We shape the future through our research, community engagement, creative works, commitment to Native American and Indigenous people, sustainability initiatives, and energetic alumni network.
Research & innovation
One of the most powerful ways we make an impact is through our research. From astrophysicists and climate scientists to bioinformaticists and geneticists, NAU’s talented research faculty are leaders in their fields.
Modeling blood flow Studying cardiovascular disease
Amir Arzani, director of NAU’s Cardiovascular Biomechanics Lab, studies the mechanisms behind initiation and progression of different cardiovascular diseases, developing computational models that can capture the multiscale and multiphysics nature of cardiovascular disease.
Astronomer confirms most distant object ever observed in solar system
NAU astronomer Chad Trujillo is on a team confirming a planetoid nicknamed “Farfarout” that is almost four times farther from the Sun than Pluto, making it the most distant object ever observed in our solar system.
Researcher invites teens to speak about mental health
Interdisciplinary Health PhD student and Assistant Clinical Professor Katie Mommaerts is continuously striving to improve her teaching skills, expand her scholarship, and deepen her research on adolescent mental health.
COVID-19 may trigger antibodies from previous coronavirus infections
NAU evolutionary biologist Jason Ladner led a study suggesting the immune systems of people infected with COVID-19 may rely on antibodies created during infections from earlier coronaviruses to help fight the disease.
We pursue a better world. In our state and around the globe, we leverage our strengths to benefit the communities we serve.
Born to teach Sharing a love of learning
Thea Hookey, a 2021 graduate of Northern Arizona University’s College of Education (COE), was born to teach. That’s good news for the thousands of students whose lives she will help shape throughout her career.
Michael Marquess, an alumnus from NAU’s world-renowned School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, provides ‘radical hospitality’ to his community and finds inventive ways to connect with his alma mater.
Commitment to Native Americans
We amplify essential voices. One of our principal goals is to become the nation’s leading university serving Native American and Indigenous people.
Where Indigenous studies are applied Preparing for careers in their communities
The Applied Indigenous Studies program is growing a workforce that addresses unique aspects of Nation-building, leadership, governance, and self-determination.
Indigenous environmental stewardship
Nikki Cooley, alumna and assistant director of NAU’s Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, is an Indigenous scientist and educator. She draws strength from her ancestor’s past as she works to address future climate change challenges.
Diné Institute for Navajo Educators
The NAU Diné Institute for Navajo Nation Educators is a partnership with Yale University and the Navajo Nation to strengthen curriculum and culturally responsive teaching in K-12 tribal schools.
Advancing research, changing the world
At NAU, research leaders like chemical biologist Naomi Lee, PhD (Seneca), explore, discover, and work to find solutions to the most critical health challenges facing Arizona and the world today. Is it possible to have a vaccine to prevent HIV or treat opioid addiction?
We awaken creativity. Through scholarship, artistry, and ingenuity, we celebrate the human experience.
Filmmaking for social good Documenting Arizona’s immigration crisis
Creative Media and Film major Mackenzie Baradic is documenting the stories of migrants, and those who help them, as they risk their lives to cross the Sonoran desert.
Taking a leap of faith
’s path to NAU began at a choir festival in London. There, the aspiring musician met NAU Regents’ Professor and Director of Choral Studies
Bridging art and science
A lifelong artist and Assistant Professor in NAU’s School of Art, David Winslow Van Ness is known as the “power user” of the 3D printer in Cline Library’s MakerLab. The pursuit of a new perspective, collaboration, or the combination of existing perspectives is key to Van Ness.
We seek solutions. Across disciplines, we work together to build a just and sustainable future.
Dust and drought Paleoclimatologists study dust and drought
Associate professor Nick McKay and his team of paleoclimatologists in NAU’s School of Earth and Sustainability have been studying dust for several years in this high-elevation region, which is particularly vulnerable to climate change.
Seeking sustainable alternatives
Anthony Mirabito sees opportunities for sustainability everywhere—from electric vehicles to reducing toxic chemicals—and he has been working with Northern Arizona University’s Green Fund to help support those projects.
Assigning value to spring ecosystems in northern Arizona
Through study and evaluation NAU Professors, Julie Mueller and Abe Springer along with Assistant Professor Ryan Fitch hope to generate nationwide interest in critical Arizona water resources and increase their protection by raising awareness.
Alumni making a difference
We teach powerful change-makers. For our alumni, their time at NAU is only the beginning of a lifelong quest to empower others.
New energy sources Discovering new energy sources
Glen D’Silva, MS Mechanical Engineering, ’19, is building on his master’s education at NAU with PhD program focusing on research in energy and magnetism.
Encouraging creative uses of discarded objects through upcycling
Alumna Sara LaRosa is encouraging her colleagues in Printing Services—as well as students, faculty, and staff from across the NAU campus—to adopt upcycling and other environmentally friendly practices.
Veteran uranium research
Ron Allen—researcher, Marine Corps veteran, lab manager, educator, and more—dedicates his time and passion to our community in more ways than one.