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Undergrad's Research Involves Plant With Anti-Tumor Potential

UANews | February 18, 2014
UA junior Philipp von Bieberstein is doing independent study research on the medicinal plant Withania somnifera, a member of the tomato family that contains a potential anti-tumor agent. He is comparing growth of the plant in hydroponic versus aeroponic systems. Student-initiated research projects let undergrads delve into their own particular interests, he says. "Unlike in a classroom setting, you learn by actually planning everything."

Conference Connects UA Students With Industry Executives

UANews | February 10, 2014
Industry executives from Nike, Target and PetSmart will visit campus later this month for a conference aimed at helping students leverage their unique millennial talents to advance their careers. The conference, which is coordinated by the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the UA, also will address the value of diversity in the workplace.

First-Year UA Minority Student Retention Rate Highest Ever

UANews | February 7, 2014
The first-year retention rate for ethnic minorities who were first-time freshmen in fall 2012 was 80.9 percent. Student diversity also is up. During the fall semester, more than 36 percent of students were minorities, up from 34.9 percent during the fall of 2012 and 24.4 percent a decade ago.

UA Wind Quintet is Finalist in National Competition

UANews | January 30, 2014
Members of the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet at the UA are preparing to perform in the national Collegiate Chamber Music Finals, which will be held in Chicago in March. The UA School of Music group became a national finalist after winning the Southwest division of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chamber Music Competition.

UA, Google Creating Digital Maps to Help Preserve Cultural Heritage of Russian Community

UANews | January 29, 2014
Through a collaboration with Google Earth Outreach, a UA anthropologist and a doctoral student are helping create customized digital maps of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, where members of an indigenous community are in danger of losing their language. By capturing geographic and cultural information specific to the Itelmen people, the maps will hopefully help preserve their culture and empower them politically.

Three UA Students Picked for Internships at Winter Olympics

UANews | January 27, 2014
Three UA students are headed to Sochi to work as interns at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Joseph Shaw, Desiree Piazza and Heather Smyser will complete for-credit internships with NBCUniversal. All three students are fluent in Russian and are either pursuing or have already earned degrees from the UA Department of Russian and Slavic Studies. NBCUniversal approached the UA because of its strong programs in Russian language and culture.