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Diamond 'Super-Earth' May Not be Quite as Precious, UA Graduate Student Finds

UANews | October 7, 2013
An alien world believed to be the first-known planet to consist largely of diamond now appears less likely to be of such precious nature, according to a new analysis led by UA graduate student Johanna Teske. The new research will be published in the Astrophysical Journal.

UA Grad's Wildlife Master's Project Adopted by State Transportation Department

UANews | October 4, 2013
For her master's project at the UA, Sara Sillars studied and designed a wildlife corridor project for Interstate 10 east of Tucson. The project has since been adopted by the Arizona Department of Transportation. Sillars, now a geographic information systems analyst for Pacific Gas and Electric, says the UA's Masters of Science in GIS Technology program gave her valuable real-world experience.

Flawed Diamonds: Gems for New Technology

UANews | October 3, 2013
A team of researchers led by UA assistant professor Vanessa Huxter has made the first detailed observation of how energy travels through diamonds that contain nitrogen-vacancy centers. The unexpected and attractive properties of these "flawed" diamonds put them in the spotlight as promising candidates for a variety of technological advances.

Energy Department Awards UA-Led Team $8M to Research Algae Biofuel

UANews | October 2, 2013
The UA is the lead institution for the Regional Algal Feedstock Testbed partnership, which was recently awarded $8 million over four years by the Department of Energy to research how algae can be grown year-round outdoors in open ponds in different climates. The UA's Kimberly Ogden and others are looking at algae as a potential means to fuel the future.

Entomology Professor Gets Grant to Study Bacteria in Wasps

UANews | September 30, 2013
UA entomology professor Molly Hunter has received a $520,000 National Science Foundation grant to explore bacterial manipulation of insect reproduction. In the three-year study, Hunter and her team will research the genomic and cytological mechanisms used by the bacterium Cardinium to manipulate reproduction of parasitic wasps that attack whiteflies, a growing agricultural pest concern.

In the Bull's-Eye of Climate Change

UANews | September 27, 2013
During a public forum, a panel of UA climate experts commented on the latest United Nations report on climate change and explained what the findings likely mean for Arizona and the Southwest. Arizona is warming faster than any of the other lower 48 states and water will become a more pressing issue as precipitation patterns change and conditions become hotter and drier.