End of an Era

Science:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/13/world/cassini-mission-ending/index.html

The 13 year Cassini mission to Saturn will be ending in a fireball early Friday morning (if everything goes as planned).

http://news.nau.edu/science-engineering-day/#.WagooLAUnxg
Shear awesomeness in this one, as this article talks about NAU’s Science and Engineering Day (Sept. 23rd).  This coincides with the Annual Flagstaff Festival of Science (Sept 22nd – Oct. 1st).

http://news.nau.edu/cryosphere-report/
Accolades:
http://news.nau.edu/research-citations/

Researchers from around the globe cite research conducted at NAU frequently (in the top 10%, according to the World University Rankings)
On Campus/Off Campus Life:
https://ktar.com/story/1725903/flagstaff-student-temporary-employees-see-pay-raise/
Good news for NAU student and temporary workers.  They’re getting a raise ($8.50/hr by the end of Oct.).    Right now, the lowest paid workers receive $8.05/hr, and 25% of the student workers will see an increase, according to NAU President Rita Cheng.

Sports:

http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/9/1/general-nau-football-and-mens-basketball-gameday-audio-broadcasts-on-tunein-for-free.aspx

If you’re away from Flagstaff (like yours truly) take a look at the above article.  You can find NAU Football and Basketball games for free with the TuneIn app.  Go Jacks!!!

Football (0-2, 0-0):

https://www.pvtrib.com/news/2017/sep/11/breaking-nau-longtime-football-coach-jerome-souers/

http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2017-09-12/fcs-football-northern-arizona-legend-jerome-souers-makes-2017-his

NAU Head football coach Jerome Sours is retiring after the end of this season.  The announcement was made on Tuesday to ensure that the university and the community had an opportunity the thank coach Sours over the remainder of the season.  Coach Sours is the winningest coach in Big Sky history (112 wins (76 Conf. wins) and counting).  I remember playing football in Arizona in the late 90’s and Coach Sours visiting our practice.  We didn’t talk or anything, but when I saw this article it did remind me of that time and how, for most recent NAU grads, they’ve never known an NAU football program without Coach Sours.  We wish you the best Coach, and thank you for all the great memories you’ve given us.  You truly are a Lumberjack Legend!

9 days until NAU hits the road to take on Cal Poly!  Go Jacks!!!

Well, 57 yards rushing (and 278 yard of total offense) will usually not win yo a football game, which is what happened last Saturday.  Hopefully, the Jacks will take the week off and come back refreshed and get that first W of the season!  Go Jacks!!!

Women’s Soccer (5-2-0, 0-0):

The Lady Jacks lost to UNLV (2-1) but bounced back against Pacific (2-1).  Tomorrow, they kick off their New Mexico tour in Las Cruces to take on the Aggies before heading up to Albuquerque to face the Lobos (and close out non-Conference play).  Go Jacks!!!

Volleyball (4-5, 0-0):
Volleyball started the Lumberjack Classic in Flagstaff with 2 losses against Utah St. (1-3), ASU (1-3) and then got some payback (from the Jackrabbit Invitational) against CSU Bakersfield (3-1).  Up next, a trip to Hawaii to take on the Warriors! Go Jacks!!!!

Cross Country:
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/9/8/mens-cross-country-receives-its-2016-ncaa-national-championship-rings.aspx
The NCAA National Champion Lumberjack Cross Country team received their rings last week.  Way to go, Jacks!
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/9/5/cross-countrys-lomong-named-big-sky-athlete-of-the-week.aspx
Way to go Peter, congratulations!
The Defending NCAA Champions began their title defense on the right foot with 1st place finishes at the George Kyte Classic in Flagstaff!  Up next, the Greater Louisville Classic on the 30th.  Go Jacks!!!
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/7/31/lumberjack-cross-country-releases-2017-schedule.aspx

Men’s Basketball:

http://azdailysun.com/sports/local/full-schedule-announced-for-nau-men-s-basketball/article_9c47da29-1fd8-5699-878d-467f4d253722.html

This article talks about the release of the schedule for the Men’s Basketball this upcoming season.

Fall 2017 Sports Season:

Football – 0-2 (0-0)

Soccer – 5-2-0 (0-0-0)

Volleyball – 4-5 (0-0) 

Cross Country (Men’s) – Defending NCAA National Champions!

     1st Place Finishes – 1

Cross Country (Women’s) –

     1st Place Finishes – 1

Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2)

Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1)

Golf – Anokhina – 1st at the Big Sky Conference Championships

Track and Field:

Hammer Throw (Women) Andersen: 2nd in NCAA

Hammer Throw (Men) Keenan: 11th in NCAA

10,000 meter (Men): Baxter: 7th in NCAA

Winter Sports Season:

Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13)

Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13)

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

Fall 2016 Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

For any of you who are out there reading this, if you’d like to contribute to this blog, let me know in the comments section!

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Kick Off

Eclipse 2017 (Aug 21st):

Article related to the partial solar eclipse that occurred on Aug 21st:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/total-solar-eclipse-looked-amazing-221903357.html

Found this article and thought I would share.  There was a lot of info about the eclipse from Earth, but figured a from-space point of view would be something a little different.

Off Campus/On Campus Life:

http://news.nau.edu/flagstaff-named-no-1-small-college-town-great-quality-life/?utm_content=bufferca71c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#.WZ96PhlMFAg

Great news about NAU and Flagstaff as the school year kicks off!  Way to go Jacks!!!

Football:

9 days until NAU kicks off the 2017 season at UofA!  Go Jacks!!!

Women’s Soccer:

The Lady Jacks split their first 2 games and will face Grand Canyon University tomorrow.  Go Jacks!!!
Volleyball:
1 day until NAU takes on Southern Illinois!  Go Jacks!!!!

Cross Country:
9 days until the Defending NCAA Champions begin their title defense in Flagstaff.  Go Jacks!!!
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/7/31/lumberjack-cross-country-releases-2017-schedule.aspx

Men’s Basketball:

http://azdailysun.com/sports/local/full-schedule-announced-for-nau-men-s-basketball/article_9c47da29-1fd8-5699-878d-467f4d253722.html

This article talks about the release of the schedule for the Men’s Basketball this upcoming season.

Fall Sports Season:

Football – 0-0 (0-0)

Soccer – 1-1-0 (0-0-0) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 0-0 (0-0)  2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – Defending NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) –

Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2)

Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1)

Golf – Anokhina – 1st at the Big Sky Conference Championships

Track and Field:

Hammer Throw (Women) Andersen: 2nd in NCAA

Hammer Throw (Men) Keenan: 11th in NCAA

10,000 meter (Men): Baxter: 7th in NCAA

Winter Sports Season:

Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13)

Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13)

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

Fall Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

For any of you who are out there reading this, would you like for these articles to be posted as blogs, or as separate websites?  I’m trying to get a feel for how to keep going here.  Also, if you’d like to contribute to this blog, let me know in the comments section!

If you’re Gabbing in the @GabFam:https://gab.ai/EPZombie51

Counting Down

It’s not very often that we get a countdown to a big science event, but this year, we get a partial solar eclipse on August 21st (for most of us in the USA).

Off Campus Life:

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/state-and-regional/arizona-colleges-strive-to-increase-state-s-graduation-rate/article_13a7e91a-ce38-5a6c-9587-e623a5bff639.html

This article discusses the CCC2NAU program, which is NAU’s piece of the Arizona Board of Regents’ (ABoR) attempt to raise the statewide graduation rate (the rate in a 2015 statement was 59.8% combined for all the AZ schools, and the ABoR’s goal is to raise the rate to 65.6% by 2020).

Science:

http://news.nau.edu/land-carbon-sink/#.WYx0v7AUnxg


This articles describes NAU’s  Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss) shares its results of a study on how droughts can impact plant life (and ecosystem) resiliency long after the drought has ended.

Eclipse 2017 (11 days to go):

Articles related to the partial solar eclipse on Aug 21st:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

https://www.arizonahighways.com/blog/eclipse-2017-how-see-it-arizona

http://fox8.com/2017/07/23/nasa-wants-all-of-us-to-be-citizen-scientists-during-august-solar-eclipse/

http://www.wmdt.com/solar-eclipse/how-to-make-your-own-solar-eclipse-viewer-from-a-cereal-box/590439506

Football:

22 days until NAU kicks off the 2017 season at UofA!  Go Jacks!!!

Women’s Soccer:
8 days until NAU takes on the Texas State Bobcats in San Marcos, TX!  Go Jacks!!!

http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/6/12/6_12_2017_533.aspx

http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/8/9/soccer-preseasonpoll.aspx

Men’s Basketball:

http://azdailysun.com/sports/local/full-schedule-announced-for-nau-men-s-basketball/article_9c47da29-1fd8-5699-878d-467f4d253722.html

This article talks about the release of the schedule for the Men’s Basketball this upcoming season.

Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2)

Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1)

Golf – Anokhina – 1st at the Big Sky Conference Championships

Track and Field:

Hammer Throw (Women) Andersen: 2nd in NCAA

Hammer Throw (Men) Keenan: 11th in NCAA

10,000 meter (Men): Baxter: 7th in NCAA

Winter Sports Season:

Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13)

Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13)

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

Fall Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

For any of you who are out there reading this, would you like for these articles to be posted as blogs, or as separate websites?  I’m trying to get a feel for how to keep going here.  Also, if you’d like to contribute to this blog, let me know in the comments section!

If you’re Gabbing in the @GabFam:https://gab.ai/EPZombie51

Never stop learning

Science:

http://news.nau.edu/mice-speak/

This articles describes how NAU researchers discovered that Grasshopper Mice have a long distance vocalizing capability similar to how wolves howl and humans speak, which allows them to communicate over large distances (more than 100 meters).

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/nau-illustrator-uses-art-to-translate-science/article_0c484ff4-5666-5e62-8f5e-5a5fd2a10da1.html

An interesting article discussing one approach NAU is taking to help bridge the ages old gap between science and art.  Victor Leshyk has been brought on at NAU to help interpret and communicate science produced at NAU through art.

http://www.businessinsider.com/jupiter-orbits-center-mass-near-sun-2017-7

I learned today (from this article) that Jupiter doesn’t actually orbit the Sun…never stop learning…

Football:
35 days until NAU kicks off the 2017 season at UofA!  Go Jacks!!!
Women’s Basketball:
http://azdailysun.com/sports/local/new-names-faces-fill-up-nau-women-s-sideline-and/article_d7737b69-0ecf-5efc-809b-2c3d56d3d55d.html
This article talks about the growing pains that the Women’s Basketball Program is going through for this upcoming season.

Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2)

Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1)

Golf – Anokhina – 1st at the Big Sky Conference Championships

Track and Field:

Hammer Throw (Women) Andersen: 2nd in NCAA

Hammer Throw (Men) Keenan: 11th in NCAA

10,000 meter (Men): Baxter: 7th in NCAA

Winter Sports Season:

Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13)

Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13)

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

Fall Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

For any of you who are out there reading this, would you like for these articles to be posted as blogs, or as separate websites?  I’m trying to get a feel for how to keep going here.  Also, if you’d like to contribute to this blog, let me know in the comments section!

If you’re Gabbing in the @GabFam:https://gab.ai/EPZombie51

Apologies

My apologies, it’s a crazy few weeks in the Zombie household: funerals, car accidents (in that order), vacation, vehicle repo (we’re doing the repo-ing), missed trips.  Writing the blog hasn’t even been on the stove the last few weeks, let alone the front (or back burner).  One of the disadvantages of a one-zombie-band is that, if your zombie goes down, so does your whole band.

Science:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ross-128-mystery-radio-signals-134949402.html

This article talks about how Ross 128 (a red dwarf star 11 light years away) has been caught emitting strange radio waves.

http://news.nau.edu/nau-social-media/

Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2)

Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1)

Golf – Anokhina – 1st at the Big Sky Conference Championships

Track and Field:

Hammer Throw (Women) Andersen: 2nd in NCAA

Hammer Throw (Men) Keenan: 11th in NCAA

10,000 meter (Men): Baxter: 7th in NCAA

Winter Sports Season:

Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13)

Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13)

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

Fall Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

For any of you who are out there reading this, would you like for these articles to be posted as blogs, or as separate websites?  I’m trying to get a feel for how to keep going here.  Also, if you’d like to contribute to this blog, let me know in the comments section!

If you’re Gabbing in the @GabFam:https://gab.ai/EPZombie51

Very Low Frequency

Science:

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/nasa-just-discovered-bizarre-bubble-around-earth-humans-183729777.html

Pretty cool article about how Very Low Frequency (VLF) radio waves could potentially be used to help protect astronauts and equipment someday.  This (very loosely) relates to NAU as follows:  In order to test this application for VLF radio waves, a controlled laboratory-like environment was needed.  I happen to work in such a facility as my day job (I moon-light as a blogger/writer/tech expert/latin lover, etc.).  Anyway, this project went to my coworker (at the time), and they were working on it.  On a few occasions, I was asked to help with parts of this effort (I’m the NAU tie-in for this).  When my coworker unexpectedly left one day, I had to fill in on this project until his replacement was found.
Spring Sports Season:

Track and Field:  Still need to figure out a good way to display Track and Field results.  The Women took 1st (125 pts) and the Mens 4th (97.6 pts) at the 2017 Big Sky Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, CA.  Next week (the 28th) theNCAA DI West Region Championships will start in Austin, TX.  Way to go Jacks!  Keep up the good work!  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Fall Sports Season:
Football:  The Jacks will hold their annual Blue-Gold Spring Game this Saturday at 2PM at the Skydome….football season is getting closer!  #GoJacks #NAUStrong

http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/fball/2016-17/releases/20170418w24b8v
Soccer: They Lady Jacks have announced their spring schedule for next year:

http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2016-17/releases/20170221jy82me
Cross Country: The Newest Lumberjack, welcome to the family, Luis Grijalva!

https://www.dailyrepublic.com/sports/grijalva-signs-letter-of-intent-to-reigning-ncaa-champ-northern-arizona/
Volleyball: Rachel Dunlap (formally an assistant Volleyball coach at Yale) has been hired as an assistant Volleyball coach at NAU.  Welcome to the NAU family, Coahc Dunlap, and we all wish you the best of luck!

http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/wvball/2016-17/releases/20170517q6tehz

Winter Sports Season:

The Lady Jacks Basketball team has a new coach.  Loree Payne has been named the 12th Women’s Head Basketball Coach for NAU.  Congratulations Coach Payne, and we all wish you much success!

http://nauathletics.com/sports/wbkb/2016-17/releases/20170407nexrc5

Awards:

Congratulations to Patrick Baldenegro (Sr. Football) and Rene Coggins (Sr. Basketball) for winning the 2017 (and 39th Annual) Golden Eagle Scholar Athletes of the Year.

http://www.nauathletics.com/general/2016-17/releases/20170418s8oi97
For the second time in four years, and the fourth time in school history, the Northern Arizona University Athletics Department swept the Big Sky Men’s and Women’s All-Sports Trophies, announced by the conference office on Monday.  Way to go Jacks!

http://www.nauathletics.com/general/2016-17/releases/20170515qowk7t
Freshman Chiara Tomasetti was named the ITA Women’s Division I Mountain Rookie of the Year May 15 after being regionally ranked No. 18 throughout the season.

http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/wten/2016-17/releases/20170515xsa8zz

The Big Sky Conference office announced Wednesday afternoon that Northern Arizona University Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Mike Smith was named the 2017 Women’s “Coach of the Year” for his leadership during the team’s run at their 10thoutdoor title in school history over the weekend.

http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/track/2016-17/releases/20170517tnx3c7

Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2)

Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1)

Golf – Anokhina – 1st at the Big Sky Conference Championships

Winter Sports Season:

Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13)

Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13)

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

Fall Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

For any of you who are out there reading this, would you like for these articles to be posted as blogs, or as separate websites?  I’m trying to get a feel for how to keep going here.  Also, if you’d like to contribute to this blog, let me know in the comments section!

If you’re Gabbing in the @GabFam:https://gab.ai/EPZombie51

Sara Bogle

A very special shout out to a soon-to-be NAU Alumni: Congratulations to Sara Bogle!!!  Way to go!!!

Science:

http://news.nau.edu/tipsi/

This article outlines how NAU students developed a cost effective means for viewing asteroids in the infrared spectrum to gauge their proximity to Earth.  Way to go Jacks!!!

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/nau-lab-allows-scientists-to-drive-on-mars/article_e1db08fa-fb96-5fbd-8ccd-d5f5e00e5afd.html

This article was missed last post, so I figured I’d bring it up now.  NAU has recently opened a lab that allows planetary scientists to control the Curiosity rover on Mars, and also lets them (through augmented reality goggles), experience the Martian landscape next to the rover.

Spring Sports Season:

Track and Field:  Still need to figure out a good way to display Track and Field results.  Right now, the 2017 Big Sky Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, CA starting are ongoing.  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Fall Sports Season:
Football:  The Jacks will hold their annual Blue-Gold Spring Game this Saturday at 2PM at the Skydome….football season is getting closer!  #GoJacks #NAUStrong

http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/fball/2016-17/releases/20170418w24b8v
Soccer: They Lady Jacks have announced their spring schedule for next year:

http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2016-17/releases/20170221jy82me
Cross Country: The Newest Lumberjack, welcome to the family, Luis Grijalva!

https://www.dailyrepublic.com/sports/grijalva-signs-letter-of-intent-to-reigning-ncaa-champ-northern-arizona/

Winter Sports Season:
http://nauathletics.com/sports/wbkb/2016-17/releases/20170407nexrc5

The Lady Jacks Basketball team has a new coach.  Loree Payne has been named the 12th Women’s Head Basketball Coach for NAU.  Congratulations Coach Payne, and we all wish you much success!

Awards:
http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/wbkb/2016-17/releases/20170508nvtjib
Congratulations to NAU Womens’ Basketball player Rene Coggins, who will be taking her finals this week and attempting to finish her collegiate career with a perfect 4.0 GPA in her triple major of accountancy, finance and hotel & restaurant management.  Way to go, Rene, we’re all pulling for you!  #NAUStrong

http://www.nauathletics.com/general/2016-17/releases/20170418s8oi97

Congratulations to Patrick Baldenegro (Sr. Football) and Rene Coggins (Sr. Basketball) for winning the 2017 (and 39th Annual) Golden Eagle Scholar Athletes of the Year.
Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2)

Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1)

Golf – Anokhina – 1st at the Big Sky Conference Championships

Winter Sports Season:

Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13)

Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13)

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

Fall Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

For any of you who are out there reading this, would you like for these articles to be posted as blogs, or as separate websites?  I’m trying to get a feel for how to keep going here.  Also, if you’d like to contribute to this blog, let me know in the comments section!

If you’re Gabbing in the @GabFam:https://gab.ai/EPZombie51