Science and Technology

Minying Cai (left) and Victor Hruby (right) invented the peptides for novel skin cancer prevention. (Photo: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona)
May 31, 2018
Melanin represents the body's natural defense against cancer-causing UV rays. The UA has licensed two melanin-producing peptides to startup MCR Therapeutics.
(Composite image: Bob Demers/UANews)
May 30, 2018
The UA program, begun less than two years ago, becomes one of only 20 to be recognized by the National Security Agency for teaching specialized technologies and techniques.
Weijian Zhou (left) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Xi’an and Warren Beck (right) of the University of Arizona at a cross-section of a hill near Xi’an, China, examining layers of loess soil that represent thousands of years of soil deposition. (Photo: © 2009 Xian Feng, Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
May 24, 2018
The Earth's glacial/interglacial cycles depend on how much the sun warms the middle of the planet, not the northernmost region, according to new UA-led research.
The UA has opened doors for former transfer student and new alumna Fernanda Fraijo Arce. "I wouldn't change (the experience) for anything," she says.
May 23, 2018
The welcoming culture has been recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, an honors society for community college students, which named the University to its 2018 Transfer Honor Roll.
May 16, 2018
The UA College of Humanities is exploring the intersection of technology and the humanities, focusing on the vital role of human context and perspective in guiding digital innovations.
The inactive form (left) of the MAPK p38 enzyme moves in an uncoordinated fashion. Once the necessary molecules (blue blob and P symbols) bind, the enzyme becomes active (right) by moving in a coordinated fashion to do its job inside a cell. (Credit: Senthil Ganesan, UA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
May 15, 2018
Moving correctly is crucial for a kinase enzyme, a UA-led research team discovered. The finding may present new avenues for developing drugs for cancer and other diseases.
May 15, 2018
A team of researchers at the UA College of Optical Sciences has invented a new breed of spectrometer capable of rapidly analyzing the chemical makeup of materials. Their first target market: natural products and pharmaceuticals.
From left: Tito Romero (of Flowers and Bullets Collective, or FB); Jacob Robles (FB); Moses Thompson (Tucson Unified School District); Silvia Isabel Valdillez (FB), Heather Gray (FB) and Sallie Marston (UA). (Photo: Matt Doolen)
May 14, 2018
The winning La Siembra project involves the community in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of an urban farm on the vacant site of the former Julia Keen Elementary School.
Biosystems engineering researcher Bonnie Hurwitz (right) and associate professor of pharmacology George Watts work with research specialist Candice Clark-Mason in the lab. (Photo: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona)
May 8, 2018
With her love of genomics and computer programming, researcher Bonnie Hurwitz works in metagenomics, or the sequencing of the whole communities of microorganisms within a sample.