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NEWS
Wednesday, September 15, 2003
photo UA doctor named top Indian M.D. in nation

The Association of American Indian Physicians unanimously named Dr. Yvette Roubideaux Indian Physician of the Year, saying she was long overdue for the award for her tireless research with American Indians suffering from diabetes.

"Giving the award to Dr. Roubideaux was a way for our members to recognize her for her contributions to the improvement of Indian health," said Margaret Knight, executive director of the AAIP. [Read article]

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photo Designs for a cure: Cancer Center gets $19.5M grant

The Arizona Cancer Center's fight against skin cancer will continue in southern Arizona until at least 2010, thanks to a $19.5 million grant awarded to the center by the National Cancer Institute.

The award is "the largest program project grant in the center's history," according to a press release.

"Skin cancer is of epidemic proportions in southern Arizona," said Dr. David Alberts, co-principal investigator of the Cancer Center's Chemoprevention of Skin Cancer Program Project. [Read article]

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photo Artificial Intelligence lab works to hunt terrorists, cure cancer

In a small lab in McClelland Hall, about 50 students and researchers work to catch terrorists, cure cancer and build a large-scale academic digital library.

The director of the UA's Artificial Intelligence Lab, Hsinchun Chen, said the goal of the AI Lab is to provide academics and professionals with a better way to get information in their high-tech worlds.

Chen said with the ever-increasing wealth of knowledge available in the digital age, it has become difficult for researchers to stay on top of the most recent developments. [Read article]

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Dec. graduation changes may mean higher cost to UA

The decision to limit December's university-wide commencement ceremony to doctoral and master's students could mean a decrease in proceeds from the ceremony, while the ceremony itself could cost more to produce.

While officials are still unsure of the financial impact the graduation changes will have, Alexis Hernandez, associate dean of students, said expenditures related to using McKale Center for the limited December commencement are expected to be higher than they were for past graduation ceremonies. [Read article]

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Campus Detective

Question: I had a friend that lived in Maricopa Residence Hall last year and she said there is a ghost that haunts the halls. I never experienced her; being a male I wasn't allowed in the confines without proper security screening, meaning I wasn't carrying a purse. Anyway, it would be cool to know where that mystery started and such. Fire away.
- Sam Richard, former UA student

Answer: [Read article]

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photo Fast facts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • Experiments conducted at several college laboratories demonstrate that hard rock music played to colonies of termites cause the insects to enter a kind of frenzy and chew through wood at twice their normal rate.

  • Men change their minds two to three times more often than women. Most women, experiments found, take longer to make a decision than men do, but once they make a decision they are more likely to stick to it, for good or ill. [Read article]

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