Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university located in Flagstaff, Arizona, United States. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and has 39 satellite campuses in the state of Arizona. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. As of fall 2010, 25,204 students were enrolled, 17,529 at the Flagstaff campus. The average cost of tuition for an full-time, Arizona resident undergraduate student for two semesters is $6,964. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies NAU as a Research University with High research activity. NAU is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents. Old Main, site of Northern Arizona Normal School; currently houses an art gallery, museum, and offices Initially named the Northern Arizona Normal School, the institution was formed on September 11, 1899. The first graduating class, in 1901, consisted of four women who received credentials to teach in the Arizona Territory. In 1925, the Arizona State Legislature allowed the school, which was now called the Northern Arizona State Teacher's College, to grant the Bachelor of Education degree.
Managing water resources in forest restoration
Hundreds of thousands of acres on the Coconino National Forest are slated for thinning during the next 20 years. Two NAU researchers want the forest restoration efforts to result in better water quality and ...
From water to land and back, the mosquitofish is on a roll
Some fish will leap out of water to escape a predator, but the dramatic exit doesn't do much good without an effective technique for returning. The mosquitofish, it turns out, not only finds its way back—it ...
In a world awash with data, projects proliferate for informaticist
In a small, nondescript office on the Northern Arizona University campus, those keystrokes Greg Caporaso is fervently tapping into his laptop spell possibility.
Regional habitat modeling may balance forest restoration, conservation
(Phys.org) —Recently published research highlights how trade-offs between forest restoration and species conservation can be balanced using science and strong partnerships among multiple organizations and ...
Study finds accelerated soil carbon loss, increasing the rate of climate change
Research published in Science today found that increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause soil microbes to produce more carbon dioxide, accelerating climate change.
Accessibility expert confronting double-edged sword of technology
Technology can open up a world of possibility, but it also has the potential to leave a lot of people behind.
Energy harvesting takes wing in merger of engineering and biology
A bird flapping its wings or a fish's deep dive may be pictures of nature in action, but in their elegant simplicity Michael Shafer sees the complex challenges of merging technology with a biological system.
Plant production could decline as climate change affects soil nutrients
(Phys.org) —As drylands of the world become even drier, water will not be the only resource in short supply. Levels of nutrients in the soil will likely be affected, and their imbalance could affect the ...
Impending species loss opens 'compelling' genetic discussion
Somewhere between the ideas of resurrecting extinct species and engaging in genetic engineering of existing ones lies space for a conversation about a third potential approach to fending off conservation ...
Closer look at Mars reveals new type of impact crater
Lessons from underground nuclear tests and explosive volcanoes may hold the answer to how a category of unusual impact craters formed on Mars.
Study questions nature's ability to 'self-correct' climate change
Forests have a limited capacity to soak up atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study from Northern Arizona University.
Project's cropland map of the world to be most detailed ever
(Phys.org) —Data harvested from the sky may give researchers a view into the future of food production while opening insights to the implications of climate change.
Study ties water value among irrigators to forest restoration
At least in the case of Verde Valley, downstream irrigators are willing to pay for restoration of a forest they cannot see to preserve a resource that is currently free.
Modern lab reaches across the ages to resolve plague DNA debate
(Phys.org) —From within an ancient German gravesite to laboratories under the harshest extremes of scientific scrutiny, traces of DNA from a deadly disease illuminate the cold pages of history with modern ...
Study reveals how families share microbes, even with dogs
A study that began during the post-doctoral work of Northern Arizona University's Gregory Caporaso is shedding some light on how adults, and their dogs and kids, share microbial communities.