UA Space Grant Success Stories

Artist rendering of NASA's OSIRIS-REx space probe. Source: NASA

Congratulations to 1992 UA Space Grant Intern Dante Lauretta: OSIRIS-REx is On Its Way to Bennu!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bennu was spotted by O-REx for the first time on Aug. 17 from a distance of more than 1.3 million miles. “It was right there where we thought it would be,” said Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

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Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, shows samples of rainwater that were collected by citizens in parts of California and Arizona as part of Project Harvest.

Check out current research by AZSGC super star Mónica Ramirez-Andreotta

Friday, July 27, 2018

Mónica was a UA/NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern and two-year Graduate Fellow. She’s now a UA assistant professor, still pursuing her Space Grant Fellowship effort to monitor the quality of vegetables grown in home gardens neighboring the Iron King Mine and Humboldt Smelter Superfund Site.

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Portrait of Adriana Mitchell

Congratulations to 2017 AZ Space Grant Intern, Adriana Mitchell, Barry Goldwater Scholarship Awardee!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Congratulations to 2017 AZ/NASA Space Grant Intern, Adriana Mitchell, who was awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation!

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Portrait of Allison McGraw

Congratulations to 2016 AZ Space Grant Intern, Allison McGraw, winner of the 2017 Dwornik Award!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Congratulations to 2016 AZ/NASA Space Grant Intern, Allison McGraw, winner of the 2017 Dwornik Award for Best Oral Presentation by an undergraduate student at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference!

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Portrait of Laura Seifert

Congratulations to 2015/2016 AZ Space Grant Intern, Laura Seifert, recipient of a Student Scholar Award!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Congratulations to 2015/2016 AZ/NASA Space Grant Intern, Laura Seifert, recipient of a Student Scholar Award for her paper submitted to the Microscopy & Microanalysis Society!

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Jenny Calahan in front of window to UA MirrorLab

Jenny Calahan and Active Galactic Videos feature on Tom Scott's YouTube Channel, receiving nearly 300K views!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Congratulations to Jenny Calahan, 2017 UA/NASA Space Grant Intern and members of the UA Steward Observatory undergraduate students-run Active Galactic Videos YouTube channel team! Their video, describing the making of the world's largest telescope at the UA Mirror Lab, was recently featured on Tom Scott's internationally-followed YouTube channel with over a million subscribers!

Check out their video featured by Tom Scott!

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Congratulations to Max von Hippel, recipient of the UA Mathematics Department Lusk Scholarship, and the UA Honors College Pillars of Excellence Award!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Congratulations to 2018 Space Grant Intern, Max von Hippel!

Max has been awarded the Lusk Scholarship from the UA Mathematics Department, the Pillars of Excellence Award from the UA Honors College, and was nominated for both the Goldwater and Truman Scholarships from the UA Honors College.

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Brenda Fry points out the location of newly discovered star on a computer screen.

Space Grant Faculty Mentor, Brenda Frye, Announces Discovery of Star 9 Billion Light Years Away

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The University of Arizona has announced a new discovery that has enabled astronomers to see the most distant star ever. It's nine billion light years away.

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Luis Tapia holds Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers STAR Innovator Award, with two Honeywell employees

Luis Tapia, 2000 UA/NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern, Honored with Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers STAR Innovator Award

Friday, December 8, 2017

Honeywell Sr. Product Design Engineer Luis Tapia has recently been honored with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers STAR Innovator Award. The award recognizes a scientist or engineer with innovative contributions to their field who has actively created new paths in science research and technology, while inventing breakthroughs that open doors for others.

Luis’ lengthy career at Honeywell Aerospace began over a decade ago when he first joined the organization as a summer intern. He now serves as a Senior Product Design Engineer, having earned his advancements based upon the merits of his technical contributions to...

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Rayanna Benally holds SNRE's Fall 2017 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, with her mentor Steven Archer,  and Shane Burgess - Dean of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Congratulations to Rayanna Benally, Outstanding Graduating Senior!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Congratulations to Rayanna Benally, 2015-16 UA/NASA Space Grant Intern and SNRE's Fall 2017 Outstanding Graduating Senior. She has accepted a job with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.  You GO, girl!!!

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Portrait of Ben Wilder

Ben Wilder Named Interim Director of UA's Tumamoc Hill

Friday, December 8, 2017

Desert ecologist Benjamin Wilder has been named to oversee Tumamoc Hill, an 860-acre ecological reserve and U.S. National Historic Landmark owned and operated by the University of Arizona.

Ben Wilder was a 2005 UA/NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Intern who worked with renowned environmental researcher Julio Betancourt on the “Buffelgrass Eradication and Outreach Program”.

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Allison McGraw Interns at The National Academies of Sciences!

Allison McGraw Interns at The National Academies of Sciences!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Congratulations to Allison McGraw, 2016 UA Space Grant Intern, for receiving a Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Graduate Internship award with the Space Studies Board at The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C. for the fall 2017 season!

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Heather Emady

Congratulations to Heather Emady, 2006 UA Space Grant Intern, for Receiving the 2015 Bisgrove Scholars Award!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Heather Emady, 2006 UA Space Grant Intern, is a recipient of Arizona Science Foundation's 2015 Bisgrove Scholars Award.

She conducted industrially relevant postdoctoral work first as a Postdoctoral Researcher for Procter & Gamble, and then as a Co-Instructor and Postdoctoral Associate at Rutgers School of Engineering, where she worked with large consortiums and centers focused on particle technology research in the catalyst and pharmaceutical areas. In 2015, Dr. Emady joined the faculty at SEMTE where she combines her passions for particle technology research, teaching and outreach promoting engineering as a career option to women and other underrepresented groups. As a

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Bob Zavala, 1997 UA Space Grant Intern, Makes Ripples

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Bob Zavala, 1997 UA Space Grant Intern, is co-author of the recent publication "Constraining the Orbit of the Supermassive Black Hole Binary 0402+379", as featured by Daily Mail:

'The orbits of binary stars provided tremendous insights about stars,' said Bob Zavala, an astronomer with the U.S. Naval Observatory. 'Now we'll be able to use similar techniques to understand super-massive black holes and the galaxies they reside within.'

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Sonia Sen, 2011 and 2012 UA Space Grant Intern and Intern Advisor

Sonia Sen, 2011 and 2012 UA Space Grant Intern and Intern Advisor

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sonia Sen inspired us all! She celebrated being an inspirational woman at her UA graduation in 2014, and in May 2017 completed a MS in Information Systems at Cornell Tech. Congratulations, Sonia--you GO girl!!!

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Christina Morrison, 2016 UA Space Grant Intern

Christina Morrison, 2016 UA Space Grant Intern

Monday, May 15, 2017

Christina Morrison is working with professor Charles Gerba on testing new ways to clean clothes in space!

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Congratulations to Dante Lauretta, Recipient of the UA Alumni Achievement Award!

Congratulations to Dante Lauretta, Recipient of the UA Alumni Achievement Award!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx PI and 1992 UA Space Grant Intern, is the recipient of The University of Arizona's Alumni Achievement Award for his work on designing, building, and launching a spacecraft to visit the carbonaceous asteroid Bennu.

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Britney Schmidt, 2003 UA Space Grant Intern, Investigates Europea's Ocean

Britney Schmidt, 2003 UA Space Grant Intern, Investigates Europea's Ocean

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Britney Schmidt, 2003 UA Space Grant Intern, is a co-author of a Europa study and helped develop key concepts for the Europa Clipper mission.

Europa could be the best case for life in our solar system outside of Earth, said Britney Schmidt, assistant professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

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Todd Murphey, 1995 UA Space Grant Intern, Engineers Adaptable Robotics

Todd Murphey, 1995 UA Space Grant Intern, Engineers Adaptable Robotics

Monday, April 10, 2017

Todd Murphey, 1995 UA Space Grant Intern, has been using novel algorithmic tools to create robotic systems that can adapt to unpredictable humans.

Murphey sees many possibilities for robots that work alongside humans in everyday tasks, but one application his lab is focused on currently is physical therapy. The goal is to develop robots that can help patients not only move through the paces of their physical therapy without hurting themselves but allow them to complete movement tasks by creating mechanical environments to make this feasible. "Algorithms developed here will eventually run on physical therapy robots designed to help people

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Katherine Johnson at National Space Grant Directors' Council

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

At the annual meeting of the National Space Grant Directors' Council this past week, Tim and Susan had the privilege of attending a wonderful awards banquet to honor this year's Space Grant Distinguished Service awardee Katherine Johnson. Katherine is the main character of the movie "Hidden Figures". She is 98 years old, so attended the DC event via a wonderful video produced by our colleagues in the VA Space Grant Consortium. In addition, Katherine's two daughters attended and spoke to our group on her behalf (also recorded for dissemination). As so many of us are moved and inspired by the story imparted in...

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