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Regents' Professor Michael J. Drake, 1946-2011

UANews | September 21, 2011
Under Michael J. Drake's leadership, the UA's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory grew from a small group of geologists and astronomers into an international powerhouse of research into the solar system.

Bugs on the UA Mall

UANews | September 19, 2011
The UA's first Arizona Insect Festival will offer exhibits and activities for everyone. The Sept. 24 event – one of many things to do on campus during Family Weekend – is free and will highlight the many ways that insects impact our lives.

PipeMedic: Industrial Surgery for Failing Infrastructure

UANews | September 15, 2011
A UA engineering professor's invention helps fix failing pipes that can lead to ruptures that threaten life and property. PipeMedic uses carbon and glass laminates to repair and replace pipelines.

This Beetle Uses Eggs as Shields Against Wasps

UANews | September 13, 2011
Seed beetles often will stack their eggs, using them as shields to protect the bottom egg from attacks by parasitic wasps, reveals new research by doctoral candidate Joseph Deas in the UA's Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Entomology and Insect Science.

Astronomers Plan Last Look at Asteroid Before OSIRIS-REx Launch

UANews | September 13, 2011
Every six years, asteroid 1999 RQ 36 nears Earth. Kicking off a global observation campaign, researchers are set to take advantage of the last asteroid fly-by before the launch of OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S.-led mission to bring back a sample of pristine asteroid material.

When Plants Go Polyploid

UANews | September 12, 2011
Multiplying an entire genome – a naturally occurring process common in plants but less so in other organisms – comes with an evolutionary risk, researchers report in Science magazine. Plant lineages with multiple copies of their genetic information face higher extinction rates than their relatives whose genes were not duplicated.