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Outreach to Parents Could Draw More Hispanics to Geosciences, UA Researchers Say

UANews | January 24, 2014
UA researchers interviewed former geosciences students to learn about incidents that positively or negatively affected their selection of a major. Based on the results, the researchers believe that the numbers of Hispanic students in geosciences could be boosted by getting them more involved in outdoor activities and by reaching out to their parents.

Fungi are the 'Secret Police' in Rain Forest Diversity, Study Finds

UANews | January 22, 2014
Rain forests may owe much of the high biodiversity for which they are known to tiny fungi in the soil, according to a research study published in Nature. Insects, on the other hand, appear to have less of an impact on plant diversity than previously thought. The study is the first experimental test of the long-standing hypothesis that plant pests can drive tropical plant community diversity.

Licensing Agreement Brings UA-Developed Drug to Cancer Patients Outside U.S.

UANews | January 21, 2014
A drug combination resulting from basic cancer research developed at the UA offers hope for patients with a hereditary predisposition to colon cancer. Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals, a spinoff founded by former UA professor Eugene Gerner, has entered into a licensing agreement with help from Tech Launch Arizona to introduce the drug to markets in Japan and Europe. CPP specializes in prevention therapies for people with an elevated risk of cancer.

Microbial Murder Mystery Lands Two UA Students in Top 10 of Ocean Science Video Challenge

UANews | January 17, 2014
A three-minute cartoon video made by two UA graduate students is one of 10 finalists in the Ocean 180 Video Challenge, an outreach campaign designed to inspire scientists to communicate the meaning and significance of scientific research to a broader audience. Disguised as cartoon murder mystery, the clip explains research on marine viruses and their prey in a fun and understandable way.

UA Mathematician Earns Presidential Early Career Award

UANews | January 16, 2014
UA associate professor David Savitt has been given the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists, the highest honor the U.S. government gives to science and engineering professionals who are in the early stages of their independent research careers. The award recognizes those who hold great promise for making significant contributions in their fields.

OSIRIS-REx and Planetary Society Launch 'Messages to Bennu' Campaign

UANews | January 15, 2014
Members of the public can have their names carried aboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft when it leaves on a round-trip voyage to asteroid Bennu. Led by the UA, the OSIRIS-REx mission will scoop a sample from the asteroid and return it to Earth, where it will help scientists better understand how the planets and our solar system came to be.

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