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An alien world believed to be the first-known planet to consist largely of diamond now appears less likely to be of such precious nature, according to a new analysis led by UA graduate student Johanna Teske. The new research will be published in the Astrophysical Journal.
For her master's project at the UA, Sara Sillars studied and designed a wildlife corridor project for Interstate 10 east of Tucson. The project has since been adopted by the Arizona Department of Transportation. Sillars, now a geographic information systems analyst for Pacific Gas and Electric, says the UA's Masters of Science in GIS Technology program gave her valuable real-world experience.
When people around the world turn their eyes and their telescopes to the moon on Saturday, Tucson will join in. Southern Arizona sky gazers will convene at the UA on Oct. 12 to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night, a global event encouraging people to observe the Earth's only natural satellite.
UA faculty members Melissa A. Fitch and Suzanne Dovi are the first to be named Honors Distinguished Fellows. Under the new UA program, faculty members design courses specifically for honors students. Fitch and Dovi have created courses related to happiness and unjust behaviors, among other topics.
A team of researchers led by UA assistant professor Vanessa Huxter has made the first detailed observation of how energy travels through diamonds that contain nitrogen-vacancy centers. The unexpected and attractive properties of these "flawed" diamonds put them in the spotlight as promising candidates for a variety of technological advances.
The first showcase of the Arizona men’s basketball season is set for Saturday in the sold-out Red-Blue Game, which will be streamed live online. In addition to opening the season, the game will also be a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Wildcats' 1994 Final Four team, with many members of the team expected to be in attendance.
Peter Warren Singer, senior fellow and director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution, will speak at the UA Oct. 3. The lecture, sponsored by the UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, is free and open to the public, and will be held in the South Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center.
The UA is the lead institution for the Regional Algal Feedstock Testbed partnership, which was recently awarded $8 million over four years by the Department of Energy to research how algae can be grown year-round outdoors in open ponds in different climates. The UA's Kimberly Ogden and others are looking at algae as a potential means to fuel the future.
The UA's James E. Rogers College of Law is launching a new QuantLaw program, focusing on the emerging field at the intersection of law and the data revolution. The law that regulates the use of data is largely unsettled, and most laws regarding privacy, trade secrets and national security have not caught up to the modern flood of data, says UA associate professor of law Jane Bambauer.
UA medical student Aubri Carman has earned a Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine. The unique fellowship is the only medical student award dedicated to nurturing a career path for physician-scientists in tropical medicine. Fellows receive airfare and up to $1,000 in living expenses for a clinical training or research project in an area where tropical diseases are endemic.
UA President Ann Weaver Hart is on the advisory board for a national project created to address challenges related to declining state funding for public higher education. The Lincoln Project: Excellence and Access in Public Higher Education is an initiative of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The project board will meet for the first time this month.
UA President Ann Weaver Hart and UA Foundation President James H. Moore Jr. launched a $13.5 million fundraising campaign to advance the continued restoration and preservation of Old Main. The iconic building is one of the oldest in the state of Arizona and the restoration project is the most comprehensive rehabilitation Old Main has undergone.
UA President Ann Weaver Hart visited Prescott, Ariz. to lay foundations for new and expanded partnerships there. While there, Hart also presented the UA's strategic plan, "Never Settle," to alumni groups, government officials, business leaders and others.
The UA's Eller College of Management has announced an anonymous commitment that honors the memory of Dave Sitton, a UA and community leader who died Aug. 12. Jim Click, who leads one of the nation's largest automotive dealer groups, has matched the commitment. The Dave Sitton Student Mentorship Grant will support mentorship in the UA's top-ranked McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship.
UA entomology professor Molly Hunter has received a $520,000 National Science Foundation grant to explore bacterial manipulation of insect reproduction. In the three-year study, Hunter and her team will research the genomic and cytological mechanisms used by the bacterium Cardinium to manipulate reproduction of parasitic wasps that attack whiteflies, a growing agricultural pest concern.
Lisa Adeli, a UA outreach coordinator, is teaching a humanities course on the Middle East at a local high school to expand what students know and understand about the region. Adeli also encourages the high school students to pursue higher education, and some of her previous students are now studying at the UA.
During a public forum, a panel of UA climate experts commented on the latest United Nations report on climate change and explained what the findings likely mean for Arizona and the Southwest. Arizona is warming faster than any of the other lower 48 states and water will become a more pressing issue as precipitation patterns change and conditions become hotter and drier.
Toxicologist and pediatrician Dr. Leslie Boyer, founding director of the UA's VIPER Institute, has been named the 2013 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year by the Arizona Bioindustry Association. Boyer was lead investigator for a scorpion antivenom clinical trials program that resulted in FDA approval of the antivenom Anascorp.
Lisette LeCorgne, a nurse practitioner with the UA Campus Health Service, began volunteering years ago, giving free health care to children in Baja, Mexico. She now provides free physicals to students who want to participate in Special Olympics competitions, a requirement that makes sure the children's hearts and lungs will be in no way compromised by the athletic activity.