The University of Arizona

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.

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.