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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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Redesigned Chemistry Course Influencing Future of STEM Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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