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News 

Congratulations Megan!
Outstanding employees recognized with 2015 President’s Achievement Award

Several employees were honored this week for excelling in their professional roles, promoting a positive sense of community in the workplace and actively supporting the mission of Northern Arizona University.

Ten NAU employees were selected for the 2014 President’s Achievement Award, considered the highest staff recognition from the university. Classified staff and service professionals are eligible to be nominated by peers or supervisors. The recipients each received a $1,000 award and were honored at a luncheon this week hosted by President Rita Cheng.

Megan Duskey, advisor for Civil Engineering, Construction Management and Environmental Engineering, was named Professional Advisor of the Year for impacting student success, demonstrating mastery of advising skills and advancing the campus advising community.

  Megan Dusky

Megan Duskey
Professional Advisor of the Year
Academic Advisor
Civil Engineering, Construction Management and Environmental Engineering

  

 

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Congratulations Dr. Dick Coast!

CEFNS 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year

 
  

 

 Extra time means more flying as NAU researcher awaits one-of-a-kind octocopter

 Teki Sankey
Teki Sankey is logging flight time while awaiting a custom-made octocopter.  (Photo courtesy IDEA Lab)

For Northern Arizona University ecologist and remote sensing scientist Teki Sankey, conducting research has usually meant interpreting coarse pixels from satellite images to draw conclusions about the vegetation covering landscapes worldwide.

Now, by flying a custom-engineered octocopter packing two powerful sensors, Sankey will reap exquisite detail from forests, sand dunes and other natural features in Arizona.  The unmanned aerial vehicle to be flown by Sankey and her graduate students will gather data.

In the meantime, Sankey has acquired a fixed-wing drone. She and graduate students Jonathon Donald, Dan Solazzo, and Jason McVay have been flying it to study forest restoration effects in the Centennial Forest area outside of Flagstaff. What they see there has implications for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, at this point underway on a small scale.

“We’re studying that area as an example of what will happen when 4FRI begins operations over large acreages,” Sankey said. “The idea is to see if thinning will improve the ground water budget because of the additional snow cover that will result from fewer trees.”

That work along with satellite image analysis, funded by a Bureau of Reclamation grant, will become more fine-tuned once the octocopter arrives with its unique array of equipment.

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Research uncovers historical rise, fall and re-emergence of plague strains 

The CEFNS Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics (MGGen) published a very high-profile paper that is bringing a lot of positive attention to NAU. The paper was published in Lancet Infectious Diseases and describes the analysis of plague samples from 6th century victims of the first great plague pandemic.  Read the press release: http://news.nau.edu/research-uncovers-historical-rise-fall-re-emergence-plague-strains/  and see link to article here: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(13)70323-2/abstract.

The story was picked up by a huge number of media outlets, including NPR, the BBC, the LA Times, the New York Times, and many more. Please see this link for a sense of how far reaching the media coverage was:  https://www.google.com/#q=ancient+plague&tbm=nws.  Paul Keim, Ph.D. and David W. Wagner, Ph.D. did an interview with NPR, which was featured nationally on Morning Edition. You can listen to the story here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/01/29/267598868/ancient-plagues-dna-revived-from-a-1-500-year-old-tooth.

 

Partnership with Lowell Observatory Discovery Channel Telescope
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Seated (left to right):
Lowell Director: Jeff Hall; Lowell Trustee: Lowell Putnam; NAU President: John Haeger

Standing (left to right):
NAU Dean of CEFNS: Paul Jagodzinski; Lowell Advisory Board Membe:r Mike Kitt; NAU Chair of Physics & Astronomy: Steve Tegler; Lowell Astronomer and Deputy Director for Science: Deidre Hunter; Lowell Advisory Board Member: Mike Beckage; NAU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs: Laura Huenneke

Northern Arizona University’s (NAU’s) partnership with Lowell Observatory in the Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) provides NAU astronomers with local access to a large state-of-the art telescope for astronomical research. NAU astronomers will be able to work on even more cutting-edge problems in astronomy and be in an even better position to compete for research grants. This local partnership means students can much more easily apprentice under NAU and Lowell astronomers and become astronomers in their own right or secure jobs on technical staff of observatories or high-tech companies. Access to the DCT will enable the Department of Physics and Astronomy to recruit even better undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members. The partnership between NAU and Lowell Observatory will not only strengthen the research, teaching, and public outreach collaborations between astronomers of both institutions, but it has the potential to build new collaborations between the two institutions in such areas as engineering, science education, and science journalism.

 

 

Events

CEFNS Fall 2015 Commencement Ceremony 

Friday, December 18, 2015, exact time to be announced
in the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome

CEFNS Fall 2015 Pre-Commencement Family Reception & Award Ceremony

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See CEFNS UGRADS page for more information.

was held Friday, April 24, 2015.  Next UGRADS will be April 29, 2016

Congratulations 2015 Winners!
 2015 UGRADS 600

INTERNSHIP/COMMUNITY PROJECT: 
1st place 
Traci Swift, Niki Ortega, Ansley Roberts
Mentor:  Noelle Fletcher, Colorado Plateau Research Station
Northern Mexican Garter Snake Public Outreach Project

RESEARCH DESIGN: 
1st place (Tie)
Justin Wilgus
Mentor:  David Brumbaugh, SESES
Seismicity and Tectonics of the West Kaibab Fault Zone, AZ

1st place (Tie)
Bradley Marsh and Joshua Ellsworth (not pictured)
Mentor:  Cindy Brower, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Oxime Preparation for the Production of Isoxazoline Derived Bacterial Growth Inhibitors

2nd place (Tie)
Cara Alboucq
Mentors:  David Wagner, Joseph Busch, Nathan Stone, Biological Sciences
A Survey of the Prevalence and Diversity of Clostridium difficile in Flagstaff Dogs

2nd place (Tie)
Kristina Galbreath
Mentor:  Rob Kellar, Aaron Tabor, Biological Sciences
Development of an In Vitro (Bench-top) Assay to Evaluate the Effects of Reactive Oxygen Species on Fibroblast Cultures

ENGINEERING CAPSTONE/DESIGN:
1st place
Kyle Carpentier, Josh DeBenedetto (not pictured), Joey Annolino, Greg Dowske, Joseph Andaya (not pictured), Wilson January
Mentors:  John Tester, Sarah Oman, Mechanical Engineering
NASA Human Exploration Rover

2nd place
Kyle Granchelli, Duke Ayers, Ryan Dooley (not pictured), Kristopher Bullins, Jarrin Oishi
Mentors: Omar Badreddin, Computer Science
Flexible Maintenance Calendar

PHI KAPPA PHI AWARD:
Zachary Parker, Jordan Hunt
Mentor: Jeff Rushall, Mathematics & Statistics
Eisenstein Amicable Pairs

 

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Congratulations Fall 2015 CEFNS Outstanding Seniors!

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The CEFNS Outstanding Seniors received plaques and recognition at the CEFNS Pre-Commencement Reception in Du Bois Ballroom on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

Standard Bearer:           Ricardo Peterson, Electrical Engineering & Modern Languages-French Majors
                                        Presented by: Dr. Sheryl Howard
Outstanding Senior:      Cedar Mitchell, Microbiology Major/Chemistry & Spanish Minors
                                        Presented by Dr. David Wagner
Distinguished Senior:    Sheridan Martini-Chemistry-Certified by the American Chemical Society-Extended
                                         Presented by Jeff Rushall, Mathematics & Statistics
Lowell Prize:                 James Brand, Exercise Science Major, Chemistry Major
                                         Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Hall, Lowell Observatory
Nominees:                     Jeremy Degeyter, Civil Engineering Major, Mechanical Engineering Minor
                                      Todd Gonzales (not pictured), Mechanical Engineering Major
                                      Benjamin Luginbuhl (not pictured), Chemistry Major, Physics, Mathematics & Biology Minors
                                      Nancy McCollough, Applied Computer Science Major
                                      Jacob McLane, Physics and Astronomy Merged Major, Mathematics Minor
                                      Kyle Niederer (not pictured), Forestry Major with A Wildlife Ecology & Management Certificate

                                     

 

 

 

CEFNS Career Fair  
*Watch for upcoming events*

Career Fair Information

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Scholarships and Prizes 

CEFNS Scholarships
Link to the NAU Office of Scholarships and  Financial Aid
 

9th annual Louis Agassiz Prize for Excellence in Writing scholarship essay competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 9th Annual Louis Agassiz Prize for Excellence in Writing scholarship essay competition, open to all NAU students currently enrolled in their first undergraduate degree. 

First Place Scholarship of $2,000 awarded to Ingrid Herrera for essay entitled "The Red-Education of Education"
Second Place Scholarship of $1,250 awarded to Markie Scheidegger for essay entitled "Education: By and For"

The essay topic for 2014-2015 was:

“Education, Rights and Responsibilities”

From standards-oriented elementary curricula to university-level teaching seeking to respond to changes in technology and economics, 
the world of education is in rapid flux. How educators should interact with government, employers, and students has never been more in 
question than today.  In this context, we pose these linked questions about education today:
Who is responsible for educating citizens in a democracy?  Is it the job of government to provide educational opportunities, or is that 
role better left to communities, businesses, or other organizations?  Who should pay for education?  Once educational opportunities are
available, how much of an obligation should citizens feel to take advantage of them?
Essays do not need to answer all these questions specifically; rather, they should explore the terrain of education and how it interacts 
with government and society in general.  We strongly encourage the use of specific examples and real-world data to clarify and support 
your position, as well as creative approaches to this fertile issue.

nau.edu/CEFNS/Student-Resources/Scholarships/Agassiz/

 

Congratulations 2015 Winners!
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1st place  - $2,000 - Ingrid Herrera  "The Re-Education of Education"
2nd place - $1,250 - Markie Scheidegger  "Education: By and For"

Thank you all for your participation.  The 2016 competition will be announced in October 2015.

Please see the office Louis Agassiz Prize for Excellence in Writing website for complete competition details.

  

Seminars 

Biological Sciences seminars
Date: Thursdays during the academic year
Time: 2:45 p.m.
Location: Liberal Arts, Room 125 

Event details: Presentations from faculty and other experts on research and more.    

School of Forestry seminars
Date: Most Wednesdays during the academic year
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Forestry (Building 82), Room 017

Event details: Presentations by individuals from a variety of research and management backgrounds.

Geology seminars
Date: Tuesdays during the academic year
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Geology (Building 12), Room 103

Event details: Presentations from faculty and other experts on research and more.