The University of Arizona

Innovation Day to Showcase UA Research

By Jessa B Turner, UA Tech Park | March 23, 2011

The March 29 event celebrates the UA's success in technology development and innovation by highlighting the research achievements of students and staff and faculty members.

Innovation Day at the UA, highlighting University research, is March 29. (Photo by Norma Jean Gargasz/UANews)
Innovation Day at the UA, highlighting University research, is March 29. (Photo by Norma Jean Gargasz/UANews)

On Tuesday, March 29, the University of Arizona will host its eighth annual Innovation Day at the UA.

The event celebrates the UA's success in technology development and innovation by highlighting the research achievements of students, staff and faculty members.

Innovation Day will open by highlighting the best of the University's research by showcasing "UA at the Leading Edge" in short video clips. The session will take place in the Gallagher Theater at the UA Student Union Memorial Center from 9:30-11:30am. 

UA researchers have demonstrated excellence in the areas of technology and innovation:

  • Dr. David S. Alberts focuses on translational cancer prevention and treatment improving the quality of life for cancer patients.
  • Neal R. Armstrong explores the interface science of emerging thin film solar cell technologies ultimately allowing most of the surfaces in our living space to harvest solar energy.
  • Erica L. Corral focuses on high-temperature materials for use in extreme environmental applications such as in aerospace vehicles.            
  • Christopher Hulme is enabling drug discovery through the development of a diverse compound library using efficient methods.
  • Mary M. Poulton directs the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, which spans science, engineering, health, business and policy to ensure responsible stewardship and development of the Earth's mineral resources.

The celebration of UA innovation will continue with the Technology Innovation Awards Luncheon, which honors the best faculty members and students for their achievements in translating original ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace. 

Leslie Tolbert, vice president for research, will present a special report on University innovation and commercialization during the luncheon.

Following the luncheon, the Innovation Showcase will highlight student companies from the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program and start-up companies from the Arizona Center for Innovation and UA departments. 

A technology assessment center will also be available during Innovation Showcase. New venture presentations and a reception will follow the showcase.

All activities are open to the public. The event fee is $30; a discount for UA faculty, staff and students is available.  Registration deadline is March 23, 2011.

Contacts

Jessa B. Turner

UA Tech Park

520-382-2485

jbturner@uatechpark.org