Dr. Robert C. Robbins considers himself a lifelong learner, and in his first few months as president of the University of Arizona, he’s been learning a lot about the state’s land-grant university.

The world’s population — already close to 8 billion — is expected to surpass 11 billion by the end of the century. How can we scale food, water and energy systems to sustain the generations to come during a time of rapid climate change?

Jonathan Rothbart ’94 spends his days in a movie dreamworld filled with fearsome giants, planet-hopping spacecraft and super-powered heroes. It’s a place where buildings vanish with the click of a mouse, real penguins hobnob alongside their computer-generated kin and the laws of gravity don’t always apply.

In response to interest from students, Assistant Professor and Technical Director Ted Kraus last year made the UA one of a handful of theater programs in the nation to teach automation
design using the Tait Navigator software system.

It was the summer of 1963 when Dick and June Scobee and their 2-year-old daughter Kathie arrived at a red-brick rental house on Mountain Avenue. The location was convenient: Dick could walk the five blocks to his aerospace engineering classes. From those classes, Scobee embarked on a long trajectory into space, where the United States needed him to help catch up with the Russians. 

It’s no secret that planet Earth has a trash problem. What’s less well-known is the man-made debris orbiting our planet — discarded rocket parts, satellite antennas and other metal scraps hurtling through space at 17,500 mph. These objects are missiles in the making, and a collision could jeopardize everything from GPS satellites to the International Space Station. 

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy famously declared that Americans would walk on the moon by the end of the decade. But at the time, scientists couldn’t say for sure whether the moon’s surface was solid or just a thick layer of dust. While NASA engineers focused on building rockets, scientists scrambled to map the moon, send robotic probes to its surface and select astronaut landing sites.

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