In the Spotlight: Aug. 25, 2016

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  • Research by Jut Wynne, assistant research professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and his expedition on Rapa Nui was recently featured in Discover Magazine. After his research unveiled that Easter Island’s native species are in danger of extinction, Wynne returned this summer to continue a nearly decade-long project of studying, classifying and hopefully conserving the insects.
  • NAU scholarship recipients
    The 2016 Noyce fellows are, pictured from left, Brandon VanBibber, Courtney Little and Stephanie Carver

    Three NAU students have been awarded the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship, which offers $15,000 to undergraduate STEM majors and post-baccalaureate students holding STEM degrees. The scholarship provides the students, who have committed to teaching in high-need school districts, the opportunity to earn a teaching credential. Since its inception, 58 students have received the award and have been deemed Noyce Fellows. The fall 2016 undergraduate Noyce Fellows are, pictured from left to right, Brandon VanBibber, Courtney Little and Stephanie Carver.

  • As part of the American Physiological Society’s IOSP fellowship, Mildred Diaz, microbiology student at Northern Arizona University, spent the summer working with Jon Harrison at Arizona State University. Diaz was announced as a 2016 Integrative Organismal Systems Physiology Fellow earlier this year, and was given the opportunity to work in the laboratory of an established scientist and APS member. Diaz was recommended for the fellowship by her mentor, William Johnson, associate clinical professor of biological sciences. As a member of the APS Porter Physiology Development and Minority Affairs Committee, Johnson promotes educational opportunities in physiology for underrepresented students.
  • NAU Narrow-headed gartersnake
    AZGFD enclosed wetland is a new home for narrow-headed gartersnakes.

    Northern Arizona University has partnered with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to release narrow-headed gartersnakes into a newly created wetland adjacent to the AZGFD Pinetop regional office. Narrow-headed gartersnakes are listed as a threatened species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. NAU provided the snakes that were raised in captivity, and provided valuable input on the wetland’s role in maximizing gartersnake persistence, as well as post-release snake monitoring by Erika Nowak, adjunct faculty member and herpetologist at the Colorado Plateau Research Station, and her team. A viewing platform was built to allow visitors to view the wetland and ponds at the AZGFD Pinetop regional office.



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