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NAU professor Loren Buck

New NAU study of vertebrate genomes, phenomes, populations to predict response to climate change

Loren Buck received a $540,000 grant from the NSF to study the relationship between an organism's DNA and its related characteristics—and how these relationships emerge at the population level. Continue reading

Bat DNA Swab

NAU researchers use genomics to determine origins of deadly white-nose syndrome

Jeff Foster led the team of international researchers who tried to definitively answer several questions—did this fungus already exist in North America or did it come from somewhere else? And more importantly, can a resistance be evolved? Continue reading

NAU introduces masters of public health program

The program, which will start this fall, condenses the entire dietetics training route into two years and is paving the way for a new graduate-level training educational system for dietitians. Application are due Feb. 15. Continue reading

Cold comfort: NAU astronomy professor compares winter on East Coast, Mars and Antarctica

Mark Salvatore, who's spent time at the South Pole, discussed how martian winter compares to the East Coast winter, why windstorms are better on Mars and what -30 F feels like. Continue reading

Han-Sup Han

NAU’s Ecological Restoration Institute hires director of forest operations and biomass utilization

Han-Sup Han will coordinate R&D efforts to help accelerate the pace and scale of restoration in frequent-fire forests of the West.   Continue reading

Winkler poses in her National Park Service employee uniform

Graduate Cindy Winkler: How one student’s impossible dream came true, four decades later

Cindy Winkler is many things—mother, divorcee, National Park Service employee, grandmother, widow—and at the age of 71, she can finally add “college graduate” to her growing list. Continue reading

MIke Taylor

Graduate Mike Taylor: With NAU degree No. 3 done, Lumberjack looking at ways to benefit university

Mike Taylor, a Cline Library employee, is earning his master's degree in computer science after a love for technology drew him to a different aspect of education. Continue reading

Despars family

Family affair: Mother, son graduating from NAU on Friday

When David Despars signed up for dual enrollment classes while in high school, he reminded his mother, Sharon, of a promise she'd made: 'I'll go to college when you do.' Both graduate tomorrow. Continue reading

Adrianna Camacho

Graduate Adrianna Camacho: President’s Prize winner found passion in cardiac intensive care

Camacho, who went to nursing school at NAU Yuma, says her experience as a heart patient and with her mother's cancer influenced her career choice. Continue reading

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

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Michael Horn President’s Distinguished Speaker Series continues with education innovator
Michael Horn, an expert on disruptive innovation, online learning, blended learning and competency-based learning, will speak about transforming the education system to be more student-centered.
Bill Franke Celebrating a decade of impact: How one family changed the lives of 29,504 NAU students
Eric Hughes, a Franke Scholar, didn't think his college experience would include traveling abroad for the first time, earning a prestigious internship and meeting Warren Buffett—but it did, thanks to Bill and Carolyn Franke and the business college that dawns their name.
‘A very powerful, poignant and poetic impulse:’ NAU, Flagstaff communities invited to fifth annual Hip Hop Appreciation Week (VIDEO)
The weeklong series of events will educate, entertain and introduce participants to the complex history and culture of hip hop music.
Beulah overnight road closures ADOT announces overnight road closures on Beulah near south end of NAU campus
Both north- and southbound lanes on Beulah will be closed overnight next week, though on different nights. Use I-17 as a detour.
NAU Service Professional Advisory Council hosts cleanup
Recycle and trash bags and grabbers will be provided to participants. Families, children and pets on leashes are welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring gloves and water.
Jazz greats come to NAU for workshops, performances
Jazz great Lucas Pino and jazz band No Net Nonet will work and perform with NAU School of Music students during their upcoming visit to NAU

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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.