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UA researcher Don Fallis has spent years studying lies and deception in social interactions and popular culture, developing a framework to better explain the difference between an honest mistake and an intentional lie. He has published scholarly articles, essays and book chapters on "Game of Thrones," "The Big Bang Theory" and "The Catcher in the Rye."
With an eye on trends in digital communications, the UA's new eSociety program will train students in the social influence of an Internet-based society. In addition to expertise in social media use, data gathering, analysis and computing, the program is designed to equip students with the critical skills necessary to live and work in a digitally mediated world.
The 2013 Arizona softball team is balancing youth and inexperience at the NCAA Division I level with a high level of chemistry and talent. ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 has ranked the Wildcats No. 14 heading into the season, while the USA Today/NFCA poll has Arizona at No. 13.
UA law and English students are working with the Pima County Superior Court to rewrite and simplify instructions for filling out legal forms required in divorce, child custody and other family law proceedings. In the majority of family law cases, one or both parties are not represented by a lawyer and must fill out necessary legal materials on their own. The UA's Simpla Phi Lex project aims to make the process easier for them.
For years, UA anthropologist Steve Lansing has studied ancient water temples in Bali and their role in rice farming on the island. The complex water temple system recently was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage cultural landscape for its cultural significance. Lansing, who authored the World Heritage nomination, is working with the Indonesian government and Balinese villagers to help manage tourism and educate visitors to the area.
The selfish greed of a few may be the driving force behind mutually beneficial behavior in groups, according to a theoretical study led by a former UA evolutionary biologist. Social orders maintained by those who bend the rules play out in nature and human history: Tree wasps that police hives to make sure that no member other than the queen lays eggs often will lay illicit eggs themselves, and cancer cells can prevent other tumors from forming.
The Arizona Board of Regents has approved a resolution to support Gov. Jan Brewer's fiscal year 2014 budget proposal, which calls for $58.6 million in new money for the state's public university enterprise. The request includes $8 million for further development of the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix.
The UA and Pima County are entering the global water-energy sustainability arena by establishing the Water and Energy Sustainable Technology Laboratories at Pima County’s new Water Reclamation Campus. WEST Laboratories aspires to be a world-renowned venue for research and development of water treatment technologies, contaminant monitoring tools and energy minimization and production.
Medicinal chemists face a multitude of hurdles trying to discover new and effective therapeutics for the treatment of disease. In the UA’s BIO5 Oro Valley facility is a team of College of Pharmacy researchers attempting to address these "speed bumps" along the path from bench to bedside by utilizing new automated technologies and fast chemical methods to increase the rate at which new hypotheses in drug discovery can be effectively evaluated.
UA acting students are presenting John Kolvenbach's "Love Song," a comedic play with dramatic undertones that considers themes around heedless love, happiness and interpersonal connections - just in time for Valentine's Day. The show premieres Feb. 3 and officially opens Feb. 6.
UA librarians Atifa R. Rawan and Yan Han are part of an international effort to preserve and digitize documents and materials related to Afghanistan's recent past. More than 450,000 pages are now accessible online under the continuing project, which is meant to help scholars, immigrants and others gain insightful information about the country.
UA undergraduates looking for a substantial boost to their financial acumen now will have access to the finance minor program, offered through the Eller College of Management beginning in summer 2013. The new program will give non-business majors a lasting personal and professional edge.
Basketball legend Bill Walton will give a free talk on the UA campus on Feb. 6, co-sponsored by the School of Journalism. The UA is one of nine stops on Walton's speaking tour across the Pac‐12 Conference. While in town, Walton also will announce the UA vs. Stanford basketball game on Feb. 8.
The Wildcats set two school records, a national record and the top time in the world on Jan. 26 at the Razorback Invitational. Junior Lawi Lalang made his 2013 season debut by breaking his own school record in the 3,000-meter race. In the 400-meter run, senior Georganne Moline clocked a personal-best time of 53.27, an indoor school record.
The UA Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing will host its annual Global Retailing Conference April 11-12. Among the event's speakers will be Macy's CEO and UA alumnus Terry J. Lundgren and fashion designer Tory Burch, in addition to senior executives from Bloomingdale's, Clarins, Costco, Facebook and more. They will focus on new ways that leading retail and fashion brands are engaging customers and encouraging advocacy.
In a startling evolutionary leap, microbe-eating flies from at least three different locations around the world recently have evolved into herbivores, feeding on some of the most toxic plants on Earth. UA evolutionary biologists Noah Whiteman and Richard Lapoint are trying to find out whether the flies have followed similar genetic pathways on their road to herbivory.
In line with other colleges and universities across the U.S., the University of Arizona is introducing an emergency food pantry for students, faculty and staff. To help UA students and employees with immediate food needs, a group established the UA Campus Pantry, which will launch Feb. 1 on the first floor of El Portal, the site for Residence Life offices.
The UA College of Science's popular spring lecture series, Genomics Now, will present six free lectures exploring the astonishing advances in genomics research. The first lecture will be on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall on the UA campus.
The UA's Institute for Place and Wellbeing will explore the connection between the physical environment and human health and well-being. A partnership of the UA College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in the UA College of Medicine, and the UA Institute of the Environment, the interdisciplinary institute will focus on research and education about human reactions to physical space.
When someone comes to work sick, about half of the commonly touched surfaces in the office become infected by lunchtime, according to a new UA study. Researchers found that simple interventions, such as hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes, can reduce employees' risk of infection by as much as 80 percent.