Shelley Smithson

Freelance Reporter

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:26 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

AZ's Health Improving Slightly

When it comes to overall health, Arizona fared a little better this year in the America’s Health Rankings survey of 50 states.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:04 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

NAU Researchers Part of Gut Project

Now, it’s time for a gut check. Literally.  A researcher at Northern Arizona University is working with a team of scientists trying to unravel what lives inside our guts.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:07 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Flagstaff USGS Team Helps Curiosity Rover Explore Mars

Portrait of APXS on Mars This image shows the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) on NASA's Curiosity rover, with the Martian landscape in the background.
Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS, Sept. 7, 2012, PDT

Later this year, the Mars Rover Curiosity is scheduled to begin its longest road trip yet, to Mount Sharp.  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.  But getting Curiosity to its ultimate destination depends on maps and cameras.  That’s where Flagstaff’s office of the U.S. Geological Survey comes in.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Senate candidates weigh in on climate change, uranium mining

Republican Jeff Flake

Health care, immigration and jobs are all headliner issues in the race for Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat.

A topic that hasn’t grabbed much attention is the environment.

Arizona Public Radio asked environmental and business groups what questions they would like to ask the candidates about environmental issues.

Steve Arnquist, executive director of the Arizona League of Conservation Voters, asked this question:

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Grant will fund new American Indian health research center

Diabetes, alcoholism and obesity all disproportionately afflict Native Americans.

The reasons are many, including poverty and lack of education.

But a new $6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will examine what works in Native American health care.

The grant will fund a new Center for American Indian Resilience.

Northern Arizona University Assistant Professor Priscilla Sanderson is co-director of the new center.

She says researchers want to learn how Native Americans can draw on their cultural traditions to stay healthy.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Grant funds green business incubator on Navajo Nation

Daniel Boyd screws solar panels into an array at the Tolani Lake Enterprises office building.
Shelley Smithson

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.

“This is 39 panels. And these PV panels will produce 9.9 kw every hour,” Isaac says.  

That’s more kilowatts than this non-profit organization on the Navajo Nation will use.  

So they’ll sell the rest to the utility company.

“Tolani Lake Enterprise, what we’re about is economic development. But we’re about sustainable economic development.”   

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Kids have fun exploring at Festival of Science

Meteorite Man, Geoffrey Notkin, (foreground) with co-star Steve Arnold. Notkin was in Flagstaff for the Festival of Science.
Caroline Palmer http://www.meteoritemen.com

Ninth grader Nate Darkins grins from ear-to-ear as he listens to a tour leader describe the Clark Telescope at Lowell Observatory.

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Local Headlines
9:27 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Flagstaff's 23rd Festival Of Science To Begin Today

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.

*Cousteau's talk is tonight at 7:00 at NAU's Ardrey Auditorium*

KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Southwest Likely to be Loser Thanks to Climate Change

Despite this year’s abundant monsoon season, researchers say climate change could be pushing the Southwest into a period of sustained drought. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:22 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

New State Law Raises Math Bar

Appoose

Beginning this year, high school seniors in Arizona will have to clear another hurdle before winning their diplomas.

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