Research & Academics

Christopher Edwards -- Mars Rover

Studying Mars on Earth: NAU scientist conducting astrobiological research in Mojave Desert

Christopher Edwards was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from NASA to understand the habitability of Mars by studying extreme, Mars-like environments on Earth. Continue reading

NAU physicist receives prestigious 2018 Cottrell Scholar Award

John Gibbs is one of 24 early-career teacher-scholars selected nationally from the fields of chemistry, physics and astronomy. He is the first recipient from NAU to receive this award. Continue reading

CUPI member Hannah Roberts speaks with NAIC leader Maria de Jesus Guillen at an NAIC immigration team meeting

Community-oriented research offers dual benefits for NAU student team, nonprofit group

The team, comprised of undergraduate students from a variety of majors, is part of the Community and University Public Inquiry program through Sustainable Communities. Continue reading

Curiosity rover on Mars

Life on Mars? NAU astronomy professor discusses NASA’s finding of organic matter on Red Planet

Mark Salvatore, who studies the surface of Mars, said this exciting development indicates there was life on Mars at one point in its history. Continue reading

Ryan Behunin working in physics lab

NAU scientist contributes to significant advance in silicon photonics

Ryan Behunin collaborated with a team of physicists from Yale and UT in discovering an innovative way to manipulate light in silicon. Their results were published Thursday in Science. Continue reading

Kevin Grady, Clare Aslan and Karen Haubensak

NAU ecologists receive $935K USDA grant for major land restoration study

Kevin Grady, Clare Aslan and Karen Haubensack recently will study which plants are most fit for restoring damaged lands and capable of supporting diverse pollinator communities. Continue reading

Illustration of boreal forest

NAU scientists publish first estimate of carbon emissions from 2014 mega-fires in Canada’s boreal forests

Xanthe Walker, Michelle Mack and Ted Schuur of Ecoss collaborated with Scott Goetz from SICCS for the study, which quantifies how much carbon a boreal forest fire can release. Continue reading

Sarah Haffly

Graduate Sarah Haffly: Breaking the cycle of drug abuse and dysfunction motivated grad student to become her family’s success story

Haffly, whose childhood included drug-addicted parents, poverty and even a brief period of homelessness, is earning her MBA before starting a job at accounting firm PwC. Continue reading

Kynan Kawai

Graduate Kynan Kawai: How struggling through college 3,000 miles from home helped him find his cultural identity

Like many college students, Hawaiian native Kawai was forced to work two, sometimes three jobs to be able to afford tuition, rent and life's necessities. He was homesick, lost motivation and fell behind in school, then he found the HAPA Hawaiian Club. Continue reading

Margaret Wood teaching in Vietnam

NAU Fulbright student scholars awarded opportunities in Greece, Laos

Alexandra Huff will study geology in Greece, while Margaret Wood will teach English in Laos. Both plan to use their Fulbright experiences to propel future doctoral studies. Continue reading

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Christopher Edwards -- Mars Rover Studying Mars on Earth: NAU scientist conducting astrobiological research in Mojave Desert
Christopher Edwards was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from NASA to understand the habitability of Mars by studying extreme, Mars-like environments on Earth.
NAU physicist receives prestigious 2018 Cottrell Scholar Award
John Gibbs is one of 24 early-career teacher-scholars selected nationally from the fields of chemistry, physics and astronomy. He is the first recipient from NAU to receive this award.
CUPI member Hannah Roberts speaks with NAIC leader Maria de Jesus Guillen at an NAIC immigration team meeting Community-oriented research offers dual benefits for NAU student team, nonprofit group
The team, comprised of undergraduate students from a variety of majors, is part of the Community and University Public Inquiry program through Sustainable Communities.
Curiosity rover on Mars Life on Mars? NAU astronomy professor discusses NASA’s finding of organic matter on Red Planet
Mark Salvatore, who studies the surface of Mars, said this exciting development indicates there was life on Mars at one point in its history.
President Cheng speaking MAG President Cheng highlights NAU’s efforts in reducing degree gap in remarks to Phoenix-area civic leaders
The president discussed online programs, the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and partnerships with community colleges in Maricopa County.

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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.