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Support for UA Native American Grad Students Gets Boost With $2.4M Grant

Wed, 2014-07-23 00:00
The UA and three other higher education institutions have united to increase the number of American Indian and Alaska Native students in the STEM fields. The collaboration has just received a $2.4 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the program, which was founded at the UA.
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Size and Age of Plants Impact Their Productivity More Than Climate, UA Study Shows

Mon, 2014-07-21 00:00
The size and age of plants have more of an impact on their productivity than temperature and precipitation, according to a landmark study by UA professor Brian Enquist and postdoctoral researcher Sean Michaletz. The results have important implications for climate change models.
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Celebrating Apollo 11 – the UA’s Role in the First Manned Lunar Landing to Space Exploration Today

Wed, 2014-07-16 00:00
Since the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory was established in 1960, UA scientists have played a key role in nearly every NASA mission, from the Apollo expeditions to the upcoming OSIRIS-REx mission to an asteroid.
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Brain of World's First Known Predators Discovered

Wed, 2014-07-16 00:00
A UA scientist and his colleagues have found the fossilized remains of the brain of the world's earliest known predators, from a time when life teemed in the oceans but had not yet colonized the land. The discovery reveals a brain much simpler than those known in some of the animal's prey and helps answer questions surrounding the evolution of arthropods.
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Meet the Gomphothere: UA Archaeologist Involved in Discovery of Bones of Elephant Ancestor

Mon, 2014-07-14 00:00
An ancient ancestor of the elephant, once believed to have disappeared from North America before humans ever arrived there, might actually have roamed the continent longer than previously thought. Archaeologists, including the UA's Vance Holliday, have uncovered the first evidence that gomphotheres were once hunted in North America.
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Tiniest Catch: UA Scientists' Fishing Expedition Reveals Viral Diversity in the Sea

Mon, 2014-07-14 00:00
Using bacteria as bait, UA scientists caught wild ocean viruses and then deciphered their genomes. They learned that the genetic lines between virus types in nature are less blurred than previously thought.
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Two UA Optical Sciences Students Picked for Astronaut Scholarship

Wed, 2014-07-09 00:00
Benjamin Cromey and Travis Sawyer, undergraduates in the UA optical sciences and engineering program, have been named winners of the 2014 Astronaut Scholarship, an award created by members of the Mercury 7 mission.
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UA Partners With Girl Scouts to Offer Search and Rescue Engineering Camp for Girls

Mon, 2014-07-07 00:00
About 25 girls from across southern Arizona are on campus this week for a summer camp designed to show them the world-changing aspects of science, technology, engineering and math. Activities will include designing packs for search and rescue animals and building search and rescue robots.
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UA Geosciences Student Participates in NASA’s Women’s Mars Curiosity Day

Wed, 2014-07-02 00:00
Shaunna Morrison, a UA geosciences doctoral student who works on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, was one of the female engineers and scientists who helped run the Curiosity rover during Women’s Curiosity Day.
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Pests in your Plants? Call the Arizona Plant Diagnostic Network

Tue, 2014-07-01 00:00
Pests can pose a serious threat to plants. Expert plant scientists and community liaisons in the Arizona Plant Diagnostic Network can help to diagnose pest-related issues affecting plants whether they’re in a back yard or a commercial agriculture enterprise.
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Fumes Keep Moths From Finding Flowers, Study Discovers

Mon, 2014-06-30 00:00
New research by the University of Arizona and the University of Washington shows that strong background odors, including natural plant odors and human pollution, can mask the scent of flowers from pollinators.
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UA's Impey Given $1M Grant to Improve Science Education for Undergrads

Mon, 2014-06-30 00:00
University of Arizona astronomy professor Chris Impey, a pioneer in the use of instructional technology to teach science, is the first astronomer to be named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor.
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UA-Developed Technology Helps Find Happy Middle Between Low Temps and High Bills

Wed, 2014-06-25 00:00
UA researchers have created a first-of-its-kind thermostat add-on that reliably predicts electricity costs, putting consumers in control of balancing their comfort with their budget.
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Documentary Explores How the UA Helped Land a Man on the Moon

Wed, 2014-06-25 00:00
"Desert Moon," a documentary made by a UA journalism graduate, tells the fascinating and surprising story of how tenacity and bold thinking led to the founding of the UA's Lunar and Planetary Lab and helped the U.S. win the race to the moon.
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UA Scientists Play Crucial Role in Saving America's Most Iconic Butterfly

Mon, 2014-06-23 00:00
UA scientists are playing a key role in an unprecedented effort to save the monarch, America's most iconic butterfly. Their recovery plan uses computer simulations to guide habitat restoration along the migration route, which stretches from the Great Plains to Mexico.
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UA Joins the 'Movement of Making'

Wed, 2014-06-18 00:00
Higher education institutions across the country are supporting the "movement of making," which encourages people to create, build and innovate. A letter signed by more than 150 institutions was presented to President Barack Obama at the first-ever White House Maker Faire on Wednesday.
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Using Engineering to Help an Otter Tweet

Mon, 2014-06-16 00:00
With teachers, professional engineers and college faculty to mentor them, high school students enrolled in the College of Engineering's introductory engineering course have created projects that are helping members of the community.
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Were Dinosaurs Cold-Blooded or Warm-Blooded? Neither, Study Finds

Mon, 2014-06-16 00:00
Dinosaurs were neither the lumbering, cold-blooded beasts depicted in old textbooks nor the high-strung, warm-blooded creatures of recent conjectures, but somewhere in between, according to a study that originated with UA evolutionary biologist Brian J. Enquist and UA alum John Grady.
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UA Engineering Introductory Course for High School Students Wins National Award

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

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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