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."
After a nationwide search, the Arizona Board of Regents have named Ann Weaver Hart as the candidate for the president of the University of Arizona. A consummate leader, educator and administrator, Dr. Hart brings all of the essential leadership qualities that promise to propel the University of Arizona into the future.
The Sisters of the Benedictine Monastery of Tucson needed a new business venture, so they turned to the UA Eller College of Management for ideas. A team of students helped them launch Prayerfully Popped – Corn from the Cloister. The sisters sell sweet and savory gourmet popcorn online and in a small local store. These tasty treats already got the attention of the Wall Street Journal.
Members of the UA Rodeo Club are hardcore cowboys and cowgirls -- and they're proud of it. They love the pressure of competition as much as they love their horses. For sophomore Carollann Scott, journalism major and Rodeo Club president, it’s about taking on ten seconds of intense challenge and using that opportunity to better herself.
On February 7 and 8, 2012, the UA will host world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist Noam Chomsky, as he gives lectures at the main Tucson campus. Considered the father of modern linguistics, Chomsky’s visit represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students, faculty and the Tucson community.
With media so focused on corporate wrongdoing, it's good to know that the Eller College of Management is taking a proactive route to turn things around. The College’s Center for Leadership Ethics has initiated High School Ethics Forums that provide teen participants hands-on experiences for dealing with personal and professional ethical dilemmas. The goal? Ensure ethics are integral part of the next generation's corporate culture.
On November 22, 2011, Richard Rodriguez, most recently serving as head coach for Michigan from 2008 to 2010 and an analyst for CBS Sports, became the 30th head coach of the Arizona Wildcats football team. "I'm eager to get back to coaching and look forward to becoming part of the Arizona family," he says. "I believe that outstanding success is on the horizon for Arizona Football."
Third-year architecture student Brian Kolfage has loved to draw since he was a child. Growing up on the water, he thought he might become a naval architect. Today, as he rebuilds after sustaining injuries in Iraq, he looks forward to applying his creative drive -- along with his new perspective on form and function -- to revolutionizing building design.
November 14-18, 2011 marks the 12th annual International Education Week at the UA. For the second year running, teams of first-semester Eller College of Management students are putting on the week’s culminating festival – the Giveback Kickback – and raising thousands for a village in Sudan.
What does it take to achieve excellence? According to Jay Rees, director of the Pride of Arizona Marching Band, it boils down to a willingness to make the sacrifices and do the hard work. Named one of the top five bands in the nation in 2009, the Pride of Arizona knows how to get it done, and they bring the fans to their feet every time. Watch video.>>
University of Arizona Libraries Special Collections is home to one of the nation's finest collections of printed texts on Arizona and the borderlands of the Southwest. Luis Coronado-Guel, Ph.D. student in Latin American history, has delved into the collection and brought many of its images to life in the documentary, "Another Side of the Border."
Erin Clair, senior in the University of Arizona Honors College, will forever remember the first time she gazed at a Tibetan mountaintop monastery, made camp in the snow at 17,000 feet and tasted yak. This past summer, she traveled to Asia to study the movement of early humans. Her view of the world will never be the same.
Dr. David Wayne Smith has been with the University of Arizona for over 56 years. He remembers a time when there were no air-conditioned campus buildings or cars. Today, at 85 years young, he still continues to wear the many hats he has developed – as forensic examiner, as patient advocate, as advisor and mentor – and gives back more than ever before.
Over 45 percent of recruiters who come to the main UA campus hail from the state capital. Less than two short hours from Tucson, Phoenix is one of the nation's largest generators of jobs. This year, students and graduates have a new team member on their side to help them plug into this opportunity-rich market: Kara Weller, Assistant Director of Employer Development, Metropolitan Phoenix.
The nationally prominent James E. Rogers College of Law prepares tomorrow's lawyers for leadership and community service. In fulfillment of that mission, Professor of Law Jean Braucher has created an innovative course through a partnership with Southern Arizona Legal Aid (SALA) where students get to apply their learning and help real clients who are suffering due to the economic downturn.
What if telling stories could make the world a better place? The Worlds of Words collection is doing exactly that. This one-of-a-kind collection of over 30,000 books from around the globe and a world-wide support network of experts is creating new ways to allow children, families and educators to learn about the cultures and peoples of the world.
From the day he joined the UA planetary sciences faculty in 1973, Regents' Professor Michael Drake was a driving force in the world of space sciences. Today, we recognize his passing and honor his achievements, which include serving as principal investigator on the OSIRIS-REx mission, an $800 million effort now underway to retrieve a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth.
On September 1, the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will begin a weeklong program, “9-11: How We’ve Changed.” Ten years later, UA doctoral student and retired Army Brigadier General John Adams continues to pursue his own questions that have arisen out of a long, distinguished career, as well as his own experience working at the Pentagon on that fateful day.