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Death and Dying in the Movies

UANews | December 11, 2013
A new book co-edited by two UA psychology faculty members explores how death – and fear of death – is portrayed in film. "Death in Classic and Contemporary Film: Fade to Black" features essays by psychologists, philosophers, film critics, screenwriters and academics. They look at how "the end" as it is depicted in dramas, comedies, horror movies and even superhero flicks.

UA Astronomers Discover Planet That Shouldn't Be There

UANews | December 5, 2013
An international team of astronomers, led by a University of Arizona graduate student, has discovered the most distantly orbiting planet found to date around a single, sun-like star. Weighing in at 11 times Jupiter’s mass and orbiting its star at 650 times the average Earth-Sun distance, planet HD 106906 b is unlike anything in our own Solar System and defies current planet formation theories.

Kisses and Cuddles, Dr. Otis Prescribes Puppy Love to Patients at Diamond Children's

For the last two years Dr. Otis, a 4-year-old Goldendoodle has visited patients at the The University of Arizona Medical Center Diamond Children's. Armed with his own scrubs, a stethoscope and lots of love, Dr. Otis is a certified therapy dog who travels from room to room bringing his special breed of calmness and cheer to patients, family members and medial staff. 

A School in the Sky: UA Science and Tucson Students

UANews | November 27, 2013
The UA's Sky School program brings K-12 Tucson students out of the city to the astronomical observatory atop Mt. Lemmon, where they explore, learn about science and the natural world, and design their own experiments under the guidance of UA graduate student scientists.

Arizona Universities Expand AZ Earn to Learn Need-Based Financial Aid Program

UANews | November 27, 2013
AZ Earn to Learn, a unique savings and financial education program launched last year by the UA, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University in partnership with the Arizona nonprofit Live the Solution, has received a second round of funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Assets for Independence program. Now funded with $3.47 million in grants, the program is expected to be able to serve 1,565 students across Arizona.

Tiny Parks Pop Up on City Streets

Park(ing) Day -- a collaboration between the Living Street Alliance, the Sustainable City Project, the Downtown Tucson Partnership and the University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture -- returned to Tucson in the form of mini, temporary parks the size of parking spaces. These experimental "parklets" were designed as green space, herb gardens, seating, bike parking and a place for children and families to play. 

UA Maintains Status as a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students

UANews | November 18, 2013
The UA has maintained its nationwide status of being a top producer of students earning Fulbright awards. For 2013-2014, 10 UA students earned scholarships under the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program, which enables them to teach and conduct research in other countries.

Cindy McCain, Mike Fourtner of "Deadliest Catch" Visit Diamond Children's

Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Sen. John McCain, joined Mike Fourtner, star of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” for a tour of The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s and the UA Steele Children's Research Center. After learning about UAMC's state-of-the-art facilities and research labs, McCain and Fourtner visited with patients and family members and had the opportunity to participate in some "Deadliest Catch" themed games. 

Arizona's First Poet Laureate Visits UA Campus

Alberto Álvaro Ríos, who graduated with three degrees from the University of Arizona, including a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing in 1975, was appointed Arizona's first poet laureate in August. The University of Arizona Poetry Center recently invited the UA alumnus to read from his work and talk with the public about the importance of poetry.

UA Program Gives Students Real-World Experience Working With Deaf Children

The University of Arizona's Educational Interpreting Program teaches students to become interpreters for deaf and hard of hearing children in educational settings. During the three-year program, students become fluent in American Sign Language, gain an appreciation and respect for deaf culture and get practical experience.