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UA Engineering Introductory Course for High School Students Wins National Award

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-06-16 00:00
The UA College of Engineering’s introductory course for high schoolers has won national recognition for its success in getting young students fired up about engineering through hands-on learning.
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NIH Awards UA $2M to Study Recovery of Language After Stroke

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-06-11 00:00
An interdisciplinary team of UA researchers has received a $2.098 million grant to study recovery of language in the first few months after a stroke. The findings could lead to the development of treatments that help patients regain as much of their language skills as possible.
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Redesigned Chemistry Course Influencing Future of STEM Education

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-06-09 00:00
Faculty involved in "Chemical Thinking," a redesign of Chemistry 151 and 152, are teaching students to think like chemists by focusing on critical-thinking skills and applied learning. The course grew out of the UA's AAU STEM Project, an interdisciplinary effort to significantly expand STEM-related collaborations, curricula and funding opportunities.
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UA to Host U.S. and Mexico Officials Exploring Collaborations in Education, Innovation, Research

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-06-04 00:00
Opportunities for educational exchanges, scientific research partnerships and cross-border innovation will take center stage at the sixth and final meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research. The UA is hosting the forum, which happens next week.
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UA Prof Picked for UN Panel That Will Translate Arid Lands Science Into Policy

UA News Science & Technology - Fri, 2014-05-30 00:00
UA professor and geospatial extension specialist Barron Orr has been selected to participate on a new United Nations panel comprising the world’s top climate and arid lands scientists. The group's charge: to recommend sustainable international policies and practices to combat desertification.
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Hart Visits Nogales to Reaffirm UA's Support of Rural, Border Communities and Partnerships

UA News Science & Technology - Fri, 2014-05-30 00:00
As part of visits this year to Arizona communities that the UA serves through its land-grant mission, UA President Ann Weaver Hart visited and toured the border community of Nogales. While there, Hart affirmed the UA's commitment to collaborating with and serving rural and border communities.
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Learning From a Firefly: UA Students Develop Innovative Apps

UA News Science & Technology - Thu, 2014-05-29 00:00
Drawing on inspiration from fireflies and everyday inconveniences like potholes, UA College of Engineering students are creating apps that could become real-world products.
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Meet 'El Gato,' the UA's New Supercomputer

UA News Science & Technology - Tue, 2014-05-27 00:00
A new generation of supercomputing has arrived at the UA with "El Gato," one of the world's fastest computers. The addition will allow UA faculty to tackle big questions in astrophysics, computer science and cosmology.
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Bringing a Spacecraft Back From the Dead

UA News Science & Technology - Thu, 2014-05-22 00:00
A UA engineering student is part of a team trying to awaken an abandoned NASA space probe. If it can be brought back to life, classrooms around the world could get access to cutting-edge science directly from outer space.
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Scientists Discover Genetic Basis of Pest Resistance to Biotech Cotton

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-05-19 00:00
A team of researchers led by the UA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has discovered how insect pests resist cotton plants engineered to kill them. The findings will help scientists design more durable nonchemical strategies for pest management.
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UA Tunnels Get Carbon Fiber Makeover

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-05-14 00:00
A technology developed by a former UA engineering professor to make buildings resistant against earthquakes and bomb blasts allows construction crews to repair the University's underground lifelines without digging trenches and disrupting activity on campus.
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Arizona 4-H Wins National Science Experiment Competition With 'Rockets to the Rescue'

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-05-07 00:00
Arizona 4-H, a program of UA Cooperative Extension, won the project design competition for the 4-H National Youth Science Day with its aerospace engineering experiment "Rockets to the Rescue."
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Student Engineering Design Teams Give Glimpse of the Future

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-05-07 00:00
More than 350 undergraduate engineering students presented their innovations at the 2014 UA College of Engineering Design Day. The projects, which were sponsored by national and local industries and have the potential of becoming commercial products, provide the students with real-world experience and job opportunities.
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Eight From UA Contribute to National Climate Change Report

UA News Science & Technology - Tue, 2014-05-06 00:00
Eight UA researchers helped produce a comprehensive national assessment of climate change, released this week by the White House, which found that the Southwest is particularly vulnerable as more wildfires increase risks to local communities and water supply becomes less reliable in some areas.
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UA Documentary Shows How a Veggie Garden for the Moon Can Sustain Life on Earth

UA News Science & Technology - Tue, 2014-05-06 00:00
"Earthlight," a documentary produced by the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, explores how UA technology that turns waste into resources to sustain astronauts could be the key to sustainable food production here on Earth.
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Playing Pool with Carbon Atoms

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-04-30 00:00
A discovery by UA researchers brings graphene – thin layers of pencil lead – one step closer to replacing silicon in future applications that would result in faster and smaller microprocessors.
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Robotic Lawn Mower, Drones to be Showcased During UA Engineering Design Day

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-04-30 00:00
In a dazzling display of talent and technology, more than 350 undergraduate engineering students will showcase innovations at the 2014 UA College of Engineering Design Day next week.
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Mystery of 1918 Pandemic Flu Virus Solved by UA Researchers

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-04-28 00:00
UA researchers have solved the mystery of the 1918 pandemic flu virus' origin and why it was so deadly. The discovery could influence future vaccine design and pandemic prevention.
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Top NASA Fellowship Winners Head to the UA to Pursue Their Research

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-04-23 00:00
For the first time, the UA has attracted postdoctoral research fellows from NASA's top three fellowship programs.They chose the UA as their research home base because of its advanced astronomical studies and access to the world's best telescopes and instruments.
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UA Researcher and Colleagues Discover the Birthplace of the Chili Pepper

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-04-21 00:00
The chili pepper is used in cuisines around the globe, but it was born in what is now Mexico. UA researchers have discovered it was first cultivated throughout the region more than 6,500 years ago.
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