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UA Study on Flu Evolution May Change Textbooks, History Books

UANews | February 14, 2014
A new study reconstructing the evolutionary tree of flu viruses challenges conventional wisdom and solves some of the mysteries surrounding flu outbreaks of historical significance, including the influenza pandemic of 1918. The research is likely to change how scientists and health experts look at the history of influenza virus, as well as how it travels among birds, humans, horses and pigs.

Pizza Herb Could Help Curb Foodborne Illness

UANews | February 11, 2014
Carvacrol, the primary active component in oregano oil, effectively kills norovirus, a common cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in hospitals, schools and cruise ships, UA researchers have found. Their study is the first to shed light on exactly how the plant compound renders the virus ineffective.

UA Regents' Professor Elected to National Academy of Engineering

UANews | February 7, 2014
Harrison Barrett, a UA Regents' Professor who has made groundbreaking advances in medical imaging, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Barrett directs the UA Center for Gamma-Ray Imaging, which develops new imaging tools for basic research in fields like cardiovascular disease, cognitive neuroscience, breast cancer and tumor detection.

A New Tool in the Search for Extraterrestrial Life: A Tricked-Out Point-and-Shoot

UANews | February 7, 2014
UA engineers have turned an off-the-shelf digital camera into an imaging device that could be key in the search for life forms on other planets. Unlike existing cameras, the prototype developed by the UA-led team can photograph things up close and far away, with a price tag of less than $200.

Mathematical Model Developed by UA Physicists Could Help Treat Lyme Disease

UANews | February 6, 2014
A computer simulation of Lyme disease rash reveals how the bacteria and the immune cell populations change over the course of the infection. The model might help doctors better predict the spread of the bacteria in the early stages when antibiotics are most effective.

$10M Gift to Optical Sciences is Largest Gift for Scholarships in UA History

UANews | February 5, 2014
The gift from James C. Wyant, professor emeritus of optical sciences, will go toward scholarships for graduate students. "His gift helps ensure that our legacy of innovation and excellence continues for another 50 years and beyond," said Thomas L. Koch, dean of the College of Optical Sciences.