UA sophomore Derrick Williams was selected in the 2011 NBA Draft, held Thursday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Williams, a 6-foot-8, 241-pound sophomore forward, was snapped up by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the second pick of the first round. His selection equals the highest ever for a Wildcat.
In 2007-2008, Sander -- vice provost and dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences -- served as executive vice president and provost of the University during a search for a permanent provost. On August 1, he will take the position of president until a permanent replacement is named for Robert N. Shelton, who is leaving the UA to head the Fiesta Bowl.
From initiating the Arizona Assurance program to providing a national rallying point in the wake of the tragic January 8 shootings, UA President Robert N. Shelton has led the institution through a period of unprecedented growth and scientific discovery. After five years as the UA’s 19th president, he leaves with a long – and much appreciated – list of accomplishments.
Micky Thompson was raised on a tobacco and cattle farm in Tennessee. Then he discovered a knack for growing businesses. He started with lawn care, and then moved on to asphalt. Then it was agriculture software and two tech companies. Hungry for more, he came to the UA, met graduate student Jarret Hamstreet – and launched PostBidShip.com.
Kaitlyn Verfuerth started playing tennis when she was 14, just to hang out with friends. Today, as a junior psychology major with an athletic scholarship, she has been to two Paralympics and has just returned from the World Team Cup in South Africa. What makes Verfuerth a champion? Well, for starters, she’s got the heart of a Wildcat.
The editor of the Arizona Daily Wildcat has to have strong writing and reporting skills, naturally. But she also needs to have an eye for design, an instinct about what stories are worth pursing, and the ability to manage a 60-person newsroom. Junior Michelle Monroe, this semester’s Wildcat editor, says there’s one more essential quality necessary for the job: you have to be willing to take the heat.
Around the world, beads have been symbols of value and bravery for more than 100,000 years. Today, Jean Baruch, who completed her Ph.D. in nursing at the University of Arizona in 2010, has taken what started as an inspired doctoral thesis and turned it into a nation-wide organization to help children, families and their healthcare teams cope with cancer and serious illness.
Professor James Anaya, UA Regents’ Professor and expert in human rights law, lives the life of an optimist. Everything he does—from teaching to serving as the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples—comes from a deep commitment to making the world a better place.
The UA Center for Creative Photography houses the world’s largest collection of 20th century American photography. From wilderness photographer Ansel Adams to fashion photographer Richard Avedon, the collection includes more than 100,000 images by diverse photographers, as well as a treasure trove of archival materials that reveal the mind behind the photograph.
In today’s national political environment, discovering better ways to promote a positive conversation has become more important than ever. In support of that vision, the UA is opening a National Institute for Civil Discourse, chaired by none other than United States Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
On September 11, 2001, Leaton Jones was serving on active duty in Germany. When the US invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003, he was a medic in Kuwait. Today, he is back home studying for his undergraduate degree in public health. But now armed with first-hand knowledge of what guns can do, Jones has affected hundreds of lives with one simple inspired letter.
UA fine arts professor Sheila Pitt has always felt at home on a horse. For decades, their powerful imagery dominated her artwork. Now, since her life forever changed while riding her horse Donovan, her themes and techniques may be different, but the same artist’s passion continues to burn.
Research shows that people are swayed by unconscious biases about gender, age, ethnicity and other factors. Now the UA is working to counter these subtle influences – especially for women in the sciences. That’s one facet of the UA ADVANCE program, funded by a $3.3 million ADVANCE IT grant from the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Mikelle Smith Omari-Tunkara, retired UA professor of Art History, knows the difference between nagging and encouraging. An Arizona Assurance mentor, she guides students and helps them navigate the university process and take ownership of their education.
Every semester, juniors from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management vie to win the Business Case Competition. It’s a rite of passage for business majors, when they have to put their communication skills to the test in front of a panel of corporate executives and solve a real business problem.
For over 30 years, astronomer Marcia Rieke has been exploring history of the universe, most recently leading an international effort to survey far-infrared wavelengths from deep space. Inducted as a new Regents’ Professor on December 9, 2010, she has earned the UA’s highest honor for her bold academic achievements.
On November 19, the GiveBack KickBack event—a student fundraising project—will raise money to help former “Lost Boy” of Sudan and UA student John Akuar build a school and sink a well in his home town of Abul, as well as support the Arizona Refugee Connection (ARC).
Everyone can use a little outside help now and again. With three locations, a crack staff, and comprehensive services, the Think Tank is a place where a freshman can improve his math, an international student can get help with her writing, and any UA student can learn, practice and pursue excellence.
Think medieval history is dull? What about religious fervor… thousands fleeing wars…the rejection of ghosts…the European “witch craze?” UA Regents Professor Susan Karant-Nunn knows why these things matter today. She’s a go-to scholar on the Reformation and Late Medieval era (1400-1800).