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UArizona assistant professor of hydrology and atmospheric sciences lead a team received $5M grant from NSF to use machine learning to build models of the nation's watershed systems that can be used to forecast future conditions. Building a platform that can handle the model and the large data transfers needed for this approach is a significant challenge. So, Dr. Condon and her team have partnered with CyVerse, a UArizona-led NSF-funded organization dedicated to providing life scientists with computational infrastructure to handle and analyze large datasets.
 
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A new study, co-authored by University of Arizona researchers provides the first quantitative assessment of environmental policies on deforestation, forest fires and drought impacting the diversity of plants and animals in the Amazon.
 
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Joshua Hack works in the lab of Dr. Michael Hammer studying the rare pediatric disease SCN8A Epilepsy caused by changes in the gene that encodes for a specific sodium channel (SCN8A) located in the center of the brain. The focus of his research is to develop a model to predict the severity of disease outcomes in patients based on where in the gene their changes occur.
 
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Dr. Walt Piegorsch discusses how he harnesses mathematics and data science to predict health, environmental and social hazards.
 
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Tucson is a place of innovation and ever-changing scientific endeavors. CyVerse has received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to help transform farming with artificial intelligence. This will aid in the expansion of resilient farming. Additionally, a sleep study is being conducted to utilize breathing exercises to reduce blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health in adults with obstructive sleep apnea.
 
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The Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) fellowship program, a year-long research training program funded NIH Fogarty International Center, sends a new cohort of students to conduct research in low-and-middle-income countries around the world every year. This year, six fellows working with faculty mentors at UAZ MEZCOPH will pursue global health research around the world as part of this year’s program.
 
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Dr. Eric Lyons is stepping up as CyVerse principal investigator and project leader, having worked with the project since 2010 and has served as co-principal investigator since 2012. Dr. Lyons succeeds Dr. Parker Antin who joined the project in 2013, following renewal of its 5-year, $50M NSF award.
 
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The Artificial Intelligence Institute for Resilient Agriculture, or AIIRA, is one of 11 new NSF National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes, expanding upon seven institutes funded in 2020. Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the University of Arizona will take part in the $20 million institute that aims to transform agriculture through artificial intelligence, focusing on innovative AI-driven methods for agriculture, promote the study of cyber-agricultural systems, and support education, workforce development and community engagement. CyVerse will provide the institute with expertise in cyberinfrastructure, along with education and engagement opportunities for Native Nations, farmers and community stakeholders to address how technological advances in AI can answer agricultural needs.
 
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The Artificial Intelligence Institute for Resilient Agriculture, or AIIRA, is one of 11 new NSF National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes. CyVerse will provide the institute with cyberinfrastructure expertise, education, and engagement opportunities for community stakeholders to address how advances in AI can answer agricultural needs.
 
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The 2021 KEYS research program provided 50 students with a remote summer internship focused on science literacy and data science.
 
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The AZ HEROES study of COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness and immunity among frontline workers has received a $15 million award from the CDC to continue the current research for another year and expand to include children and focus on underserved populations.
 
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The AZ HEROES study of COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness and immunity among frontline workers has received a $15 million award from the CDC to continue the current research for another year and expand to include children and focus on underserved populations.
 
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The newest member of CyVerse's Science and Training team Michael Culshaw-Maurer, combines his interests in ecology with teaching data science and computational skills, and will contribute to our efforts toward a future of open science. Culshaw-Maurer's primary focus at CyVerse is to further develop training materials and curricula, including leading the Foundational Open Science Skills and Container Camp programs.
 
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Wearable technology has become increasingly popular but that data can’t be used by medical professionals. Dr. Janet Roveda leads a multi-institution center to develop clinically valid ways of gathering patient data from wearable tech that physicians can use to provide remote care.
 
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C2SHIP recently received a continuing NSF grant of $3 million, with $1.125 million earmarked for UArizona. The multi-institution team led by University of Arizona electrical and computer engineering professor Dr. Janet Roveda, is building a future in which wearable devices will allow clinicians to gather patient data remotely and provide "care in place" so patients don't need to leave their homes.
 
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C2SHIP recently received a continuing NSF grant of $3 million, with $1.125 million earmarked for UArizona. The multi-institution team led by University of Arizona electrical and computer engineering professor Dr. Janet Roveda, is building a future in which wearable devices will allow clinicians to gather patient data remotely and provide "care in place" so patients don't need to leave their homes.
 
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The Center to Stream Healthcare in Place is a multi-institution team led by Dr. Janet Roveda that is building a future in which wearable devices will allow clinicians to gather patient data remotely and provide "care in place" so patients don't need to leave their homes. The project recently received a continuing NSF grant of $3 million, with $1.125 million earmarked for UArizona.
 
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Part of a multi-university collaboration, UArizona has received a nearly $1 million USDA grant to expand the Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative. They aim to increase understanding of how genetic code affects physical and behavioral traits in crops and livestock and standardize the collection of phenomic information.