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By Heidi Toth
Not enough people going into teaching plus half of teachers leaving the field in their first three to five years equals America’s sizable and still growing teacher shortage.
A program at Northern Arizona University, set up to provide support from when math and science education majors set foot on campus to years after they graduate, is out to combat that imbalance.
The National Science Foundation gave NAU a second grant of $1.45 million to continue a… Read more
False alarms are widely considered the No. 1 hazard caused by use of medical technologies.
Health care providers can be overwhelmed with as many as 350 alarms triggered per patient per day, of which 80-99 percent are meaningless or false. These false alarms, which can be due to several factors, may result in alarm fatigue among health care providers where the possibility of missing a true life-threatening event can be lost in a cacophony of multiple… Read more
It is easy to study what you can see. Researchers know a lot about how plants work aboveground, but what happens out of sight under the surface may control more than we once thought.
Ecoss researchers in the Plant and Ecosystem Ecology—PEER—Lab at Northern Arizona University are digging into the soils of South Africa and Alaska to shed light on a poorly understood topic: how plant roots function. A $300,000 Mellon Foundation grant funds the South Africa study,… Read more
When leaves fall in the autumn, they are only just beginning their journey.
Leaves that fall into the water from streamside trees feed not only microbes, but also larval aquatic insects. The insects, in turn, are snatched up for food during all stages of their transformation into adults that fly from the water back to the forest. Is this journey through the riparian food web different for different kinds of leaves?
Northern Arizona University researchers in Jane Marks’ lab experimented with… Read more
A four-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation will support efforts at 27 collaborating museums to create an online data portal that integrates nearly 3 million North American butterfly and moth specimen records.
Online availability of these records, supported by contributions from citizen scientists through a smartphone app, will make it easier for researchers to study these species, and how they and their habitats have changed over time.
The project, Lepidoptera of North America Network, or LepNet, is a… Read more
To improve the accuracy of complex computer modeling, climate researchers in the Arctic are turning to natural features a little more in tune with longer time scales: glaciers and the lakes they feed.
The contrast between high-speed computing and slow-moving natural systems reflects the landscape of climate research in a region protected by its isolation, yet sensitive to change.Read more