"The Palio in Siena flows through the blood of the Siena faithful," writes NAU ProfessorThomas Paradis in his book Living the Palio

The past is very much alive in Siena, Italy; in fact, it is part of the present—as Thomas Paradis, professor of geography at Northern Arizona University, writes in his new book Living the Palio: A Story of Community and Public Life in Siena, Italy. In this photo, the jockeys for the Ram (left) and Goose (right) contrade race in the July 2, 2013 Palio. The  jockey Titia (right), riding the horse Guess, won the race.  Photo: Thomas Paradis

The past is very much alive in Siena, Italy; in fact, it is part of the present—as Thomas Paradis, professor of geography at Northern Arizona University, writes in his new book... more
Mae Horseman from the Navajo New Lands

Mae Horseman is a former Navajo Nation judge, who now serves on the local government of the Nahata Dziil Chapter in the New Lands. She says relocation was hardest on elderly Navajos like her mother because most had never lived in another place. – Photo by Amanda Ray

In 1974, Congress settled a 16-year lawsuit between the Navajo and Hopi nations over which tribe owned nearly 1.8 million acres of land long shared by both groups. The federal... more
NAU professor has identified a crystal seal once used by the prophet Mani

NAU Professor of Comparative Cultural Studies Zsuzsanna Gulacsi has identified a rock crystal seal once used by the prophet Mani to authenticate his writings. It is housed in the National Library of France.

Imagine finding something that once belonged to Jesus or the historical Buddha.  Imagine the preciousness of such a discovery not only for the religious faithful but also for... more
E. Coli often presents itself in the urinary tract.

Artistic representation of E. coli and the urinary tract. Image: Baliga Diagnostics

E. coli is commonly thought of as a gut bug, but many times it presents itself in the urinary tract. Now, NAU and TGen researchers are studying how the germ gets there.Paul Keim,... more
New patent for flu test
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) have been awarded a patent for a test that can detect—and assist in the treatment of—the... more

News Briefs

NAU researcher Erika Nowak holds a 20-year-old rattlesnake. Photo: Justin Schofer

As Arizona continues to see development into formerly rural areas, additional research is emerging to help protect wildlife species. Because the state is home to a dozen rattlesnake species,... read more
Art installation inspired by migrant experience across the Mexican-U.S. border.

A sculpture that's part of the art installation Culpable, by Shawn Skabelund. It's on display at the NAU Martin-Springer Institute through April 30, 2015.

On the third floor of the Riles Building on the Northern Arizona University’s north campus—home of the Martin-Springer Institute, visitors are confronted with an unsettling and provocative new art... read more
Social relationships affect health and well-being.

At Eternity’s Gate by Vincent Van Gogh

The research of Dr. Steven Barger, Professor of Psychological Sciences at NAU, underscores the importance of social relationships for health and well-being. In particular, he has found that people... read more

Student Research

NAU student looks for ways to help Native American tribe provide energy at a profit.

Cherise John shared her research with the governor of the Jemez Pueblo and the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Energy.

When Jemez Pueblo leaders in northwestern New Mexico wanted to weigh the benefits of building a renewable energy project, they joined a national program that pairs tribes with Native American college... read more

Faces of Research

John Georgas joined the faculty of Northern Arizona University (NAU) in 2008 when he realized that a university with an even balance of research and teaching “proved to be very hard to find. NAU is unique in that sense,” he said, adding, “I am always surrounded by very smart colleagues and students. It’s a great working environment, with a diversity of... read more

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