Science and Technology

The cottonwood and willow trees planted since 2014 at the Miguel Aleman restoration site on the Colorado River Delta form the curved ribbon of dark green along abandoned back channel of the Colorado River. (Photo: Ernesto García Arvizu, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California)
Dec. 14, 2018
Four growing seasons after the engineered spring flood of the Colorado River Delta in March 2014, the delta’s birds, plants and groundwater continue to benefit, according to an International Boundary and Water Commission report prepared by a UA-led team.
Willem van Leeuwen, a UA professor of natural resources and the environment, measures snowpack in a "snow pit" along Arizona's Mogollon Rim during a snow survey in 2017.	(Photo: Patrick Broxton, ©2017)
Dec. 12, 2018
UA-led researchers mapped changes in snow from 1982 to 2016 over the contiguous U.S. and found parts of the West have had a 41 percent reduction in the yearly maximum snow mass.
Keara Burke is an image processing intern on the UA-led OSIRIS-REx NASA mission.
Dec. 10, 2018
Systems engineering and mathematics double major Keara Burke is helping NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft find the perfect place to collect samples on the asteroid Bennu.
This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on Dec. 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). (Image: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona)
Dec. 10, 2018
Observations made by the spacecraft during its approach of Bennu reveal that the asteroid interacted with water in its early history and is an excellent specimen for the mission, which is slated to return a sample of surface material to Earth in 2023.
The Taurus Molecular Cloud, pictured here by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, is a star-forming region about 450 light-years away. The image frame covers roughly 14 by 16 light-years and shows the glow of cosmic dust in the interstellar material that pervades the cloud, revealing an intricate pattern of filaments dotted with a few compact, bright cores — the seeds of future stars. (Image: ESA/Herschel/PACS, SPIRE/Gould Belt survey Key Programme/Palmeirim et al. 2013)
Dec. 6, 2018
A survey of protoplanetary disks surrounding young stars in the Taurus star-forming region turned up a number of disks with features suggesting nascent planets.
Peter and Nancy Salter
Dec. 5, 2018
The gift from UA alumnus Peter Salter and his wife, Nancy Salter, will fund a new biomedical instrument design studio and corresponding course development at the UA College of Engineering.
This image of Bennu was taken by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a distance of around 50 miles (80 km). (Photo: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona)
Dec. 4, 2018
Since its launch on Sept. 8, 2016, OSIRIS-REx has spent two years catching up with asteroid Bennu on its orbit around the sun. The spacecraft's arrival at Bennu on Dec. 3 marks a major milestone, with the mission transitioning from flying toward the asteroid to orbiting around it.
Left to right: Esther Freeman, director of global health dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital; Dongkyun “DK” Kang, UA assistant professor; and Dr. Aggrey Semeere, physician research scientist at the Ugandan Infectious Diseases Institute.
Dec. 4, 2018
Using an affordable, portable device that attaches to a smartphone, a UA researcher and his collaborators hope to save lives in rural Africa.
Left to right: UA College of Optical Sciences Dean Thomas Koch, Professor Emeritus James Wyant and UA President Robert C. Robbins (Photo: Amee Hennig)
Nov. 30, 2018
The gift from the college's founding dean, James Wyant, and his family will add 10 endowed faculty chairs to the nation's largest academic optics education and research program.