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In case you missed it: Our top five news stories of the week

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Amy Phelps/ Arizona Daily Wildcat George Rieke and Marcia Rieke, astronomy professors, work on developing the Webb telescope for NASA. The government shut down has effected the project’s schedule, research, and funds.

A quick look at the Daily Wildcat’s top five stories published this week.

1. UA doctors advise vaccination key for seasonal flu prevention

– By Gabrielle Fernety

UA students have been spending fall with comfortable weather and pumpkin spice lattes, but an old enemy has made its return: the flu.

Amy Direnfeld, an immunization nurse at UA Campus Health Service, said students should get the flu shot between now and the beginning of November. Campus Health Service provides the vaccine for students, staff and faculty.

“You can simply walk in to ‘immunizations’ at any of the walk-in hours with your CatCard and your health insurance card,” Direnfield said. “If you don’t have that, we’re happy to put it on your bursar’s.”

2. Tucson works with UA to inform public of streetcar safety precautions

– By Stephanie Casanova

With an increase in the streetcar’s presence on campus, the city is working with the UA in order to inform the community about safety precautions while sharing the road.

The streetcar’s public relations team has been visiting different campus groups like Greek Life and the UA Visitor Center to talk to the community about streetcar safety and to show a six-minute public service announcement to the groups, said Joan Beckim, public relations coordinator for the streetcar project.

“Be it as a bicyclist, pedestrian or a motorist that [the community] just be alert of the surroundings,” Beckim said. “People will see [the streetcar] on campus more frequently and should be prepared.”

3. Government shutdown halts testing of instrument for James Webb Space Telescope

– By Stephanie Casanova

The testing of one of four instruments for a large-scale telescope was put on pause last week due to the federal government shutdown that began on Oct. 1.

George Rieke, a UA astronomy professor and science team leader working on the mid-infrared instrument of the James Webb Space Telescope, said his team had been preparing to test the instrument for almost three months.

The mid-infrared instrument was halfway through tests when NASA employees were sent home due to the government shutdown, he said.

4. UA student aims to educate, eradicate human suffering with new campus club

– By Meggie Kessler and Stephanie Casanova

Ahva Sadeghi recalls standing in a photo exhibit, staring at Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph “The Vulture” and crying as her heart dropped.

Sadeghi, a philosophy, politics, economics and law junior, spent last summer studying international relations at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., through the Semester in Washington program, and interning with the Peace Corps.

“I thought that there needs to be some sort of movement on campus where people are educated about human rights,” Sadeghi said. “If they’re not aware of these problems, then these issues will never be addressed.”

5. ADOT adopts UA project aimed to help wildlife species cross I -10

– By Maggie Driver

The Arizona Department of Transportation recently adopted a UA alumna’s master’s project to help wildlife species safely cross Interstate 10.

Sara Sillars worked on wildlife linkages in the Cochise County area as part of her master’s project, which has since been adopted by ADOT. Wildlife linkages are pathways that wildlife species use to move between living places.

“I hope that it actually comes to fruition and that there’s a corridor [passageway] put in place,” Sillars said.

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