News for NMU Employees


Tawni Ferrarini (Economics) was invited to the Korea Development Institute, a premier think tank in Seoul, as a master scholar and economic educator in December. She participated in the 2013 International Conference on Promoting School Economic Education in Korea, Japan and the U.S.A. Ferrarini’s presentations included “Exciting Trends in Economic Education for K-12 Teachers” and “Economic Education and the Multi-Media Generation of Students.” She also led a discussion of a presentation titled “Implications of Entrepreneurship on Creative Economy.”

NMU undergraduate student Rebecca Budesky presented a paper she co-authored with Jessica Thompson (CAPS) at the National Communication Association Convention in Washington, D.C. The paper is titled "How do you talk to your friends about climate change?" It explores how Americans understand and talk about climate change with their peers, in particular friends and family. Historically, interpersonal sources have been trusted more than scientists and politicians when it comes to climate change information. Budesky and Thompson conducted nearly 360 interviews across the country and coded more than 175 of the responses. They concluded that communication practitioners need to enhance the fodder for interpersonal conversations about climate change by providing audiences with accurate, relatable sound bites and meaningful frames to help people speak with friends and family about climate change causes, consequences and opportunities for social change. 

Jaspal Singh (English) presented two papers at the International Comparative Literature Conference at Baku Slavic University in Azerbaijan in December:  "Cultural Intersections and Sikh Identity in Mughal India" and "Cultural Syncretism vs. Collective Psychic Fragmentation: Violence as Creative and Transformative in the Construction of Sikh Identity in Postcolonial Indian Literature."