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Former prof wins Nobel Prize

25-years of economic research at UA pay off 1 year after relocating

For nearly five decades, Vernon Smith's colleagues paid little attention to his idea of experimental economics, but his patience paid off yesterday when the very same concept won him the Nobel Prize for Economics.

Smith, a former UA professor who now teaches economics and law at George Mason University and Daniel Kahneman, director of public affairs at Princeton University, will share a the $1 million award for their work in behavioral economics the integration of psychology and economics. [Read article]

photo Training cadets to live

Most students were still sleeping at 6 a.m. yesterday, but not Army ROTC cadets. They were preparing to be pushed, fully clothed and with shoes on, into a swimming pool.

About 40 students, dressed in camouflage, anxiously awaited orders from their commanding officers on the pool deck before jumping into the annual water survival training course where they practiced water skills needed for combat. [Read article]

photo UA speeds virus research while West Nile nears

Birds and mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus may be headed for Tucson and four UA researchers are learning everything they can to stop them.

Preliminary test results yesterday showed two Arizona residents who had returned from trips out of state were infected with the virus.

The researchers are from various departments, including entomology, and are working to prevent the spread of the virus to Arizona. [Read article]

Student senators may get behind the wheel

To save money, senators consider driving for the SafeRide escort service

Student government senators may take a turn at the wheel of SafeRide cars in order to cut costs and get in more office hours.

At the weekly ASUA senate meeting last night, director of SafeRide Sharjeel Durrani proposed a plan to have senators drive for the free transportation escort service instead of carrying out their regular office hours outside every week. [Read article]

On the Spot

Leif Christensen; Sculpture junior sheds light on fun with Trojans, Johnny Cash, intoxicated Germans

WILDCAT: I see you have a Trojan necklace thingy there. What is that all about?

CHRISTENSEN: Oh, this is my Lake Havasu Purple Heart.

WILDCAT: Oh yeah?

CHRISTENSEN: Yeah, you know you're up at the lake, there's Trojan condoms, parties, lots of other crazy stuff. [Read article]

Campus Briefs

Campus Health offering shots in time for late-Oct. flu season

With flu season approaching, the UA will offer flu shots at several locations this year.

Campus Health Service offers flu shots for students, benefits-eligible employees and community members.

The cost for benefits-eligible UA employees is $7. All others pay $10. Campus Health is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed between noon and 1 p.m. [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • John Hanson not George Washington was the first president of the United States. When the Congress met in 1781, the United States were governed by the Articles of Confederation, which was adopted in 1777 and ratified by the states in 1781. At that meeting, Congress elected John Hanson its "President of the U.S. in Congress assembled." George Washington became the first president of the United States under the U.S. Constitution in 1789.
  • Argentineans eat more meat than any other nation in the world an average of 10 ounces per person, per day.
  • The sun contains 99.8 percent of the total mass of the solar system. More than one million Earths would be required to match its volume.
  • It is estimated that more than 75 million people have been killed by earthquakes in the history of the planet.
  • A single piranha, with its razor-sharp teeth, is still dangerous enough when out of water to rip off the flesh, or a finger or toe, from an unwary fisherman.
  • The little-used adjective "tabescent" means to waste or wither away.
  • The NBC daytime drama, "The Doctors," was the first soap opera to win an Emmy series award in 1972. Although the Emmy Awards were launched in 1948 to honor accomplishments in the television industry, the genre of daytime drama was largely ignored.

    On this date:

  • In 1865, John Wesley Hyatt patented the billiard ball. Hyatt won $10,000 in a contest as the first person to invent a substitute for commonly used ivory balls.
  • In 1930, three United States airlines merged to form Transcontinental and Western Airlines (TWA), later TransWorld Airlines.
  • In 1954, Ho Chi Minh entered Hanoi after French troops pulled out of the city following Armistice terms.
  • In 1972, The Washington Post, in articles by reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, uncovered a massive effort on the part of CREEP, Committee for the Reelection of the President, to disrupt the Democratic campaign.
  • In 1973, U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with tax evasion.


    "It is sinister to prey on good hearts to fund the works of evil."

    U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft on the indictment of a Chicago-area Islamic charity head accused of funneling money to Osama bin Laden's terrorist network.


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