Year in review: A look back at the top 15 NAU News stories of 2018

From most read stories to notable NAU events to editor’s picks, here’s a look back at the top 15 NAU News stories published in 2018.

1. The gift of life: How losing her mother to cancer prompted NAU alumna to save stranger battling same disease

Nemec and mother Judy

2. Graduate Kory Joe: South to Arizona—Alaska Native dedicated to making his homeland better with his NAU degree

Kory Joe

3. Born in tragedy: How an NAU alumnus helped save the life of one Lucky elk

O'Connell and Lucky

4. NAU lecturer uses unique approach to research to build lasting relationships on Easter Island

Students on coast of Easter Island

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

Physics and Astronomy

6. The Macy legacy: How one man’s love affair with art will benefit NAU students for years to come

walker macy

7. NAU makes history with three students chosen as Goldwater Scholars

8. Tortoise trouble? NAU’s MakerLab becoming a hub of 3-D printed shell implants for injured pets

9. NAU team receives $2.6 million grant to train, mentor Native American students in STEM disciplines

Jani Ingram with student

10. Dreams really do come true: How an NAU internship led to management at the happiest place on earth

Gary Maggetti

11. Hyenas, hippos and lions joined NAU’s inaugural study abroad class in Zambia

12. Snow didn’t slow the NAU men’s cross country in its quest for a third national championship

NAU men's cross country team

13. Celebrating a decade of impact: How one family changed the lives of 29,504 NAU students

Bill Franke

14. Citizen-scientist study finds Lyme-carrying ticks in 83 new U.S. counties


15. NAU creates new College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences to respond to growing demand (VIDEO)


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