The University of Arizona Success Stories

Congratulations to Leah Edwards for Winning a 2014 Pillars of Excellence Award!

NASA Space Grant intern Leah Edwards has been honored with a Pillars of Excellence award. The Pillars of Excellence is awarded to students and alumni at the University of Arizona who exhibit academic excellence and contribute to their field and to the university. The students and alumni are selected through the University of Arizona Honors College.

Support 2005 SG Intern Rodriguez's STEM enterprise Xplore BoX!

Rebeca Rodriguez-2005 UA SG Intern has started a new business, Xplore BoX, to engage kids in all things STEM!  She needs our help!  Click on the following link, watch the video that explains her business, and then vote for Rebeca!  She has a chance to win $50K  through venture madness to help build her company if she wins the vote competition!

Rebeca says, “We need your support! My startup, Xplore BoX, is part of Venture Madness a head-to-head business competition featuring 64 companies. We will be facing off against other companies and competing for $50,000. Vote for us starting today at http://venturemadness.com/posts/6235-xplore-box
Support hands-on science, tech, engineering, and math projects for kids!”

Arizona Space Grant Intern Honored with 2013 Arizona Centennial Achievement Award

Arizona Space Grant Intern Honored with 2013 Arizona Centennial Achievement Award

Marianna Yanes, a two-year Arizona Space Grant Intern/Intern Advisor, and a first-generation college student, was one of only two University of Arizona (UA) undergraduate students selected to receive a prestigious Arizona Centennial Achievement Award at the Fall 2013 Commencement ceremony on December 21, 2013.  Awardees are selected for their “integrity, achievements and contributions to their families and community.” 

Marianna, who received her BS degree in Biosystems Engineering, grew up in Sonora, Mexico, and moved to Arizona when she was seventeen.  In the United States, she attended a high school where all classes were taught in English—a monumental challenge.  With perseverance, she mastered class content, graduated, and was admitted to UA.   At UA she found a home in Space Grant; many of her notable university achievements were gained through her two-year participation in the Undergraduate Research Internship Program, where she found her niche and passion working on the UA/NASA Space Grant Steckler II Lunar Greenhouse (LGH) Development team.  She was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the LGH system’s performance and energy balance studies, the daily remote monitoring of operations of the LGH-Outreach Teaching Module while it was on display at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry (July 2012-January 2013), and served as an Intern advisor to two LGH Space Grant Interns from Pima Community College and others. In addition, she led countless LGH tours for schools, community groups, scientists and other interested individuals--and was able to provide tours in both English and Spanish.  Marianna has been offered a full scholarship to graduate school at the UA and has received similar offers from other universities.  She plans to enter graduate school in the fall of 2014 and ultimately build on her Space Grant LGH experience and start her own greenhouse company to help fight hunger on Earth in a sustainable, environmentally responsible way.

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Pima Community College Space Grant Intern Caitlyn Hall (left) and Intern Advisor Marianna Yanes work in UA/NASA Space Grant Steckler II Lunar Greenhouse Prototype at The University of Arizona.

Coe Segment: Arizona Illustrated Interview

The Arizona Space Grant Consortium is proud to support this impressive STEM education program at Tucson’s Manzo Elementary school through the efforts of UA Graduate Fellow Michelle Coe. Michelle speaks about her program with Manzo students in a PBS AZPM video segment.

Video from "Local Kids Benefit from Nationally Recognized Ecology Program" by Mitchell Riley

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Arizona Space Grant Intern Developed Web Facility for Enhancing Cometary Comae Images

N.H. Samarasinha, S.M. Larson, and M.P. Martin (left to right) in front of a display showing the results from the web facility.

Arizona/NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern M. Patrick Martin has developed a web facility to allow both professional and amateur astronomers to digitally enhance images of cometary comae. Patrick, a University of Arizona junior majoring in mathematics, computer science, linguistics and Spanish, worked with Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Nalin H. Samarasinha and University of Arizona Senior Staff Scientist Stephen M. Larson to implement this web-interface.

The Planetary Science Institute is hosting this facility and it can be accessed at the URL http://www.psi.edu/research/cometimen . This will enable one to digitally enhance coma images of comets using five different image enhancement techniques.

During the testing phase of this project, a number of amateur astronomers have used this facility to enhance their images of comet ISON, a comet that evoked great interest not only among the astronomers but also among the public. The NASA Planetary Atmospheres Program and the Planetary Science Institute provided additional support for this work.

OSIRIS REx PI Dante Lauretta Talks About his Journey

OSIRIS-REx PI Dante Lauretta Talks About his Journey

We think it's really cool that OSIRIS-REx PI and 1992 Arizona Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern Dante Lauretta, is blogging about his educational and career path! It's not only interesting but inspirational! We in Space Grant could not be prouder that our program played a pivotal role in his meteoric career!

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Interview with Dante

Space Grant Fellow Michelle Coe Brings Biosphere 2 to Manzo Elementary

Space Grant Fellow Michelle Coe Brings Biosphere 2 to Manzo Elementary

FY 2013 Space Grant Fellow Michelle Coe helped form a successful new program at the Manzo Elementary School involving the LEO project from Biosphere 2! Working with the fourth graders from the school, students built minature versions of LEO and placed them in a humid greenhouse. The students had a positive experience with this startup project that will hopefully see its proliferation to other schools in the district.

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Glendale CC's Arizona Space Grant ASCEND! Team

Glendale CC's Arizona Space Grant ASCEND!

Glendale Community College students in Space Grant mentor John Schneeg's special-projects engineering class successfully built and launched a satellite prototype on a weather balloon through the Arizona Space Grant Consortium's ASCEND! program.

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Barron Orr Named 1885 Society Distinguished Scholar

Barron Orr Named 1885 Society Distinguished Scholar

Congratulations to Barron Orr for being named a 1885 Society Distinguished Scholar! The 1885 Society Distinguished Scholars Award was created in 2012 to acknowledge outstanding mid-career faculty whose leadership, research, scholarship and creative contributions promise to catapult their disciplines to new levels of innovation.

After a rigorous review at the college and University level, Barron Orr, associate specialist, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, received the esteemed recognition.

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Lunar Greenhouse Story with Erica Hernandez

Lunar Greenhouse Story with Erica Hernandez

Congratulations to Erica Hernandez for being featured in a great Lunar Greenhouse spotlight with Dr. Gene Giacomelli! Incorporating a bioregenerative process, scientists and engineers are researching how to grow sustainable food crops in outer space with sustainable greenhouses.

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