The University of Arizona

The War on Microbes

UANews | June 15, 2011
At the UA, several research teams in various disciplines are working to improve food safety and develop new and effective weapons against an emerging breed of microbes that has become increasingly resistant to conventional antibiotics, as the recent outbreak in Germany shows.

Snowpack Declines in Rockies Unusual Compared to Past

UANews | June 9, 2011
The reduction in snowpack in the Rocky Mountains over the last 30 years is unusual compared to the past few centuries, according to a new study that includes UA researchers. The warming and snowpack decline are projected to worsen through the 21st century, foreshadowing a strain on water supplies.

Confluence Center Awards Interdisciplinary Grants

UANews | June 8, 2011
The UA's Confluence: Center for Creative Inquiry has awarded grants to six projects led by University faculty members. Some of the projects are designed to improve student engagement, expand multilingual research, improve knowledge about Mexico's history and delve into issues around animals' self-awareness.

UA Scientist, Kavli Laureate Meets With President Obama

UANews | June 7, 2011
Roger Angel, director of the UA Steward Observatory Mirror Lab and Regents' Professor of Astronomy and Optical Sciences, met with President Barack Obama this week at the White House. Angel joined fellow Kavli Laureates for the meeting.

Industry Helps Students Reanimate Robotic Mine Vehicles

UANews | June 3, 2011
In just 10 weeks, UA engineering students took five crates of surplus hardware and two heavy-duty test vehicles, which didn't run, and mixed them with youthful enthusiasm, tenacity and many long hours to build a couple of robotic vehicles that recently drove themselves around the UA's test mine.

At UA, Industry Enables Education

UANews | June 3, 2011
Tucson Embedded Systems played a key role in student efforts to resurrect two autonomous mine vehicles last semester in ENGR 450/550. The company donated an 8,000-square-foot lab space complete with vehicle hoist, and it provided racks, flat benches, power strips, cleaning agents and other supplies.