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Birdsong Could Offer Clues to Human Speech Disorders

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:00am
By studying the brain of the zebra finch, UA assistant professor Julie Miller hopes to expand our knowledge of the speech problems associated with Parkinson's disease.

UA Tops $606 Million in Research Activity

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 12:00am
Ranked by the National Science Foundation as one of the nation's top 20 public research universities, the UA expects to reach three-quarters of a billion dollars in research expenditures in the next decade.

UA Computer Scientists Push for Code Sharing

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 12:00am
Code that supports computer systems research does not always accompany its publication, which can keep others from repeating the experiment.

Report: Science Can Estimate Climate Change's Role

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 12:00am
A committee of climate experts that includes the UA's Kathy Jacobs says that it's possible to attribute changes in the frequency or severity of some extreme weather events to climate change.

UA's Space Expertise Seen as Key for US Security

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 12:00am
With space becoming "increasingly congested and contested," a new UA research initiative in space object behavioral sciences is described as vital to national interests.

Colorado River Flows Reduced by Warmer Spring Temps

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 12:00am
A UA-led study, the first to examine the instrumental historical record, discovers that temperature has played a larger role in streamflow and in exacerbating drought.

2 UA Researchers Named Sloan Foundation Fellows

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 12:00am
Faculty members Matthias Morzfeld and Eduardo Rozo are among 126 to be awarded the fellowships, which provide $55,000 to distinguished early-career researchers.

Shipwrecks, Tree Rings Reveal Caribbean Hurricanes

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 12:00am
A UA-led study is the first to use shipwrecks as a proxy for hurricane activity. Learning more about how hurricanes correlated with climate for the past 500 years may lead to better regional predictions of hurricanes.

UA Experts Say Apple-FBI Case Portends Future

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 12:00am
The battle is significant because the government is out to establish a legal precedent, according to law professor Derek Bambauer and information professor Yotam Shmargad.

The Reason for Mars’ Tumultuous Past

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 12:00am
UA planetary scientist Isamu Matsuyama has helped unravel dramatic events in the early history of Mars. Everything changed when massive volcanic eruptions initiated changes that eventually caused the entire planet to tip over.

Drought in Eastern Mediterranean Worst of Past 900 Years

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 12:00am
Studies from the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research contradict previous research that suggested when the eastern Mediterranean was dry, the western Mediterranean was wet — and vice versa.

Festival to Feature Science, Society, New Works

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 12:00am
The annual Tucson Festival of Books, to be held March 12 and 13 on campus with the UA as a major sponsor, has generated more than $1.2 million in donations toward efforts to improve literacy in southern Arizona.

UA Startup Caltrode Tackles Galvanic Corrosion

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 12:00am
Researchers have invented a new type of sensor designed to work effectively in high-temperature environments, and it has implications for solar power, nuclear reactors and petroleum refining.

No Threat From Brief Exposure to Nanoparticles

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 12:00am
A multi-university research team based at the UA has found that nano-engineered materials widely used in semiconductor manufacturing pose low environmental risk.

Seasonal Changes in Amazon Photosynthesis Explained

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 12:00am
UA-led research finds that synchronization of new-leaf growth with old-leaf loss causes large seasonal increases in "greenness."

UA Inventions Deliver Cleaner Copper, Energy Capture

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 12:00am
A toxin-free method for extracting copper from raw ore and other procedures using molten salts represent an opportunity for a sizable impact in both mining and energy storage.

Inside the 'Turtles of the Plant World'

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 12:00am
The saguaro, an iconic symbol of the Southwest, is receiving more attention than ever from UA researchers wanting to know about its evolution — and from admirers interested in its preservation. With UANews video.

UA's Kittles Breaks New Ground in Genetics

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 12:00am
A lifelong quest for self-discovery has led Rick Kittles, director of the UA's Division of Population Genetics, toward a number of significant findings for African-Americans. The final installment in our Black History Month series highlighting the trailblazing efforts of African-Americans at the University.

UA's Catalina Sky Survey Helps Explain Puzzling Observations

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 12:00am
A new study has found that most asteroids are destroyed long before a collision with the sun can occur, and Catalina's data was instrumental in reaching that conclusion.

OSIRIS-REx Invites Public to Send Artwork to Asteroid

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 12:00am
The #WeTheExplorers campaign invites the public to express how the mission’s spirit of exploration is reflected in their own lives. Artwork will be saved on a chip on the spacecraft.