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Michael Ort

NAU geologist studies ‘super-eruption’ of ancient Italian volcano

Michael Ort recently received a $290K NSF grant to analyze the Campanian Ignimbrite super-eruption, which occurred 39,000 years ago and affected areas as far away as Moscow. Continue reading

Catherine Propper with student

NAU team receives $2.6 million grant to train, mentor Native American students in STEM disciplines

NAU RISE for Native Americans will provide two years of research training to undergraduates and master’s level students across STEM disciplines—from biology to informatics to engineering. Continue reading

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Former NAU postdocs author paper linking forest restoration to better water quality

The forest restoration study, which Frances O'Donnell and Williams Flatley co-authored with professors Abe Springer and Peter Fulé, was published in Ecological Applications. Continue reading

Boy wears exoskeleton

NAU’s Biomechatronic Lab: Helping kids walk with wearable robots (VIDEO)

Recently featured on the internet series "Superhuman," NAU scientists are building lightweight, electrically powered exoskeletons to help make mobility and general movements easier and more normal. Continue reading

Aaron Smith in lab

NAU entomologist launches landmark study of the desert darkling beetle

With $879,000 in funding from the NSF, Aaron Smith is doing a study that seeks to advance scientific understanding of these insects. Continue reading

Two-Tailed Swallowtail

NAU receives NSF collaborative grant to improve software used to manage biodiversity data

Led by NAU’s Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research, the project will create a new version of the Symbiota software which will increase the platform’s digital specimen records, expand its use by researchers, improve sustainability and enrich education and outreach activities. Continue reading

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

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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.