Q&A

Q&A
 

A Conversation Between a Graduate Student and Her Mentor

Cancer biology graduate student Brittany Forte interviewed her mentor, Samuel Campos, about what he hopes students take away from time in his lab. The most rewarding part of his job? "Seeing my students or trainees overcome obstacles to grow, develop, mature, succeed and advance brings great joy and pride," Campos says.

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Q&A With Celina Ramirez, Head of UA Compliance Office

As the UA's compliance officer, Celina Ramirez works with the more than 100 professionals on campus whose job responsibilities include compliance. "My primary role is to be a resource to them," she says in this Q&A. "It's also my role to keep the president and University leaders apprised of compliance efforts."

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UA Astronomer's TED Talk Inspires Women Across the World

Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil discovered a galaxy that should not have existed. And then she told the world about it from one of the planet's farthest-reaching stages. "Following my TED Talk, I received amazing reactions from across the world," she says. "From India to Africa, from the Middle East to Turkey, many women wrote to me saying they had always been interested in astronomy, but their society or economic conditions didn't allow them to pursue it. They said my example really inspired them."

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Q&A With Postdoc Scholar Thomas Moon on the Hardship and Joys of Research

Thomas Moon, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, talks about the inspiration for his work, his ideal dinner party guests, and his advice for budding researchers. "What I do like about research is the moment after all of those terrible and recalcitrant times where it all comes together, and data just seem to fall from the instruments in a torrent," Moon says. "Those are joyous moments, and they make the hardship worthwhile."

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There's No Substitute for a Good Night's Sleep, UA Expert Says

UA sleep expert Scott Killgore provides insights into sleep deprivation and how it affects decision making. Caffeine can help you feel more awake, he says, but don't be fooled into thinking your brain is functioning normally. "You're making decisions just as badly as a sleep-deprived person without any caffeine."

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SALT's Standing as World Leader Drew New Director to UA

Gabrielle Miller says she was drawn to the UA by "the opportunity to be continuously and energetically curious." As director, she hopes to strengthen the SALT Center's impact on student success and contribute to the UA's reputation as a world leader in educating undergraduates who learn differently.

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UA Cardiologist Talks About a New Way to Help Patients Watch Out for Their Health

Dr. Joseph S. Alpert, a cardiologist and professor of medicine, is part of a new effort that uses video to inform patients about their conditions and their options. "Doctorpedia is something that many patients need especially now when doctors have less and less time to spend with their patients," he says. "What we try to do with Doctorpedia is give a balanced view to let people know that there are often choices, and there are advantages and disadvantages to those choices."

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