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Dr. William R. Miller, an assistant professor of biology at Baker University in Kansas, describes the new species of tardigrades, also known as a “water bears,” that were found during this year's BioBlitz at Saguaro National Park. Tardigrades, which live in moss and lichen, are dot-sized and resemble a caterpillar.

More than 2,000 schoolchildren, 1,300 members of the general public and 170 scientists took part in the BioBlitz, and at the end of the 24-hour period, 859 plant and animal species had been counted. Read more»

A photo of the Coombs family taken one week before Jeffrey Coombs died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks shows (left to right) Meaghan, Jeffrey, Christie, Julia and Matthew.

Christie Coombs, a 1982 graduate of the UA, looks back to Sept. 11, 2001, the day her husband Jeffrey, a UA business graduate, was aboard the first plane that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. Since then, Coombs has channeled her grief into something positive. Read more»