NAU Biological Sciences News!

  • With over 2,200 undergraduates and 120 graduate students, the department is experiencing pronounced growth.  Serving our own students as well as providing course work for students in other majors across campus has led to record class sizes in introductory courses.  We are actively exploring new ways to offer instruction, including hybrid models that combine both face-to-face and online content.  Several efforts are ongoing to experiment with these new models and assess their effectiveness.
  • Our Biomedical Science Program, now 6 years old, continues to be extremely popular, and these students are giving us strong feedback that the value added experiences of a cadaver lab and a human genomics course have helped prepare them for professional programs upon graduation.

  • Dr. Syl Allred, Principal Lecturer Emeritus, has authored a wonderful children’s book, “Cimarron the Bighorn Sheep” which was released by the Rocky Mountain NatureAssociation (RMNA). “This is a fun book for both kids and adults. On one level. it's a story about a newborn lamb in Rocky Mountain National Park. On another level, it delves into the fantastic natural history of bighorn sheep and the Rocky Mountains" said Nancy Wilson, RMNA’s publications and project manager.

  • Dr. Con Slobodchikoff, Professor Emeritus, has authored a book, “Chasing Doctor Dolittle”, published by St. Martin’s Press.  This book explores research into animal communication and offers fascinating glimpses into how detailed their ‘languages’ actually are.  He was interviewed on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, and he also delivered the key note address at the 2012 NAU UGRADS symposium.

  • The American Physiological Society recently named Dr. Stan Lindstedt, Regents' Professor of Biological Sciences, as an honoree at the multidisciplinary Experimental Biology meeting held April 20-24, 2013 in Boston. Lindstedt presented the annual August Krogh Lecture, highlighting his contributions to the fields of comparative and evolutionary physiology.

  • Dr. Thomas Whitham, Regents’ Professor of Biological Sciences, was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Fellows are recognized by their peers for outstanding efforts to advance science or its applications. Professor Whitham was inducted at the Fellows Forum held on February 18, 2012 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Whitham and his team played a large role in founding an entire new field of research, often referred to as ‘community genomics’, which explores linkages between genes, organisms and the environment.  He is the author of over 200 peer reviewed publications.