March 7, 2012
(Tucson, Arizona) On Tuesday, March 6, the University of Arizona (UA) hosted its ninth annual Innovation Day at the UA. The event, attended by over 300 people, celebrated the UA's success in technology development and innovation by highlighting the research achievements of students, staff, and faculty.
Innovation Day opened with UA at the Leading Edge, which showcased the cutting edge research of leading UA faculty members. The session was chaired by Dr. Len Jessup, Dean of the Eller College of Management.
This year's Leading Edge researchers included:
Eric A. Betterton, Ph.D. focuses on atmospheric and environmental chemistry exploring an atmospheric model to forecast wind-blown dust from natural and man-made sources. This research supports the development of dust forecasting technology for health and traffic advisories.
Leslie Gunatilaka, Ph.D. explores novel compounds synthesized by exotic plants from the arid zones of Asia, S. America and the Sonoran desert, and evaluates these compounds for medicinal value.