The Daily Wildcat: In Memoriam: Yandex delivery robots, gone but not yet forgotten. “They came on a Wednesday, and they came in peace. Nov. 17, 2021, marked the introduction of Yandex food delivery robots to the University of Arizona campus. They were an instant cultural phenomenon.”
Arizona State University: PBS presents ‘The Futures of Democracy’ podcast. “PBS presents ‘The Futures of Democracy’ podcast, launching on March 30 and produced and hosted by Nicole Anderson, director of the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University, and Julian Knowles, professor of media and music, and chair of media and communications at Macquarie University, Australia. In this bi-weekly podcast series, world-renowned experts will examine the emerging challenges of possible futures for democracy in the 21st century. The project reflects upon the health and operation of our democracy as a common good in an environment that has profoundly shifted over the past 20 years. “
KGUN: University of Arizona to require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “The University of Arizona — the largest employer in the city of Tucson — is requiring all its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the school announced Friday.”
StateScoop: Sierra Vista, Arizona, will let college students try to hack its computers. “The City of Sierra Vista, Arizona, announced an agreement with the University of Arizona and a cybersecurity company on Friday to give students and city staff real-world experience in understanding cyberattacks. Students at the University of Arizona’s College of Applied Science and Technology, which is based in the 43,000-person city located just south of Tucson, will have the option to enroll in a course that allows them to attempt non-malicious cyberattacks on city employee computers through the new partnership.”
Tucson .com: Pima County, UA tells students to shelter in place as campus virus outbreaks rise. “Pima County, in collaboration with the University of Arizona, will recommend a 14-day shelter in place for all students living on or near campus to help reduce community spread of coronavirus. The recommendation comes as COVID-19 cases continue to rise among UA students, who returned for the start of the semester last month. As of Friday, the university has administered nearly 25,000 tests and has recorded 1,148 positive cases among students, faculty and staff.”
KOLD: University of Arizona researchers discover a new tool to unlock secrets of the past. “Researchers from the University of Arizona said they have discovered a new way to unlock secrets of the past. The scientists said they have new and improved radiocarbon dating tools that can more accurately date major moments in history.”
University of Arizona: $3M Grant to Create Cybersecurity Modeled After Human Body. “A woman touches a hot stove, but thanks to the nervous system, she snatches her hand away before she gets too hurt. A virus enters the body, but the immune system fends off the invader before it can cause too much damage. What if our computers and smartphones could respond to security threats in the same proactive way our bodies respond to health threats?” This is not biometrics. I’m not sure how I’d describe it, but it’s not biometrics.
Tuscon: University of Arizona College of Science: Lum. AI. “Researchers worldwide publish 2.5 million journal articles each year, adding to the tens of millions of scholarly articles in circulation. For a researcher or clinician, developing a holistic understanding of a field — for example, the systematic matching of genomic alterations in a tumor with proper drug treatments — is an immense task. Now imagine that those researchers, faced with trying to understand the various mechanisms and cellular processes involved in a specific tumor type, had a new tool: an automated system that could review all that literature — analyzing each academic paper in seconds — and extract key information that could help them generate easily interpretable answers and conclusions.”
University of Arizona: Digital Archaeology Project to Use Big Data. “”To help provide researchers, scholars and the general public with a ‘deep history’ understanding of some of the grand challenges facing society, [Barbara] Mills and fellow UA researcher Sudha Ram are leading an interdisciplinary National Science Foundation-funded project to build an online system that pulls together and synthesizes archaeological data spanning several centuries of U.S history. The project, called cyberSW, focuses specifically on pre-Hispanic archaeological data from the American Southwest — Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado — from A.D. 800 to the 1500s, shortly after the arrival of the Spanish in the region.”
University of Arizona: UA Report Examines Fake News and How to Stop It. “The report, ‘Identifying and Countering Fake News’ (PDF), identifies the distinct types of fake news: hoaxes, propaganda, trolling and satire, along with the motivations behind them. It also proposes a set of model solutions to reduce production and dissemination of fake news.” The 33-page report is free and available at the link.
University of Arizona: Climate Services Database Now Available for the Western States. “The NOAA Western Region Climate Service Providers Database is a searchable directory of climate service providers in the west that makes climate services easier to find. Its powerful search function allows users to customize their search based on the type of service, the geographic area, stakeholders served, and several additional parameters. It’s a match-making app for the climate world.” If, like me, you’re not 100% clear on what a climate service provider is, you can get a good overview from the AMS.
University of Arizona: National Phenology Network Hits 10M Records. “The U.S. Geological Survey-funded USA National Phenology Network, hosted within the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Science’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, has enabled people across the country to collect and share information on phenology of plants and animals since 2009. And because people love observing nature and reporting what they see so much, the National Phenology Database has just crossed the threshold of 10 million records.”