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During his 10 years at the UA, Dave Strack hired the first African-American head coach at a major university, oversaw the opening of McKale Memorial Center and was instrumental in Arizona’s transition from the Western Athletic Conference to the Pac-10. Strack died Saturday at the age of 90.
The UA is one of four universities selected to participate in 100,000 Strong in the Americas, U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature education initiative, which seeks to increase study abroad between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as position students for a competitive advantage in their careers as global leaders, professionals and citizens.
The Pat Tillman Foundation, which gives scholarships to military veterans pursuing higher education, has again named the UA as an official university partner. "We assess our university partnerships based on several criteria, all of which the University of Arizona excels at," says Michelle McCarthy, the foundation's spokesperson.
Dr. Mindy Fain, co-director of the UA's Arizona Center on Aging and a widely recognized leader in gerontology, has been named the Anne and Alden Hart Endowed Chair in Medicine. Fain works with faculty in the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health, encouraging them to develop new ways to provide high-quality care at lower costs. She also is working with an interdisciplinary team to establish an ACE – acute care of elders – unit at UAMC – South Campus.
Reducing the risk for Alzheimer's disease through lifestyle, education and new treatments is at the focus of this year's conference, which is open to the public.
This year’s talks, beginning Jan. 27, will focus on how brains originated and where the evolution of our own brain will take us. The topics to be covered over the entire series include brain imaging, the history of brain surgery, the ancestral circuits that can be found in the modern brain and the essentially perfect way our brains solve problems.
From ferocious flash floods to hazardous haboobs, the UA is officially prepared to handle weather-related emergencies, according to the National Weather Service. The organization has named the UA Arizona's first StormReady university. In order to be designated StormReady, the UA had to meet several criteria, such as having a formal hazardous weather plan and 24-hour communication channels.
The UA is one of only 16 universities in the U.S. chosen by the Institute of International Education to participate in the International Academic Partnership Program. The program works to build the capacity of institutions and provide a global environment of partnership and exchange for students and faculty.
A change in ABOR residency policy provides an incentive for American Indian students from Arizona tribes who attend out-of-state colleges to return to Arizona to complete their degrees. The change goes into effect for the spring 2014 semester.
The UA will confer the title of University Distinguished Outreach Faculty on S. Peder Cuneo and Sally J. Reel during the UA's 149th commencement ceremony on Saturday. The title signals that Cuneo and Reel are highly invested in work beyond the University and have demonstrated a significant record of creative scholarship while also advancing University outreach efforts.
Six outstanding UA students will be honored with Centennial Achievement Awards during Saturday's commencement ceremony. The award recognizes students who have demonstrated integrity and overcome enormous challenges to achieve a college education while making important contributions to their families and community.
Commencement, one of the most important ceremonies for the UA community, will be held Saturday to celebrate the achievements of students receiving their bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees. Provost Andrew Comrie will confer the degrees while UA alum and Tony Award winner Scott Pask will deliver the keynote address.
The UA College of Science's popular Science Cafés represent an important educational and outreach effort aimed at breaking down barriers between the scientific community and general public. This fall's slate of talks will wrap up with subjects of general community interest in the areas of behavioral sciences and environmental research.
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.