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Those at the UA who are advancing the medical humanities want to see the arts become more closely integrated with the STEM fields. It's picking up steam.
PIMA COUNTY – Public officials and trade representatives from Jinju City, South Korea, met with Pima County officials Friday as part of a four-day economic tour of Phoenix and Tucson.
The herbicide glyphosate and the “inert ingredient” POEA, used in Roundup, are reported in Scientific American to kill human cells. Roundup is linked to birth defects, Parkinson’s Disease, infertility and cancer. Despite the growing evidence about the herbicide’s dangers, Saguaro National Park sprayed 3,550 gallons of the poison on 375 park acres with helicopters Aug. 19-24 in its efforts to fight buffelgrass.
Please join us for the IMPACT of Southern Arizona Golf Classic on Jan. 30, 2015. The event is dedicated in memory of Bob Richards, a passionate supporter of IMPACT of Southern Arizona and past Board member and president. We will have a great day of golf at the beautiful del Lago Golf Club in Vail.
(BPT) - The Affordable Care Act has changed the health care insurance landscape since last year, and for the first time, health care and your taxes are now directly related. Millions of Americans will have to start making decisions about health care insurance now to be able to save more of their hard-earned money come tax time. The good news is that people have more options than ever for affordable health insurance and now is the time to find out what works best for you and your family.
A little over a year ago, I wrote an article for The Explorer entitled: “In OV, we’re proud of our young people, and we want them to know it.” The inspiration behind that piece was my ongoing commitment to the youth in our community, and the responsibilities we have to ensure they are engaged and recognized.
The Town of Marana’s efforts to improve citizen engagement through the use of new technology were recognized this week when Marana was named one of the best governments for its size by the e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program.
Inside Tucson Business hosted its annual CFO of the Year awards on Nov. 5, with town officials from Oro Valley and Marana bringing home awards.
Arizona has been known to lure new residents with its favorable climate and low taxes, but three new studies may give the state a fresh appeal: zombie apocalypse survivability.
(BPT) - For small businesses, January’s arrival usually brings one very important task: issuing W-2s and 1099 forms to employees and independent contractors. The good news is this year, due to the typical filing date of Jan. 31 falling on a weekend, businesses have a built-in buffer and a couple extra days to complete these tax reporting documents.
The history of Fire Prevention Week has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871 and continued the following day destroying everything in its path. In 27 hours, this tragic conflagration killed more than 250 people, it left 100,000 homeless, and it destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, National Fire Prevention Week has been observed the week in October in which the 8th day falls.
Candidates for Legislative District 11 State Senate and House of Representatives will appear at the second 2014 Election Forum sponsored by Citizens for Picture Rocks (C4PR) on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road. Former State Representative from Picture Rocks Jennifer Burns will again moderate as invited Senate candidates Jo Holt (D) and Steve Smith (R) respond to questions submitted from the community.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico is one of the most glorious, sought after cities in the world, and a UNESCO heritage site, preserving its Spanish colonial charm for over 500 years. I visit there frequently and I like to time my visit around Palm Sunday. On the Friday before Palm Sunday, the residents celebrate the “Sorrowful Virgen” evening, an event unique to San Miguel. This event is to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus, as she contemplates the ultimate death of her son in the coming week. Regardless of your religious beliefs, this is a memorable day.
(StatePoint) Have you ever wondered why abandoned or dilapidated buildings lie vacant for years on end, or why traffic patterns isolate people from businesses, or why there is a lack of safe and accessible open space in your community?
Contemporary movements, such as those initiated after the recent shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, can be born seemingly overnight in the digital age. UA researchers point to several factors.
(StatePoint) Whether self-induced or unavoidable, there are a host of pitfalls that life can throw one’s way, and everyone faces a crisis at some point in his or her life. When it happens to a friend or family member, knowing how to be supportive can be difficult.
In what will likely be the only debate in Tucson, the three candidates running for Arizona governor gathered at the Jewish Community Center on Sept. 18 to take part in the event hosted by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The Pima County Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor the weather situation associated with the remnants of Hurricane Odile, now Tropical Storm Odile.
Reflecting on their time as undergraduate students, three University of Arizona Regents' Professors say that collaborative work is underrated, humanities and history courses are indeed valuable, and mistakes can be a great teacher.
That’s just some of the wisdom imparted by Diana Liverman, Regents' Professor of Geography and Development and co-director of the UA Institute of the Environment, who is currently on sabbatical; Toni Massaro, Dean Emerita of the UA James E. Rogers College of Law; and Pierre Meystre, a Regents' Professor of Physics and Optical Sciences and director of the UA Biosphere 2 Institute. UA alumni also talk about their experiences and share advice in "Career After College: Alumni Share Tips for New Students."
Q: What tips would you share with today's students to help them succeed in the academic environment?
Liverman (left): Try to turn up to most of your classes and spend some of the time listening to what's being said instead of taking notes on your computer or checking social media. In smaller classes, ask questions, and never begin your comment with “This is probably a stupid question but ...” Remember, there really are no stupid questions! Go to exam study sessions and form study groups.
Massaro (right): Make your academic ends the first priority. A lot of things are available in college that are exciting and important to the experience: making new friends, exploring autonomy, balancing school and social life. But the classroom and academic work should be your first priorities in order to make the most of the opportunity to grow intellectually.
Meystre: Embrace your ignorance. Learn to be comfortable with not knowing the answer, but then don't stop until you have it figured out. Don't be afraid to ask questions, even simple questions. Questions that may seem simple can lead to profound answers. And chances are that others don't know, either, and will be happy that somebody asks — or they will know the answer, and then they'll be able to help you. Also, be open to unexpected opportunities and challenges.
Q: What do you wish you had known when you were a freshman?
Liverman: That so many opportunities would open up for me as an environmentalist and woman during my lifetime. When I was a freshman, there were no “green” careers, and it was tough for a woman to succeed in the environmental arena. Second, that working in a group — rather than competing — can help you be a success. And third, that I didn't have to find a husband my first year at college (that's what my grandmother thought I should be focusing on). It is much more fun to look around, travel the world and find someone later.
Meystre (left): That one should not be afraid to make mistakes. Being overly cautious can be paralyzing, and one often learns more from failures than from success. And for a curious mind, what can possibly be more boring and uninteresting than having things run just as expected?
Q: What would you have done differently?
Liverman: I would do study abroad. I would do internships and/or volunteer for local environmental or other organizations. I would take more science.
Meystre: I don’t think much about that. I don't find it particularly useful to obsess about "missed opportunities." We have just one ride and may as well enjoy it.
Q: What turned out to be your best move?
Liverman: Helping a visiting professor with her research one summer. She then invited me to take a master’s degree with her in Canada.
Massaro: Taking Bergen Evans' world literature course. A Northwestern classic, and the best course I took in college. And then choosing law school for my graduate work.
Meystre: Picking a great field of study. Physics is extraordinarily beautiful and exciting. It challenges you at every turn and always hits you with new surprises, with profound questions ranging from the origin of the universe to the nature of reality, and with practical applications that can have a significant societal impact.
Q: What was your most career-determining stroke of luck or serendipitous event?
Liverman: Getting an internship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., and persuading climate scientist Stephen Schneider to supervise me. He set me on my path to becoming a researcher, mentored me for many subsequent opportunities.
Massaro: A conversation with an undergraduate professor my senior year of college telling me "You ought to go to law school," even though she had been steering me to her own graduate/Ph.D. program the previous three years. Her shift helped me take the big leap professionally (and personally). And then, at the end of law school, two professors encouraged me to apply for a law-teaching job after my time in practice. I was extremely fortunate to have teachers who took such a keen interest in all of their students.
Meystre: There are too many to count. Most lucky perhaps was picking a specialization that was not very fashionable at the time but that turned out to become very hot, and also being at the right place at the right time.
Q: Anything else you’d like to share?
Liverman: You will make the most amazing friends in college who will see you through all the ups and downs of life. Look for ways to meet new people, not always like you, and it will change your life.
Massaro: Make the most of this moment, knock on your teachers' doors and enjoy your classmates. They can be your best teachers, too. Raise your hand. Be curious. Then "pay it forward" by helping others with their studies or volunteering in the community. There is no better way to learn than to teach others.
Meystre: Don't forget to have fun. If you don't, maybe you are not doing what you should be doing.
Diana Liverman's expertise and research interests focus on the human dimensions of environmental change, connecting earth and social sciences to understand challenges of drought and climate change, climate policy, climate change communication, food security, land use and international environmental governance. Liverman has advised a wide range of government committees, non-governmental organizations and businesses on climate issues. The first woman to serve in the position, Toni Massaro is also one of the longest-serving UA deans in recent history. Massaro, who holds the Milton O. Riepe Chair in Constitutional Law, has been with the college since 1989 and is an expert in civil procedure and constitutional law. And originally from Switzerland, Pierre Meystre, who joined the UA in 1986, has developed theory that has profoundly influenced all aspects of quantum optics, according to Nobel Prize winners in that field. He was named Regents' Professor in 2002.
(NAPSI)—Government officials and business leaders from nearly 50 African countries gathered in Washington, D.C. on August 4-6 for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.
Severe weather can pose a risk to your family’s safety, especially if you don’t have an emergency plan. Having a plan for what to do before, during and after severe weather can mean all the difference to your family’s safety.
(StatePoint) Severe weather can pose a risk to your family’s safety, especially if you don’t have an emergency plan. Having a plan for what to do before, during and after severe weather can mean all the difference to your family’s safety.
(NAPSI)—For the fifth consecutive year, warrior-athletes from across the country compete in Paralympic-style competitions—demonstrating their resilience, camaraderie and courage.