NAU Space Grant Success Stories
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
As a 2011 to 2012 NAU Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern, Christine Cunningham investigated gyrochronology as a method of aging young brown dwarfs. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University, she was hired to work at the Smithsonian Submillimeter Array faculity on Maunakea as an Astrophysicist, responsible for operating the telescope array and organizing outreach activities across Hawaii. In 2016 she completed a Masters degree in Applied Physics from the University of Oregon, where she focused on optical materials and devices and became interested in developing laser subsystems. Upon graduation, she went...Read More
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
I participated in the NAU/NASA Space Grant program in 2002/2003 with Dr. William Delinger, and graduated in 2005. After completing my masters in Robotics at the University of Pennsylvania, I went on to complete a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science at the University of Delaware, under the guidance of Sunil Agrawal. Following this, I took a postdoc in Nursing for two years before starting my faculty position at Northern Arizona University (NAU). I am now in my third year as an Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems –SICCS (CS and EE). I teach the...Read More
Friday, December 8, 2017
Nadine Barlow, NAU Space Grant Associate Director, will become Chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy effective January 1, 2018.
"I look forward to working with her as the Department moves forward on many fronts. Nadine has extensive leadership experience in the Department which will facilitate a smooth transition."
- Paul Jagodzinski, Dean of NAU College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural SciencesRead More
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Emily Litvack is a science writer at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
In 2013, Litvack was a science writing intern for the Arizona Daily Sun through the NAU/NASA Space Grant program. As an undergraduate student at NAU, Litvack was also a science writing intern for NAU’s research office, and worked on a USDA-funded research project studying diatoms to better understand the effects of wildfire on stream ecology.
Litvack is passionate about telling stories and solving problems. At the UA, she writes news and feature stories highlighting the work of faculty researchers and their collaborators. Naturally curious, Litvack delights in...Read More
Thursday, April 27, 2017
NAU has a couple of Space Grant students who were selected as NAU Golden Axe awardees. One is a past intern from 2015 (Kiril Kirkov) who was also awarded the Distinguished Senior Award in addition to Golden Axe. He will be attending Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam for his PhD in migrant integration, transnationalism, and mobility. Based on his Stars for the Future project through the NASA Space Grant program, he developed a strong relationship with the STAR School, and the Navajo community. He hopes to develop student exchange programs with educational institutions from the European Union.
The 2nd Golden Axe awardee...Read More
Friday, January 27, 2017
Paula was a N.A.S.A. Space Grant intern for the 2011-2012 academic year. During that year she worked with Dr. Lisa Prato at Lowell Observatory studying the accretion disks around binary star systems as well as the stars which they surround. After the internship, she continued to work with Lisa on characterizing accretion disks around binary star systems to further understand solar system formation and evolution.
In the spring of 2013, Paula completed her B.S. in Physics and in Astronomy at Northern Arizona University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Toledo. By utilizing archival data...Read More
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Kendra Kellogg is currently in her final year of her PhD at The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. She was a Space Grant intern for the 2009-2010 school year working with Dr. Lisa Prato at Lowell Observatory.Read More
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Jillian received her PhD in Biomedical/Medical at the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences in June of 2015. Her graduate research was primarily in understanding brain injury mechanisms. Since earning her PhD, she has been a Research Assistant Professor at Wake Forest Baptist Health working with Joel Stitzel, PhD and Joseph Maldjian, M.D. of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University Center for Injury Biomechanics Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, National Institutes of Health/NINDS. Their focus is on the Kinematic Impact Data Set/iTAKL Study.
Jillian is also working on Biomechanical Basis for Pediatric mTBI Due to Sports Related...Read More
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The Arizona Space Grant was an amazing opportunity for me and laid the foundation for my research trajectory and success in my postgraduate studies. I was a Space Grant intern from 2006-2007 and I worked with my mentor, Dr. Tim Titus, at the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, researching carbon dioxide snowstorms on Mars.Read More
Thursday, March 31, 2016
First Nation Team Mentors also have strong connections to Space Grant. Kyle Winfree a NAU Assistant Professor of Informatics/Computing was a 2003 NAU/NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern. David Cole served for many years as the NAU/Space Grant Assistant Director. Kudos to the Arizona First Nations Rocket Launch Team and to the NAU Space Grant Program!Read More