Space Grant Success Stories

Space Grant Fellow Jason Davis Premiers "Desert Moon"

UA Space Grant Graduate Fellow Jason Davis' "Desert Moon" Video Premiers in June 2014

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! Read more

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. He serves on the UA/NASA Space Grant Steering Committee and is also a Space Grant mentor. Read more

Space Grant Associate Director Barron Orr Picked for UN Panel

UA Space Grant Associate Director Barron Orr Picked for UN Panel that will Translate the Science of Desertification into Potential Policy Changes!

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. Read more

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

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

Congratulations to FY 2012 Space Grant Intern and FY 2013 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. Read more

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. Read more

Support Space Grant Intern Rodriguez's STEM enterprise Xplore BoX!

Rebeca Rodriguez, a FY 2005 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... Read more

Arizona Space Grant Intern Honored with 2013 Arizona Centennial Achievement Award

UA 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! Read more

Coe Segment: Arizona Illustrated Interview

Check out this video from Arizona Illustrated Interview featuring FY 2013 Space Grant Fellow, Michelle Coe! Read more

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.

UA Space Grant Intern Developed Web Facility for Enhancing Cometary Comae Images with AZSGC Partner Planetary Science Institute

FY 2012 Space Grant 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... Read more

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 FY 1992 Space Grant 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! Read more