Many of our professors distinguish themselves through
exceptional performance in their fields. Below are just a few examples of our renowned
faculty and the most recent work being done by them.
Infectious disease and defense expertise
Regents’ Professor, is a world-renowned expert in infectious diseases. After
the 2001 anthrax attacks, he was responsible for discovering the origin of the
malicious spores. In 2014, the Pentagon awarded Dr. Keim a $7 million grant to
study meliodosis, a disease that might be used as a biological weapon.
Award winning children’s author
Beloved children’s author and NAU professor Monica Brown is
committed to promoting cultural studies and bilingual education. Her books, all
of which are printed in both English and Spanish, have won numerous awards
including the 2012 Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
NPR’s All Things Considered recently interviewed her about her writings that feature diverse characters.
Groundbreaking muscular research
Regents’ professor Kiisa Nishikawa is working hard to completely
change what we know about the science of muscles. In 2014, she was awarded a $1
million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for her research. Dr. Nishikawa is
close to proving her “winding filament” hypothesis, which could have huge
implications for physiology, medicine, and robotics.
Research leadership for documentary film
Darrell Kaufman, Regents’ Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and
Environmental Sustainability, was the Lead Research Advisor for the PBS documentary film, Taking Earth’s
Temperature: Delving into Climate’s Past. The film follows scientists as
they examine geological and biological data to understand the history of
Earth’s climate, ultimately to uncover the cause of current climate change.
Art education for a new generation
Art education professor Pam Stephens created
a new system for elementary art education. She authored the acclaimed Dropping In On series, which features
books and videos designed to teach K-3 students about artists, art styles, and
artistic periods. The series was developed to get students personally engaged
in works of art through relatable, modern content.
Asteroid namesake honor
Professor Nadine Barlow is one
of the top Mars scholars in the world. Not only does she use real NASA data in
the classroom, she also discovered an asteroid that was named after her. The
asteroid, 15466 Barlow, is in orbit between Mars and Jupiter. The naming of the
asteroid was to acknowledge her place as one of the world’s foremost experts on
Martian impact craters.
2015 Distinguished teaching fellows
Civil engineering, construction management, and environmental engineering Associate Professor John Tingerthal and School of Art Professor Pamela Stephens were named 2015 Distinguished Teaching Fellows.
College teachers of the year
- Robert Neustadt
Global Languages and Cultures
College of Arts and Letters
- T. Mark Montoya
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Richard Coast
College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences
- Yan (Mandy) Dang
Computer Information Systems
The W.A. Franke College of Business
- Claire Schonaerts
Teaching and Learning
College of Education
- Emily Babcock
Physician Assistant Studies
College of Health and Human Services
- Kaitlin Hublitz
Academic Transition Programs
- Jason Myrowitz
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