Shelley Smithson http://knau.org en AZ's Health Improving Slightly http://knau.org/post/azs-health-improving-slightly <p>When it comes to overall health, Arizona fared a little better this year in the <a href="http://www.americashealthrankings.org/AZ/2012"><u>America’s Health Rankings</u></a> survey of 50 states. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:26:26 +0000 Shelley Smithson 24518 at http://knau.org NAU Researchers Part of Gut Project http://knau.org/post/nau-researchers-part-gut-project <p>Now, it’s time for a gut check. Literally.&nbsp; A researcher at Northern Arizona University is working with a team of scientists trying to unravel what lives inside our guts. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 22:04:04 +0000 Shelley Smithson 24375 at http://knau.org NAU Researchers Part of Gut Project Flagstaff USGS Team Helps Curiosity Rover Explore Mars http://knau.org/post/flagstaff-usgs-team-helps-curiosity-rover-explore-mars <p>Later this year, the Mars Rover Curiosity is scheduled to begin its longest road trip yet, to Mount Sharp.&nbsp; That’s a three-mile-high mountain on Mars that tells the planet’s geologic history in the same way the Grand Canyon’s exposes earth’s.&nbsp; But getting Curiosity to its ultimate destination depends on maps and cameras.&nbsp;&nbsp;That’s where Flagstaff’s office of the U.S. Geological Survey comes in. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:07:31 +0000 Shelley Smithson 23695 at http://knau.org Flagstaff USGS Team Helps Curiosity Rover Explore Mars Senate candidates weigh in on climate change, uranium mining http://knau.org/post/senate-candidates-weigh-climate-change-uranium-mining <p>Health care, immigration and jobs are all headliner issues in the race for Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat.</p><p>A topic that <em>hasn’t</em> grabbed much attention is the environment.</p><p>Arizona Public Radio asked environmental and business groups what questions they would like to ask the candidates about environmental issues.</p><p>Steve Arnquist, executive director of the Arizona League of Conservation Voters, asked this question:</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Shelley Smithson 22276 at http://knau.org Senate candidates weigh in on climate change, uranium mining Grant will fund new American Indian health research center http://knau.org/post/grant-will-fund-new-american-indian-health-research-center <p>Diabetes, alcoholism and obesity all disproportionately afflict Native Americans.</p><p>The reasons are many, including poverty and lack of education.</p><p>But a new $6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will examine what works in Native American health care.</p><p>The grant will fund a new Center for American Indian Resilience.</p><p>Northern Arizona University Assistant Professor Priscilla Sanderson is co-director of the new center.</p><p>She says researchers want to learn how Native Americans can draw on their cultural traditions to stay healthy.</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Shelley Smithson 21978 at http://knau.org Grant funds green business incubator on Navajo Nation http://knau.org/post/grant-funds-green-business-incubator-navajo-nation <p>The sun bears down on Brett Isaac and his team of workers. They’re bolting solar panels onto a large array at the Tolani Lake Enterprises office building.</p><p>“This is 39 panels. And these PV panels will produce 9.9 kw every hour,” Isaac says. &nbsp;</p><p>That’s more kilowatts than this non-profit organization on the Navajo Nation will use. &nbsp;</p><p>So they’ll sell the rest to the utility company.</p><p>“Tolani Lake Enterprise, what we’re about is economic development. But we’re about sustainable economic development.”&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Shelley Smithson 21358 at http://knau.org Grant funds green business incubator on Navajo Nation Kids have fun exploring at Festival of Science http://knau.org/post/kids-have-fun-exploring-festival-science-0 <p>Ninth grader Nate Darkins grins from ear-to-ear as he listens to a tour leader describe the Clark Telescope at Lowell Observatory. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Shelley Smithson 20887 at http://knau.org Kids have fun exploring at Festival of Science Flagstaff's 23rd Festival Of Science To Begin Today http://knau.org/post/flagstaffs-23rd-festival-science-begin-today <p>The 23rd Flagstaff Festival of Science begins tonight, and this year's theme is water. Over the next ten days, there will be dozens of water-related events, including a talk by the grand daughter of legendary filmmaker, Jacques Cousteau. Arizona Public Radio's Shelley Smithson spoke with festival organizer Bonnie Stevens.</p><p>*Cousteau's talk is tonight at 7:00 at NAU's Ardrey Auditorium*</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:27:53 +0000 Shelley Smithson 20629 at http://knau.org Southwest Likely to be Loser Thanks to Climate Change http://knau.org/post/southwest-likely-be-loser-thanks-climate-change <p>Despite this year’s abundant monsoon season, researchers say climate change could be pushing the Southwest into a period of sustained drought.&nbsp; Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Shelley Smithson 20248 at http://knau.org Southwest Likely to be Loser Thanks to Climate Change New State Law Raises Math Bar http://knau.org/post/new-state-law-raises-math-bar <P>Beginning this year, high school seniors in Arizona will have to clear another hurdle before winning their diplomas. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:22:25 +0000 Shelley Smithson 20117 at http://knau.org New State Law Raises Math Bar