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UA Ranked Second in the Nation for Physical Sciences Research Funding

UANews | March 19, 2014
Of more 539 universities ranked for research and development (R&D) expenditures in the physical sciences – astronomy including space exploration, optics, physics and chemistry – , the UA comes in second and number one for astronomy. The data are published in the latest report on R&D expenditures compiled by the National Science Foundation for fiscal year 2012.

Arizona Poetry Out Loud Finals Held at UA for First Time

The annual Poetry Out Loud state final was held at the University of Arizona for the first time during the Tucson Festival of Books. The Arizona Commission on the Arts partnered with the UA Poetry Center to administer the nationwide program in Arizona, where high school students compete by memorizing and reciting famous poems of their choosing. The winner, Matthew Kaplan, will continue on to the national final in Washington, D.C., with the chance to win a $20,000 scholarship.

First Case of March Madness Reported in Tucson

The University of Arizona College of Nursing has reported the first confirmed case of March Madness in 2014. Each year, this highly contagious, seasonal condition affects tens of thousands of people in the Tucson area. Please share this breaking news with family, friends and colleagues.

UANews Asks: What’s Your Favorite Childhood Book?

In anticipation of the Tucson Festival of Books, we asked UA students to tell us about their favorite childhood books. Find out which stories they loved in this video. And catch the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend on the UA campus. More information can be found at

Artists Draw from Life, Nature, Science on Tumamoc Hill

Tumamoc Hill is an important landmark for scientific research, a popular hiking destination and a fascinating archeological and historical site. In addition, it is now the subject of a book of poems and sketches inspired by and produced on the hill itself. The book, "This Piece of Earth," is a collaboration between poets, sketch artists and Paul Mirocha, an illustrator and Tumamoc’s artist in residence. 

Black History Month: A Professor and Student Discuss Being Black in Academia

Assistant professor Bryan Carter sits down with PhD candidate Dee Hill Zuganelli for a frank discussion on what it’s like to be black in academia. Topics include the importance of community, the challenges of being different, and practical advice on how to support other minorities in academia. 

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Students, Recent Alums Honored for Academics and Service

Twelve UA students and alumni were honored as Pillars of Excellence by the UA Office of the President, the UA BookStores and the Honors College for making important contributions, both on and off campus, during a reception last week.

Giant Magellan Telescope Poised to Enter Construction Phase

UANews | February 20, 2014
The Giant Magellan Telescope has completed its design phase, clearing the way to production. The GMT is not only the largest telescope ever built, but it features the world's most advanced mirror design, which was developed at the UA. The telescope will allow astronomers to explore potentially habitable planets and peer back in time to the universe's infancy.

Black History Month: COM Admissions Director Reflects on Two Inspirational Figures

In honor of Black History Month, UANews is asking African American students and employees about people who were influential and inspirational to them. In this video, Tanisha Price-Johnson, the director of admissions at the College of Medicine, shares her thoughts on two people who played a role in her decision to pursue a career in higher education.

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A Road Map – and Dictionary – for the Brain

UANews | February 18, 2014
In an unprecedented effort to standardize the anatomical nomenclature of insect brains, UA neuroscientists have helped create a road map for discoveries that will advance studies of human brain function and disease. Their work, published in the scientific journal Neuron and available to the public, includes hundreds of images and 3-D video animations.