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Astronomers Discover Deep-Fried Planets

UANews | December 21, 2011
Two Earth-sized planets have been discovered around a dying star that has passed the red giant stage. The discovery, published in Nature, marks the first known case of planets surviving being engulfed by their parent star and may shed new light on the destiny of stellar and planetary systems, including our solar system.

Sorghum a Sweet Treat for Zoo Animals

UANews | December 19, 2011
Scraps from sweet sorghum harvested by the UA for biofuel production enrich the diets of elephants, monkeys, parrots and other animals in Tucson's Reid Park Zoo. Shaba and Connie, the two elephants, get about an armful of sorghum each three times a week.

UA Couple Among First MASTER-IP Graduates

UANews | December 16, 2011
The UA MASTER-IP is sending off its first cohort of graduates – 14 students. Among them are Carl and Brenda Dickason, a couple that decided to pursue their graduate studies together and now are graduating together.

Meteorite Shockwaves Trigger Dust Avalanches on Mars

UANews | December 15, 2011
Dust avalanches around impact craters on Mars appear to be the result of the shock wave preceding the actual impact, according to a study led by a UA undergraduate student. Small impacts might therefore be more important in shaping the Martian surface than previously thought.

Optics Pioneer Eustace L. Dereniak to Lead SPIE in 2012

UANews | December 13, 2011
For nearly five decades, the UA's Eustace L. Dereniak has explored the frontiers of optics and engineering to help create 21st century breakthroughs in medicine, military hardware, astronomy and many other fields. SPIE is the world's largest professional organization dedicated to optics and photonics.

UA Fund Sends Students on Science Field Trips

UANews | December 12, 2011
Through the UA Field Trip Fund, local students can visit science-related sites both on the UA campus and around southern Arizona. The fund also provides donors with an opportunity for a tax break through their contributions.