Happy 90th Birthday, Steward Observatory
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the UA's Steward Observatory and the department of astronomy. "We have the best location of any educational institution in America. The University ought to make itself famous with a telescope." With those words, part of his long and persistent effort to bring a world-class observatory to the UA campus, pioneering astronomer Andrew Ellicott Douglass set forth his best argument.
UA Regents’ Professors Named in College of Science, Eller College of M...
Three UA faculty members have been named Regents' Professors by the Arizona Board of Regents: Neal R. Armstrong in the department of chemistry and biochemistry, Hsinchun Chen in the Eller College of Management, and Xiaohui Fan in the department of astronomy. The title recognizes achievements of national or international distinction.
UA Commencement Returns to Arizona Stadium May 10
For the first time in more than 40 years, graduating UA students will gather at Arizona Stadium to celebrate commencement. The UA's spring undergraduate and master's commencement ceremony will take place at Arizona Stadium on May 10, at 7:30 p.m. UA supporter Robert F. Moran, chairman and CEO of PetSmart, will be the commencement speaker. Doctoral candidates will be honored at a separate ceremony at Centennial Hall on May 11 at 11 a.m.
UA Storm Water Proposal Earns EPA Recognition
The UA has been honored in the EPA's first-ever Campus Rainworks Challenge, a new design competition that inspires the next generation of landscape architects, planners and engineers to develop innovative green infrastructure systems. The proposed UA project would convert a campus parking lot into a common area with storm water retention basins, underground water harvesting cisterns and more.
UA Joins Green Sports Alliance
For its commitment to sustainability in athletic facilities and programming, the UA has been accepted to the Green Sports Alliance, a national nonprofit organization that aims to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance environmental performance. Among the environmentally friendly athletic facilities on campus is the Student Recreation Center, the first facility of its kind in the country to achieve Platinum LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Committing to the Food Recovery Challenge organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Arizona's three public universities have pledged to reduce food waste on their campuses by a minimum of 5 percent over the next year. They are among dozens of universities taking part, along with grocery stores and entertainment venues.
Three finalists - Andrew Comrie, Henry Foley and Jack Knott - have been named for the position of senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the UA. Each finalist will participate in an on-campus public forum to meet members of the UA and Tucson communities. The forums begin Jan. 8.
Sally Stevens, executive director of the UA’s Southwest Institute for Research on Women, or SIROW, has been named one of Tucson Weekly’s top 10 local heroes of the year. SIROW brings in millions of dollars in grants under her leadership.
The nearly 8,000 trees of the UA campus reflect more than a century of scientific research on appropriate species for semi-arid climates and evolving tastes in landscape design. They are part of a National Historic District and a "living legacy" of the UA's Campus Arboretum, established 10 years ago.
Locals refer to it as the "heartbeat of Tucson" or "Tucson's town square." Certainly, the UA, perched on 390 acres, is a literal oasis. And with more than 40,000 students and 30 academic programs, it's an intellectual and cultural one, too. (The story begins on page 84.)
The UA will work to exceed its goals for developing cross-cutting innovations, educational excellence and access, research excellence and community impact, President Ann Weaver Hart told the Arizona Board of Regents. The UA, she said, is pursuing innovative strategies that build upon its already-strong interdisciplinary collaborations.