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'American Idiot' Performer Returns to UA to Teach Guitar Class

UA grad Daniel Vildósola, who recently finished touring with the Broadway musical "American Idiot," taught a special class to students in the nonprofit Lead Guitar program on music theory and the guitar techniques they need to play hit songs from the show, which was written by the band Green Day. The students, who come from underserved schools around Tucson, were then treated to free tickets to the musical, which was staged by UApresents, and a private Q-and-A session with the performers. 

Countdown Starts for UA-led Asteroid Mission

UANews | December 10, 2013
The countdown clock officially started on Dec. 9, with 999 days remaining until the projected launch of the first NASA mission to bring back a sample from a pristine, primitive asteroid. The event also marked the launch of an engaging social media and public outreach campaign to share the excitement of the mission's progress across the world.

Video: 'Inside Out' Project Brings Global Art Movement to UA Campus

Begun by French street artist JR in 2011, "Inside Out" is an international, participatory art project that encourages people to paste larger-than-life self-portraits in public places. The idea is to give participants an opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement about what they stand for. On Monday, portraits of 48 students from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese were placed on the outside of the Modern Languages building.

Video: Mirror Lab Unveils Third GMT Mirror

The UA Steward Observatory Mirror Lab has unveiled the third primary mirror for the Giant Magellan Telescope. After spending three months rotating in a custom-built furnace, the mirror is ready for polishing.

Tis the Season to be Poisoned

The holidays are a time for family, friends, joy and cheer. But it's also a season with its own set of hazardous substances. An exhibit at the Arizona Health Sciences Library - called "Tis the Season to be Poisoned" - features safety tips and resources for staying healthy and safe. The display, presented by the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, is open to the public until Jan. 9. 

Death and Dying in the Movies

UANews | December 11, 2013
A new book co-edited by two UA psychology faculty members explores how death – and fear of death – is portrayed in film. "Death in Classic and Contemporary Film: Fade to Black" features essays by psychologists, philosophers, film critics, screenwriters and academics. They look at how "the end" as it is depicted in dramas, comedies, horror movies and even superhero flicks.

UA Astronomers Discover Planet That Shouldn't Be There

UANews | December 5, 2013
An international team of astronomers, led by a University of Arizona graduate student, has discovered the most distantly orbiting planet found to date around a single, sun-like star. Weighing in at 11 times Jupiter’s mass and orbiting its star at 650 times the average Earth-Sun distance, planet HD 106906 b is unlike anything in our own Solar System and defies current planet formation theories.

Kisses and Cuddles, Dr. Otis Prescribes Puppy Love to Patients at Diamond Children's

For the last two years Dr. Otis, a 4-year-old Goldendoodle has visited patients at the The University of Arizona Medical Center Diamond Children's. Armed with his own scrubs, a stethoscope and lots of love, Dr. Otis is a certified therapy dog who travels from room to room bringing his special breed of calmness and cheer to patients, family members and medial staff. 

A School in the Sky: UA Science and Tucson Students

UANews | November 27, 2013
The UA's Sky School program brings K-12 Tucson students out of the city to the astronomical observatory atop Mt. Lemmon, where they explore, learn about science and the natural world, and design their own experiments under the guidance of UA graduate student scientists.

Arizona Universities Expand AZ Earn to Learn Need-Based Financial Aid Program

UANews | November 27, 2013
AZ Earn to Learn, a unique savings and financial education program launched last year by the UA, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University in partnership with the Arizona nonprofit Live the Solution, has received a second round of funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Assets for Independence program. Now funded with $3.47 million in grants, the program is expected to be able to serve 1,565 students across Arizona.