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  • Stephen Jackson Named New Southwest Climate Science Center Director
    Monday, August 27, 2012

    Stephen Jackson has been selected as the center director for the Department of the Interior Southwest Climate Science Center, which is headquartered at the University of Arizona.

    Jackson comes to the center from the University of Wyoming, where he is a professor of botany and founding director of the doctoral program in ecology. He will assume his new post on Sept. 10.

    The center is an...

  • Catalina Sky Survey keeps watch for threats to Earth from afar
    Sunday, August 26, 2012

    It was a first for science when astronomer Rich Kowalski spotted a little asteroid from a Catalina Sky Survey telescope on Mount Lemmon less than 24 hours before it exploded in the atmosphere over Sudan on Oct. 7, 2008.

    The survey, which operates two telescopes in the Santa Catalina Mountains and a third in Australia, wasn't set up to look for objects that small (about 6 feet long).

    NASA's Near Earth Object Program funded it originally to look for objects one kilometer...

  • UA Nobel Prize laureate at forefront of climate change research
    Saturday, August 25, 2012

    The Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 was awarded jointly to former Vice President Al Gore and the scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

    It's safe to say that geoscientist Jonathan Overpeck is the first University of Arizona professor to share a Nobel Prize in that category.

    Overpeck, one of 33 lead authors of the report on global climate change issued by the panel, is founding co-director, with Diana Liverman, of the UA Institute of the Environment....

  • UA to Welcome President Hart with Campus Event
    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    Welcome to the Old Pueblo, Ann Weaver Hart.

    The University of Arizona is holding a welcome event for Hart, the UA's new president, and her husband, Randy, on Aug. 28.

    All are welcome to attend the event from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the North Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center. A brief program is planned for 4:30 p.m.

    "This is the campus' opportunity to welcome the 21st president to the UA," said Jaime Gutierrez, vice president for external...

  • Telescope Innovator Shines His Genius On New Fields
    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    You may not be familiar with the name Roger Angel, but if there were ever a scientist with a creative streak a mile wide, it would be he.

    Angel is an astronomer. He's famous for developing an entirely new way of making really large, incredibly precise telescope mirrors. But his creativity doesn't stop there. He's now turned his attention to solar power, hoping to use the tricks he learned from capturing distant light from stars to do a more cost-efficient job of capturing...

  • Tram could go from Oro Valley to Mount Lemmon
    Sunday, August 19, 2012

    A tram from metro Tucson to Mount Lemmon, an on-again, off-again idea for years with various local governments, is on again - sort of - in Oro Valley.

    Town officials say a tram would create a vibrant new tourist destination and improve access to the mountain from west of the Catalina Mountains.

    They have asked representatives of a proposed development just west of the Catalinas to set aside part of the site to be used as a launching pad for the tram. They have also discussed...

  • 8 Labs & Science Relics Worth a Visit Read more: 8 Labs & Science Relics Worth a Visit - Popular Mechanics
    Friday, August 17, 2012

    Cartoonist Matthew Inman, the man behind The Oatmeal and avid Nikola Tesla fan, started a fundraising campaign this week aimed at purchasing the inventor’s former Long Island lab and turning it into the first U.S. Tesla museum. After just one day, the effort blew up on Reddit and garnered...

  • UA Commuting: Resources, Alternatives and Costs
    Friday, August 17, 2012

    For the more than 50,000 people who bike, walk, bus, drive or do a combination of activities to commute to the University of Arizona campus, knowing all the resources, alternatives and associated costs can beget savings and relieve stress.

    As part of the UA Comprehensive Plan and its promotion of sustainability, work continues on the Tucson Modern Streetcar through fall 2013. UA commuters are advised to...

  • New Book Explores Water Along Devil's Highway
    Friday, August 17, 2012

    Written by an expert cast of UA affiliates and well-known Tucsonans, this book is perfect for desert aficionados and armchair explorers wishing to learn more about the High Tanks, the iconic natural watering holes of southwestern Arizona.

    The Devil’s Highway – El Camino del Diablo – crosses hundreds of miles and thousands of years of Arizona and Southwest history. This heritage trail follows a torturous route along the U.S. Mexico border through a lonely landscape of...

  • US carbon emissions plunge to 20-year low
    Friday, August 17, 2012

    In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal.

    Many of the world's leading climate scientists didn't see the drop coming, in large part because it happened as a result of market forces rather than direct...