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NAU doctoral student focuses research on Navajo Nation

Tommy Rock is raising awareness about the adverse effects Native Americans have experienced from abandoned uranium mines throughout the reservation. Continue reading

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NAU scientist uses remote sensing technologies to detect groundwater in drought-stricken East Africa

A recent grant allowed professor Pat Chavez to conduct this research in hopes of discovering safe drinking water for both humans and livestock in the arid region. Continue reading

NAU researcher part of team that’s using nature to fight climate change

Christopher Schwalm, a professor affiliated with the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, is part of an international team that's examining the land carbon cycle and why plants sometimes retain more carbon dioxide, thus keeping it out of the atmosphere. Continue reading

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NAU researcher discovers key to fighting autism may lie not in the mind, but in the gut

Greg Caporaso and team performed fecal microbial transplants, which showed promising results that could lead to a new treatment option. Continue reading

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NAU collaboration earns grant to provide care for substance abuse patients

The grant, totaling $100,000 over two years, will allow the students to work with Phoenix residents in substance abuse rehab facilities, providing real-world experience. Continue reading

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NAU, WUSTL collaborate to help dismiss popular mass extinction theory

Paleoecologist Scott Anderson was part of a research team examining previous studies that found rare diamond molecules in 13,000-year-old sediment. Those studies, the team determined, incorrectly identified the molecules. Continue reading

NAU researcher discovers water and heat uplifted the Colorado Plateau

Ryan Porter, an assistant professor studying earthquakes and tectonics, thinks more than just subduction created the undeformed island. Continue reading

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NAU scientist pioneers novel ways to study endangered baleen whales

Research professor Kathleen Hunt has found that baleen stores a wide range of hormonal data that can help chart a female whale’s reproductive history–data which she hopes can be used to help repopulate them. Continue reading

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Bald, bright and beautiful—NAU joins UA and Lowell to unveil asteroid characteristics

With the help of the Discovery Channel Telescope, a team of astronomers was able to unveil the physical characteristics of one of the smallest near-Earth asteroids ever observed. Continue reading

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NAU ecologist’s predictions reach 9 million readers of popular science publication

Ted Schuur's new article published in Scientific American is likely to have a broad impact on the public’s understanding of this environmental challenge. Continue reading

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NAU’s unique study abroad program wins international award
NAU was honored for its Interdisciplinary Global Program, which allows students to study and work in another country for a full year, helping them to prepare for work in the global economy.
Patient with autism spectrum disorder NAU researcher discovers key to fighting autism may lie not in the mind, but in the gut
Greg Caporaso and team performed fecal microbial transplants, which showed promising results that could lead to a new treatment option.
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Members of several NAU sports teams worked with local elementary school students to encourage academic responsibility, good character and fitness through the Lumberjacks C.A.R.E. program