Grand Challenges

Health Sciences Innovation Building
March 17, 2020
The University of Arizona improved its ranking by 14 spots and nearly doubled the value of research awards from five years ago.
Mohammed Hassan, a University of Arizona assistant professor of physics and optical sciences, wants to be the first to photograph an electron in motion. "The idea of seeing something humans have never seen before drives me," Hassan said. (Photo: Chris Richards/Alumni Association)
March 10, 2020
An electron could travel the circumference of the Earth in 18 seconds flat. Mohammed Hassan, an assistant professor of physics and optical sciences, wants to be the first to image one.
Illustration of power, lighting and roving concepts operating in a lunar crater. (Photo courtesy of NASA)
March 5, 2020
NASA has awarded funding to research teams working on ways to find water and grow food in space. UArizona researchers are focusing on harvesting water from the lunar surface and microgravity crop production.
Conceptual drawing of The Refinery, the first building at the University of Arizona Tech Park at The Bridges. (Photo courtesy of The Boyer Company and Swaim Associates Architects)
Feb. 27, 2020
The first building, known as The Refinery, will house the University of Arizona Applied Research Corp., Tech Launch Arizona and the UArizona Center for Innovation.
If selected, the Io Volcano Observer, or IVO, will investigate whether a magma ocean lies beneath the surface. (Image: NASA/JPL/DLR)
Feb. 13, 2020
The Io Volcano Observer, or IVO, mission to Jupiter's most volcanically active moon is among the four finalists for the next $500 million Discovery mission.
Recording the activity of individual neurons is made possible by this tiny, wireless, battery-free device. (Image: College of Engineering)
Feb. 10, 2020
Researchers have created an ultra-small, wireless, battery-free device that uses light to record individual neurons so neuroscientists can see how the brain is working.
Jan. 27, 2020
Experts will focus on climate, space, artificial intelligence and genetic engineering – four topics that continue to change the world and influence the way people will live in the future.
Jan. 22, 2020
Routing people with opioid use disorders toward treatment instead of jail is the goal of a program involving the University of Arizona and several community partners.
Dec. 10, 2019
Professor Amy Mainzer of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory will provide technical leadership for the projected Near-Earth Object Surveillance Mission, which will include the NEO Surveyor spacecraft.