Research

“For the nation's inmates to suddenly change an economic practice stretching back hundreds of years so that they might better feed themselves suggests a serious change in the quality of care,” the UA's Michael Gibson-Light says.
Aug. 24, 2016
UA graduate student researcher Michael Gibson-Light found a change in the monetary practices of inmates. The shift, he says, is because of a decline in funding of prison services.
Aug. 5, 2016
Scientific studies are frequently the basis for news stories that seem too good to be true ("Chocolate makes you smarter"). How should a discerning audience separate fact from fiction? Kimberly Andrews Espy, the UA's senior vice president for research, advises on what to look for.
Often, great inventions start in ideas noted in University researchers' lab notebooks. (Photo: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona)
Aug. 2, 2016
Tech Launch Arizona has completed its third full year of operation, surpassing all of its established performance metrics. For fiscal 2016, the UA's commercialization arm reported 250 invention disclosures, 278 patents filed and 14 startup companies. Tech Parks Arizona also had a banner year.
Baboquivari Middle School students Rosalina Mendez, 13, and Brightstar Benson, 13, participate in UA biochemist John Jewett's after-school program, funded by the NSF. (Photo: Emily Litvack/Office for Research & Discovery)
July 27, 2016
With more than $2 million in new funding, Erika Eggers, John Jewett and Weigang Wang will uncover new science and technology and share it with the community.
Organic semiconductors increasingly are used to manufacture ultrathin, ultra-high-definition and flexible displays for TVs, mobile phones and other products. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons via Puramyun31)
July 22, 2016
A team of UA researchers in engineering and chemistry, with two women as principal investigators, has received a three-year, $590,000 NSF award.
A sub-alpine forest in Colorado. Forests in the southwestern U.S. are expected to be among the hardest hit, according to the projections resulting from the study. (Photo: Sydne Record)
July 20, 2016
A UA-led study combined projections of future climate with tree-ring records, suggesting that forests increasingly are aching under the burden of climate change.
Catherine Smith mentors high school student and KEYS intern Eugene Wang. "I think it's important for high school students to understand what kind of options are out there for research careers," said Smith, associate professor in the UA Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the College of Pharmacy and a member of BIO5. (Photo: Robert Meares/BIO5 Institute)
July 19, 2016
With the addition of the 2016 cohort, 330 interns will count themselves as alumni of KEYS, a program recognized as a vital pathway for developing science interests and skills in pre-college students.
Flux towers are equipped with inlets for "sniffing the air" above the forest, in addition to other instruments such as sonic anemometers for measuring wind. (Photo: Richard Wehr)
June 30, 2016
UA scientists traced carbon dioxide flows through a forest during photosynthesis and respiration, and the results could make climate prediction models more accurate.
Bennu is among millions of primitive asteroids composed of molecules that may have been the precursors to life on Earth. (Image: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab)
June 29, 2016
UA scientist Carl Hergenrother tells the whole story of how the space rock originally known as 1999 RQ36 was chosen — by process of elimination — as the destination for the UA-led OSIRIS-REx sample return mission.

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