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Nine out of 10 people with gunshot wounds to the brain usually die. UA trauma surgeons, using a new aggressive resuscitation protocol for patients with gunshot head injuries, have increased survival to nearly five out of 10 victims, according to a recent study published in The American Journal of Surgery.
It has long been believed that a person with a concussion should stay awake or not sleep for more than a few hours at a time. However, there appears to be no medical evidence to support this belief, according to a new study by researchers at the UA College of Medicine - Phoenix and the Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Rain forests may owe much of the high biodiversity for which they are known to tiny fungi in the soil, according to a research study published in Nature. Insects, on the other hand, appear to have less of an impact on plant diversity than previously thought. The study is the first experimental test of the long-standing hypothesis that plant pests can drive tropical plant community diversity.
A drug combination resulting from basic cancer research developed at the UA offers hope for patients with a hereditary predisposition to colon cancer. Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals, a spinoff founded by former UA professor Eugene Gerner, has entered into a licensing agreement with help from Tech Launch Arizona to introduce the drug to markets in Japan and Europe. CPP specializes in prevention therapies for people with an elevated risk of cancer.
Through a collaboration with Google Earth Outreach, UA anthropologist Benedict Colombi is helping create customized digital maps of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, where members of an indigenous community are in danger of losing their language. By capturing geographic and cultural information specific to the Itelmen people, the maps will hopefully help preserve their culture and empower them politically.
UA Honors College student Daniel Fried has been named a Churchill Scholar, a nationally competitive award granted to 14 students from across the U.S. for one year of advanced study at the University of Cambridge. Fried, who is studying computer science, mathematics and information science, will pursue a master's in computational semantics.
This year’s talks, beginning Jan. 27, will focus on how brains originated and where the evolution of our own brain will take us. The topics to be covered over the entire series include brain imaging, the history of brain surgery, the ancestral circuits that can be found in the modern brain and the essentially perfect way our brains solve problems.
A three-minute cartoon video made by two UA graduate students is one of 10 finalists in the Ocean 180 Video Challenge, an outreach campaign designed to inspire scientists to communicate the meaning and significance of scientific research to a broader audience. Disguised as cartoon murder mystery, the clip explains research on marine viruses and their prey in a fun and understandable way.
Arizona's inaugural poet laureate and University of Arizona alumnus Alberto Álvaro Ríos has been appointed to chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, an honor that has been shared by some of the country's most distinguished poets. As chancellor, Ríos will consult with the organization on artistic programming and act as a judge for recipients of various awards. He also will serve as an ambassador for the organization and poetry internationally.
Reducing the risk for Alzheimer's disease through lifestyle, education and new treatments is at the focus of this year's conference, which is open to the public.
The Center for Creative Photography at the UA has named Joshua Chuang, an esteemed leader in the art world, as chief curator, effective April 7. Chuang comes to the UA from the Yale University Art Gallery, where he has worked since 2004, most recently as the Richard Benson Associate Curator of Photography and Digital Media. He will lead the center's curatorial program, organizing exhibitions and publications as well as overseeing acquisitions.
From ferocious flash floods to hazardous haboobs, the UA is officially prepared to handle weather-related emergencies, according to the National Weather Service. The organization has named the UA Arizona's first StormReady university. In order to be designated StormReady, the UA had to meet several criteria, such as having a formal hazardous weather plan and 24-hour communication channels.
The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus has been redesignated as a Magnet hospital for the third time for its excellence in nursing. UAMC became the first hospital in Arizona to earn prestigious Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2003, and it is the only Arizona hospital to win the so-called "Nobel Prize for nursing" three times.
Dr. Burris "Duke" Duncan has brought together multiple partners to form ARSOBO, a Nogales nonprofit that builds low-cost medical devices, including wheelchairs designed to navigate the rocky terrain of northern Mexico. With mountain bike tires in the rear, the chairs are built with common parts available in hardware stores and bicycle shops.
Members of the public can have their names carried aboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft when it leaves on a round-trip voyage to asteroid Bennu. Led by the UA, the OSIRIS-REx mission will scoop a sample from the asteroid and return it to Earth, where it will help scientists better understand how the planets and our solar system came to be.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona is hosting the Chinese New Year Festival, or the Spring Festival. The annual event is designed to create a bridge between Chinese and American cultural heritage and traditions. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend and more than 200 performers from 15 local, statewide and international groups will present Chinese music, dances, songs, martial arts, tai chi, folk arts and more.
A new center established by the UA's Institute of the Environment will leverage the UA’s research and outreach related to living within the constraints of arid and drought-prone environments to connect research to real-world issues faced by land-use planners.
Dr. Mindy Fain, co-director of the UA's Arizona Center on Aging and a widely recognized leader in gerontology, has been named the Anne and Alden Hart Endowed Chair in Medicine. Fain works with faculty in the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health, encouraging them to develop new ways to provide high-quality care at lower costs. She also is working with an interdisciplinary team to establish an ACE – acute care of elders – unit at UAMC – South Campus.
UA researchers have developed a rapid screening test to detect disease-causing bacteria in commercial shrimp farms. Delivering results within hours instead of days, the new method will be the first on the market and meets a critical need within the shrimp producing industry. The technology will be available worldwide through a licensing agreement facilitated by Tech Launch Arizona.
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.