July 2013: UANews Month in Review

July 31, 2013

During the month of July, the UA saw more national and international recognition, gained more for research advances and also loss of some members of the Wildcat family.

Here, we offer a review of some of the important UA stories that ran in July 2013:

Photo credit: Chris Richards, csrichards.com

Wear Your Vegetables: Could Broccoli Hold the Key to Skin Cancer Prevention?

With skin cancer emerging as one of the world's most prevalent forms of cancer, researchers are using every tool at their disposal to fight this disease. The tool of choice for Sally Dickinson? Broccoli. A diet heavy in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli sprouts, has shown potential risk-reduction properties for colorectal, prostate and various other forms of cancer.

Good Vibrations: Mediating Mood Through Brain Ultrasound

UA researchers have found in a recent study that ultrasound waves applied to specific areas of the brain appear able to alter patients' moods. The discovery has led the scientists to conduct further investigations with the hope that this technique could one day be used to treat conditions such as depression and anxiety. Dr. Stuart Hameroff, professor emeritus of the UA's departments of anesthesiology and psychology and director of the UA's Center for Consciousness Studies, is lead author on the first clinical study of brain ultrasound, which was published in the journal Brain Stimulation.

Photo courtesy of Garret Zuppiger's blog

1985-2013: Zuppiger, Hotshot Firefighter and UA Alumnus

Garret Zuppiger, who graduated from the UA in 2008, was among the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots Crew firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire, the deadliest wildfire in Arizona history. Those who knew Zuppiger, a May 2008 Eller College of Management graduate who lived in Prescott, Ariz., describe him as generous, humble and deeply invested in his work as a firefighter.

UA Study: Evolution Too Slow to Keep Up With Climate Change

A study led by a UA ecologist has found that many species evolve too slowly to adapt to the rapid climate change expected in the next 100 years. Many vertebrate species would have to evolve about 10,000 times faster than they have in the past to adapt to the rapid climate change expected in the next 100 years, a study led by a UA ecologist has found.  Scientists analyzed how quickly species adapted to different climates in the past, using data from 540 living species from all major groups of terrestrial vertebrates, including amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. They then compared their rates of evolution to rates of climate change projected for the end of this century. This is the first study to compare past rates of adaption to future rates of climate change.

UA President Hart Named Among Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Arizona Business Magazine has recognized University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart as one of the"50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business." The magazine noted that Hart and others on the list are innovative business leaders working to transform the state's community.

Photo credit: Patrick McArdle/UANews

UA Mineral Museum Receives Its Largest Donation of Minerals Ever

The UA's Mineral Museum recently received its largest collection of minerals ever donated. The museum, which is part of UA's Department of Geosciences, received more than 8,000 mineral samples, including about 1,000 species the museum did not have. This donation is marked as one of the world's most significant single donations of research minerals. Given the amassed collection, the database of minerals may eventually help scientists to identify rocks on Mars.

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Fans Flock to LSFF Seating Open House

The last weekend in July marked the first general open house for Arizona football fans to tour the new seating areas at the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility (LSFF), located at Arizona Stadium, including the north end zone lower bowl and club areas. More than 1,000 people attended the free event, purchasing more than 250 season tickets.

New Series Features UA Grad's Work Saving Sea Turtles

UA alumnus Wallace J. Nichols, known internationally for his work saving sea turtles, is featured in an episode of the Weather.com's new series, BRINK. The series launched July 8, and the episode featuring Nichols spotlights the work he has done as a conservationist and activist to help save sea turtles from extinction.

Downtown Art Installation Captures Beauty of Tumamoc Hill

Poet Eric Magrane and photographer Paul Mirocha worked together to create an art installation in the windows of the University of Arizona Downtown building. The piece combines photography and natural elements taken from Tumamoc Hill, as well as poetry invoking a strong monsoon season.

Photo credit: Beatriz Verdugo/UANews

Wildcats Make National Wheelchair Basketball Team

The UA has strong representation on the USA Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team, which will compete nationally and internationally and vie for a spot in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil. Of the 16-member team, which is being led by Paralympic gold medalist Stephanie Wheeler of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, five are affiliated with the UA's Adaptive Athletics Women's Basketball Team.

UA Professor to Photograph World's Last Wild Apple Forests

Renowned landscape photographer and UA professor Frank Gohlke will photograph the world's last wild apple forests in Kazakhstan, a once-in-a-lifetime project made possible by a Fulbright Scholar grant. Gohlke, the recipient of two Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships, will add images from his exploration of the wild apple forests around the city of Almaty to an acclaimed and widely exhibited body of work that includes projects photographing grain elevators in the American heartland, the aftermath of the Mount St. Helens eruption and post-tornado landscapes.

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