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Newswise: ‘An Unexplored World Right Beneath Our Feet:’ Cave Ecologist on the Importance of Caves in Discussions on Conservation, Caves on Other Planets
Released: 15-Jun-2021 3:20 PM EDT
‘An Unexplored World Right Beneath Our Feet:’ Cave Ecologist on the Importance of Caves in Discussions on Conservation, Caves on Other Planets
Northern Arizona University

Jut Wynne, director of NAU's Cave Ecology Lab, talks about cave health all the time. But during 2021, the International Year of Caves and Karst, he and other researchers are inviting the rest of us to consider all the ways these ecosystems contribute to society without us even knowing it.

Newswise: New study shows a few common bacteria account for majority of carbon use in soil
Released: 7-Jun-2021 2:10 PM EDT
New study shows a few common bacteria account for majority of carbon use in soil
Northern Arizona University

Just a few bacterial taxa found in ecosystems across the planet are responsible for more than half of carbon cycling in soils, according to new findingsfrom researchers at Northern Arizona University.

Newswise: NAU scientists: Bacterium causing deadly rabbit fever remains virulent for months in cold water
Released: 28-May-2021 3:05 PM EDT
NAU scientists: Bacterium causing deadly rabbit fever remains virulent for months in cold water
Northern Arizona University

The study, led by biologist David Wagner, provides a plausible explanation for how Francisella tularensis can overwinter in the environment outside of a host.

Newswise: Archaeologists teach computers to sort ancient pottery
Released: 17-May-2021 12:45 PM EDT
Archaeologists teach computers to sort ancient pottery
Northern Arizona University

Machine learns to categorize pottery comparable to expert archaeologists, matches designs among thousands of broken pieces

Released: 12-May-2021 12:30 PM EDT
Only 17 percent of free-flowing rivers are protected, new research shows
Northern Arizona University

New research published in special issue of Sustainability co-edited by NAU researcher finds that biodiversity commitments will be key to freshwater protection

Newswise: NAU team finds U.S. greenhouse gas emissions decline during COVID lockdown 3x greater than previously reported
Released: 4-May-2021 3:20 PM EDT
NAU team finds U.S. greenhouse gas emissions decline during COVID lockdown 3x greater than previously reported
Northern Arizona University

The team of scientists built a reliable, real-time emissions estimate system to inform and correct public policy as the United States takes on a new pollution reduction target.

Newswise: Donation from Teddy Roosevelt's great-granddaughter allows NAU to acquire historic Hat Ranch
Released: 30-Apr-2021 1:40 PM EDT
Donation from Teddy Roosevelt's great-granddaughter allows NAU to acquire historic Hat Ranch
Northern Arizona University

The ranch in northern Arizona is a transition zone between piñon/juniper and ponderosa pine ecosystems and has a dynamic ecosystem where species are visibly shifting and responding to global environmental change. The donation allows for the land to remain in its natural state, protecting it from grazing and development.

Newswise: In wild soil, predatory bacteria grow faster than their prey, NAU study shows
Released: 29-Apr-2021 11:50 AM EDT
In wild soil, predatory bacteria grow faster than their prey, NAU study shows
Northern Arizona University

The study, led by Ecoss director Bruce Hungate and co-authored by many other NAU researchers, found that these predatory bacteria, which eat other bacteria, play an outsized role in how elements are stored in or released from soil.

Newswise: NAU mechanical engineers develop new high-performance artificial muscle technology
Released: 21-Apr-2021 2:10 PM EDT
NAU mechanical engineers develop new high-performance artificial muscle technology
Northern Arizona University

The study, led by professors Michael Shafer and Heidi Feigenbaum, demonstrates that ‘cavatappi’ artificial muscles, which are based on the shape of Italian pasta, exhibit specific work and power metrics 10 and five times higher than human skeletal muscles, respectively, and up to about 45 percent efficiency.

Newswise: Deciduous Trees Offset Carbon Loss from Alaskan Boreal Fires, New Study Finds
Released: 15-Apr-2021 2:50 PM EDT
Deciduous Trees Offset Carbon Loss from Alaskan Boreal Fires, New Study Finds
Northern Arizona University

The study, led by NAU's Michelle Mack, began after the 2004 fire season in Alaska, which led to a dramatic shift in the trees that grew in the area. Researchers found the aspen and birch trees absorbed more carbon more quickly than the black spruce it replaced.

Released: 30-Mar-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Funded through NSF grant, NAU researcher strives to increase participation of neurodiverse students in STEM fields
Northern Arizona University

Psychological sciences professor Ronda Jenson is leading a team of researchers in supporting the success of neurodivergent students in higher education, with the goal of increasing the pipeline into STEM careers.

Newswise: NAU geomorphologists map fine sediment in Colorado River ecosystem to improve long-term sandbar management
Released: 22-Mar-2021 1:10 PM EDT
NAU geomorphologists map fine sediment in Colorado River ecosystem to improve long-term sandbar management
Northern Arizona University

Matt Kaplinski, a senior research associate in Northern Arizona University’s School of Earth and Sustainability (SES), is the principal investigator on a project, “Long Term Monitoring of Sediment Resources and Channel Substrates of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park,” designed to study how the sandbars in the river may be preserved through conservation management.

Released: 19-Mar-2021 8:05 AM EDT
NAU bioengineer partners with industry expert to launch successful spin-off commercializing mobility technologies
Northern Arizona University

NAU bioengineer Zach Lerner launched what is quickly becoming the university’s most successful commercial spin-off based on his bioengineering research and the patent-pending technologies he invented as a result.

Newswise: NAU leading NSF grant that looks at the potential for drones in responding to forest fires
Released: 2-Mar-2021 12:25 PM EST
NAU leading NSF grant that looks at the potential for drones in responding to forest fires
Northern Arizona University

The grant, led by SICCS professors Fatemeh Afghah and Abolfazi Razi and Regents' professor Peter Fulé, will give firefighters a better situational awareness about the fire environment; provide up-to-date information on where the fire is; and help fire responders form reliable predictions about the fire activity.

Newswise: NAU astronomer on team confirming orbit of most distant object ever observed in our solar system
Released: 10-Feb-2021 3:05 PM EST
NAU astronomer on team confirming orbit of most distant object ever observed in our solar system
Northern Arizona University

A team of scientists, including Chad Trujillo of the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, have collected enough observations to determine the planetoid’s orbit based on its slow motion across the sky.

Newswise: NAU study indicates that U.S. cities underestimate their greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 20 percent on average
Released: 2-Feb-2021 11:15 AM EST
NAU study indicates that U.S. cities underestimate their greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 20 percent on average
Northern Arizona University

Some cities’ self-reported emissions are as much as 145 percent below standardized estimates, distorting the data on which climate change policy actions are based.

Released: 26-Jan-2021 7:55 AM EST
NAU’s Pathogen and Microbiome Institute to test Allarity Therapeutics drug as potential therapy for new, highly infectious Coronavirus Variant B117
Northern Arizona University

The testing plan for the "British variant" is based on findings of pre-clinical tests showing stenoparib blocks infection and the replication of SARS-CoV-2, as recently published in peer-reviewed journal mBio.

Newswise: NAU-TGen study results show COVID-19 virus triggers antibodies from previous coronavirus infections
Released: 19-Jan-2021 11:30 AM EST
NAU-TGen study results show COVID-19 virus triggers antibodies from previous coronavirus infections
Northern Arizona University

A collaborative study shows COVID-19 virus triggers antibodies from previous coronavirus infections, such as the common cold. It may also explain how previous exposure could partially account for differences in severity between old vs. young patients

Newswise: Earth to reach temperature tipping point in next 20 to 30 years, new NAU study finds
11-Jan-2021 2:05 PM EST
Earth to reach temperature tipping point in next 20 to 30 years, new NAU study finds
Northern Arizona University

Postdoctoral scholar Katharyn Duffy led an international team that looked at 20 years of data from throughout the world and found that record-breaking temperates are contributing to a significant decrease in plants' ability to absorb human-caused carbon emissions.

Newswise: Twenty universities, colleges convene to share best practices on ‘bumpy road’ to carbon neutrality
Released: 9-Nov-2020 5:20 PM EST
Twenty universities, colleges convene to share best practices on ‘bumpy road’ to carbon neutrality
Northern Arizona University

Experts from 20 colleges and universities will gather virtually Nov. 17-19 at Northern Arizona University to discuss why carbon reduction is critical to their institutions’ futures, and how each is forging a path to zero or net zero carbon.

Newswise: NAU researchers publish new report, recommendations to increase concussion disclosure in athletes
Released: 27-Oct-2020 5:05 PM EDT
NAU researchers publish new report, recommendations to increase concussion disclosure in athletes
Northern Arizona University

Psychology chair Heidi Wayment co-authored the report with Ann Huffman, Deborah Craig and Monica Lininger. The work was a result of a grant funded by the Mind Matters Challenge, which provides recommendations for increasing concussion symptom disclosure in collegiate athletic departments and military service academies.

Released: 15-Oct-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Fuels, not fire weather, control carbon emissions in boreal forest, new study finds
Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University researcher Xanthe Walker is the lead author on research published this week that found that the amount of carbon stored in soils was the biggest predictor of how much carbon would combust and that soil moisture also was significant in predicting carbon release.

Newswise: Ecological Restoration Institute to lead new center aimed at building a skilled workforce to help with forest management
Released: 1-Oct-2020 12:15 PM EDT
Ecological Restoration Institute to lead new center aimed at building a skilled workforce to help with forest management
Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University forestry professor Han-Sup Han is leading the creation of the Forest Operations Training Center, which aims to make use of abundant forest resources in Coconino County, the need to properly manage those forests and the need for workers who are trained in the necessary skillsets.

Released: 24-Sep-2020 1:05 PM EDT
How do Americans view the virus? Anthropology professor examines attitudes, perceptions of COVID-19
Northern Arizona University

In her latest study, Northern Arizona University professor Lisa Hardy looks at how Americans’ attitudes and responses have changed during the time of the pandemic and how to many people, the virus is not a biological agent but instead a malicious actor.

Newswise: A tale of two understories: How mosses and climate are shaping the fate of nitrogen in the boreal
Released: 3-Sep-2020 12:40 PM EDT
A tale of two understories: How mosses and climate are shaping the fate of nitrogen in the boreal
Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University biology professor Michelle Mack is a senior author on the study, which demonstrates the invisible connections between trees and the dynamic understory of mosses and microbes that help govern their growth. Ecoss coordinator Victor Leshyk created the cover art for this month's New Phytologist.

Released: 27-Aug-2020 9:05 AM EDT
Expert available to speak about Hurricane Laura potential for disrupting the nation’s fuel and shipping infrastructure
Northern Arizona University

Expert available to speak about Hurricane Laura potential for disrupting the nation’s fuel and shipping infrastructure

Released: 26-Aug-2020 4:20 PM EDT
NAU researchers co-author study that finds water efficiency achievable throughout U.S. without decrease in economic activity
Northern Arizona University

Ben Ruddell and Richard Rushforth, with collaborators throughout the country, looked at how much water conservation can readily and affordably be achieved in each region and industry by looking at what conservation measures were already working and considering how much water is being used.

Released: 25-Aug-2020 12:30 PM EDT
NAU nursing program wins federal grant aimed at increasing access to telehealth care on Navajo Nation, other rural areas
Northern Arizona University

Nursing professor Anna Schwartz is the PI on the two-year grant, which will fund increased simulation-based education for health care providers. The education will be focused on improving treatment for obesity, diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease and behavioral and mental health care.

Newswise: Economist with background in policy, research and academics appointed to advisory board of SBA’s Small Business Development Center
Released: 19-Aug-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Economist with background in policy, research and academics appointed to advisory board of SBA’s Small Business Development Center
Northern Arizona University

Joseph Guzman, executive director of the Economic Policy Institute at Northern Arizona University, will be a member of the nine-member board that advises, counsels and confers with the leaders of the SBA in carrying out the administration’s programs.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 2:00 PM EDT
NAU professors examine the role racial disparities play in mortality rates of rural, urban residents
Northern Arizona University

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers collected nationally representative data from 3,131 U.S. counties between 1968-2016, and looked at historical trends in death rates between older black and white adults living in different communities.

Released: 10-Aug-2020 1:35 PM EDT
NAU scientists contribute to critical global study showing ‘best of the last’ tropical forests urgently need protection to mitigate climate change, safeguard human well-being
Northern Arizona University

Professor Scott Goetz, research professor Patrick Jantz and research associate Pat Burns of Northern Arizona University contributed to the study, published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, that found world’s “best of the last” tropical forests are at significant risk of being lost,

Newswise: Arizona biologist part of international team to sequence genome of rare reptilian ‘living fossil’
Released: 5-Aug-2020 11:10 AM EDT
Arizona biologist part of international team to sequence genome of rare reptilian ‘living fossil’
Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University professor Marc Tollis was one of a dozen collaborators sequencing the genome of the tuatara, a lizard-like creature that lives on the islands of New Zealand. This groundbreaking research was done in partnership with the Māori people of New Zealand, as the tuatara is a sacred animal for many tribes.

Newswise: NAU scientists partner in $26 million NSF initiative to establish new Center for Quantum Networks
Released: 5-Aug-2020 7:20 AM EDT
NAU scientists partner in $26 million NSF initiative to establish new Center for Quantum Networks
Northern Arizona University

In its first NSF Engineering Research Center collaboration, NAU will receive nearly $2 million in funding as a CQN contributing partner in the areas of research, education and workforce development.

Newswise: Stocks of vulnerable carbon twice as high where permafrost subsidence is factored in, new research finds
Released: 17-Jun-2020 5:25 PM EDT
Stocks of vulnerable carbon twice as high where permafrost subsidence is factored in, new research finds
Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University researchers Elaine Pegoraro, Christina Schädel, Emily Romano, Meghan Taylor and Ted Schuur collaborated on the study, which suggests that traditional methods of permafrost thaw measurement underestimate the amount of previously-frozen carbon unlocked from warming permafrost by more than 100 percent.

Newswise: Research Team Sees Major Shift in Relationship Between State-by-State Traffic and COVID-19 Cases, Offering Insights Into Outcomes of Lockdown Policies
Released: 9-Jun-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Research Team Sees Major Shift in Relationship Between State-by-State Traffic and COVID-19 Cases, Offering Insights Into Outcomes of Lockdown Policies
Northern Arizona University

“In many states, traffic appears to be a leading indicator, increasing first, with COVID-19 cases rising after a delay of up to 11 days,” said Northern Arizona University professor Kevin Gurney, head of the NAU research group analyzing the data. Pawlok Dass, a postdoc in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems, is the lead research scientist on the project.

Newswise: Hydrogeologist a collaborator on research, published in a special-edition journal, addressing need for conservation of springs in drying climate
Released: 3-Jun-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Hydrogeologist a collaborator on research, published in a special-edition journal, addressing need for conservation of springs in drying climate
Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University professor Abe Springer, whose research focuses on springs and aquifers and their effects on surrounding ecosystems, contributed results and implications on springs as refugia from his research group’s springs ecohydrology research and helped develop a geomorphological-based classification system for springs ecosystems.

Released: 21-May-2020 2:30 PM EDT
Responding to the response: Anthropologist conducting survey to gauge Americans' feelings on the country's response to COVID-19
Northern Arizona University

Medical anthropologist Lisa Hardy knows a complex global problem like the coronavirus pandemic requires interdisciplinary solutions, so she put her experience in measuring community engagement and resilience to use collecting real-time data into what Americans are thinking. The nature of her work means that the results can be used in the country's ongoing response to the pandemic. She, faculty member Leah Mundell and grad students Kayla Torres and Kevin Shaw also are the U.S. partners in an international research project looking at these questions worldwide.

Newswise: Atmospheric scientist says US carbon dioxide emissions have dropped to unprecedented levels during pandemic
Released: 28-Apr-2020 5:45 PM EDT
Atmospheric scientist says US carbon dioxide emissions have dropped to unprecedented levels during pandemic
Northern Arizona University

As the demand for transportation fuels has plummeted at an unprecedented rate in the last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Northern Arizona University scientist says the dramatic decrease in local air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) levels above cities is significant, measurable and could be historic, depending on how long commuters and other drivers stay off the road.

Newswise: NAU launches COVID-19 Testing Service Center to evaluate new drugs to fight deadly virus
Released: 22-Apr-2020 5:50 PM EDT
NAU launches COVID-19 Testing Service Center to evaluate new drugs to fight deadly virus
Northern Arizona University

The Pathogen and Microbiome Institute (PMI) at Northern Arizona University (NAU) today announced that it is launching the COVID-19 Testing Service Center (CTSC) to grow the SARS-CoV-2 virus and test new drugs against it. By repurposing its existing biodefense research infrastructure for the new testing facility—labs rated at Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3), one of the highest levels of biocontainment—PMI is dedicating much of its significant research capacity to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 23-Jan-2020 4:35 PM EST
Researcher looking for clues in the mystery of the Grand Canyon’s water supply
Northern Arizona University

Research technician Natalie Jones is the lead author on a paper that looked at how scientists model the vulnerability of karst formations around the Grand Canyon. Along with professor Abe Springer, she created a new model that can give land and water managers more information so they can better protect the water system.

Released: 13-Jan-2020 2:25 PM EST
Fighting melanoma with zebrafish: Biologists in search of a powerful combination of cancer-fighting drugs
Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University professor Matthew Salanga is leading an 18-month project, funded by the Flinn Foundation, in search of drugs to help fight the deadliest form of skin cancer.


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