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Assembled with UA technology and know-how, the Near Infrared Camera that will form the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope is ready to be shipped to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and soon will be integrated into the telescope structure. Also, thanks to a UA-led outreach program, the Girl Scouts have played a special role in science and astronomy education across America.
The UA's Brian Mayer is conducting a long-term study to examine and mitigate the socioeconomic impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast region. During the five-year project, funded by a $1.7 million grant, Mayer and a team of collaborators are working to assess social vulnerability and community resiliency in Gulf communities.
Combining the resources and expertise of seven institutions in North America and Europe, a research program will offer new insights into the molecular workings of heart muscle cells and how genetic mutations affect their function. Henk Granzier, a UA professor of physiology, is one of two principal investigators leading the prestigious and highly competitive project.
The largest protein known to exist in the human body functions as a molecular spring, and the UA's Henk Granzier is gaining new insights into its role in heart disease. Many heart conditions are well-characterized on a clinical level, but our understanding of what causes these conditions on a cellular and molecular level is still extremely limited.
UA students interested in studying criminal justice will find a more robust program on campus starting this fall. Expanding from a concentration within the public policy and management program into its own major, the criminal justice program will prepare students for careers in law enforcement, corrections, courts systems and an array of related fields.
A new master's degree offered this fall will help prepare students for careers in real estate development. The Master of Real Estate Development degree program is a fast-track, 12-month program geared toward individuals who already have had two to five years of post-undergraduate experience and would like to move into a career in real estate design and development.
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the UA's Steward Observatory and the department of astronomy. "We have the best location of any educational institution in America. The University ought to make itself famous with a telescope." With those words, part of his long and persistent effort to bring a world-class observatory to the UA campus, pioneering astronomer Andrew Ellicott Douglass set forth his best argument.
Affirmative action in higher education once again will be at the forefront of national news as the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case is expected at any moment. The UA's Jeffrey Milem joined several researchers nationwide to develop an amicus brief summarizing key research on affirmative action in anticipation of the case.
The UA's Petersen Clinics are working to promote early detection of HIV while connecting newly infected patients with care and services as soon as possible. More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and nearly one in five are unaware of their infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Early detection and intervention can go a long way in improving patient outcomes and preventing the spread of the virus.
Adam Block, host and astrophotographer at the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, unexpectedly discovered a supernova - a massive star ending its life in a giant explosion - in a photo obtained with the center's Schulman Telescope for a different purpose. He spotted the supernova in a photo he took of a famous galaxy that is 400 million light years away.
James A. Hyatt has been selected as interim senior vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer at the UA. In this position, Hyatt will serve as the UA's senior business and financial officer with responsibility for University budgeting, business processes and relationships with University-related corporations. He will begin his duties July 1.
Chunks of frozen carbon dioxide most likely carved linear gullies into sand dunes on Mars, according to a new study combining images from the UA-operated HiRISE camera and experiments conducted on dunes here on Earth. The results add to a series of discoveries reminding us that Mars is less Earth-like than it may seem.
Students with the UA beginning teen Astronomy Camp on June 8 got to ask questions of an astronaut orbiting 250 miles above Earth. And just like a rocket launch, the contact was a quick yet thrilling experience. The UA's Don McCarthy said the camp's first time having contact with an astronaut was hotly anticipated, even before the campers arrived in Tucson.
Dr. Anita Koshy sees a common and typically harmless brain parasite as a potential key to unlocking secrets of neurobiology that can be used to intervene in diseases such as Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis. She has developed new models for the study of Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that infects more than 10 percent of Americans and up to 80 percent of the population in some countries.
Experts with the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have published a landmark study analyzing why pest resistance to genetically modified crops evolved quickly in some cases, but not in other cases. The global assessment could help to gauge the risk of resistance for new biotech crops before they are commercialized.
Can video games help people save money? SavingsQuest, an applied research project bringing together the UA and the Doorways to Dreams Fund under a Center for Financial Services Innovation grant, will test the theory in hopes of finding a mix of game features that will elicit smart savings behavior.
Dust clouds around stars are thought to hide undiscovered planets with conditions suitable for life, but observations have been hampered by the fact that only the brightest such clouds can be detected with current technology. UA astronomers are developing a technique to detect faint dust clouds, many of which might hide Earth-like planets.
The NSF annually awards 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships to students across the nation. This year, 35 of those awards were granted to students who either currently attend or have attended the UA as an undergraduate or graduate student. Said Andrew Carnie, interim dean of the UA Graduate College: "We are tremendously proud of these students."
UA College of Medicine-Phoenix third-year student Michele O'Shea is about to take a big step in her quest to practice medicine overseas. O'Shea has been selected for a Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship in Public Health from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. She plans to travel to Malawi for the 2013-14 school year.
UA Olympic silver medalist high jumper Brigetta Barrett has been named the Pac-12 Conference Woman of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year. Barrett now is the conference's candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year, presented annually to graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.