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UA aerospace and mechanical engineering professor Erdogan Madenci, working with assistant professor of materials science and engineering Robert Erdmann, will head a new $7.5 million multidisciplinary university research initiative to predict damage and failure of materials used in applications ranging from microchips to spaceships. The project will be based on the emerging theory of peridynamics, which enables modeling of material fracture and failure.
Max Li, a UA doctoral student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is testing mechanisms that determine why some plant species dominate in nature while others stably coexist. His research in the Southern Arizona desert could help inform policies to curb the spread of invasive species.
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.
On a study abroad trip in India, two UA students came up with the idea for a mobile app that makes it faster and easier for people to connect with each other via multiple social media sites simultaneously. SociaLink, developed by Michael Jacobs and Hector Rosales, is now available for download at the Apple Store.
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 for the iPlant Collaborative will allow scientists around the world to collaborate and use proven computational tools to analyze and manage massive biological datasets to address questions of scientific, national and global importance.
Rabies cases in humans are rare, but people can still contract the disease. UA undergraduate researcher Robert Clark, who conducted an investigation into animal cases of rabies in Pima County, is now working to enhance public education around rabies prevention. With World Rabies Day approaching, he already has begun informing school nurses and educators about how to protect against the disease.
Researchers in the UA's Eller College of Management have been awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation, totaling $5.4 million, for projects that will address significant cybersecurity research and education challenges facing the U.S. and the world.
A UA engineering faculty member has developed an app designed to help users navigate traffic and cut down on travel time. Smartrek, set to launch this month in the Los Angeles and Phoenix metro areas, 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.
The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project, led by UA geoscientist Andrew S. Cohen, has been awarded $4.78 million from the National Science Foundation to continue and expand its research on human evolution and climate. Researchers anticipate their findings will transform our understanding of how environmental and climate change affected the evolution of our ancestors and have implications for humans today.
The UA is leading the new multi-university Broadband Wireless Access & Applications Center, which unites collaborators from universities and industry who are focused on developing the next generation of reliable and sustainable broadband wireless technologies. The center is backed by National Science Foundation funding of nearly $1.6 million over the next five years and industry support of about $4 million.