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
Ionic liquids could help fight skin infections

Illustration of bacteria encapsulated in a biofilm in the skin. (Credit: Peter Allen, UCSB)

Nearly 80 percent of human skin infections can be traced to harmful bacteria huddled beneath a biofilm, a protective layer formed by microorganisms that acts as a shield and makes... more

News Briefs

NAU Professor measures protective effect of exercise.
Tinna Traustadottir's research links exercise to an enhanced antioxidant system.
Depending on your age, just one exercise session may improve the body’s ability to overcome stressors by potentially boosting the antioxidant system. These results are part of Tinna Traustadóttir’s ... read more
The study focused on lipids, which are naturally accumulated by microbial mats and floated on top of wastewater
One species of bacteria grabbed the researchers' attention: Microthrix parvicella, whose genome sequence they first decrypted two years ago. This bacterium can absorb and store an especially large amount of lipids. Image:
An international team of scientists from the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and The Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) have completed a first-of-its-kind microbial... read more
Arizona curious are popular with tourists
Arizona souvenirs. Photo courtesy of


Kristen Swanson, Ph.D., a professor of Strategic Communication at Northern Arizona University, has been researching tourism retailing and souvenirs for the past 20 years. Her research helps Northern... read more

Student Research

Kim Yazzie learned about ranching from her grandparents.

Kim Yazzie moved to the New Lands when she was a child. She learned about the importance of livestock from her grandparents, and later became an agriculture teacher. She now works for a national food company distributing Navajo Beef. – Photo by Josh Biggs

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 government apportioned... 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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