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United Nations personnel recently moved into their new headquarters in Beirut, after civil engineering professor emeritus Mo Ehsani’s company, QuakeWrap, finished a blast-proofing retrofit with the help of UA engineering alum Rabih Hajjar, who lives in Lebanon. "I was lucky enough to have a smart engineer like Rabih as my student," Ehsani says. "He was my obvious choice when we needed help in Lebanon."
Under the agreement, the UA and the other university partners will streamline processes by sharing resources and creating new pathways that will help develop new technologies quicker. The goal will be to complete research agreements in as little as 30 days and start the actual research sooner than what happens with traditional sponsored research agreements.
Genetic mutations in titin, a protein that is vital for proper muscular function, can cause skeletal muscle disease, according to a new study by UA doctoral candidate Danielle Buck and her mentor, Henk Granzier, published Monday in the Journal of General Physiology. The work answers a question that remained after previous studies, which couldn't say if the deviations caused myopathies, or merely resulted from them.
UA Honors College student Daniel Fried has been named a Churchill Scholar, a nationally competitive award granted to 14 students from across the U.S. for one year of advanced study at the University of Cambridge. Fried, who is studying computer science, mathematics and information science, will pursue a master's in computational semantics.
UA researchers interviewed former geosciences students to learn about incidents that positively or negatively affected their selection of a major. Based on the results, the researchers believe that the numbers of Hispanic students in geosciences could be boosted by getting them more involved in outdoor activities and by reaching out to their parents.
Rain forests may owe much of the high biodiversity for which they are known to tiny fungi in the soil, according to a research study published in Nature. Insects, on the other hand, appear to have less of an impact on plant diversity than previously thought. The study is the first experimental test of the long-standing hypothesis that plant pests can drive tropical plant community diversity.
A drug combination resulting from basic cancer research developed at the UA offers hope for patients with a hereditary predisposition to colon cancer. Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals, a spinoff founded by former UA professor Eugene Gerner, has entered into a licensing agreement with help from Tech Launch Arizona to introduce the drug to markets in Japan and Europe. CPP specializes in prevention therapies for people with an elevated risk of cancer.
A three-minute cartoon video made by two UA graduate students is one of 10 finalists in the Ocean 180 Video Challenge, an outreach campaign designed to inspire scientists to communicate the meaning and significance of scientific research to a broader audience. Disguised as cartoon murder mystery, the clip explains research on marine viruses and their prey in a fun and understandable way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.