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The UA is leading the new multi-university Broadband Wireless Access & Applications Center, which unites collaborators from universities and industry who are focused on developing the next generation of reliable and sustainable broadband wireless technologies. The center is backed by National Science Foundation funding of nearly $1.6 million over the next five years and industry support of about $4 million.
With 2 million irreplaceable specimens, the UA Insect Collection holds great importance for both researchers and members of the general public. Through National Science Foundation grants, a new endowment from Schlinger Foundation and other support, the collection is being renovated, with plans to make materials more accessible online. The UA's annual Insect Festival will be held Sept. 15.
A UA study provides projections of how climate change may affect populations of West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes across the southern U.S. in the coming 40 years. While changes are expected to vary strongly by region, researchers say the southern states should expect a general trend toward longer seasons of mosquito activity and smaller midsummer mosquito populations.
More than 4,400 people across the nation and around the world are taking UA astronomer Chris Impey's new course, "Astronomy: State of the Art." The free massive open online class, or MOOC, is a survey of astronomy, covering planets, cosmology, cutting-edge missions and the latest discoveries.
A group of UA Eller College of Management alumni have launched a new mobile app that allows motorist to pay for parking meters remotely. The Park Genius app, available on meters around the UA campus and in downtown Tucson, sends out a notification alert five minutes before the parking session is about to expire.
The Arizona Diamondbacks has taken an interest in UA faculty member Ricardo Valerdi's Science of Baseball program, which works with youth to improve their academic performance through teachings about baseball. Under a partnership with the Major League Baseball team, Valerdi and his team of volunteers have taken the show on the road.
The UA's Dr. Leslie Boyer, recently named an FDA Hero of Rare Diseases, shares insights on what happens to the human body when bitten by a brown recluse spider. The aptly named spiders are small, brown, have long legs extending to about the size of a quarter and are extremely reclusive.
Venom of the brown recluse spider causes a reaction in the body that is different from what researchers previously thought, according to a new UA-led study. The discovery could lead to better understanding how these spider bites can cause harmful reactions in humans and how to develop new treatments.
New technology offerings help students ease into the fall semester with new and improved classroom equipment, a career-planning tool, online textbooks and the latest gadgets available for checkout from the UA libraries.
The UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has created mobile and Web applications to help cotton farmers manage their crops. The Mobile Cotton app provides cotton growers and crop consultants with scientific data to help them make decisions. The Differentiating Diseases of Early Season Cotton app helps growers identify and treat diseases.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has released its Collegiate Game Changer report, which includes in-depth case studies of 10 universities recognized as leaders in sustainability. The UA is recognized for its leadership in sustainability related to varsity and campus recreation sports facilities, events and programs.
Thanks to new technology developed in part at the UA, astronomers can now view objects in the sky at unprecedented sharpness. Using a telescope mirror that vibrates a thousand times each second to counteract atmospheric flickering, the team has achieved image resolution capabilities that could see a baseball diamond on the moon.
A wearable display being developed by UA optical scientist Hong Hua could have capabilities even more advanced than those of the recently unveiled Google Glass, a pair of glasses with smartphone capabilities.
UA wild cat expert Lisa Haynes shares pointers on what to do and what not to do if you ever find yourself face-to-face with a mountain lion. First and foremost, she says, do not run. Instead, you should stand your ground, maintain eye contact with the cat and try to appear as large as possible.
UA researchers are collaborating on a three-year, $750,000 NASA grant to advance understanding of astronaut crew health and performance during space exploration missions. The project's goal is to better understand infectious disease risks to NASA crews, who are often considered to more susceptible to infections due to a reduced immune function during spaceflight missions.
In a rare opportunity to directly compare today's plant communities with a survey taken in the same area 50 years ago, a UA-led research team has provided the first on-the-ground evidence that Southwestern plants are being pushed to higher elevations by an increasingly warmer and drier climate.
UA scientists have discovered an unknown mechanism that establishes polarity in developing nerve cells. Understanding how nerve cells make connections is an important step in developing cures for nerve damage resulting from spinal cord injuries or neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Behind the dazzling variety of shapes and forms in trees lies a remarkably similar architecture based on fundamental, shared principles, UA ecologists have discovered. The findings allow scientists to draw realistic conclusions about the ecological impacts of trees across landscapes by sampling just a few individuals.
UA researchers Mark Neifeld and Ivan Djordjevic, along with collaborators at three other U.S. universities, have received a multimillion dollar U.S. Department of Defense grant. The project aims to improve quantum mechanics in communications systems and eliminate vulnerability to cyberattacks. The UA's portion of the award totals $1.86 million over a five-year period.
New data released by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey's APOGEE project, which uses technology UA scientists helped develop, enables astronomers to better understand how the Milky Way formed. The project maps the motion and chemical pattern of stars in the Milky Way to reveal information about its history.