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What Sea Squirts Can Teach Us About the Heart

UANews | April 8, 2011
Scientists and clinicians at the UA are working together to develop better diagnostics and therapies to manage heart defects in newborns. An obscure filter-feeding sea animal holds the promise of helping them unravel the complex mechanisms underlying heart formation and develop new diagnostics for congenital heart defects.

Observing Nature to Help Make Sense of a Complex World

UANews | April 8, 2011
UA marine ecologist Rafe Sagarin is among the 180 artists, scholars and scientists from the U.S. and Canada to receive a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship Award to explore how simple naturalistic observations are the key to understanding the world's complexity and uncertainty.

UA Offices, Programs Promote Undergraduate Research

UANews | April 8, 2011
The U.S. House of Representatives initiated Undergraduate Research Week in April, noting that undergraduate researchers, such as those at the UA, are essential in "pushing the nation’s innovation agenda forward."

Instant Evolution in Whiteflies: Just Add Bacteria

UANews | April 7, 2011
In a case of rapid evolution, bacteria have been found to give whiteflies – crop-damaging insects of global importance – an edge over their uninfected peers, new research from the UA suggests. The discovery may have implications for pest distribution and management.

Tumamoc Launches Walking Docent Program

UANews | April 6, 2011
UA Science: Tumamoc is seeking volunteers to become "walking docents" at Tumamoc Hill. The docents will provide information about Tumamoc's rich archaeology and ecology, and its scientific and cultural history to the many people who regularly walk the hill.

Frozen Comet Had a Watery Past, UA Scientists Find

UANews | April 5, 2011
UA scientists have found convincing evidence for the presence of liquid water in a comet, shattering the current paradigm that comets never get warm enough to melt the ice that makes up the bulk of their material.