Northern Arizona University

Toxin research

$1.4M effort develops reusable sponges to soak up harmful chemicals from water

Photo: PFAS have been used for decades in products such as firefighting foam, makeup and nonstick pans A team of researchers from the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University is creating a regenerable method for removing stubborn toxins from drinking water – starting with store-bought sponges. University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University researchers

Medical

Searching for a cure

Holly Hansen wants to save lives. How, you ask? The student researcher at The Pathogen and Microbiome Institute (PMI) is working to create more safe and effective drugs for chronic illnesses. Hansen was raised in Phoenix, where she spent her childhood doing dance and ballet. At various points, she aspired to become an interior designer, architect, fashion designer

Prisons

The impact of incarceration

The United States has experienced an unparalleled epidemic of incarceration in the past 40 years. That’s the crux of the research that Ricky Camplain, an assistant professor in Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) and the Department of Health Sciences, has done for years. Her research with collaborators has shown that more than nine million Americans

Science

Here comes the Sun: NAU planetary scientists find evidence of solar-driven change on the Moon

Tiny iron nanoparticles unlike any found naturally on Earth are nearly everywhere on the Moon—and scientists are trying to understand why. A new study led by Northern Arizona University doctoral candidate Christian J. Tai Udovicic, in collaboration with associate professor Christopher Edwards, both of NAU’s Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, uncovered important clues to help understand the

Science

Students from minority communities explore space

As with most scientific disciplines, leaders in the field of astronomy are looking for ways to ensure that students from traditionally minoritized populations have ample opportunities to participate in research and contribute to the advancement of science. Northern Arizona University professor David Trilling, chair of the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, is one of the leaders