NAU in review: Look back to the top NAU News stories of 2017

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2017 was a big year for NAU, with a second national championship for the men’s cross country team, sizable long-term grants for research in environmental science, health equity, bioengineering and more and multiple partnerships with universities throughout Arizona and the rest of the world. Take a look back at the most read stories of the year from NAU News.


NAU researcher discovers key to fighting autism may lie not in the mind, but in the gut

Greg Caporaso and his team performed fecal microbial transplants, which showed promising results that could lead to a new treatment option.

Patient with autism spectrum disorder













NAU ranks No. 1 in nation for social media engagement for second consecutive year

The study looked at the social media channels of 338 Division I colleges and universities between August 2016 and May 2017—placing NAU’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at the top.


NAU professor discusses his disability, family and what it means to be a regular dad

Matthew Wangeman, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby, defied all odds when he began teaching at NAU. On Feb. 23, the public is invited to the documentary premier about his life through the eyes of his teenage son.

Wangeman and son













With ABOR approval, NAU’s new Honors residence hall one step closer to completion

The Honors College Living and Learning Community will include housing, classrooms, study space and a student success center for Honors students.

Honors College rendering













NAU honors President’s Prize winners, Gold Axe recipients, Distinguished Scholars (May and December)

The President’s Prize is the highest honor an undergraduate student can receive at NAU.

2017 President's Prize winners

President's Prize winners December 2017


Dancing queens: NAU hip-hops its way to multiple national championships

Earlier this year, the NAU dance team captured its first Division I national title—taking home first in the hip-hop category, and third in jazz.


NAU’s unique study abroad program wins international award

NAU was honored for its Interdisciplinary Global Program, which allows students to study and work in another country for a full year, helping them to prepare for work in the global economy.

IGP students













Welcome home, Jacks! Campus comes out for 2017 #NAUMovein

NAU athletes, members of student organizations, sororities and fraternities all joined President Cheng in helping thousands of new Lumberjacks make NAU their home.


Mike Marlow joins NAU as Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics

Marlow, who is a deputy athletics director at Washington State University, rose to the top of a field of strong applicants. He will begin work in January.

Mike Marlow


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