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 NAU Biological Sciences faculty member Greg Caporaso--office microbiomes study in the national news

NAU former post-doc publishes book! 

Robert LeMoyne recently published Advances for Prosthetic Technology


This book focuses on the advances in transtibial prosthetic technology and targets research in the evolution of the powered prosthesis such as the BiOM, which was derived from considerable research and development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The concept of the book spans the historical evolution of prosthetic applications from passive to new and futuristic robotic prosthetic technologies.  The author describes the reasons for amputation, surgical procedures, and an historical perspective of the prosthesis for the lower limb. He also addresses the phases and sub-phases of gait and compensatory mechanisms arising for a transtibial prosthesis and links the compensatory mechanisms to long-term morbidities.  The general technologies for gait analysis central to prosthetic design and the inherent biomechanics foundations for analysis are also explored.  The book reports on recent-past to current-term applications with passive elastic prostheses.  The core of the book deals with futuristic robotic prostheses including their function and major subsystems, such as actuator technology, state machine control, and machine learning applications.  Finally, the envisioned future trends in the prosthetic technology space are presented.


Biological Sciences student wins NAU Graduate College competition

Uzma Tahir, NAU Biological Sciences PhD student, wins the NAU Graduate College 2016 3 Minute Research Presentation Competition: Arizona Daily Sun

She also won the state of Arizona 3-Minute Grad Slam!

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists

2016-2017 ARCS Foundation awards for NAU Biological Sciences:  
    Anthony Hessel
    Julia Hull         
    Rachel Rubin
    Molly Shuman-Goodier        

NAU Biological Sciences Department is so proud of these graduate student scientists!


NAU Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Series, Mondays at 2:15, Biological Sciences (Building 21) room 256. Refreshments BEFORE seminar in Biological Sciences 2nd floor lobby.

Spring 2016
DateSpeakerSeminar TitleAffiliation
25-JanJohn BriggsPatterns, causes, and consequences of grassland-shrubland/woodland transition: 30+ years of change in a tallgrass prairieKansas State University, Konza Prairie Long Term Ecological Research
1-FebChristina Schaedel Carbon emissions and decomposability of permafrostNAU: ECOSS
8-FebJason WilderNon-coding RNA and cancer (and Kiwis)NAU
15-FebTony BabbDyspnea on exertion in obesity: effects of weight loss and exercise trainingUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
22-FebJim HaThe social behavior of highly cognitive animals: examples from crows, monkeys, and orca whalesUniversity of Washington
29-FebTBATBANAU: Sabbatical seminar
7-MarSusan MazerMating system, life history, and physiological performance in annual wildflowers: the evolution of risky mating behavior in a changing climateUniversity of California Santa Barbara
14-MarSpring BreakNo Seminar 
21-MarAlena GrabowskiCan leg prostheses augment walking and running performance?University of Colorado Boulder
28-MarJolene BowersUnderstanding the evolution of a pathogen for framing molecular epidemiology and diagnosisNAU: PhD seminar
4-AprAndrew KrohnRhizosphere microbiome dynamics associated with pinyon pineNAU: PhD seminar
11-AprChad CowlesTBAUniversity of Nevada, Reno (School of Medicine)
18-AprBen KochInsect fright, bacterial growth, and antibiotic resistance: pushing the ecosystem envelopeECOSS
25-AprDan KnightsPrecision medicine and the human microbiomeUniversity of Minnesota
2-MayKatrina Claw

Expanding pharmacogenomics research with Native Americans: Liver transcriptomics and genetic variation

University of Washington
9-MayFernando MaestreBiotic drivers of ecosystem multifunctionality in global drylandsUniversidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain