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UA Science and Geotourism

UA Science recently launched a regional geotourism promotion initiative to draw on the resources and appeal of Biosphere 2, UA Science Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Kartchner Caverns, and to attract visitors to Southern Arizona. The region’s scientific and business communities are collaborating in the UA Science Geotourism Initiative to showcase these attractions, which highlight the area’s preeminent scientific and natural wonders. A trailblazer and leader in scientific fields including environmental science, geology, ecology, tree-ring research, astronomy and hydrology, the UA College of Science has an established national and international reputation, which provides a strong foundation for this collaboration with these geotourism attractions.

Learn more at http://www.scitucson.org

Spring 2012 Commencement

On May 11, the UA College of Science honored over 1,000 students who distinguished themselves by graduating with a degree in science at the University of Arizona. Some have been privileged to be involved in the creation of new knowledge at the highest level and now know that profound feeling of understanding some intricate part of our universe, of finding the key to the puzzle.

Tumamoc: Blazing Trails Since 1903

Located just west of downtown Tucson, Tumamoc Hill occupies about 850 acres and is managed by the UA College of Science and Pima County. Tumamoc is considered by archaeologists to be the birthplace of Tucson. Rich with evidence of ancient structures, petroglyphs and pottery remnants, Tumamoc is an ancient site of the Hohokam people who settled there 2,500 years ago. It remains a spiritual place for native peoples and contributes valuable ecological information as a scientific research station. In the early twentieth century, Tumamoc was selected by the Carnegie Foundation as the site of the Desert Botanical Laboratory. Investigators on Tumamoc track and model dozens of plant species. Its wildflower permanent study plots began in 1982 and are among the world's oldest and most important. The Desert Laboratory continues active scientific research work.

Learn more at http://tumamoc.arizona.edu

US News and World Report: 2012 Rankings

Each year, U.S. News and World Report ranks university and college programs in business, education, engineering, law, science and medicine. In their 2012 report, the University of Arizona College of Science earned prominent placement for several of its programs.

For 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked these University of Arizona College of Science graduate programs in the top 10 in the U.S.: geology (No. 1), speech, language and hearing sciences (No. 5), analytical chemistry (No. 6), Earth and environmental sciences (No. 7), atomic, molecular and optical physics (No. 7), ecology and evolutionary biology (No. 9) and geochemistry  (No. 10).

Galileo Circle: Nurturing Science

The Galileo Circle is a society of individuals whose support is critical to the continued excellence in the sciences at the University of Arizona. Science today is more exciting than ever. From the mapping of the human genome to the mapping of our cosmos, today's physical and biological sciences are revealing both the age of our universe and many new cures to disease. The Galileo Circle is a society of engaged individuals who support the activities that nurture the future of science – a future we are just beginning to imagine. The Galileo Circle creates meaningful connections among patrons and scholars. Through seminars, lectures and scientific excursions, Galileo Circle members embark on journeys to understand our scientific past, and to imagine the profound possibilities for our future.

Learn more at http://cos.arizona.edu/content/galileo-circle

Podcasts Expand UA Science Reach

Many of today's children will live for a century or longer. Which factors will affect their longevity? Will they be happy, healthy and productive? Emerging science and medical technologies provide many clues regarding the future of aging, but changing demographics and economics have also begun to influence society's views. Beyond doubt, each of us will face new levels of scientific complexity in this new world. The College of Science offers podcasts of the Spring 2012 lecture series Living Beyond 100. These six lectures by leading researchers in the field, cover the effects of long life, addressing the opportunities and costs of the new longevity, the biology of aging, the effects of aging on the brain, regenerative medicine, the impact on global populations, and the increasing intimacy between informatics and the aged.

Download podcasts from Living Beyond 100

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