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United Nations personnel recently moved into their new headquarters in Beirut, after civil engineering professor emeritus Mo Ehsani’s company, QuakeWrap, finished a blast-proofing retrofit with the help of UA engineering alum Rabih Hajjar, who lives in Lebanon. "I was lucky enough to have a smart engineer like Rabih as my student," Ehsani says. "He was my obvious choice when we needed help in Lebanon."
Ken Pisani has done stand-up comedy, written for television and won an award for a comic book. He credits his UA education for preparing him for the many turns his career has taken. "I didn't want to graduate only knowing art," he says. "I took astronomy, I took humanities, I took business courses and creative writing classes, and that strong foundation is all stuff that helps you in any career."
Under the agreement, the UA and the other university partners will streamline processes by sharing resources and creating new pathways that will help develop new technologies quicker. The goal will be to complete research agreements in as little as 30 days and start the actual research sooner than what happens with traditional sponsored research agreements.
Genetic mutations in titin, a protein that is vital for proper muscular function, can cause skeletal muscle disease, according to a new study by UA doctoral candidate Danielle Buck and her mentor, Henk Granzier, published Monday in the Journal of General Physiology. The work answers a question that remained after previous studies, which couldn't say if the deviations caused myopathies, or merely resulted from them.
During his 10 years at the UA, Dave Strack hired the first African-American head coach at a major university, oversaw the opening of McKale Memorial Center and was instrumental in Arizona’s transition from the Western Athletic Conference to the Pac-10. Strack died Saturday at the age of 90.
UA researchers interviewed former geosciences students to learn about incidents that positively or negatively affected their selection of a major. Based on the results, the researchers believe that the numbers of Hispanic students in geosciences could be boosted by getting them more involved in outdoor activities and by reaching out to their parents.
The UA is one of four universities selected to participate in 100,000 Strong in the Americas, U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature education initiative, which seeks to increase study abroad between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as position students for a competitive advantage in their careers as global leaders, professionals and citizens.
Three UA students are headed to Sochi to work as interns at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Joseph Shaw, Desiree Piazza and Heather Smyser will complete for-credit internships with NBCUniversal. All three students are fluent in Russian and are either pursuing or have already earned degrees from the UA Department of Russian and Slavic Studies. NBCUniversal approached the UA because of its strong programs in Russian language and culture.
Nine out of 10 people with gunshot wounds to the brain usually die. UA trauma surgeons, using a new aggressive resuscitation protocol for patients with gunshot head injuries, have increased survival to nearly five out of 10 victims, according to a recent study published in The American Journal of Surgery.
It has long been believed that a person with a concussion should stay awake or not sleep for more than a few hours at a time. However, there appears to be no medical evidence to support this belief, according to a new study by researchers at the UA College of Medicine - Phoenix and the Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Rain forests may owe much of the high biodiversity for which they are known to tiny fungi in the soil, according to a research study published in Nature. Insects, on the other hand, appear to have less of an impact on plant diversity than previously thought. The study is the first experimental test of the long-standing hypothesis that plant pests can drive tropical plant community diversity.
A drug combination resulting from basic cancer research developed at the UA offers hope for patients with a hereditary predisposition to colon cancer. Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals, a spinoff founded by former UA professor Eugene Gerner, has entered into a licensing agreement with help from Tech Launch Arizona to introduce the drug to markets in Japan and Europe. CPP specializes in prevention therapies for people with an elevated risk of cancer.
Through a collaboration with Google Earth Outreach, UA anthropologist Benedict Colombi is helping create customized digital maps of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, where members of an indigenous community are in danger of losing their language. By capturing geographic and cultural information specific to the Itelmen people, the maps will hopefully help preserve their culture and empower them politically.