UA researchers have discovered a surprisingly diverse ecosystem of microbes in a limestone cave that are eking out a living from not much more than drip water, rock and air. The discovery not only expands our understanding of how microbes manage to colonize every niche on the planet, but also could lead to applications in areas ranging from environmental solutions to drug development.
The UA's Educational Interpreting program is working to meet the nation's high demand for sign language interpreters. The UA program connects students with professional interpreters and gives them experience working with deaf or hard of hearing children in K-12 classrooms.
New UA research indicates that the brain processes and understands visual input that we may never consciously perceive. The findings, which appear in the journal Psychological Science, challenge currently accepted models about how the brain processes visual information. Photo: Patrick McArdle
For people who have lost their sight, retinal implants can help them detect light but images are often fuzzy. UA associate professor Wolfgang Fink is involved in research that could present a solution. He and his colleagues are working on technology improvements that could one day allow implant patients to make out something as detailed as a bird flying in the sky.
The UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry has steadily initiated new programs and grant initiatives that support collaborations connecting the arts, humanities and social sciences. The center focuses on issues, ideas and communities that have been underrepresented historically in academia, serving as a model for interdisciplinary arts and humanities centers nationwide.
Love to do crossword puzzles? It turns out they can be more than just fun word games. One UA professor is using crosswords as a tool to teach students about the complexities of the English language. His class is called "The Examined Life Through Word Puzzles."
In the latest post on her Never Settle blog, UA President Ann Weaver Hart addresses the challenges facing graduate medical education and describes how the UA and its partners are working to innovate a statewide solution.
A UA-led group of astronomers has completed the largest-ever survey of dense gas clouds in the Milky Way where new stars are being born. Cataloging and mapping more than 6,000 gas clouds, the survey allows astronomers to better understand the earliest phases of star formation.
Using ultra-fast laser pulses lasting fleeting femtoseconds, a team of researchers led by UA assistant professor Vanessa Huxter has now observed how energy travels through flawed diamonds, showing these imperfect gems as promising candidates for technological advances like atomic imaging and quantum computing.
The UA is the lead institution for the Regional Algal Feedstock Testbed partnership, recently awarded $8 million over four years by the Department of Energy. The partnership will research how algae can be grown year-round outdoors, and is looking at algae as a potential means to fuel the future. Image: Honeywell.
From October 16 through November 13, the UA’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences presents the first annual Downtown Lecture Series at the Fox Tucson Theatre. This year the subject will be “happiness.” During the free one-hour lectures, UA faculty will examine the topic by sharing insights gleaned from psychiatry, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and integrative medicine.
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.
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $3.9 million to an international collaboration led by UA ecologists Scott Saleska and Virginia Rich. The researchers are studying how microbes release greenhouse gases as they access nutrients in permafrost soils that are thawing under the influence of a warmer climate.
The National Science Foundation has awarded $50 million to a multi-institution collaborative headquartered at the UA's BIO5 Institute to create a national cyberinfrastructure for the biological sciences. The renewal grant will allow scientists worldwide to analyze and manage massive datasets to address questions of scientific, national and global importance.
UA Nursing Professor Receives $1.3M to Analyze Impact of Nursing Unit Communication on Patient Safety, Outcomes
Barbara B. Brewer, clinical associate professor at the UA College of Nursing, has been awarded a four-year, $1.3 million grant to study the top reason for medical errors: communication issues.
UA undergraduate researcher Robert Clark, his public health mentor and Pima County officials collaborated on an investigation of rabies cases in Pima County. While bats get all the attention Clarks' research indicates that we should also learn more about the risks associated with rabies-infected skunks and foxes.
The Smartrek app, developed by faculty member Yi-Chang Chiu, uses advanced traffic prediction and vehicle routing technology, combined with user rewards, to give drivers the best suggestions for avoiding traffic while helping reduce traffic congestion.
With 2 million irreplaceable specimens, the one-of-a-kind UA Insect Collection is being renovated and brought online with grants from the National Science Foundation, the Schlinger Foundation and others. Join the experience at the UA's annual Insect Festival on Sept. 15. Image: Beatriz Verdugo/UANews.
The UA Department of Surgery is a leader for robot-assisted surgery. Now, Dr. Zain Khalpey and Dr. Robert Poston have become the first to implant a left ventricular assist device using a surgical robot in John Hulslander, 67, who was losing his battle with ischemic cardiomyopathy.
Chris Impey, author of "How It Began: A Time-Traveler's Guide to the Universe" and "How it Ends: From You to the Universe," has developed and is teaching a new MOOC – a massive open online class – at the UA. Image: Adam Block.