July Newsletter
The 8th Annual STEM Awards
STEM City requests nominations for candidates each spring for candidates or organizations in the areas of community support, student achievement, and exemplary teaching. A panel reviews the submissions to determine the winner of each area. Congratulations to this years winners:
Samantha Gorney, Lowell's Deputy Director for Education
Samantha is an amazing advocate for early childhood education. Samantha created the preschool program at Lowell Observatory with the vision that children under 5 can be introduced to more complex concepts in STEM. She not only believes that these early learners can pick up complex concepts, she also believes their minds are exceptionally ready to absorb the information at an early age. We are excited to celebrate such a valuable community leader in honor of STEM excellence in Flagstaff. Thank you for empowering tiny scientists!
Katie Krause, Marshall Elementary Educator
Katie fosters a creative learning environment and her students are creators. In her class, you will see students in flexible seating options working on projects that include self-created videos, flipped classroom activities, completing steps in the engineering design process, podcast creations and more. Congratulations Katie!
Jeff Jones
Jeff has helped to secure a grant and make a STEM lab including 3-d printers, virtual reality, and raspberry pies at the 4th street CCC Campus. He has also shared his knowledge at summer camps in the areas of rocket building, programming, and 3-d printing. Thank you for your excellence in our STEM community.
Haile Nelson, Scientific Researcher 
Haile is researching what role a newly invasive snail plays in the Grand Canyon food chain in relation to endangered fish species. This research will have a true impact by helping inform Grand Canyon National Park management. Some interesting facts about Haile that she shared with us: I’m obsessed with fish (humpback chub are my favorite), I have 4 pairs of crocs (including bright yellow), and I’m a river rat.
We wish you the best in your future endeavors Haile!
New Blog Posts
Dendrochronology: The Scientific Discipline Created in Flagstaff
Why is it Windy in Flagstaff?
Why do we have a Monsoon Season?
Art and STEM in Flagstaff
The Incredible (and Incredibly Cute) Abert's Squirrel
Angiosperm of the Month
Parry's Primrose
Primula Parryi
Primrose Family (Primulaceae)

Blooms: June - August
Elevation: 10,000 - 12,000 ft
Habitat: Moist rock crevices, wet meadows, and long mountain streams.
Comments: Flowers smell like carrion/skunk. There are three species of Primula in Arizona and are native to the Western US. Photograph taken in the Coconino National Forest on Humphrey's Peak Trail on June 28.

Virtual Exhibition Tour: The Force Is With Our People

Mon Jul 13th 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Join Curator and MNA Anthropology Collections Manager Tony Thibodeau as he gives a virtual tour of The Force Is With Our People. Tony will discuss the work of more than 20 contemporary Native artists


Jupiter at its Biggest and Brightest | Opposition of Jupiter 2020 | Interactive Stargazing

Mon Jul 13th 9:00pm - 10:00pm
See Jupiter at opposition, when it is at its biggest and brightest of the year. Join Lowell Observatory educators at the Giovale Open Deck Observatory ( at 9pm AZ/PT on Monday, ...

Meet an Astronomer | First Light for the QWSSI Instrument with Dr. Gerard van Belle

Tue Jul 14th 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lowell Astronomer Dr. Gerard van Belle has developed a brand-new telescope instrument that uses state-of-the-art high-speed imagers to try to beat the blurring effects of the Earth's atmosphere. 

Cosmic Coffee, Cup No. 17 | The New Horizons Flyby of Pluto, 5 Years Later

Thu Jul 16th 9:00am - 10:00am
Cosmic Coffee explores a different topic in astronomy or planetary science each week. This week, Lowell Observatory Director Dr. Jeff Hall speaks with Lowell Astronomer Dr. Will Grundy, who is the co- ...

Family Friday: Bugging out

Fri Jul 17th 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Learn the difference between an insect and an arachnid. Meet Mari Soliday’s pet tarantula and other live bugs. Then learn how to make your own bug book. Each Friday on the MNA Facebook page, Mari Soli ...


Bird Walks at the Arb

Sat Jul 18th 7:30am - 9:00am
Limited to 9 people. Must register 24-hours in advance online, including free walks. Masks are required to participate. NO WALK INS. Free! Join members of the local Audubon Society on a morning walk t ...

Family Friday: Aquatic animals

Fri Jul 24th 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Where there’s water, there’s life. That was true in the past, when a sea covered the area we now think of as the Colorado Plateau. And it’s true now in even small ponds. Join Mari Soliday as she looks ...

Wildflower Walks at the Arb

Sat Jul 25th 9:30am - 11:00am
Limited to 9 people. Must register 24-hours in advance online, including free walks. Masks are required to participate. NO WALK INS. FREE with paid admission. Join our knowledgeable Arboretum staff on ...

Family Friday: Dinosaur bones

Friday July 31st 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Opportunity Board

Laboratory Technician - TGEN, Flagstaff
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Molecular Technician - TGEN, Flagstaff
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Restoration Field Forester - The Nature Conservancy, Flagstaff
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Lowell Observatory Openings:

Project Manager- Navy Precision Optical Interferometer (NPOI) – posted 5/19/2020

PT Faculty Chemistry, Lone Tree Campus, Flagstaff
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PT Faculty Music, Lone Tree Campus, Flagstaff
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Lecturer - Cybersecurity, NAU
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Substitute Teacher, CAVIAT Central Campus, Flagstaff
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2020-21 Middle School Theater Teacher (Part Time), Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy
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2020-21 High School Math Teacher (Part Time), Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy 
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Biological Field Technician, SWCA Environmental Consultants - Flagstaff
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System Performance Engineer, ATNi - Flagstaff 
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Histology Technician - Northern Arizona Healthcare 
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Tutor - CCC Lone Tree Campus - Flagstaff, AZ
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Assistant Clinical Professor - NAUTeach
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Americorps Openings:
VISTA Experience Corps Support Specialist 
Thank you to our sponsors:
Grand Canyon Trust
Lowell Observatory
Peak Engineering 
Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Arizona
Social and Behavioral Science at NAU
Kinney Construction Services
City of Flagstaff Economic Development Office
Bob Braudy 
Kenneth Lamm


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