Research & Academics

Casey Jones and Abe Springer

NAU environmental science student, professor publish study on Grand Canyon water flow

Casey Jones, who graduates Friday with a master's degree, and Abe Springer measured the speed and routes water used to move from the Kaibab Plateau to Roaring Springers in the canyon. Continue reading

Bruce Hungate

NAU researchers join Department of Energy project to study the soil microbiome and its effect on carbon persistence

Scientists from NAU recently joined a large new initiative to study the role of the soil microbiome in the planet’s carbon cycle. Continue reading

Alexia Adams and her dog, Samantha

Graduate Alexia Adams: Sidelined by a head injury, grad student came back with more passion for health care

Alexia Adams is earning her doctorate of physical therapy after a two-year hiatus for medical treatment and rehab related to a traumatic brain injury. Continue reading

Graduate Lorenzo Johnson: From NAU track athlete to dad, how one student’s journey took a turn for the best

Since his daughter's birth during his sophomore year, Johnson finds myself living by the motto, 'you can't prepare for everything, but you can work through anything.' Continue reading

Athletic training professor teaching with skeleton

NAU introduces new Interdisciplinary Health doctoral program

The degree program, which has been in the works for three years, is a collaboration between the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Health and Human Services. Continue reading


NAU only university in Arizona to receive coveted educator preparation accreditation

This evidence-based accreditation not only draws attention to the merit of the programs offered at NAU, but also the value of its teachers who enter the workforce after graduation. Continue reading

Stephen M. Shuster

Three decades into ‘dream job’ at NAU, Shuster named AAAS Fellow for contributions in zoology

AAAS Fellows have a responsibility to show everyone that science is not a threat, but rather a great equalizer of humanity, and Shuster is determined to do so. Continue reading

President's Prize winners December 2017

President’s Prize, Gold Axe, Distinguished Seniors announced at reception Tuesday

Adrianna Camacho, an NAU-Yuma student, and Courtney McNichols, a Flagstaff campus student, received the prestigious President's Prize for December 2017. Continue reading


Fit for a day or fit for a lifetime? Researchers at NAU examine the role of PE in physical literacy

Steve Palmer and Tim Behrens found in a recent publication that PE in K-12 schools should give children the tools they need to be active later in life. Continue reading

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NARBHA Institute endows NAU professorship in behavioral health, criminal justice

This position will bring expertise that aligns behavioral health and justice efforts with a focus on care for the poor and vulnerable members of the region. 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.
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