Turning Tucson Green: UA Student-Run Composting Program Partners With City
Compost Cats, a UA student-run organization, has partnered with the city of Tucson to reduce food waste in area landfills, improve local air quality, address climate change and help improve food safety. Among other things, the agreement calls for Compost Cats to be provided with manure from herbivores at Reid Park Zoo.
Students Invited to Join UA's Peace Corps Legacy
The UA has a long-standing reputation for being a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers, having supplied more than 1,500 Wildcats to the organization since 1961. This week, the University is inviting students to learn more about service opportunities during the annual Peace Corps Fair.
Undergraduate Researchers to Share Discoveries at Expo
The Honors Research Expo will showcase the discoveries of undergraduate researchers from across campus. This year, students will share their work in areas such as the effects of hypertension on memory, adaptability in indigenous communities, fault blocks at Kartchner Caverns and modern applications of acupuncture.
Conference Connects UA Students With Industry Executives
Industry executives from Nike, Target and PetSmart will visit campus later this month for a conference aimed at helping students leverage their unique millennial talents to advance their careers. The conference, which is coordinated by the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the UA, also will address the value of diversity in the workplace.
First-Year UA Minority Student Retention Rate Highest Ever
The first-year retention rate for ethnic minorities who were first-time freshmen in fall 2012 was 80.9 percent. Student diversity also is up. During the fall semester, more than 36 percent of students were minorities, up from 34.9 percent during the fall of 2012 and 24.4 percent a decade ago.
Four UA faculty members have earned outstanding achievements in teaching awards. Associate professor Laura Gutiérrez, senior lecturer Lester I. McCann, associate professor Vicente Talanquer and lecturer Thomas Wilson will be honored during a ceremony in April.
The UA and Maricopa County Community College District have signed a new partnership to strengthen support for Phoenix-area students pursuing a range of UA degrees. In honor of the new partnership, a celebration event was held on March 28.
The UA College of Optical Sciences will hold its second annual Laser Fun Day on March 31. SOCk, the college's undergraduate and graduate student organization, will bring the science of optics alive for elementary and middle-school children. The event is free and open to the public.
EarthWeek, a showcase of research by undergraduate and graduate students in the UA School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, will run March 28-30. The event, free and open to the public, will feature research presentations and posters by students.
The job of translator/interpreter – one the fastest-growing professions in the U.S. – is highly technical and, at times, emotionally demanding. The UA's Jaime Fatás Cabeza does the job with a strong command of language and cultural context.
Second-year pharmacy student Jennifer Poist is one of only 12 female wheelchair basketball players selected for the U.S. Paralympics team. She and her teammates will compete in London in August. The UA adaptive athletics program is the largest of its kind in the country.