With more than 175,000 preserved specimens, including many that are now extinct, the UA fish collection provides critical material for ecologic study. The collection is actively used in teaching, research and public outreach efforts.
A fossil creature buried in an "invertebrate version of Pompeii" more than half a billion years ago reveals the first-known cardiovascular system in exquisitely preserved detail. The organ system is surprisingly complex and adds to the notion that sophisticated body plans had already evolved more than half a billion years ago.
The quest for what defines individual identity – the self – drives many human philosophical, scientific and religious inquiries. UA professor Shaun Nichols has co-authored a study that provides an answer: Personal moral traits are considered the most important self-defining characteristics, he finds.
UA professors Mary C. Stiner and Jonathan T. Overpeck have been appointed as Regents' Professors, an honor reserved for faculty members whose exceptional achievements merit national and international distinction.
UA graduate programs are advancing medical technologies and enhancing the research enterprise through programs that marry advanced science training with the skills needed for today's workforce while also connecting faculty and students in different disciplines to tackle modern challenges.
Optical scientists at the UA have helped develop a technology capable of sending high-intensity laser beams through the atmosphere much farther than ever before. The work could be used in the future to guide lightning away from buildings.
An ambitious undertaking is underway to turn the former coral reef ocean habitat inside Biosphere 2 into a living lab modeled after the Gulf of California, thriving with research, education and outreach opportunities. Science writer Daniel Stolte strapped on a scuba tank to explore the only "ocean" in the Arizona desert.
Soon we may have quieter, more efficient planes with smaller wings and possibly even no tails if technology developed by UA aerospace and mechanical engineering professor Israel Wygnanski becomes a reality.
With more than 100 projects for youth involvement across the state, Arizona 4-H shows its dedication and commitment to service of the statewide community every day. That dedication has been recognized this year with the Governor’s Award for Service and Volunteerism and the Western region Volunteer of the Year award.