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The Warren Underpass near the UA campus has reopened to pedestrians after being closed for nearly a year while tracks were laid for Tucson's Sun Link streetcar. Because the underpass will be shared by the streetcar, motorized vehicles and golf carts are prohibited in the area, and bicyclists must walk their bikes through the underpass.
The Giant Magellan Telescope’s third primary mirror was unveiled at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory Mirror Lab on Friday. The UA is producing a total of seven mirrors. They'll be combined into a light-gathering surface 80 feet in diameter - creating the largest telescope ever built.
UA alumnus and three-time Tony Award-winning scenic and costume designer Scott Pask has been named the University's commencement speaker. Pask will give his remarks at the fall commencement, happening Dec. 21 ceremony at the UA's McKale Memorial Center.
In honor of the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, UA President Ann Weaver Hart and U.S. Rep. Ron Barber will speak during the USS Arizona Ceremony, being held on the UA campus. In advance of the event, Lauren Bruner, one of the few remaining survivors of the USS Arizona bombing, will tour parts of the UA and speak with students, veterans and members of the public.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked the UA as one of the nation's top universities for veterans. Ranked No. 23, the UA offers a range of programs and services geared toward student veterans, including a new student center at the Arizona Health Sciences Center.
As a member of the APLU Council for Strategic Communications and Advancement Executive Committee, UA Senior Vice President for University Relations Teri Lucie Thompson will help advance the communications agenda and aggressively advocate for the achievements of public research, land-grant and urban universities to the nation.
Never Settle, the UA’s strategic academic and business plan, will position the University to become a “super land-grant” institution. In a presentation to the Arizona Board of Regents, UA President Ann Weaver Hart and other UA leaders laid out plans for enrollment growth, faculty development, increased research expenditures and improved technology commercialization. Such efforts, Hart said, will help improve the workforce, grow the state economy and aid in national competitiveness.
Three UA faculty members have been conferred with the highly prestigious rank of Regents' Professor: Hsinchun Chen in the UA Eller College of Management, Xiaohui Fan in the Department of Astronomy and Neal R. Armstrong in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. At any given time, only 3 percent of an Arizona university's tenured or tenure-track faculty can carry the title, which goes to those individuals who are making significant impact in their fields resulting in national or international distinction.
Tech Launch Arizona has established The Arizona Choice, a new and innovative approach to help the UA and industry foster productive collaborations while reducing the complexity of the intellectual property disposition process. Through the new approach, UA faculty and researchers can work collaboratively with industry partners to determine disposition terms in research agreements, improving transparency and flexibility while maximizing benefits for all partners involved.
UA Selects Eddie Navarrete as Associate Vice President, Marketing Communications and Brand Management
The UA has named Eddie Navarrete as associate vice president responsible for marketing communications and brand management. Navarrete will lead the management of all institutional brand communications, marketing communications and market research, as well as consulting with college and unit marketers to ensure consistent institutional messaging.
In recognition of its research, outreach and engagement, the UA Department of German Studies has been named a national German Center of Excellence. The distinction, conferred by the American Association of Teachers of German, was given to only two institutions this year.
Famed UA astrophotographer Adam Block has again captured a striking image of the cosmos. The glowing red region in the constellation Serpens, which means snake, "gives this vista an eerie feeling" while its contrasting regions bring to mind to duality of heaven and hell, Block says.
The UA's McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship was named Innovator of the Year in academia during the Governor's Celebration of Innovation gala. All finalists for the award were from the UA, representing innovative programs in agriculture, the biological sciences and environmental science.
Dr. Nancy K. Sweitzer, a board-certified advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and physiologist, will become director of the UA Sarver Heart Center and chief of the Division of Cardiology in the UA College of Medicine's Department of Medicine, effective March 1. Sweitzer comes to the UA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
More than 50,000 students, alumni and community members are expected to take part in the University of Arizona's 99th annual Homecoming celebration this weekend. Some of this year's festivities include a new Ghosts of the UA Tour and the annual Homecoming parade, which will feature former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, as grand marshals.
With a $13.5 million fundraising campaign underway to renovate and restore Old Main, the architectural and preservation team at Tucson-based Poster Frost Mirto Inc. is designing the new look and feel of the UA's iconic building. For lead architect Corky Poster, it is a once-in-a-lifetime project. "I've been waiting my whole career to do this. It is the most important building on campus, and when you get to work on something like that, that's spectacular," Poster said.
It's called the "Wildcat Promise," a new UA early decision initiative to inform applicants if they have gained admission to the University shortly after they apply. Students who applied for the UA early are beginning to learn about admissions decisions for the 2014-2015 academic year. The initiative gives students and families more time to prepare for the start of college.
The Society for Neuroscience has named UA Regents' Professor Carol A. Barnes as the recipient of its Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience. It's the highest honor conferred by the society and recognizes Barnes' scientific contributions, which include groundbreaking work to uncover the changes that take place in the aging brain.
The UA on Friday will kick off a series of events to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November. Among the planned activities are seminars, film showcases and public television programming. The UA has one of the largest Native American student populations in the Southwest.
Every old building has a good ghost story to go with it, and the UA's Old Main is no exception. The building, which is currently being renovated, will be featured on a new Ghosts of the UA Tour. Some of the construction crew members working at Old Main say they've heard and seen signs of the ghost of Carlos Maldenado, who, according to legend, was murdered there in 1888.