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National Weather Service Names UA Arizona's First 'StormReady' University

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 3:50am
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.

UAMC - University Campus Receives Highest Nursing Credential With Magnet Recognition for Third Time

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 3:50am
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.

Nonprofit Started by UA Doc Provides Low-Cost Medical Devices

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 3:50am
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.

OSIRIS-REx and Planetary Society Launch 'Messages to Bennu' Campaign

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 3:50am
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.

Thousands to Celebrate Chinese New Year at UA

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 3:50am
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.

New UA Center to Offer Solutions for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 3:50am
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.

‘Superstar’ Dr. Mindy Fain Receives Endowed Chair in Medicine

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 3:50am
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 Solution for Deadly Shrimp Disease to Become Available Worldwide

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 3:50am
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.

UA Renewed as a Tillman Foundation Partner

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:50am
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 Mathematician Earns Presidential Early Career Award

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:50am
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.

UA Awarded $2 Million for Sleep Apnea Study

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:50am
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.

UA Heart Surgeon Saves Patient a Second Time 13 Years Later

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:50am
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.

Determined Gymcats Take on Leadership in Final Season

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 3:50am
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.

UA Conference for Undergrad Research Celebrates 25th Year

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:50am
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.

UA Study’s Findings Key to Understanding Immunity as We Age

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:50am
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.

7 Questions for Dante Lauretta, Leader of UA's Biggest Space Mission

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:50am
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.

UA Eller College Team Wins National PricewaterhouseCoopers Competition

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:50am
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.

Prefer Dry Heat to Arctic Chill? Genetics Might Be the Reason

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:50am
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.

UA Scientists Help Decipher Origin of Flowers

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:50am
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.

UA-Developed Avatar is Helping to Screen New Arrivals at Bucharest Airport

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 3:50am
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.