Assembled with UA technology and know-how, the Near Infrared Camera that will form the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope is ready to be shipped to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and soon will be integrated into the telescope structure. Also, thanks to a UA-led outreach program, the Girl Scouts have played a special role in science and astronomy education across America.
Combining the resources and expertise of seven institutions in North America and Europe, a research program will offer new insights into the molecular workings of heart muscle cells and how genetic mutations affect their function. Henk Granzier, a UA professor of physiology, is one of two principal investigators leading the prestigious and highly competitive project.
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the UA's Steward Observatory and the department of astronomy. "We have the best location of any educational institution in America. The University ought to make itself famous with a telescope." With those words, part of his long and persistent effort to bring a world-class observatory to the UA campus, pioneering astronomer Andrew Ellicott Douglass set forth his best argument.
Mushrooms are the great decomposers of the Earth. What can these voracious fungi do with urban waste? That's what plant scientists at UA are studying. They're growing mushrooms on coffee grounds, landscape waste, even pizza boxes - and reducing that waste to compost. They're also producing delicious high-quality gourmet mushrooms that could be headed to market.
Adam Block, host and astrophotographer at the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, unexpectedly discovered a supernova - a massive star ending its life in a giant explosion - in a photo obtained with the center's Schulman Telescope for a different purpose. He spotted the supernova in a photo he took of a famous galaxy that is 400 million light years away.
Chunks of frozen carbon dioxide most likely carved linear gullies into sand dunes on Mars, according to a new study combining images from the UA-operated HiRISE camera and experiments conducted on dunes here on Earth. The results add to a series of discoveries reminding us that Mars is less Earth-like than it may seem.
Students with the UA beginning teen Astronomy Camp on June 8 got to ask questions of an astronaut orbiting 250 miles above Earth. And just like a rocket launch, the contact was a quick yet thrilling experience. The UA's Don McCarthy said the camp's first time having contact with an astronaut was hotly anticipated, even before the campers arrived in Tucson.
Experts with the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have published a landmark study analyzing why pest resistance to genetically modified crops evolved quickly in some cases, but not in other cases. The global assessment could help to gauge the risk of resistance for new biotech crops before they are commercialized.
Dust clouds around stars are thought to hide undiscovered planets with conditions suitable for life, but observations have been hampered by the fact that only the brightest such clouds can be detected with current technology. UA astronomers are developing a technique to detect faint dust clouds, many of which might hide Earth-like planets.
The NSF annually awards 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships to students across the nation. This year, 35 of those awards were granted to students who either currently attend or have attended the UA as an undergraduate or graduate student. Said Andrew Carnie, interim dean of the UA Graduate College: "We are tremendously proud of these students."