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UA Scientists to Begin Construction on NASA Spacecraft that will Visit Asteroid in 2018

UANews | April 10, 2014
The UA-led OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission successfully passed NASA's Mission Critical Design Review, allowing the endeavor to proceed from the planning and design stage to building the spacecraft and developing the ground system in preparation for launch in 2016.

UA Opera to Present 'The Magic Flute'

The University of Arizona Opera Theater is preparing for its spring production of "The Magic Flute," by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The production has a cast of more than 100 student singers, dancers and musicians and will feature costumes designed by Christopher Allen and elaborate sets designed by Sally Day. Performances are scheduled for April 10-13. To buy tickets or learn more, go here

Make the Most of Your Undergraduate Years

This time of year, if you were to ask a random sample of UA seniors what they plan to do after graduation, you would hear a lot of different responses: getting a job, going to graduate school, joining the Peace Corps and so on.

And if you asked a few more questions, you would likely hear interesting stories about how many times those graduates changed their major before deciding on the one, two or three degrees they ultimately earned, along with how they spent their summers and who was influential in their decision-making.

Ancient Fossil Reveals Oldest Known Circulatory System

UANews | April 4, 2014
A fossil creature buried in an "invertebrate version of Pompeii" more than half a billion years ago reveals the first-known cardiovascular system in exquisitely preserved detail. The organ system is surprisingly complex and adds to the notion that sophisticated body plans had already evolved more than half a billion years ago.

Twisting Fate for a Once-in-a-Lifetime International Performance

In this blog post, Stephanie Brink, who graduated from the UA in December 2013, shares her love of opera, and speaks about the definitive moment that led to her cha

UA Combating Health Disparities to Build Healthier Communities

UANews | April 28, 2014
April is National Minority Health Month, a time to raise awareness about lack of access to adequate health care and other health disparities across the nation. At the UA, researchers are improving prevention education and health care for underserved communities in Arizona and beyond.

A New Ocean for the Desert

UANews | March 31, 2014
An ambitious undertaking is underway to turn the former coral reef ocean habitat inside Biosphere 2 into a living lab modeled after the Gulf of California, thriving with research, education and outreach opportunities. Science writer Daniel Stolte strapped on a scuba tank to explore the only "ocean" in the Arizona desert.

New Laser Technology Developed by UA Could Divert Lightning Strikes

UANews | March 31, 2014
Optical scientists at the UA have helped develop a technology capable of sending high-intensity laser beams through the atmosphere much farther than ever before. The work could be used in the future to guide lightning away from buildings.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Takes Over the Mall

Students from the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship presented their innovative new ventures for the very first time at the inaugural McGuire on the Mall event. The trade show allowed students to creatively present their ideas and get feedback from people outside their classroom.