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AGI will increase capacity and expand services to the medical fields with a state-of-the-art genetic sequencing machine.
 
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Self-proclaimed microbe hunter Dr. Paul Carini talks about the importance of microbes to human life, as well as the need for personalized mentorship opportunities.
 
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Little is known about how rain moves through landscapes once it's on the ground. UArizona's Landscape Evolution Observatory is designed to provide answers, and a $3.5M grant will allow our scientists to study the roles plants and microbes play in the process.
 
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Dr. Taylor Edwards discusses how the power of DNA facilitates cross-campus collaborations at the University of Arizona Genetics Core.
 
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Throughout the 20 years of BIO5, this institute has connected various campus departments to solve the challenges of a new period of technology growth, research that tells us more than ever, and support students at UArizona.
 
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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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UArizona researchers are expanding the scientific knowledge of cannabis with a focus on two distinct areas – pain and addiction. Members of the Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center are optimistic about the potential of cannabis as a viable non-opioid alternative to treat pain.
 
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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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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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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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Despite slowdowns in research suffered by universities around the world due to the pandemic, the University of Arizona has experienced solid growth in the commercialization of university inventions. In the last fiscal year alone UArizona received 274 invention disclosures and launched 17 startups.
 
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Despite slowdowns in research suffered by universities around the world due to the pandemic, the University of Arizona has experienced solid growth in the commercialization of university inventions.
 
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BIO5 Public Affairs student assistant Ryan Hunt discusses how his roles within BIO5 have supported his personal and professional goals.
 
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Dr. Laura Meredith discusses soil microbes, her climate-focused research around the globe, and what it's like to be a woman in STEM.
 
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Tech Launch Arizona is funding the development of five winning software projects aiming to make real societal impact.
 
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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.
 
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Bruce Tabashnik, Head of the Department of Entomology and BIO5 member, was the lead researcher for a recent study that showed that the eradication of the pink bollworm, a pest that destroyed cotton crops, was in part to a coordinated effort between researchers, farmers and the cotton industry.