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Space Grant Fellow Jason Davis Premiers "Desert Moon"

Space Grant Fellow Jason Davis Premiers "Desert Moon"

A new documentary tells the story of how the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Lab was founded and its groundbreaking work that helped the U.S. win the space race. FY2013 Space Grant Fellow Jason Davis explores this rich history of UA's involvement in the moon landings in his film, Desert Moon. Check it out!

Documentary Explores How the UA Helped Land a Man on the Moon
Space Grant Mentor Ken Johns Receives Prestigious Award

Space Grant Mentor Ken Johns Receives Prestigious Award

Congratulations to UA professor and Space Grant mentor, Dr. Ken Johns, for being the recipient of the Professor Leon and Pauline Blitzer Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Physics and Related Sciences! Dr. Johns is a physicist working on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider.

UA Physicist to Deliver Blitzer Award Lecture: The Higgs Boson and Beyond
Space Grant Associate Director Barron Orr Picked for UN Panel

Space Grant Associate Director Barron Orr Picked for UN Panel

Congratulations to Dr. Barron Orr, Arizona Space Grant Associate Director, who was chosen as a member of a United Nations panel that will translate the science of desertification into potential policy changes! The U.N. has sought to achieve a land-degradation-neutral world and has called upon 20 different scientists from around the world, of which Dr. Orr is the only U.S. member of the Science-Policy Interface of the U.N.'s Convention to Combat Desertification.

UA Prof Picked for UN Panel That Will Translate Arid Lands Science Into Policy
Space Grant Intern John Hottenstein's Presentation Places 1st!

Space Grant Intern John Hottenstein's Presentation Places 1st!

Congratulations to FY2012 Space Grant Intern and FY2013 Space Grant Intern Advisor, John Hottenstein, for his presentation, "Complex Response of Grassland Soil Moisture to Extreme Precipitation Patterns", at the 2014 AMS Annual meeting! John's presentation was selected as the 1st place poster presentation among student entries in the 28th Conference on Hydrology. The award is presented by the Hydrology committee of American Meteorological Society.

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

Congratulations to FY2012 Space Grant Intern and FY2013 Space Grant Intern Advisor, Leah Edwards, who 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 Space Grant Intern Rodriguez's STEM enterprise Xplore BoX!

Rebeca Rodriguez, a FY2005 UA Space Grant 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
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

Local Kids Benefit from Nationally Recognized Ecology Program
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 . 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.

Enhancing Comet Images
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!

My Journey to the Asteroid Frontier – Part 1
Seven Questions for Dante Lauretta, Leader of UA's Biggest Space Mission