NAU http://knau.org en Brain Food: The Active Seismic Zone of Northern Arizona http://knau.org/post/brain-food-active-seismic-zone-northern-arizona <p>Earthquakes can’t be predicted, but Professor Dave Brumbaugh says Northern Arizona can expect seismic activity simply because there are a number of faults here. Brumbaugh is the director of the Arizona Earthquake Information Center on the Northern Arizona University Campus. He says the Earth’s crust in the region is expanding.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bonnie Stevens 50295 at http://knau.org Brain Food: The Active Seismic Zone of Northern Arizona NAU Presidental Finalist Visits Flagstaff's Mountain Campus http://knau.org/post/nau-presidental-finalist-visits-flagstaffs-mountain-campus <p>Yesterday, Rita Cheng, the finalist to become the next president of Northern Arizona University visited the Flagstaff mountain campus. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, she addressed the challenges of an expanding higher education environment.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:02:57 +0000 Ryan Heinsius 48752 at http://knau.org NAU Presidental Finalist Visits Flagstaff's Mountain Campus Southern Illinois University Chancellor Rita Cheng Tapped to be Next NAU President http://knau.org/post/southern-illinois-university-chancellor-rita-cheng-tapped-be-next-nau-president <p>This morning the Arizona Board of Regents announced its pick for the next president of Northern Arizona University. The six-month search yielded finalist Rita Cheng, Ph.D., the current chancellor of Southern Illinois University. If approved by a final Regents’ vote, Cheng will succeed current NAU president John Haeger, whose contract expires in June 2015.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:54:54 +0000 KNAU Staff 48437 at http://knau.org Southern Illinois University Chancellor Rita Cheng Tapped to be Next NAU President Brain Food: The Alter G Treadmill...Like Running In Space http://knau.org/post/brain-food-alter-g-treadmilllike-running-space <p>A machine that helped astronauts get used to what it feels like to walk in space is now being used at Northern Arizona University. Physical Therapy Professor Dirk de Heer says the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill teaches students about biomechanics.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 11:32:00 +0000 Bonnie Stevens 48031 at http://knau.org Brain Food: The Alter G Treadmill...Like Running In Space Brain Food: Rethinking Energy Storage and Design with Smart Materials http://knau.org/post/brain-food-rethinking-energy-storage-and-design-smart-materials <p>In the near future, so-called smart materials may eliminate the need for batteries in hybrid cars and in solar panels. Cornell Ciocanel is a mechanical engineer at Northern Arizona University. He’s developing a new smart material that’s strong enough to be used in the body of a car and also stores electricity like a battery.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Bonnie Stevens 45914 at http://knau.org Brain Food: Rethinking Energy Storage and Design with Smart Materials Brain Food: Three Minute Research Presentations http://knau.org/post/brain-food-three-minute-research-presentations <p>Fans of the TV show <em>Shark Tank </em>know the premise is that contestants have just a few minutes to persuade investors to fund their business idea. A similar contest is playing out among graduate students at Northern Arizona University. <em>Three Minute Research Presentations </em>is a program that teaches students to quickly and effectively "pitch" complicated research projects to potential funders.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:13:25 +0000 Bonnie Stevens 45204 at http://knau.org Brain Food: Three Minute Research Presentations Brain Food: The Cultural Impacts Of Climate Change On American Indian Tribes http://knau.org/post/brain-food-cultural-impacts-climate-change-american-indian-tribes <p>American Indian tribes are among those most impacted by climate change. That's according to Ann Marie Chischilly, executive director of the Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals, or ITEP, at Northern Arizona University.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:39:17 +0000 Gillian Ferris 44867 at http://knau.org Brain Food: The Cultural Impacts Of Climate Change On American Indian Tribes Brain Food: Business Students Learning the Ropes in the Real World http://knau.org/post/brain-food-business-students-learning-ropes-real-world <p>Whether it’s tracking cattle with GPS or ordering popcorn from your iPhone at a football game, Professor Chris Scherpereel wants his business students to understand the whole business process. . . moving a product from concept to consumer.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:39:00 +0000 Bonnie Stevens 44562 at http://knau.org Brain Food: Business Students Learning the Ropes in the Real World Brain Food: Spring-Loaded Muscles http://knau.org/post/brain-food-spring-loaded-muscles <p>A Northern Arizona University regents’ biology professor is studying how the speed with which frogs catch insects can improve the mechanics of artificial limbs for humans. Kiisa Nishikawa has discovered the connection is a protein called titin. It essentially enables muscles to “think,” reacting in milliseconds, rather than waiting for a signal from the brain.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:34:43 +0000 Bonnie Stevens 42239 at http://knau.org Brain Food: Spring-Loaded Muscles Earth Notes: Ancient Peoples and Fire http://knau.org/post/earth-notes-ancient-peoples-and-fire <p>In modern times human presence has influenced the size and number of wildfires on the Colorado Plateau. We are, in part, responsible for more big fires and fewer small ones. But is there also a connection between <em>ancient</em> peoples and wildfire?</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:41:09 +0000 By Richard Mahler 42192 at http://knau.org Earth Notes: Ancient Peoples and Fire