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UA Undergraduate Receives $10,000 From Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

UANews | October 29, 2013
UA undergraduate Eric Hansen has won a prestigious $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Former NASA astronaut Ed Gibson will present the check to Hansen during a public lecture and ceremony on Friday. Hansen, who started as a creative writing major at the UA, later discovered a passion for science and math.

UA Student Finds 'Hawaiian Beach' Sand on Mars

UANews | October 23, 2013
The world's largest database of minerals, developed and housed at the UA, enables NASA to identify the minerals that make up the soil on Mars. Some of those minerals are the same as you'd find on a beach in Hawaii. UA graduate student Shaunna Morrison, a member of the science team for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, is helping to uncover the secrets of the Red Planet.

UA Class Analyzes Language Through Word Puzzles

UANews | October 22, 2013
UA professor Richard Ruiz is teaching a course on word puzzles that helps students understand how one word can mean different things depending on the context. The course is offered to incoming and first-year Honors College students. The students work on one major crossword puzzle every week.

CALS Ambassadors Harvest Pumpkins and Marketable Skills

UANews | October 18, 2013
Student ambassadors in the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences serve as peer recruiters for the college, while learning about leadership, communication and traditional agriculture. They come in contact with more than 6,000 Arizona residents a year as they visit schools, industry organizations, career functions, communities and alumni events. This fall, some of the them also are honing new skills working in a pumpkin patch.

The UA SALT Center, an International Model

UANews | October 17, 2013
For more than three decades, the UA SALT Center has provided resources and support to students with developmental disabilities, including ADHD and autism, before and during their time on campus. With a comprehensive suite of services and a number of collaborative initiatives, the center has been recognized as a model for institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

UA Medical Student Earns Prestigious Physicians of Tomorrow Award

UANews | October 16, 2013
Kevin Hummel, a fourth year UA medical student, is one of just 21 students nationwide to earn the prestigious American Medical Association Physicians of Tomorrow award. Hummel was instrumental in establishing the UA College of Medicine's new "Emerging Leaders in Health Care Innovation" distinction track, designed to provide medical students with competencies in health-care delivery, policy and advocacy, and to prepare them to become the next generation of leaders in health-care delivery innovation.