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NAU earns second NSF grant aimed at recruiting, educating and retaining math and science teachers

Through the Noyce program, math and science education majors can get scholarships as they student-teach as well as support in the first years of teaching. Continue reading

National Science Foundation funds NAU project to reduce false alarm rates in ICUs

Fatemeh Afghah aims to integrate information from a variety of devices to reduce false alarms while avoiding suppression of true alarms. Continue reading

Measuring tree height.

Unlocking the mysteries of plant root function, from Alaska to South Africa

Studies have measured root biomass and root profiles, but very few look at the function of those roots. Continue reading

Oak Creek

Do the leaves that fall into a stream affect the insects that fly out?

Study reveals new ways a plant’s genotype can influence its surrounding ecosystem. Continue reading

Demonstration of smartphone app

NSF grant highlights NAU’s leadership in biodiversity digitization and informatics

Citizen scientists will use a smartphone app to produce data to identify Lepidoptera species. Continue reading

Lake Peters research site

Trek to Arctic lake brings NAU researchers a step closer to refined watershed model

Lessons from the Arctic can be applied to understanding changes in the climate. Continue reading

CSTL geospatial lab

NAU center taking successful local science teaching project to national scale

Geospatial technology allows students to solve real science problems, hone communication skills. Continue reading

Bionic Ankle

NSF award propels NAU team toward all-terrain prosthetic

Breakthrough algorithm opens potential to more natural movement with bionic ankle. Continue reading

A field of blooming Scotch broom.

NSF-funded research to examine long-term effects of invasive shrub

Invasive species influences survival and growth of Douglas fir trees in the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading

Cottonwood field research.

NAU awarded $2.5 million to examine genetic response of ‘foundation’ species to climate impacts

Team will use Southwest Experimental Garden Array, a genetics-based research platform. Continue reading

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NAU community is invited to walk in Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce's 2018 Independence Day parade.
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Williams family in Japan Online opportunity: Alum talks about his life-changing decision to earn a master’s degree from NAU Online
David Williams did his master's degree from Tokyo, where he and his family are stationed as he finishes his career in the U.S. military. NAU Online offers degree programs for students anywhere in the world.
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.
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.

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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.