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UA Optics at Heart of Telescope Poised to Catch the Action in the Universe

UANews | August 6, 2014
The National Science Foundation has agreed to fund the construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which is built around a revolutionary optical mirror setup designed at the UA. The instrument will scan large swaths of the night sky, and capture images of exploding stars, passing asteroids and other short-lived phenomena in the cosmos.

Galápagos Hawks Hand Down Lice Like Family Heirlooms, Study Finds

UANews | August 6, 2014
Studying Galápagos hawks and their lice, a UA-led research team provides some of the first field evidence for co-divergence between parasites and hosts as a major driver of biodiversity. Among the findings: As the birds diversify into distinct populations on each island, their parasites diversify with them.

Breathing Deeply – and Safely – After a Fire

UANews | July 31, 2014
UA researchers are working to ensure that firefighters can breathe safely when cleaning up from a fire by improving the breathing apparatuses they and other first responders use to protect themselves from dangerous gases that can be emitted after a blaze is extinguished.

UA Engineering Student Holding Her Own in Multiple Mining Internships

UANews | July 30, 2014
Danielle Taran’s internships have zigzagged her across Texas and stepped her through the life of a mine – from digging coal to reclaiming land. The first-generation college student played at Carnegie Hall in high school and is now holding her own in a field where men have dominated for centuries.

Generating a Genome to Feed the World: UA-Led Team Decodes African Rice

UANews | July 28, 2014
An international team of scientists led by the UA has sequenced the genome of African rice. The new information could help answer the 9 billion-people question by producing rice that survives better in areas hit hardest by hunger.

Support for UA Native American Grad Students Gets Boost With $2.4M Grant

UANews | July 23, 2014
The UA and three other higher education institutions have united to increase the number of American Indian and Alaska Native students in the STEM fields. The collaboration has just received a $2.4 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the program, which was founded at the UA.

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