From Grad School to Startup
While working toward advanced degrees, UA graduate students are also producing new knowledge, marketing products, and forming companies that address significant challenges facing our state, nation and world.
UA Student Wins Cash and Prizes on 'Wheel of Fortune'
UA senior Steven Palmer, who grew up watching “Wheel of Fortune,” recently earned a spot as a contestant on the popular game show. Palmer, who appeared on the show this week, took home $11,283 in cash and prizes, which included a trip for two to Hawaii.
Two UA Professors Appointed Regents' Professors
UA professors Mary C. Stiner and Jonathan T. Overpeck have been appointed as Regents' Professors, an honor reserved for faculty members whose exceptional achievements merit national and international distinction.
A 2008 UA graduate, Garret Zuppiger was among the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots Crew firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire. Those who knew Zuppiger say he held a strong connection to the environment and was deeply passionate about serving as a firefighter.
UA associate professor Betsy Arnold and Tucson High Magnet School science teacher Margaret Wilch developed a science course allowing high school students to participate in real desert biology research. In the process, students were also able to discover a multitude of new species, and their work now has potential applications for areas that include sustainable agriculture, the biofuels industry and medicine.
A new master's degree offered this fall will help prepare students for careers in real estate development. The Master of Real Estate Development degree program is a fast-track, 12-month program geared toward individuals who already have had two to five years of post-undergraduate experience and would like to move into a career in real estate design and development.
Students with the UA beginning teen Astronomy Camp on June 8 got to ask questions of an astronaut orbiting 250 miles above Earth. And just like a rocket launch, the contact was a quick yet thrilling experience. The UA's Don McCarthy said the camp's first time having contact with an astronaut was hotly anticipated, even before the campers arrived in Tucson.
Backed by a U.S. Department of Education grant, UA School of Information: Science, Technology and Arts and College of Education researchers are developing an iPad app for students with visual impairments. Early tests of AnimalWatch Vi Suite have been promising, enabling students to work with technology while expanding their understanding of math.
The NSF annually awards 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships to students across the nation. This year, 35 of those awards were granted to students who either currently attend or have attended the UA as an undergraduate or graduate student. Said Andrew Carnie, interim dean of the UA Graduate College: "We are tremendously proud of these students."