According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cerebral palsy (CP)—caused by neurological damage before, during or after birth—is the most common movement disorder in children, limiting mobility and independence throughout their lives. An estimated 500,000 children in the U.S. have CP.
Although nearly 60 percent of children with the disorder can walk independently, many have crouch gait, a… Read more
In a new paper published in Nature, research assistant professor Christopher Schwalm of Northern Arizona University’s Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss) shares the results of a study investigating the impact of more frequent droughts on ecosystem resiliency and how this phenomenon could endanger the land carbon sink.
Earth’s land carbon sink comprises all the planet’s soils and vegetation, including… Read more
Three Northern Arizona University professors are among the leaders of an international team to assemble and make available the most complete dataset looking at how temperatures on Earth have changed from 1 AD to the present.
This collection is significant because it allows climate scientists to study the patterns and causes of surface temperature more accurately than was previously possible, said Darrell… Read more
According to experts, approximately 23 percent of American children aged 2 to 5 years have caries, or untreated tooth decay. But that number is dramatically higher in Arizona, where 40 percent of preschoolers have tooth decay. Among the more rural, economically disadvantaged Hispanic and Native American populations of Northern Arizona, that number is even higher.
NAU bioinformatician and assistant professor Viacheslav “Slava” Fofanov recently received a $224,000 grant from the Arizona Biomedical… Read more
A series of unprecedented droughts in the already impoverished areas of east Africa, chiefly northern Kenya and eastern Ethiopia, have affected millions of people in the region in the past several years, including many refugees from neighboring Somalia.
Although crop failures and resulting food shortages cause severe malnourishment in these populations, the lack of safe drinking water for both… Read more
Associate professor Benjamin Ruddell, who joined the faculty of NAU’s new School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems in the Fall 2016 term, received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support “Mesoscale Data Fusion to Map and Model the U.S. Food, Energy and Water (FEW) System.”
The interdisciplinary research project called “FEWSion,” which builds on… Read more