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Hope Ball - Integrated Biosciences PhD student

Hope Ball - Integrated Biosciences PhD student

Research Spotlight: Biology

Studying "Obese" Whales to Understand Human Obesity

How do mammals get fat and stay fat? Specifically, how do whales do it? That’s what researchers in UA Biology are trying to finout out.  To do so, Hope Ball, a PhD student in the Integrated Biosciences program is looking at tiny protein called leptin that’s involved in how the body regulates how much it eats and how much energy it burns. The goal for mammals is typically to find a balance between food intake and energy burn. Whales, and other obese mammals, have found a way to build large fat stores despite this balance but rather than being obese they appear to be healthy and happy as fat mammals. Learn More

Student Spotlight

Hayley Cargill

School of Communication Speech Contest

Hayley Cargill, a History major, won second place in the School of Communication's Speech Contest.  Hayley, an honors student, enjoys debating and would like to pursue Law School. 

Out of 4,000 students from the Introductory speech classes, one student from each class section was nominated by their professor to compete in the Speech Contest for the School of Communication. For the preliminary round, over 100 students competed for five finalist spots.  All of the speeches were given in a problem-solution format in which we were to address a problem and create a solution for that problem through the speech and through a visual aid.

Hayley's speech was about the ineffectiveness about the drug war within the United States and our approach from criminalization to rehabilitation. Congratulations Hayley!

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