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NAU researchers contribute to finding of drought’s lasting impact in forests

Recovery from drought takes much longer than previously believed. Continue reading

Bionic Ankle

NSF award propels NAU team toward all-terrain prosthetic

Breakthrough algorithm opens potential to more natural movement with bionic ankle. Continue reading

Womens's outdoor track and field

NAU student-athletes earn Big Sky All-Academic honors

Men's and women's outdoor track, men's and women's tennis and women's golf were recognized for academic success for the spring. Continue reading

Artist's conception of a rubble-pile asteroid and a dust cloud asteroid.

Team led by NAU’s Trilling to receive NASA award for asteroid observations

Award recognizes work of Spitzer Near Earth Asteroid Team. Continue reading

James Coleman

VCU dean chosen as NAU’s provost

James Coleman will begin his new role as provost in August. Continue reading

Ice lab equipment

NAU growing ice to support mission to Pluto

As a worldwide audience awaits images from NASA’s spacecraft flyby of Pluto, NAU scientists already are supporting astronomer’s understanding of the dwarf planet’s surface. Continue reading

The Suites aglow

New on-campus residence hall to accommodate student growth

Northern Arizona University and American Campus Communities are teaming up again to construct a new residence hall on the Flagstaff campus to accommodate increased demands for on-campus housing. Continue reading

Latest Site Activity

Jupiter moons orbits NAU astronomer on team that discovered 12 new moons of Jupiter
Chad Trujillo is part of the team that is searching for Planet X, a large ice planet that orbits outside of Pluto. They also discovered a dwarf planet in 2014.
Compost Trash to treasure: NAU’s composting machine turning food waste into fertilizer (VIDEO)
As the awareness level of how harmful trash is to the environment continues to grow, people throughout the world are doing what they can to make a difference. At NAU, that means introducing programs that promote recycling and help reduce trash waste.
rattlesnake ‘In it for the animals:’ NAU snake researcher talks about myths vs. reality around snakes
Herpetologist Erika Nowak is one of the leading experts on the endangered narrow-headed gartersnakes and was one of the first woman scientists to study rattlesnakes 30 years ago, paving the way for an influx of women since.
Man walking on moon For Moon Day, learn how NAU researchers are advancing our understanding of Earth’s nearest celestial neighbor
Professors Nadine Barlow, Christopher Edwards and Mark Loeffler of the Department of Physics and Astronomy talk about how the Moon provides a control for other planetary bodies.
Map of U.S. Citizen-scientist study results find ticks capable of carrying lyme disease in 83 new U.S. counties
As part of the study, people across the country sent in more than 16,000 ticks to NAU researchers who tested them for various bacterial infections. Results show ticks capable of carrying Lyme disease are more widespread than originally thought.
President Cheng in Israel President Cheng joins U.S. delegation to explore bilateral collaboration in Israel
She was part of the American Jewish Council's Project Interchange delegation, which spent a week exchanging ideas on innovation and learning.

Editor’s Picks

Underneath the lion: Celebrate the Lunar New Year at NAU with traditional lion dance performances
NAU senior Colleen McDowell struggled with high-functioning autism and depression, then she enrolled in PES100, a Chinese Martial Arts course, and became a lion dancer. Enjoy several performances at NAU and throughout town on Feb. 16 to ring in the year of the dog.
growth of microbial taxa Which microbes matter most? NAU scientists develop technique for measuring bacterial growth rates
Ecoss researchers are using technologies developed at NAU to devise a metric for the growth of microbial species in their natural environments.
Scott Anderson studying Norway lake mud NAU paleoecologist discovering secrets of Northern Norway’s history in lake mud
Scott Anderson is part of a team studying thousand-year-old biomarkers preserved in lake bottoms that tell the story of human activity in Lofoten.