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United Nations personnel recently moved into their new headquarters in Beirut, after civil engineering professor emeritus Mo Ehsani’s company, QuakeWrap, finished a blast-proofing retrofit with the help of UA engineering alum Rabih Hajjar, who lives in Lebanon. "I was lucky enough to have a smart engineer like Rabih as my student," Ehsani says. "He was my obvious choice when we needed help in Lebanon."
Under the agreement, the UA and the other university partners will streamline processes by sharing resources and creating new pathways that will help develop new technologies quicker. The goal will be to complete research agreements in as little as 30 days and start the actual research sooner than what happens with traditional sponsored research agreements.
Genetic mutations in titin, a protein that is vital for proper muscular function, can cause skeletal muscle disease, according to a new study by UA doctoral candidate Danielle Buck and her mentor, Henk Granzier, published Monday in the Journal of General Physiology. The work answers a question that remained after previous studies, which couldn't say if the deviations caused myopathies, or merely resulted from them.
UA Honors College student Daniel Fried has been named a Churchill Scholar, a nationally competitive award granted to 14 students from across the U.S. for one year of advanced study at the University of Cambridge. Fried, who is studying computer science, mathematics and information science, will pursue a master's in computational semantics.
UA researchers interviewed former geosciences students to learn about incidents that positively or negatively affected their selection of a major. Based on the results, the researchers believe that the numbers of Hispanic students in geosciences could be boosted by getting them more involved in outdoor activities and by reaching out to their parents.
The UA was the official Knowledge Partner for the event, which drew more than 3,200 participants from 62 countries.
Rain forests may owe much of the high biodiversity for which they are known to tiny fungi in the soil, according to a research study published in Nature. Insects, on the other hand, appear to have less of an impact on plant diversity than previously thought. The study is the first experimental test of the long-standing hypothesis that plant pests can drive tropical plant community diversity.
A drug combination resulting from basic cancer research developed at the UA offers hope for patients with a hereditary predisposition to colon cancer. Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals, a spinoff founded by former UA professor Eugene Gerner, has entered into a licensing agreement with help from Tech Launch Arizona to introduce the drug to markets in Japan and Europe. CPP specializes in prevention therapies for people with an elevated risk of cancer.
The UA has launched a new Defense and Security Research Institute that aims to expand the University's strengths in those areas while helping the UA to reach its goal of doubling research expenditures from $600 million to $1.2 billion by 2023. The interdisciplinary institute will help pave the way for new, mutually beneficial partnerships between the UA and industry, which is one of the key goals of the University's Never Settle plan.
Dave Cuillier, University of Arizona School of Journalism director, has been selected to solicit feedback on the U.S. Freedom of Information Act during a Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing. Cuillier, who is also president of the Society of Professional Journalists, is scheduled to testify on March 11 at a hearing titled "Open Government and Freedom of Information: Reinvigorating the Freedom of Information Act for the Digital Age."
The Tucson Festival of Books is one of the largest book festivals in the country, and Science City is the single largest STEM-themed event in the state of Arizona. This year, Science City has a larger footprint to accommodate a new, visitor-friendly layout that will include neighborhood "themes" like the Science of Everyday Life, the Science of Tomorrow, the Science of You, and the Science of Natural World.
A three-minute cartoon video made by two UA graduate students is one of 10 finalists in the Ocean 180 Video Challenge, an outreach campaign designed to inspire scientists to communicate the meaning and significance of scientific research to a broader audience. Disguised as cartoon murder mystery, the clip explains research on marine viruses and their prey in a fun and understandable way.
Scientists have discovered a type of methane-producing microbe blooming as permafrost soils are thawing due to a warming planet. The discovery has researchers concerned about massive amounts of greenhouse gases being released in the future as warming continues.
In the Upper Gila Watershed, drought conditions are having serious effects. Wells are going dry and farmers are planting fewer crops. As part of efforts to help the area plan for a sustainable future water supply, the UA's Water RAPIDS program helped develop an informative "atlas" of knowledge on the watershed, charting its history and changing conditions to help inform future planning.
UA associate professor David Savitt has been given the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists, the highest honor the U.S. government gives to science and engineering professionals who are in the early stages of their independent research careers. The award recognizes those who hold great promise for making significant contributions in their fields.
Members of the public can have their names carried aboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft when it leaves on a round-trip voyage to asteroid Bennu. Led by the UA, the OSIRIS-REx mission will scoop a sample from the asteroid and return it to Earth, where it will help scientists better understand how the planets and our solar system came to be.