Brain Food

KNAU and Arizona News
4:32 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Brain Food: The Alter G Treadmill...Like Running In Space

Physical Therapy Professor Dirk de Heer on the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill
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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.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Brain Food: Living Soil

NAU biologist Egbert Schwartz conducting research in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys
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Biologist Egbert Schwartz has developed a technique to identify whether micro-organisms can grow in places where no other signs of life can be found, like the rocky, icy region of Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:44 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Brain Food: Designing Wildlife Corridors

An elk crossing a wildlife corridor
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As highways, cities, canals and railroads continue to be built across the West, some natural landscapes are becoming fragmented into patches, too small to support populations of certain animals.

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Brain Food: Rethinking Energy Storage and Design with Smart Materials

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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.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:58 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Brain Food: Mysterious Skunks of the High Country

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Mild winters make skunks more active. Instead of resting and preserving their energy, they venture out of their dens and hunt for food. Tad Theimer is a vertebrate biologist and associate professor at Northern Arizona University.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:13 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Brain Food: Three Minute Research Presentations

Ramona Mellott, Dean of NAU's Graduate College
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Fans of the TV show Shark Tank 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. Three Minute Research Presentations is a program that teaches students to quickly and effectively "pitch" complicated research projects to potential funders.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:39 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Brain Food: The Cultural Impacts Of Climate Change On American Indian Tribes

Ann Marie Chischilly, executive director of NAU's Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals
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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.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:39 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Brain Food: Business Students Learning the Ropes in the Real World

Chris Scherpereel works with students in NAU's BizBlock program.
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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.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:32 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Brain Food: Ice Age Art

Ekkehart Malotki with the Ice Age petroglyphs in Utah.
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A Northern Arizona University professor emeritus says he’s never seen anything like a recent find in the Utah desert. This, despite 25 years spent studying rock art at thousands of sites. Retired ethnolinguist Ekkehart Malotki is researching what could be the oldest known realistic engravings of Columbian mammoths in the Western Hemisphere: petroglyphs from the Ice Age near the San Juan River.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Brain Food: Bagging an Asteroid

NAU astronomy and physics professor David Trilling is helping NASA find an asteroid to bring back home.
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NASA wants to catch an asteroid, place it into orbit around the Earth, and send astronauts to retrieve pieces of it for scientific study. The agency just needs the right asteroid. NASA has asked Northern Arizona University astronomer David Trilling, one of the world’s foremost asteroid experts, to find it — a task much easier said than done.

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