NAU Will Have Strong Research Presence at the Flagstaff Festival of Science Sept 20-29

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The theme of the 2013 Flagstaff Festival of Science is "Life in the Extreme."

Seven NAU faculty members will be discussing research findings (much of it their own) at the Flagstaff Festival of Science, which will be held at various venues in the Flagstaff area from September 20 to September 29, 2013. The festival will also include an NAU Science & Engineering Day on Saturday, September 21, from 1 to 4 pm at both the High Country Conference Center and the Wettaw Biology/Biochemistry buildings. University professors and students will demonstrate the tools they use in their research activities—from telescopes to rockets. Admission is free to all of the festival’s sessions—more than 80 in all.

  • On Monday, September 23, at 4 pm at the Lowell Observatory, Professor Carol Chambers (School of Forestry) will discuss bats, the delicate night creatures that eat hundreds of insects each night.
  • Later on Monday (at 6:30 pm), at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Catherine Propper, Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Programs in Behavioral Endocrinology (Department of Biological Sciences), will explain how human-made chemicals impact wildlife, especially in the areas of development and reproduction.
  • Also at 6:30 pm on Monday, in the NAU Cline Library Auditorium, David Engelthaler, Director of TGen North and NAU Adjunct Research Faculty Member, will discuss how microbes may already be ahead of Hollywood in his talk “Extreme Pathogens: Can the Zombie Apocalypse Really Happen?”
  • On Tuesday, September 24, at 5 pm at the Lowell Observatory, Timothy Titus, Adjunct Faculty Member (Department of Physics & Astronomy), will discuss the Martian Polar winter, when temperatures drop to nearly 200 degrees below zero and the atmosphere, mainly composed of carbon dioxide, freezes into dry ice and dry ice snow.
  • On Wednesday, September 25, at 5 pm, Stephen M. Schuster, Professor of Invertebrate Zoology (Department of Biological Sciences), will make a presentation at the Lowell Observatory entitled “Extremes in Marine Life: Why Males and Females Look Different (Or Not).”
  • Later on Wednesday (at 5:30 pm) in the Cline Library Auditorium, Greg Caporaso, Assistant Professor in Biology and Computer Science, will discuss advances towards understanding our microbial world.
  • On Thursday, September 26, at 6:30 pm in the Cline Library Auditorium, Regents’ Professor Tom Whitham (Department of Biological Sciences) will be master of ceremonies for the screening of the award-winning eco-documentary A Thousand Invisible Cords: Connecting Genes to Ecosystems.
  • In his second presentation at the festival, also on Thursday at 6:30 pm, at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Timothy Titus will share the year-long discoveries of the ion-propulsion drive spacecraft Dawn around the second largest asteroid in the main Asteroid Belt—Asteroid 4 Vesta.

To download the festival tabloid and/or the festival brochure, which list all of the events, go to