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UA Research to Study Impact ‘War on Drugs’ Has on Smuggling Routes

From the October 2018 Desktop News | Researchers at UA are bringing together their expertise in geography, modeling, and criminal activity to better understand how enforcement activity influences drug trafficking in Central America. The project is one of nine recently funded by the National Science Foundation to advance the scientific understanding of how such illicit supply networks […]

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UA Awarded Grant to Study Communication in Intimate Partnerships

From the October 2018 Desktop News | Three UA professors have been awarded a grant of more than $300,000 from the National Science Foundation to study the relationship between communication and physiological responses in intimate partnerships. The study is a collaborative work of Drs. Sonya Pritzker and Jason DeCaro, of the department of anthropology, and Dr. Josh […]

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Anthropology, History Professors Producing Podcast About Race

Dr. Jim Bindon, a professor emeritus in the department of anthropology, and Dr. Erik Peterson, an assistant professor in the department of history, started a podcast called “Speaking of Race” after realizing that a large portion of the population was receiving incorrect information regarding race. […]

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Applied Mathematicians Win NSF Grants and Host International Conference

Drs. Shibin Dai and Shan Zhao recently received two grants, worth more than $300,000, from the National Science Foundation to fund their research in applied mathematics. The two are serving on the organizing committee for the 2019 international National Science Foundation conference on mathematical molecular bioscience and biophysics. […]

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UA Researchers Examining Parkinson’s Resilience

From the September 2018 Desktop News | Diseases have a spectrum of risk, even those partially embedded in genes such as Parkinson’s disease. Less than 10 percent of those with Parkinson’s can pinpoint their genes as the only culprit, while scores of others with some genetic markers are diagnosed with the disease. Still others have markers […]

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UA Researchers Attempt To Understand How Mobile Bay Deals With Excess Nutrients

From the September 2018 Desktop News | Nutrients. Just the word sounds good. Wholesome. We want food packed with nutrients. Everything a growing child needs. Junk food doesn’t have nutrients, we believe. Nutrient-rich food keeps us healthy. More than just our bodies thrive on nutrients. At its foundation, the world’s ecosystem is based on the consumption […]

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UA Professors Help in Discovery of Potential Cosmic Ray Source

From the September 2018 Desktop News | Three UA professors are part of an international team of scientists who found evidence of the source of tiny cosmic particles, known as neutrinos, a discovery that opens the door to using these particles to observe the universe. “We’re beginning to do astronomy using means other than light, combining […]

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With Project, Physics Professor ‘Pushing the Limit of Our Understanding’

From the September 2018 Desktop News | Dr. Wang-Kong Tse, UA assistant professor of physics, was recently awarded a grant from the 2018 Early Career Research Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, one of 84 scientists from across the nation to receive funding. Tse will lead theoretical work in examining van der Waals materials, […]

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Anthropology Professor Receives Award for Paper on “Pompeii of the New World”

From the September 2018 Desktop News | Dr. Katherine Chiou of UA’s anthropology department was recently awarded the Antiquity Prize by the Antiquity Trust for the best article published in the calendar year for her co-authored paper “Identifying ‘plantscapes’ at the Classic Maya village of Joya de Cerén, El Salvador.” The award is presented to the […]

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UA Astronomer Helps Discover Elusive Black Hole

From the August 2018 Desktop News | An astronomer at UA is part of an international team of researchers who found a mid-sized black hole, a cosmic oddity in observations of the universe. The finding, which demonstrates an effective method to detect this class of black holes, was announced recently in the journal Nature Astronomy. Two types of […]

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