Research & Academics

Scientists propose exploring Mars with drones and virtual reality at NAU

NAU astrophysics researchers and the Interactive + Immersive Virtual Reality Lab (IVR) are collaborating to propose new methods to explore the surface of Mars. Current rover science is limited to a semi-autonomous probe with on-board instruments to sample and send … Continue reading

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Mind the gender gap: NAU researcher on team studying women’s experiences in STEM doctoral programs

Melissa Rivers is a co-author on a study that followed 28 women through their doctoral research and the challenges they experienced as scientists and as women. Continue reading

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NAU researchers quantify nutritional value of soil fungi to the Serengeti food web

A new study shows how much arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi contribute to the complex ecosystem that makes up the Serengeti. Continue reading

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NAU receives $325K grant from Keck Foundation to increase access to informatics education

The grant will fund a project that has the potential to establish NAU as a leader in informatics education, particularly for underrepresented student groups. Continue reading

Heavenly headway: NAU’s growing astronomy program increasing exploration into secrets of space

With a new Ph.D. program and an influx of faculty to support it, the Department of Physics and Astronomy is opening up worlds of knowledge for faculty and students. Continue reading

Undergraduate Research Symposium

NAU Undergraduate Symposium registration now open

Registration for Northern Arizona University's 10th annual Undergraduate Symposium opens Feb. 1. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Apr. 27 in the J. Lawrence Walkup SkyDome. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

NAU senior using insect engineers, sea star digestion and other natural inspiration to design homeless shelter

Interior design major Tristan Hess earned a Hooper Undergraduate Research Award to fund his yearlong project combining biomimicry and civic engagement. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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NAU scientists lead DoD project to assess environmental impact of changing climate on boreal forests

Researchers at NAU recently launched a multi-year project to assess the resiliency and vulnerability of the boreal forest on DoD lands across central Alaska. 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.
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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.