KNAU and Arizona News
1:02 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

NAU Presidental Finalist Visits Flagstaff's Mountain Campus

Rita Cheng (second from left) speaks with the media Thursday afternoon on the NAU campus. Also pictured are Arizona Board of Regents members: Chair Rick Myers (left), Treasurer LuAnn Leonard (second from right), and Vice Chair Mark Killian.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

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.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:54 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Southern Illinois University Chancellor Rita Cheng Tapped to be Next NAU President

On Friday, the Arizona Board of Regents announced Rita Cheng as their pick for the next president of Northern Arizona University.
Credit Courtesy photo

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.

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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
Credit Bonnie Stevens/KNAU

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
6:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Brain Food: Rethinking Energy Storage and Design with Smart Materials


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
1:13 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Brain Food: Three Minute Research Presentations

Ramona Mellott, Dean of NAU's Graduate College
Credit Bonnie Stevens/KNAU

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
Credit Bonnie Stevens/KNAU

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.
Credit Courtes photo

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
9:34 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Brain Food: Spring-Loaded Muscles

Regents' Professor Kiisa Nishikawa with her former post-doc Ted Uyeno, now a professor at Valdosta State University.
Credit Danielle Borth, NAU Office of Public Affairs

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.

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Earth Notes
10:41 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Earth Notes: Ancient Peoples and Fire

Prater Canyon in Mesa Verde National Park
Credit Library of Congress

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 ancient peoples and wildfire?

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:01 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Brain Food: Growing Human Skin

Dr. Robert Kellar in his NACET/NAU lab
Credit Bonnie Stevens/KNAU

Step into Robert Kellar's physiology and anatomy class at NAU and you'll learn how the human body works. But, step into his lab an you'll learn how to grow human skin. Dr. Kellar can teach plants how to manufacture human protein.

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