Research & Academics

Nurse with patient

Three generations of Lumberjacks: Personalized Learning’s first nursing graduate joins her family as eighth NAU alum

With the critical need for nurses on the rise, Danielle Cox wanted to pursue her BSN degree, but working full time as a charge nurse in the ICU of Flagstaff Medical Center didn't allow her the time—or so she thought. Continue reading


Everybody in the lab gettin’ TIPSI: NAU astronomy students build camera to track asteroids

For the first time, NAU students were able to build an affordable infrared camera, known as TIPSI, that will allow astronomers to learn more about the behavior of asteroids that fly close to the Earth. Continue reading

Tinna Traustadottir

NIH grant funds NAU research focusing on preventing chronic disease through exercise

Tinna Traustadóttir’s research in redox biology aims to pinpoint age-related changes at the molecular level that increase oxidative stress and determine the amount and type of exercise that can help mitigate the effects of oxidative stress on cell signaling. Continue reading

Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

NAU research suggests climate change likely to cause significant shift in Grand Canyon vegetation

Decreases in river flows and frequency of flooding with future climate warming will likely shift vegetation along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon to species with more drought-tolerant traits. Continue reading

Graduate student Ellie Broadman takes samples on a glacier

Outside the lab: NAU field researchers provide school teachers hands-on education

In an effort to improve and enliven science education, NAU researchers will host K-12 teachers at research sites in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of Alaska this summer. Continue reading

2017 Gold Axe winners

NAU honors President’s Prize winners, Gold Axe recipients, Distinguished Scholars

Northern Arizona University announced its Gold Axe winners and Distinguished Seniors at an awards banquet at the High Country Conference C Continue reading

Mars Lab opening

New, high-tech lab enables NAU researchers, students to command Mars Curiosity Rover

A new lab in the Department of Physics and Astronomy will allow students and professors to interact with NASA's Mars rover and collaborate with others. Continue reading

3 Minute Grad Slam

NAU grad student takes home top prize at statewide 3 Minute Grad Slam

Sofia Sweeney won for her research using Instagram to teach Spanish, while Alexis Okurily won people's choice for her research treating Parkinson's with physical therapy. Continue reading

Nursing students in Guatemala

NAU nursing students save lives in Guatemala

Assistant clinical professor Dorothy Dunn and her cohort of students have been traveling to Santa Maria de Jesús since 2013, where upwards of 500 people flock each year in hopes of receiving treatment. Continue reading

2017 Goldwater Scholar Etude O'Neel-Judy

NAU students selected as 2017 Goldwater Scholar, Honorable Mention recipient

Etude O'Neel Judy was one of 240 students nationwide selected for the prestigious award, while junior Robert Voinescu received an Honorable Mention. Continue reading

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