KGUN-TV Series on UA Research

Dec. 1, 2014

This fall, KGUN-TV ran a multi-part series on University of Arizona research, highlighting why scientific research is not only necessary, but how it has direct impacts on local, national and international communities.

Reporter Rikki Mitchell featured University researchers who, among other things, are leading a major asthma study in Tucson schools and overseeing the research and development of a technology intent to one day enable astronauts to grow vegetables in space.

Gene Giacomelli is director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center. (Photo credit: Norma Jean Gargasz/UANews)

All segments are available online:

Sept. 12: UA professor photographs border markers in "life-changing" journey highlights U.S.-Mexico border region projects led by UA School of Art professor David Taylor. Taylor received research and artistic creation fellowship for his work from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and subsequently traveled along 690 miles of the border to photographed 276 obelisks located in the region.

Sept. 19: UA team working on way to grow fresh vegetables on the moon features the work of Gene Giacomelli, director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, and his colleagues. Through the center, which is part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Giacomelli and his team are developing technologies that would one day enable astronauts to grow vegetables on the moon, even without access to water.

Sept. 26: In UA team developing software to prevent cyber attacks, Salim Hariri, an electrical and computer engineering professor, details the importance of improving cybersecurity. Hariri and his team launched Avirtek, a startup that is promoting software that is expected to greatly enhance cybersecurity and help prevent security breaches.

Oct. 3: Research scientist uses DNA sequencing to find more treatment options for disease features Michael Hammer, director of the UA Genetics Core, which is advancing genome sequencing research. Hammer's research is aiding in the advancement of personalized medicine, which is meant to targets specific genes in a person's DNA to aid with treatments.

UA researcher Michael Hammer is aiding in the advancement of personalized medicine.

Oct. 10: In UA researcher receives grant for breast cancer study, Jessica Miller, an assistant research professor with the Arizona Cancer Center speaks about her research on breast cancer. Miller recently received a  $450,000 grant from Susan G. Komen to complete a three-year study investigating the cause of chronic pain, and to find ways of reducing the side effect.


UA researcher Jessica Miller is investigating pain associated with breast cancer. (Photo credit: Arizona Cancer Center)

Oct. 17: UA researchers study the aging brain to improve mental health details the work of Dr. Carol Barnes, UA Regents' Professor of Psychology and director of the UA's Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute. Barnes investigates how the aging brain works, and her research has led to the development of a drug that's now approved to treat Alzheimer's disease.

Oct. 24: UA led program helping TUSD children with asthma highlights the work of Dr. Lynn Gerald, the director of clinical research at the Arizona Respiratory Center. Gerald is leading nationally recognized program involving Tucson Unified School District elementary schools aimed at helping children to better manage their asthma. Gerald's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Lynn Gerald is a professor of health promotion sciences at the College of Public Health and the Canyon Ranch Endowed Chair. Gerald is leading a school-based asthma program, which has received national attention.

Oct. 31: UA engineering team prepares for NASA asteroid mission details the work necessary to ensure that the OSIRIS-REx mission is a success. Roberto Furfaro, an assistant professor of systems and industrial engineering, and his team will be resonsible for the ground systems engineering for the mission, set to launch in September 2016.

Nov. 7:  In UA doctorate student helping NASA find signs of life on Mars, Shaunna Morrison, a doctoral student in geosciences, explains her role on NASA's Mars Curiosity rover mission and the discovery of previously unknown minerals.


Shaunna Morrison, a UA doctoratal student in geosciences, works on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission. (Photo credit: Beatriz Verdugo/UANews)

Nov. 14: UA program helps Native Americans with access to health care features the work of David Alberts, a Regents' Professor of Medicine. Alberts is the principal investigator of the Native American Cancer Prevention program at the Arizona Cancer Center, and is working to help American Indians to gain bette access to screenings and treatment. The program is funded by a $13 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, and is shared with Northern Arizona University.

Nov. 21: In Research scientist looks at climate changes in the southwest, research scientist Gigi Owen speaks about her work with the the Climate Assessment of the Southwest, and conducts climate change investigations to improve preparation and responsivness to weather conditions.

UA research scientist Gigi Owen studies changes in climate to help improve how people respond to shifts in weather conditions.

Dec. 5: UA research studies dormant viruses, possible effects features the work of Dr. Ken Knox, an associate professor of medicine and immunobiology, and Felicia Goodrum, an associate professor of immunobiology. Knox, Goodrum and other members of their team are studying cytomegalovirus to inform better treatments and, possibly one day, a vaccine.