It was a tight 10-week timeline, but they did it. Through their one-semester course, ENGR 450/550, autonomous vehicle systems, 23 undergraduate and graduate students took two 7,500-pound trucks that didn't even run, and transformed them into autonomous robotic vehicles. Talk about industrious.
The Native American experience in Arizona is rich with history and tradition. Tribal libraries have long been capturing histories of elders and community members, and these collections represent valuable resources for their communities as well as the public. Now, Sandy Littletree and Jamie A. Lee of the UA Knowledge River program aim to use technology to better understand the value of these tribal resources.
What if we had a better understanding of the North American monsoon and how it affected the soil, invasive and native plants and fire cycles? The powerful winds that give rise to spectacular late summer storms in the desert southwest also drive changes in the region’s ecology. A team of UA researchers has won an NSF grant for almost $3 million to study the phenomenon.
After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in astronomy and physics in the 1990s, Adam Block became one of the world’s foremost astrophotographers. He captures spectacular images of distant galaxies, nebulae and dying stars and brings astronomy into terms laypeople can understand at the UA's Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter.
It will take 12 years, a collaborative team consisting of the UA’s Lunar and Planetary Lab, NASA and Lockheed Martin, and over $800 million dollars. In an historic mission dubbed OSIRIS-REx, researchers are once more headed skyward, this time to visit asteroid 1999 RQ36, scoop up a sample of its surface, and return that sample to Earth.
From the Shroud of Turin to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the UA Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory has had the honor of dating some of the most intriguing, most mysterious texts in history. Most recently, UA dating expert Greg Hodgins was brought in by Yale University to answer at least one of the many riddles locked within one of the most baffling books ever found: the Voynich Manuscript.
In 2006, it took a bold move for a new generation of medical students to choose to attend the brand new Phoenix Campus of the UA College of Medicine. Today, we celebrate the graduation of our first class of world-class doctors who are about to embark on their residencies and the most exciting moments of their careers. Their expertise spans the history of medical knowledge and puts the latest research into practice.
What does it take to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences? A pioneer of infrared astronomy, George Rieke credits the diverse and productive research environment in the UA's space sciences for his most recent honor and stellar research career.
When it comes to solving the challenges of today as well as driving the successes of tomorrow, the primary force at work is that human drive we call innovation. On March 29, 2011, Tucson and the UA celebrated the best ideas coming from our students and faculty.
Peppery and warm, bitter and reminiscent of orange and ginger, the spice known as turmeric possesses many faces. While it has been in the traditional medicinal lineup of India for centuries, Dr. Janet Funk, researcher at the UA College of Medicine and the BIO5 Institute, is working to unlock its secrets to treat arthritis, osteoporosis and more.
As a freshman, Honors College student Carina Groves intended to be a music major. Then she took an Honors course on human trafficking that awakened a deeper drive to take a stand. That’s what the Honors College experience is all about: academic rigor, community leadership and finding your purpose.
On December 9, 2010, Mary Poulton was officially inducted as a Distinguished Professor, one of the highest honors a UA professor can achieve. But if you ask the head of the UA Department of Mining and Geological Engineering and director of the new Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources what inspired her to this life of achievement, she’ll tell you, straight up: it all started with a simple box of rocks.
There’s a lot more to studying pharmacy than counting pills in a lab. The VIPER Institute, founded by Associate Professor Leslie Boyer, M.D., gives students the chance to go out in the field and study venomous critters like the bark scorpion. From Morocco to Mexico, they are participating in exciting, ground-breaking research on anti-venoms that will save lives.
A visit to the UA’s Biosphere 2 facility offers a one-of-a-kind educational experience. Still, how could that experience be made more relevant to life outside the glass? The College of Education’s Earth Education Research and Evaluation Team has helped B2 zero in on the answers.
For some people valley fever is so mild they never know they had it. Others end up in wheelchairs. Some die. At least 150,000 infections occur each year – two thirds of them in the “valley fever corridor” spanning from Tucson to Phoenix. You get valley fever by breathing in spores that can lodge in the lungs. Today there is no cure – but UA researchers may be close. And that could make us all breathe easier.