Kate Kenski, PhD, has made a career of studying the ins and outs of our political system. This fall, she is offering a course called "The Struggle for the Presidency," where students view popular films that explore the historical, political and global aspects of the presidential election. And the entire Tucson community is invited to participate in the discussion.
When you think of 4-H, do you think of children raising sheep and rabbits for the county fair? Think again. Today, Arizona's 185,000 4-H participants are learning everything from engineering to computer science, and are developing friendships and skills for life. After 100 years, Arizona 4-H – run through Arizona Cooperative Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – is stronger than ever.
Gaining a spot at the Paralympic Games represents the epitome of accomplishment for any adaptive athlete. This year, seven Wildcats will be among the 4,200 athletes from 160 countries converging on London to go for gold.
In today’s world of global markets and global workforces, diverse, distributed teams are common. But decades ago, when Anita Bhappu embarked on product development as a chemical engineer for Procter & Gamble, virtual collaboration was an uncharted territory — one her research has been illuminating ever since.
As the 2012 Olympic Games in London came to a close on August 12, the UA community celebrated all of our athletes who participated. In the end, current and former Wildcat athletes came home with a total of five medals garnered on the court, on the track and in the pool.
If you think studying mechanical engineering is all about computers and simulations, think again. Here, the UA Baja Racing Club has become a raging tradition in the College of Engineering, allowing students the opportunity to put their skills to the test in a true hands-on, hard-driving off-road competition.
On August 11, UA senior and theater major Brigetta Barrett secured a silver medal for her personal best high jump of 6'8". Also, former Wildcat Andre Iguodala and the US basketball team secured gold. All told, UA Olympians are coming home from London with an amazing 3 silver and 5 gold medals.
At the University of Arizona, our Greek community is founded on four pillars: scholarship, leadership and involvement, brotherhood and sisterhood, and service. Among the system’s numerous programs, one stands out as being the only one of its kind in the nation: The Hunter White Health Advocacy program.
The University of Arizona College of Education has a new mosaic gracing its east lobby. This latest addition to Tucson’s “Ben’s Bells Kindness Corridor” came together when the ideals driving Ben’s Bells founder Jeanette Mare (’89) met up with the creative inspiration of master of art student Kari Imoro (’12). The result is pure, wonderful whimsy.
UA President Ann Weaver Hart arrived on July 9 to find hundreds of people from across campus and throughout the state eagerly awaiting her arrival. As the UA Pep Band played "Bear Down," our new leader received a wonderful welcome on a sunny Tucson morning.
What does Dr. Ann Weaver Hart look forward to most as she begins her new job? What excites her most about leading a top research university, and being a part of the mission of American higher education? Here is a brief glimpse into the heart and mind of the new president of the University of Arizona.
Undefeated in post-season play, Arizona soundly defeated defending national champions to win the fourth National Championship in the baseball program's history. Coach Andy Lopez thanked the UA’s previous baseball coaches – Frank Sancett, Jerry Kindall, Jim Wing and Jerry Stitt. He thanked the University, the City of Tucson and Greg Byrne for the move to Hi Corbett Field. And he thanked all the Wildcat fans for their incredible support.
How does the brain create meaning from words? Regents’ Professor Thomas Bever made his career researching such questions, creating the field of cognitive neuroscience over 40 years ago. Known for innovative research and collaboration with others like Noam Chomsky, he now helps students pursue inquiry into the nature of language.
On May 11-12, our community celebrates the Class of 2012 during Spring Commencement. University of Arizona President Eugene G. Sander will preside over the ceremonies at McKale Center, conferring thousands of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Drs. Peter Rhee and Brian Schmidt, a UA alumnus and a winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, will deliver the keynote address.
Whether she’s acting on stage or soaring over the high jump bar, junior theatre major Brigetta Barrett pushes herself to rise to the occasion. “The thing that’s different about me is that I’m not afraid to fall,” she says. Letting go of fear and learning from mistakes will take Barrett to the 2012 Olympic Trials and hopefully to compete for gold in London this summer.
Every year, hundreds of high school students attend the UA student-run Arizona Model United Nations' High School Conference. It’s a tradition over 50 years old, and one that is recognized for excellence at the national level for bi-national education and exceptional student activism.
Why do people choose to study abroad? While every student who has studied in another country has his or her own unique stories to tell, all come home with at least one thing in common: they’ve had a life-changing experience. Once you step across your borders and out of your comfort zone, you’re never the same again.
Academic research is often reserved for those well-versed in deeply focused fields of the sciences and humanities. But with cameras as their tools and public television as the medium, University of Arizona researcher David Yetman and producer Dan Duncan are bringing the knowledge, stories and peoples of our hemisphere to the nation and the world with their PBS series, "In the Americas."
Tucson native May Chika Mgbolu is a first-generation scholar at the University of Arizona. Her parents came from Nigeria to seek the American Dream. After graduating from high school, she flew to their homeland, planning to hang out on the beach and get to know the relatives. The first morning she took a 15-minute walk that opened her eyes, changed her world view and ignited her passion for social justice.
"The University of Arizona is a distinguished research institution with a rich history of achievement," said Dr. Ann Weaver Hart, 21st president of the UA. "I am honored to have this opportunity to work with the entire University community – students, faculty, administrators, regents, alumni and friends – and the state of Arizona to advance UA's mission and lead the University through its next growth phase."