Research & Academics

Area of narco-deforestation in Honduras.

NAU researchers find silent victim in drug wars: Central America’s forests

Because officials in Mexico and the Caribbean have been cracking down on drug smuggling, Central America has seen a rise in its cocaine trafficking and a subsequent decline in its surrounding forests. Continue reading

Quiet ego/VR lab

Study at NAU uses virtual reality to create more mindfulness, awareness

Heidi Wayment and Ann Futterman Collier study the quiet ego and the effectiveness of virtual reality on mental well-being interventions. Continue reading

Miranda Clements

Graduate Miranda Clements: Son with autism inspires degree to help others with special needs

Clements, who earns her masters in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology this weekend, plans to work an externship to help patients with feeding and swallowing disorders at Phoenix Children's Hospital following graduation. Continue reading

Graduate Cruz Romero: First-gen student finds purpose at NAU, inspires others to find theirs

After completing his undergraduate degree at NAU in 2013, Romero graduates this weekend with his doctorate in physical therapy, paving the way for his younger siblings who plan to follow in his footsteps. Continue reading

Project STRIDE cohort

Striding for progress: Members of NAU’s first Project STRIDE cohort graduate

The graduates earned master's degrees in early childhood special education. Project STRIDE aims to prepare teachers in rural areas with best practices. Continue reading

Matthew Nielsen

Graduate Matthew Nielsen: After more than a decade, combat veteran returns to complete degree

Nielsen completed three college semesters before joining the military where he served for six years as an active duty member and a reservist before returning to NAU to complete his degree 11 years later. Continue reading

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NAU team earns grant to study effects of perchlorate exposure in Yuma residents

A partnership between NAU and the Yuma medical community will look into the effects of decades-old water contamination in the Arizona border community. Continue reading

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

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