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Three University of Arizona undergraduate students were competitively chosen to work virtually alongside BIO5 Institute administrative staff to enhance their personal and professional skills.
 
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Cellular and molecular medicine master’s student Mallory Thompson interacts with COVID-19 patients daily, strengthening her desire to pursue a medical degree following graduation.
 
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Innovative minds spanning several disciplines created partnerships to advance research and impact the lives of Arizonans at the second annual BIO5/BIOSA Faculty Industry Networking Event.
 
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Teaching labs will be among the first University of Arizona classes to meet in person when the fall semester begins, but they'll look a little different than usual. Dr. Hamish Christie, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and BIO5 member, offers a look inside a UArizona chemistry teaching lab as it prepares to welcome students back to campus.
 
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Harnessing the power of technology, the BIO5 Institute will virtually connect University of Arizona faculty and researchers with representatives from biotech, biomedical, and life science companies at the FINE event on Thursday, August 13, 2020.
 
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A study by Dr. Ali Akoglu, electrical and computer engineering associate professor, and his graduate students Nirmal Kumbhare and Joshua Mack was selected as the Featured Paper in the August issue of IEEE Transactions on Computers due to its novelty and practicality. Their paper, "DS3: A System-Level Domain-Specific System-on-Chip Simulation Framework,” presents a system-level domain-specific systems-on-chip simulation (DS3) framework.
 
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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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The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy has recognized two outstanding faculty members as Educator of the Year for 2020 - one of whom is a BIO5 member.

 
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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.