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Success in academia, particularly as a budding independent researcher, is greatly influenced by one’s ability to generate awards, manuscripts and grants.

 
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Since 2007, the BIO5 Institute has provided a unique, seven-week summer research opportunity to almost 500 outstanding Arizona high school students to date. Despite COVID-19, this summer won’t be any different.
 
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UArizona will join a network of institutions in the US and Canada dedicated to improving how graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are prepared for future faculty positions in STEM fields. Dr.

 
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January 29 started out as a typical Wednesday for Tucson University High School juniors Nikhil, Esha and Sonia Mathur – until they got called into the principal’s office.
 
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Ricky Cordova, former student with the KEYS Research Internship and current research specialist in the lab of BIO5 director, Dr. Jennifer Barton, details how his experiences as a student shaped his career path and ambitions in research. The invaluable lessons about failure and perseverance Cordova learned throughout the internship ultimately led him back to UArizona where he now serves as a KEYS mentor.
 
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Dr. Urs Utzinger, the head of the UArizona Department of Biomedical Engineering undergraduate affairs and BIO5 member, sent 42 learning kits to his students during the Spring 2020 semester after COVID-19 concerns caused the University to move fully online. The kits contained micro controllers, motors, and other mechanical parts for the students to assemble, test, and calibrate from home. Dr. Utzinger sees that this experience of moving the course online prepared him for any future remote instruction.
 
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This semester the UArizona opened the new Peter and Nancy Salter Medical Device Design Lab for undergraduate students majoring in biomedical engineering and other engineering fields. Dr. Philipp Gutruf, a UArizona assistant professor of biomedical engineering and BIO5 member, discusses the educational value of giving students access to state of the art equipment that can help them manufacture and design circuit boards or custom enclosures for wearable devices.
 
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The 2020 Galileo Circle Scholarship Awardees have been announced, with many of these outstanding students working in the labs of BIO5 members Drs. Daniela Zarnescu, Betul Kacar, Frans Tax, Michael Riehle, Andrew Capaldi, Rajesh Khanna, and Ross Buchan. The Galileo Circle is a community of engaged individuals who support the continued excellence of the UArizona College of Science by facilitating seminars, lectures and scientific excursions.
 
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The Science City lineup is designed to ignite the senses and inspire the minds of tens of thousands of visitors from across the United States. Organized into thematic neighborhoods and interactive spaces, Science City immerses guests in the wonder of science through over 100 hands-on learning activities, laboratory tours, and exciting science demonstrations, as well as public friendly talks by renowned science authors and researchers. The Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB) is the third largest book festival in the country, and the only one with a focus on science
 
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Dr. Betül Kaçar is an astrobiologist and molecular biologist with research interests in the origins of life, ancient biological innovations, and finding life on other planets. She speaks to the importance of science, and how it provides her with a means to chase her dreams. Dr. Kaçar has been recently admitted to NASA’s team exploring traces of life in the Universe.
 
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Andre Schreiber, an undergraduate working with UArizona Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering and BIO5 member Dr. Jerzy Rozenblit, won a coveted spot in the INFINITI Engineering Academy. Schreiber will take his engineering background and love of automobiles to the U.K. this summer to receive elite training in the automotive and motorsport industries.
 
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Dr. John Szivek, BIO5 faculty member and UArizona professor of engineering, uses 3D printing to help broken bones regrow and heal. A group of students working on a 2020 Honeywell-sponsored senior capstone project will use similar 3D printing techniques to custom build a plate with temperature control capabilities to investigate how surface temperature impacts construction.
 
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Campos lab PhD candidate Brittany Uhlorn looks at how many UArizona graduate school colleges are allowing applicants to omit GRE scores, as they are rarely correlated to grad student success. BIO5 members Drs. Frans Tax and Daniela Zarnescu provide their research and experiences with GRE score impact on predicting student success.
 
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Dr. Guy Reed, the dean of UArizona's College of Medicine - Phoenix and BIO5 member, discusses the colleges decision to increase its class size from 80 to 100 medical students. The increase comes after the Arizona Legislature approved $8 million last legislative session to fund the expanded class. This decision was necessary, as the already dire physician shortage is expected to intensify within the decade due to Arizona’s fast growing population.
 
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Science has the power to improve health, strengthen economies and shed light on the unknown throughout the universe, but a small and growing number of research papers are being retracted by journals for a myriad of reasons, including falsified evidence, conflicts of interest and plagiarism, speciali
 
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A new program to support veterans studying in a STEM field is launching at the University of Arizona. Dr. Michael Marty, UA assistant professor of chemistry and member of The BIO5 Institute, started researching veterans participation in STEM fields after retired Lt. Col. James Rohrbough joined Marty's lab as a staff scientist.
 
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A new program designed to support veterans studying in a STEM field is launching at UA. Dr. Michael Marty, an Assistant Professor in the UA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and BIO5 member, started researching veterans participation in STEM fields after retired Lt. Col. James Rohrbough joined Dr. Marty's lab as a staff scientist.
 
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Struggling to make sense of a large amount of student evaluations from her UA introductory biology course, Associate Vice Provost in the Office of Instruction and Assessment and BIO5 member, Dr. Lisa Elfring, developed a way to visualize the feedback. This kind of presentation provides her with the ability to create and test hypotheses of what students thought of a course.