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  • Prof headed to UC-Irvine; led UA to Biosphere 2
    Monday, May 7, 2012

    Travis Huxman, who led the University of Arizona's efforts to acquire ownership of Biosphere 2 and transform it into a laboratory for scientific research, has been hired away by the University of California.

    His new post, running an environmental institute in Irvine, will have fewer administrative duties, giving him time to revive his studies of desert annual plants.

    That will occasionally bring him back to Tucson, where he conducts continuing research on Tumamoc Hill and...

  • Grant Funds STEM Program for American Indian, Hispanic Youth
    Friday, May 4, 2012

    Over the next three years, the UA Southwest Institute for Research on Women and its partners will involve 60 American Indian and Hispanic students in a program incorporating mentoring and informal scientific exploration.

    A new collaborative program is being launched to mentor American Indian and Hispanic students, training them toward scientific and math-based careers – namely those in the Southwestern U.S.

    With a National Science Foundation...

  • "Last Call at the Oasis" is loud wakeup call on global water crisis
    Friday, May 4, 2012

    Today in theaters in Los Angeles, and in coming weeks in Phoenix, San Diego and Atlanta, a powerful new documentary premiers. Look closely at the early screening locations and you just might guess the topic: water scarcity.

    “Last Call at the Oasis” does far more than recount the alarming woes of our country’s most water-stressed regions; it’s a beautifully produced, detailed picture of an immense global crisis...

  • Two UA Professors Elected to National Academy of Sciences
    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    Roy Parker, a Regents’ Professor in the department of molecular and cellular biology, and Marcia J. Rieke, a Regents’ Professor in the department of astronomy, have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

    Two University of Arizona Regents' Professors – biologist Roy Parker and astronomer Marcia J. Rieke – were elected to the National Academy of Sciences on May...

  • Report: High Summer Fire Potential for Arizona Mountains
    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    A new report predicts above-normal fire potential now through August for parts of Arizona and New Mexico.

    Large portions of Arizona and western New Mexico are forecast to have above-normal significant fire potential now through August, according to a report released May 1.

    "In 2012, the Southwest has experienced fires in excess of 12,000 acres, which...

  • Biosciences Growing Quickly in AZ
    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    Southern Arizona is quickly becoming known for its advancements in the field of biosciences.

    From headquartering a leading personal health medicine factory to creating the first globally approved full synthetic heart, it is making big strides towards being an integral part of the industry.

    Syncardia, a Tucson-based company producing a handmade total artificial heart...

  • Water-education program teaches kids about source of life
    Saturday, April 28, 2012

    WICKENBURG - Aaron Levels held a green viewing tray up to his eyes, studying what looked like a tadpole squirming in an inch or so of water.

    The possible tadpole had most recently squirmed in the Hassayampa River, which cut a quiet path under a footbridge where a group of sixth-graders panned the shallow water like riparian prospectors searching for aquatic life and, perhaps, higher marks.

    "It has a tail ... no shell ... no legs," he said, reciting from a checklist...

  • Hundreds Attend Teacher Day Events At UA
    Saturday, April 28, 2012

    Hundreds of teachers, parents and students were at the University of Arizona on Saturday for the second annual Teacher Day events.

    Teachers got a chance to participate in free professional development workshops, including one with education resource specialists from the Library of Congress, a workshop facilitated by Congressman Raul Grijalva.

    The Democrat said he hoped the "Meet The Library of Congress" event would bring awareness to the free online resources...

  • Big Science at Biosphere 2
    Thursday, April 26, 2012

    As associate director of K-12 education at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 facility, Matt Adamson gets to work with students and educators of all ages. Join us as Adamson takes us on a tour of this unique facility and explains some of the history, the community connections and the big science going on at Biosphere 2.

    In Matt Adamson’s words:

    "Biosphere 1 is our Earth. Biosphere 2 is meant to be a model of Biosphere 1,...

  • Engineering Design Day 2012 to Showcase Student Projects
    Thursday, April 26, 2012

    UA College of Engineering Design Day will showcase student inventions that save lives, track endangered species, take you virtual horse racing and support NASA missions.

    Engineers help people and improve the quality of life, and some of history's greatest engineering achievements started life as classroom projects.

    That tradition is in full force at the 2012 Engineering Design Day at the University of Arizona College of Engineering, a creative extravaganza featuring more...