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Tomorrow's Pacemakers: Batteries Not Included

UANews | February 3, 2014
A collaboration between the University of Arizona and the University of Illinois has resulted in tiny power generators that can convert the motion of a beating heart into electrical energy. The technology could someday spare patients from undergoing the medical procedures necessary to replace batteries in medical devices.

NASA's Next-Generation Space Telescope is Coming Together

UANews | February 3, 2014
Built in part with UA know-how, the instrumentation for the James Webb Space Telescope has come together for the first time. Components the UA helped develop are being mounted into the telescope structure with other critical parts. The next step is testing, when the assembly will be subjected to the conditions of deep space.

Who Won't Take Their Medicine?

UANews | January 30, 2014
Massachusetts passed a health care reform law in 2006, followed a few years later by congressional passage of the Affordable Care Act. UA anthropologist Susan J. Shaw and UA pharmacist Jeannie Lee have received $1.48 million from the NIH to find out what Massachusetts can tell the rest of the country about how changes in health care policy may affect patients' ability to stay on their medications.

UA Civil Engineering Prof, Alum Blast-Proof New UN Headquarters in Beirut

UANews | January 29, 2014
United Nations personnel recently moved into their new headquarters in Beirut, after civil engineering professor emeritus Mo Ehsani’s company, QuakeWrap, finished a blast-proofing retrofit with the help of UA engineering alum Rabih Hajjar, who lives in Lebanon. "I was lucky enough to have a smart engineer like Rabih as my student," Ehsani says. "He was my obvious choice when we needed help in Lebanon."

UA Undergraduate Researcher Earns Prestigious National Award

UANews | January 27, 2014
UA Honors College student Daniel Fried has been named a Churchill Scholar, a nationally competitive award granted to 14 students from across the U.S. for one year of advanced study at the University of Cambridge. Fried, who is studying computer science, mathematics and information science, will pursue a master's in computational semantics.

UA Researchers Find Culprit Behind Skeletal Muscle Disease

UANews | January 27, 2014
Genetic mutations in titin, a protein that is vital for proper muscular function, can cause skeletal muscle disease, according to a new study by UA doctoral candidate Danielle Buck and her mentor, Henk Granzier, published Monday in the Journal of General Physiology. The work answers a question that remained after previous studies, which couldn't say if the deviations caused myopathies, or merely resulted from them.