Science

Art and science rendezvous at Tumamoc

A local landmark aims to merge the arts with the science in a collaboration from the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill and the University of Arizona’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. Tumamoc Hill, an 860-acre ecological preserve, is pairing art and science through the Tumamoc Transdisciplinary Arts Program, a project that aims to broaden the understanding to the public of what science-based research goes on at the hill. This program opens up the hill for artists to engage with the desert and science community, according to Benjamin Wilder, Interim Director of Tumamoc Hill. “The goal of this program is to really go back to the initial points of inspiration — how do we better communicate the results of research,” Wilder said.  “We can tell the story in so many different ways and model ways to truly make all our users more appreciative of what a special site this is.” Read more

Healthcare in the age of Trump: Your medicine and you

For the past ten years, healthcare reform has been in the forefront of presidential agendas. This came after an all-time high of 15.8% of Americans living without any kind of health coverage in 2006 according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Read more

Sawmill Fire: Wildfire a hot topic for UA experts

A wildfire sparked in the Santa Rita Mountains Sunday and is currently sweeping across the Coronado National Forest. It has already claimed over 40,000 acres of mesquite, oak and riparian woodland, according to reports from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. Read more

Students progam self-driving cars during three-day competition

The autonomous car is part of the Cognative and Autonomous Test Vehicle Competition, a hackathon-esque, three-day challenge where teams of two to four students collect data from the car's sensors, code instructions to the car, and eventually run a system to make the car drive on its own. Read more

Hard rock at Old Main: UA mining students compete to drill massive boulder

On the morning of April 21st, a group of hard-hatted, safety-goggled, (mostly) bearded individuals gather near a 20-ton boulder next to Old Main. Students of UA’s Mining and Geological Engineering department, they’d come to test their mettle and see who could drill the deepest hole into the massive rock—using a drill weighing close to 120 pounds with only two minutes to do it. Read more