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The Pat Tillman Foundation, which gives scholarships to military veterans pursuing higher education, has again named the UA as an official university partner. "We assess our university partnerships based on several criteria, all of which the University of Arizona excels at," says Michelle McCarthy, the foundation's spokesperson.
UA associate professor David Savitt has been given the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists, the highest honor the U.S. government gives to science and engineering professionals who are in the early stages of their independent research careers. The award recognizes those who hold great promise for making significant contributions in their fields.
A research team led by the UA's Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy has been awarded more than $2 million to study whether telephone counseling can improve outcomes for sleep apnea patients. Community-based volunteers will provide counseling via phone to sleep apnea patients in an attempt to increase their adherence to treatment plans outlined by their health care provider.
When Whitney Chase became critically ill as a teenager with an infection in her heart, Dr. Michael F. Teodori – then a Phoenix heart surgeon – successfully replaced her malformed aortic valve with a donor valve. Thirteen years later, she sought him out when she needed a second surgery. It should be her last and offers hope for her to have a second child.
Four members of the Arizona Gymcats – Ali Stakem, Jordan Williams, Barbara Donaldson and Shana Sangston – have a shared goal this season. The seniors want to get the team to nationals for the first time since 2002.
More than 2,000 students have been involved in the Undergraduate Biology Research Program over its history, authoring or co-authoring more than 900 scholarly articles and giving more than 1,000 presentations at scientific conferences.The flagship UBRP program is one example of the UA's commitment to 100 percent student engagement through opportunities that give undergraduates real-world experience via internships, service learning, study abroad and involvement in UA research.
Researchers at the UA College of Medicine have found that aging profoundly affects the immune system's T cells – the types of white blood cells that defend against pathogens, bacteria and parasites. Naïve T cells become depleted with age, leading to less effective immune responses against new infections.
Dante Lauretta, a professor in the UA's Department of Planetary Sciences, is leading the biggest NASA mission the UA has ever undertaken. Scheduled to launch in September 2016, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will rendezvous with asteroid Bennu, scoop up a sample and bring it back to Earth. Here, Lauretta talks about what it takes to reach an asteroid and why an electric guitar plays an essential part in the OSIRIS-REx mission.
A team of students from the UA has won the PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting case competition. The undergraduate accounting students from the Eller College of Management competed against more than 2,200 students from 43 colleges and universities, coming out on top to win a $10,000 prize.
As record-setting cold temperatures hit the East Coast, the Midwest and parts of the South, UA researchers weigh in on how our genes affect our ability to deal with extreme weather – hot or cold. A person's adaptability can be determined by his or her ability to sweat, skin pigmentation, heart strength and even how close blood vessels are to the surface of the skin.
Researchers have deciphered the DNA of the earliest ancestor of flowering plants, providing long-awaited insight into the evolution of the amazing diversity of the more than 300,000 flowering plant species we enjoy today.
A kiosk-based screening system being developed at the UA uses a virtual border agent to interview travelers while also monitoring their behavior for the tell-tale signs of someone who's lying. The AVATAR system has been tested along the U.S.-Mexico border and is now being tested at a Romanian airport.
UA Study Shows Intensive Exercise Training Program for Dementia Patients Improves Care in Clinical Setting
In addition to cognitive deﬁcits, people with dementia experience declining motor performance and an increased risk of falling. Results of a UA study showed that a higher intensity, tailored exercise program increased the benefits of functional performances in patients with dementia as compared with a traditional rehabilitation program.
Researchers, including a team from the UA's BIO5 Institute, have successfully isolated and sequenced the entire messenger RNA, or the "genetic photocopies," contained in the nucleus of a single cell – a long-anticipated step forward that could help detect cancer sooner and more accurately.
UA alum Keitaro Harada is coming to town to serve as guest conductor for "The Magic of Christmas," the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's largest holiday concert. From 2008 to 2010, Harada studied as a fellow in the inaugural UA Rogers Institute for Orchestral and Opera Conducting Fellowship. In addition to serving as conductor, Harada will emcee the show. "For me to be able to do this concert – which is the biggest holiday festival concert in the community – is such a dream come true," Harada said. "It's going to be such a fantastic show."
Recognized for offering programs in the full range of disciplines related to mineral resources, the UA has earned a risk management and training effectiveness grants to aid in improving mining safety. All told, the grant funding amounts to more than $1.3 million from the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health.
For decades, no one knew how a virus that preys on bacteria transfers its DNA into the host cells because it appeared to lack the structures other viruses use for that process. Now researchers have discovered how the virus does it - using a structure that might hold applications for nanotechnology.
The UA will confer the title of University Distinguished Outreach Faculty on S. Peder Cuneo and Sally J. Reel during the UA's 149th commencement ceremony on Saturday. The title signals that Cuneo and Reel are highly invested in work beyond the University and have demonstrated a significant record of creative scholarship while also advancing University outreach efforts.
A change in ABOR residency policy provides an incentive for American Indian students from Arizona tribes who attend out-of-state colleges to return to Arizona to complete their degrees. The change goes into effect for the spring 2014 semester.