city on Interstate 40 between Los Angeles and Albuquerque, Flagstaff enjoys a youthful, bohemian personality that's enhanced by the thousands of students who attend Northern Arizona University and the many outdoorsy types who have settled here from smoggier and more crowded parts of the world.
Dallas Voice (Dallas, TX), 1/6/2006
Study: Salvage logging increases forest-fire threat
Both sides of the salvage logging debate have traditionally had little science to back up their claims. A new study has added some facts to the rhetorical fire. Wally Covington, a forest ecologist at Northern Arizona University, says its crucial to not make too much of the findings, in part because the study only covers a few years. He says it's possible that in ten years the salvaged areas will be much better off than the unsalvaged ones. Covington adds that the Oregon findings may not be applicable to forests in other regions. Covington hopes these results remind people of the fact that as of now salvage logging is more art than science. But he says that doesn't mean these logging operations should be stopped. He says that's a political decision, and not a scientific one.
All Things Considered, National Public Radio (Washington, DC), 1/5/2006
Guest column: Uganda, a long awaited transition to multipartism
Besigye's comeback and the long awaited transition to multipartism: a vindication of Museveni's politics of evolutionary democracy? By Daniel G. Ogbaharya, a PhD student in political science at Northern Arizona University.
Sudan Tribune (international print), 1/5/2006
Photo: NAU growing again
Edgar Quintero fights high winds to affix canvas masking to the outside of construction at McKay Village on the campus of NAU. McKay Village will provide 2,3, and 4 bedroom luxury apartments and is slotted to open in August of 2006.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 1/5/2006
RC Gorman: Remembering the 'Picasso of American Painters'
The painter R.C. Gorman was once called "the Picasso of American Painters." His beautiful representations of Native American women in traditional clothing made him famous. He studied art and literature at Northern Arizona University and in Mexico.
Voice of America (online), 1/5/2006
CelebrAsian sketch comedy makes Flag debut
Theatrikos Theatre Company will begin 2006 with the Arizona debut of "Stir-Friday Night," Chicago's premiere Asian American sketch comedy and improvisational theater company. The production is made possible in part by a grant from the Flagstaff Community Foundation, The Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Flagstaff Cultural Partners and is cosponsored by the NAU Multicultural Student Center.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 1/4/2006
Kuwanvenga's Arts Corner: Spotlight on Bob Lomadafkie
After he graduated from Flag High, Bob Lomadafkie attended Northern Arizona University, where he went into the fine arts college and learned the technical side of jewelry making. Designing became a big focus to Lomadafkie's field of expertise and still remains his passion today. Lomadafkie is the Traditional Knowledge Scholar at NAU's Applied Indigenous Studies department.
Navaho-Hopi Observer (Flagstaff, AZ), 1/4/2006
Lionel Scott becoming a Lumberjack
Lionel Scott went to Flagstaff, Ariz, and decided it would be the perfect place to play football for the next two seasons.The Delta College running back signed a national letter of intent to play football for the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks, an NCAA Division I-AA school in the Big Sky Conference. He said when he went on his recruiting visit, he felt it was a place he would be comfortable.'It's a small town and a football town,' said Scott, a Lodi resident. 'I think it's going to be a great place to play and get an education.'
The Record (Stockton, CA), 1/4/2006
Current focus fits community colleges
Some state leaders are suggesting a change in the historically critical role of community colleges by asking them to grant four-year degrees. Despite my great respect for these institutions, careful analysis suggests that such a significant change in the way Arizona educates would be premature—only 16 community colleges of 1,200 nationwide offer four-year degrees. It also would be duplicative, more costly to taxpayers and harmful to Arizona's higher-education system. Born of a sound Board of Regents' vision, Northern Arizona University collaborates with community colleges throughout Arizona providing wonderful choices both online and on campus to earn degrees. Give this program, and the Board of Regents' comprehensive university redesign plan addressing quality and accessibility, time to work before exposing Arizona to the unknowns and costs of such a fundamental shift in higher-education policy.
The Business Journal (Phoenix, AZ), 1/2/2006
Mother and son graduate on the same day at NAU
On college graduation day it's usually hard to tell who's prouder, the student or the parents. At Northern Arizona University's graduation ceremonies Dec. 16 in Flagstaff, the DeLeo family had two proud students graduating—and one of those students was the mother of the other. Cheri DeLeo of Mesa watched her son, Nicolas, graduate from NAU with a degree in business administration and finance in the morning, and then she graduated in the afternoon with a bachelor of science in elementary education earned at NAU's campus in Apache Junction.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 1/2/2006
No French hens, but plenty of eagles
The sun has yet to rise as 16 bird lovers outline their game plans for counting every bird they can find within a 15-mile radius of Mount Elden. The Audubon Society has waged annual bird counts across the nation for the last 106 years as a response to Christmas hunts, trying to encourage others to watch the birds instead of shooting them. In one count, a group in Texas found 220,000 nondescript "black birds," bird watcher and Northern Arizona University professor Terry Blows says. "I think they missed six or seven," he joked.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 1/2/2006
A possible dilemma
Former NAU linebacker Keith O'Neil is getting married in February to his college girlfriend Jill. The only problem is he could have a work conflict slow the nuptial preparations. As a member of the National Football League's best team, the Indianapolis Colts, he could be playing in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. 'We put it in consideration (when I was with Dallas) because you never know,' says O'Neil of the possibility of playing in the Super Bowl. 'It will be crazy.'
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 1/1/2006
Editorial: Flagstaff not short on vision and leadership for 2006
NAU and the city have made great strides in the past year in opening lines of communication on shared goals and projects.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 1/1/2006