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AZ Partners in Science

Awardee Profiles (2013)

Mark Beilstein

University of Arizona

Identifying Alternative Functions of the Telomerase Reverse Transcript ASE (TERT)

Kourtney Brown

Pueblo Magnet High School

The Critical Challenge of Antibiotic Resistance: Are Wastewater Treatment Plants a Concern?

A 2000 World Health Organization report identified antibiotic resistance as the most critical human health challenge of the next century. Wastewater from hospitals and clinics loads treatment plants with antibiotic resistance, but little is known of resistance leaving the plants in treated water used for irrigation of Arizona sports fields and playgrounds. This project is collecting samples from six Arizona treatment plants and using cutting-edge molecular methods to quantify and characterize resistance in treated wastewater used for irrigation. The assessment will provide data for making accurate and informed policy decisions regarding wastewater irrigation of Arizona public areas.

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Mark Calhoun

Sabino High School

Using Solar Energy to Make Hydrogen

It is estimated the world’s energy demands will increase by more than a third in the next quarter century. Meeting this demand is essential for our environmental and economic security. Fortunately, the earth receives more solar energy in one hour than is consumed by humans during an entire year. Thus conversion of solar energy into electricity offers a viable long-term solution to our energy needs. But to make this approach a reality, efficient storage of the energy is required. Molecular hydrogen can store this energy chemically and release it efficiently as electricity via the use of fuel cells. However, cheap and efficient catalysts are required for conversion of electricity into H2 for the operation of fuel cells.

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Michael Frank

Empire High School

Identifying Alternative Functions of the Telomerase Reverse Transcript ASE (TERT)

Telomerase is an enzyme that is minimally composed of a reverse transcriptase subunit (TERT) and an RNA moiety, the telomerase RNA (TER). Here we propose to elucidate whether alternative functions of TERT, documented in other groups of organisms, are also present in plants. This work will lead to a more complete understanding of TERT that may provide critical insight into the development of anti-cancer and anti-aging therapies in humans.

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Richard Glass

University of Arizona

Using Solar Energy to Make Hydrogen

Jean E. McLain

University of Arizona

The Critical Challenge of Antibiotic Resistance: Are Wastewater Treatment Plants a Concern?

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