In a first-of-its-kind warming experiment, researchers at Northern Arizona University found that microbes growth rate decreased over 15 years of warming. The research, published this week in Global Change Biology, showed that under warmer climate conditions, growth decreased among all types of microbes in the community, and suggested that a loss of soil carbon may be responsible… Read more
College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences
Project could have significant impact on science instruction for teachers and students through more effective content and teaching models
Many elementary education majors graduate from teacher preparation programs with incomplete knowledge of science content and limited experience with teaching science in ways that are proven to be effective for elementary students.
In fact, the most recent National Survey of Science and Mathematics… Read more
Program prepares students for STEM careers critically important to DOE mission
Graduate students Maria Bolar and Megan Foley are the first from Northern Arizona University to receive awards from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through its Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. Only 65 graduate students from across the country were recognized this year. Through world-class training and access to state-of-the-art… Read more
Archaeologist Jaime Awe kicks off 10-day community festival; other events highlight NAU scientists, artists and educators
Locally known as “The Best 10 Days of the Year,” the Festival of Science continues to be a cornerstone event for the Flagstaff community, with Northern Arizona University playing a key role in the festival’s success.
Now in its 32nd… Read more
The study of active asteroids is a relatively new field of solar system science, focusing on objects that have asteroid-like orbits but look more like comets, with visual characteristics such as tails.
Because finding an active asteroid is such a rare event, fewer than 30 of these solar system bodies… Read more
PhD student discovers that solar radiation could be a more important source of lunar iron nanoparticles than previously thought
Tiny iron nanoparticles unlike any found naturally on Earth are nearly everywhere on the Moon—and scientists are trying to understand why. A new study led by Northern Arizona University doctoral candidate Christian J. Tai Udovicic, in collaboration with associate professor Christopher Edwards, both of NAU’s Department of Astronomy and… Read more