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University of Arizona economists forecast what’s ahead for Tucson and nation at luncheon on December 12 at the Westin La Paloma Resort
Former Canyon Del Oro and current University of Arizona senior safety Jared Tevis is a nominee for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The award recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport.
University of Arizona senior safety Jared Tevis is a member of the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, given to the nation’s best defensive player, it was announced by the Charlotte Touchdown Club on Thursday. The Pac-12 Conference leads all leagues with 18 players on the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List.
University of Arizona football saw six of its current and former student-athletes, including a former CDO standout, earn undergraduate degrees during the University’s spring commencement ceremonies in May.
Pima Animal Care Center has embarked upon a transformational journey to tend to the pets that come to the shelter for care.
University of Arizona marketing students won a nationwide advertising competition in which they developed and executed an employment recruitment campaign for AT&T.
For Pima Community College student Jeanette Alcaraz, winning a national scholarship competition worth up to $30,000 annually brought her – and her parents -- a lot of peace of mind about the future.
The University of Arizona saw increases in graduate program rankings this year – particularly in its part-time master’s in business administration, computer science, education and mathematics. The programs were ranked in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools.
The University of Arizona has been selected again as a partner institution of the Pat Tillman Foundation, enabling the UA to continue to soliciting and submitting candidates for the Tillman Military Scholarship.
Border police in Romania are testing a technology developed at the University of Arizona that uses a virtual border agent to question international travelers and flag those that give off suspicious vibes.
The screening system – called AVATAR, which is short for Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-Time – has been installed in a kiosk at Henri Coandă International Airport in Bucharest. The avatar conducts brief interviews with travelers right after they disembark from flights into Bucharest, monitoring respondents' body language and verbal replies to identify irregular behavior that warrants further investigation.
Speaking to travelers in their native languages, the avatar asks country-specific visa questions while measuring behavior, physiology and verbal responses. After the interview, European Union Agency border guards are provided with interview summaries, which display on their tablets.
It's the first European field test of the system, which is being developed by The National Center for Border Security and Immigration, or BORDERS. The Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence comprised 18 premier institutions and is based at the UA. AVATAR also has been tested at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The screening technology could one day be used at land ports of entry, airports, detention centers and visa processing offices. Possible applications include a number of screening scenarios, such as trusted traveler application programs, personnel follow-up investigations, visa application reviews and other situations where truth assessment is a key concern.
The field test in Romania is sponsored and coordinated by Frontex, the European Union border-control agency, which has been working with BORDERS since 2010.
"The Romanian border police have been invaluable by providing access to their facilities, officers and cadets," said Elyse Golob, executive director of BORDERS. "We appreciate their willingness and foresight in allowing us to test the passport security of the future at their airport."
Border security experts from Romania and European Union Agency member states – including those specializing in fraudulent document detection and anti-trafficking – also are involved in the field test, as well as students from the Alexandru Ioan Cuza Police Academy and researchers and professors from European universities.
Results from the field test will be used to shape how the AVATAR system could be used in the future.
"We are thrilled to get the AVATAR into a real-world testing scenario and to see how people interact with the technology in an airport setting," said Jay Nunamaker, BORDERS director and principal investigator for AVATAR.
Three University of Arizona faculty members, each of them pioneers in their respective fields who have been recognized nationally or internationally for their work, on Thursday were formally inducted as Regents' Professors. Two others were inducted as University Distinguished Professors in recognition of their long-term commitment to undergraduate education.
"This award is well-deserved recognition of the McGuire Center's decades of impact and success as an innovation engine for the region," said Len Jessup, the UA Eller College of Managementdean. "Next year marks the center's 30th anniversary, and there is so much more to come."
Each of the four finalists for this year's award in the academia category was from the UA. In addition to the McGuire Center, the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, the iPlant Collaborative housed at the UA's BIO5 Institute and the Landscape Evolution Observatory at the UA's Biosphere 2 were in the running.
Ranked No. 2 by U.S. News & World Report and in the top 10 by The Princeton Review, the McGuire Center is one of two U.S. entrepreneurship programs that made the cut in a recentstudy on entrepreneurship education issued by the World Bank.
"Receiving this award brings a special honor to the McGuire Center," said the center's executive director, Robert Lusch.
Established in 1984 as one of the first university-based entrepreneurship programs in the country, the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program is the McGuire Center's signature experience. Since the program's founding, nearly 3,000 students have completed the competitive, year-long program, and have gone on to launch hundreds of business ventures.
"We have been recognized nationally and internationally for our outstanding programs, but to be recognized at home is even more meaningful," Lusch said. "All of what we accomplish would not be possible without the hard work, ambitions and dreams that our entrepreneurship students have brought to us over three decades.
A selection committee of experts independent of the Arizona Technology Council chose the winners, commending the McGuire Center on its successful track record in educating students in effective entrepreneurial practice.
At the center, UA students learn and experience the entrepreneurial process from start to finish as it is one of the only programs in which students create, validate and implement new ventures. Also, the center's cutting-edge research sets it apart from other programs and has a lasting impact on entrepreneurial education, according to the selection committee.
In addition to housing the undergraduate and graduate education programs, the center also offers support and resources to research faculty in disciplines across campus and entrepreneurial students in other UA departments.
"As we begin to see improvements in the economy, innovation is more important than ever," said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council.
"It is essential that we celebrate the creative spirit of Arizona by recognizing and honoring the state's most innovative thinkers," Zylstra said. "We congratulate all the winners and extend our thanks for their part in advancing Arizona as a top-tier technology state."
The other finalists for the Innovator of the Year Award in academia are:
The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona's premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, the council's members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action.
The council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry.
With almost 750 member companies throughout the state, the council is Arizona's largest science and technology organization. Members of the Council include technology companies, service providers, government agencies, academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations.
Garret Zuppiger, a University of Arizona graduate who grew up in the Phoenix area, was one of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots Crew firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire.
The University of Arizona Eller College of Management's internationally recognized MBA program will be available online beginning this fall. Applications for the program now are being accepted.
"Business schools need to be responsive to the changing needs of their students, and we are committed to offering many modes of graduate business education," said Len Jessup, dean of the Eller College. "Making the MBA program more flexible for highly qualified students is part of our broader effort to expand access to the University of Arizona and will go a long way toward increasing its footprint in Arizona and beyond."
Hope Schau, associate dean of Eller MBA programs, added, "Offering our program in an online format opens it up to a new segment of students. We pride ourselves on meeting the needs of highly qualified students at all stages of their careers, and this new offering reflects that commitment."
With a focus on innovation, application and communication, the Eller MBA experience is designed to give graduates what they need to effectively lead in today's changing global marketplace. Like its full-time, evening and executive MBA formats, the Eller online MBA program is fully accredited by the International Association for Management Education.
The UA has chosen Academic Partnerships, or AP, one of the largest representatives of public universities' online learning in the United States, to help convert the program into an online format, recruit students and support student retention efforts. AP will work closely with Eller faculty to ensure that the new online degree program maintains the highest educational standards.
The company also will use its integrated marketing and branding strategies to extend the University's reach, increasing the enrollment of highly qualified students.
The UA's new online MBA program will begin in September 2013. Click here to apply or learn more about the program.
The Eller College is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 14 among public business schools and three of its programs are among the top 20 – entrepreneurship, MIS and management.
U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA full-time program No. 44 in the U.S. and No. 21 among public business schools. The college leads the nation's business schools in generating grant funds for research.
In addition to a full-time MBA program, the Eller College offers an evening MBA program and the Eller Executive MBA. The Eller College supports approximately 5,700 undergraduate and 700 graduate students on the UA campus.
Academic Partnerships helps universities convert their traditional degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students and supports enrolled students through graduation. Serving more than 40 public institutions, AP is one of the largest representatives of public universities' online learning in the United States.
The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the U.S. and globally.
For the first time in more than 40 years, graduating University of Arizona Wildcats will gather at Arizona Stadium to celebrate their transition from hardworking students to proud alumni.
Law students and English students from the University of Arizona are working with the Pima County Superior Court to simplify complex language in instructional packets related to divorce, child custody and other family law proceedings.
In an estimated 82 to 83 percent of new family law filings, one or both parties involved are not represented by an attorney, often because they cannot afford one, said Pima County Superior Court Commissioner Dean Christoffel.
They often are left to fill out complicated legal forms with little or no professional guidance, which can be daunting when the basic instructions are written in legal language that may be difficult for the lay public to understand.
Christoffel, commissioner of Pima County Superior Court's family law bench, recognized the problem and turned to the UA for help.
The result was a for-credit internship program dubbed Simpla Phi Lex (lex is Latin for law; the Greek phiis a play on the University connection).
The interdisciplinary project, in its third semester at the UA, unites the writing skills of English students with the legal savvy of law students. The students work together to make clear, succinct and accurate revisions to the instructions that accompany family law forms.
The students have been working with about 26 packets of text, available to the public through the Pima County Superior Court's self-service center. The goal is to have their changes implemented by the end of this semester.
"The whole idea is to make the instructions approachable, readable and instill a sense in people that they can do this," Christoffel said. "There is so much at risk when people are doing this – their savings, their emotional past life, their children, their children's future."
Christoffel said he hopes to eventually expand the project into other areas of law as well, and to grow partnerships with the University, perhaps including students from the Eller College of Management.
The partnership between the UA and the Pima County Superior Court not only helps the court and the people it serves, it also gives the students valuable cross-disciplinary experience, said the UA's Barbara Atwood, Mary Anne Richey Professor of Law Emerita, who coordinates the project's law students.
"The law students are learning something more about good writing, communication and expression, and the English students are strengthening their writing abilities and learning about writing in a legal context," she said.
The project's three English students, coordinated by University Distinguished Professor of English Jerrold Hogle, do much of the rewriting, while the law students check the legal accuracy of their work and ensure that no essential information was lost in translation. The text is then reviewed by Christoffel and his colleagues.
Larry Hogan, team lead on the project, and a senior majoring in non-fiction creative writing through the UA English department, said his experience with Simpla Phi Lex has piqued a new interest in a technical writing career.
"What I've learned is that writing can be really applicable to the business world. I was amazed that these skills are so needed out in the workplace," said Hogan, who has worked professionally as a teacher, freelance writer, photographer and IT professional.
Hogan also is working to incorporate graphics and visual aids into the instruction packets to help make them even more user-friendly.
Kaytlyn Yrun-Duffy, one of two law students on the project this semester, said working in depth with the legal packets has given her a new understanding of the issues facing those going through divorce or child custody cases, something she first encountered while volunteering for a self-service clinic at the court.
"So many clients would come in so confused. They couldn't figure out what the instructions wanted them to do," said Yrun-Duffy, who is in her third year in the UA's James E. Rogers College of Law. "They're already going through something stressful, and this makes them even more stressed out."
"This project has allowed me to see what the mass population needs and what they're going through," she said.
She said she's also appreciated having the opportunity to work with students from a different discipline.
"It's awesome to work with students from other fields, because we'll be working with experts from different fields all throughout our careers."
Beginning in March, the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management will become the first business school with a top-five MIS department to offer an online graduate degree program in this high-demand specialty.
Intended for those with information technology experience, the Eller MISonline program will focus on applying technology to achieve strategic objectives across sectors, including business, nonprofit and government. The online delivery is designed for working professionals who need to set their own schedules.
In addition to offering frequent, flexible start dates, the coursework follows a 7.5 week accelerated format. Online course content matches the MIS department’s top-five ranked full-time graduate program.
“Information technology permeates all sectors of society, impacting organizations and individuals in unprecedented ways, and producing vast amounts of data at great speed,” said Paulo Goes, head of the Eller MIS department.
“Advances such as cloud computing, mobility, sensors and social computing contribute to projections that data and content will continue to be generated at exponential rates over the next decade. Accordingly, the demand for professionals with the skills to manage, mine, analyze, interpret, store and secure that information is also growing.”
While completing their master’s degrees, students will concurrently earn graduate certificates in Enterprise Security and Business Intelligence and Analytics. The MIS department at Eller is designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education through the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
The Eller college is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 14 among public business schools and three of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship, MIS and Management.
U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 57 in the U.S. The college leads the nation’s business schools in generating grant funds for research.
In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller college offers an Evening MBA program and the Eller Executive MBA. The Eller collge supports more than 5,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students on the UA campus.
It sounds like science fiction – but it’s real.
A native to Marana, Del Post the Deputy Town Manager, was honored by the 40 Under 40 group for his hard work and service to the community.
It was more than a decade ago, but Gina Hunter remembers the Christmas of 2001 like it was yesterday.
As an organization and community, The Town of Marana is constantly striving for excellence. Fortunately, we have a strong group of employees who work together to serve our residents and business community.
What do you get when more than 2,500 people from across the world gather to discuss local government? A wealth of knowledge that can be used to make Marana an even better place to live and work.