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On November 15, 2014, at approximately 7:56 PM, deputies with the Sheriff’s Rincon Patrol District responded to the report of a collision at the intersection of N. Sabino Canyon Road and E. Knollwood Drive.
In the Sept. 10 issue of the Marana News, information Mr. Shaun McClusky says he obtained through a Google search is incorrect. In the article, Mr. McClusky claims that the county is not doing its homework. Further, he is quoted as saying, “I’m not opposed to upgrades. I’m opposed to $22 million in bonded money, when if you Google the top 10 no kill shelters – which apparently the supervisors and Huckelberry aren’t smart enough to do – you’ll find that the number one no-kill shelter in America is in liberal Austin, Texas, and they did it for $9 million. On that site they even have 37 pages of how to accomplish it.”
His career was influenced by a passion for tequila, along with a dash of inspiration from Pancho Villa.
Voters will decide in the November election whether or not to approve a $22.34 million bond to fund upgrades for the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC).
Voters will decide in the November election whether or not to approve a $22.34 million bond to fund upgrades for the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC).
In the midst of an election season in Oro Valley where the mayor and three councilmembers are up for reelection, the topic of the town’s budget has been brought up along with a council seat challenger saying funds have not been properly managed.
In the midst of an election season in Oro Valley where the mayor and three council members are up for reelection, the topic of the town’s budget has been brought up along with a council seat challenger saying funds have not been properly managed.
Tucson's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) presents visual artists and musicians Lizzi Bougatos, Sadie Laska and Spencer Sweeney. All three have shown their paintings at various New York and international galleries and museums and are involved with experimental musical projects. Collectively they are called IUD and will occupy the East Wing galleries and turn them into temporary experimental studio space for traditional and scavenged materials.
Queensryche has made Tucson a second home for much of their storied history, but the band rocked the Old Pueblo with new vocalist Todd La Torre for the first time. It was also the Seattle rocker’s first trip to Tucson since settling a legal dispute with former vocalist Geoff Tate over the use of the Queensryche name.
There were a lot of things going through the mind of Tucson native Jeremiah Ridgeway before he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2006.
Northwest Fire District firefighters responded to the SW corner of Ina and LaCholla after a two vehicle collision sent a Lexus sedan crashing into a bus stop. The incident began just before 8 a.m.
You can get an inside look at Splendido—including a look around a variety of the Terrace and Villa Homes—during their annual Showcase of Homes event.
The housing market continues its bumpy ride toward full recovery with more lurches, twists and turns than a roller coaster at the state fair.
Tucson Fire units responded to a three-story house heavily involved in flames in the 800 block of West Green Street early today, having to fight it from the exterior due to the amount of fire as well as a concern that the home could collapse.
1. A KEY OBAMACARE PROVISION IS DELAYED
Despite rising housing prices, homeownership remains within reach for the majority of Americans, according to information released last month by the National Association of Home Builders.
Veteran community college leader Lee D. Lambert today was named chancellor of Pima Community College.
Dr. Mitchell Cordover's neighbors are seals and penguins, and he has the pictures to prove it.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson alumnus currently is serving as the only physician at Palmer Station, Antarctica, for six months.
Cordover, a member of the class of 1982, left his home in Missouri in early October. After 13 hours of flight time and a four-day ship passage from the southern tip of South America, he arrived at the small biological research station, a part of the United States Antarctic Program.
Cordover's daily routine is far from ordinary. His workday begins at 7:30 a.m. and finishes at 5:30 p.m. Acting as the only physician on Palmer Station demands varying tasks.
"My job includes treating scientists and support team members on a daily basis and maintaining readiness for significant emergencies. I have an X-ray machine, a very sophisticated telemedicine program, lab machines – all of which I have to be testing on a rotating and regular basis to make sure that everything is ready," he says. "I have dive accident and hypothermia equipment, and I maintain my own pharmacy. Additionally, I deal with public health matters like testing the water sources for contamination, conducting kitchen inspections, etc."
"I also do some snow shoveling," he adds, with a laugh. "There is no janitorial staff here, either. They wanted to keep the beds for scientists. We all pitch in to keep the place clean and safe."
The project was first established in 1967 and is funded by the National Science Foundation. The NSF requires all scientists and support team members to undergo many tests before they are accepted into a position in Antarctica. Therefore, Cordover says his peers are very healthy.
"I'm starting with a very small and healthy population. I might see as few as one or two patients in a day because there are only 38-40 of us here right now. Because the base is small, I see everybody all the time. Much of the follow up work I do is during coffee breaks or after dinner. It's an informal, very intimate type of medical environment," he says. "One of the most meaningful parts of this job is feeling like I'm really supporting the important science that's going on here."
Cordover says working internationally and in remote areas always has been of great interest to him, especially in recent years.
"I decided to retire, but that only lasted for a couple of weeks. Then the opportunity arose to go to New Zealand, and I picked up on it, and now I'm in Antarctica. I apparently wasn't ready for retirement," he says.
Cordover says having a level-headed son who has reached the age of 15 has freed him to try new things, like reinventing what it means to be a doctor.
"You have to redefine what it means to be a physician. For me, retirement does not mean losing the skill or wasting a lifetime of knowledge. It's about reshaping and seeing the practice through a new lens," he says. "For me to sit around and play shuffle board is inconceivable."
Although members of Cordover's family were able to journey with him from the United States to New Zealand, they were unable to join him this time around. The research base is the smallest of the three U.S. stations in Antarctica, sleeping only 44 people at capacity.
Fortunately, the 65-year-old physician says he can communicate with his family almost every day.
"Remarkably, it's not hard to stay in touch. It used to create a challenge to morale, but improved technology has made it much easier," he says. "Computer and satellite capabilities have improved. I can message back and forth, do face-to-face computer chatting and make phone calls. The whole place is wired for wi-fi."
The technological capabilities of the site also allow for easy and effective telemedicine. Cordover says he is able to get specialists to help evaluate medical tests, images or video in real time and consultations to assist with treatment decisions within hours. Radiology 'over reads' are always less than 24 hours. It's as good as most U.S. hospitals.
"The subcontractor that provides telemedicine to the Antarctic program is the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. They are a very active agent in telemedicine, providing it for ships at sea and for rural programs as well," he says.
Cordover says that telemedicine technology has improved the quality of medical care in remote areas care and made practicing far safer for patients.
"There is a high-definition camera here, and I can arrange within an hour or less for someone to be on the other end at UTMB. In addition to a camera, I have a number of fixtures that attach to my telemedicine camera that allow me to examine various things that can be seen by physicians on the other end," he explains. "There is a slit lamp side arm, cavity probes, close-up lenses and so on. The specialists can help me analyze whatever I'm looking at. I read my own X-rays, but I need a radiologist to do over reads on them, so I transmit my X-rays directly to their reading system. In a pinch I can call in and get a prompt read, with me and the radiologist looking at the same image on the screen."
"For little places like this that are isolated, it's crucial. It would take me days to evacuate with a patient. I have a little intensive care unit here. I can keep you on good pain medications. I have an ultrasound machine and I can put a drain into almost anything, but it would take days to get a patient anywhere. The boat is four days away and the nearest station that has an airport is 10 hours away by ship," he says.
It's clear the recent improvements in telemedicine have enhanced the safety of those working remote areas. The quick communication enables prompt, thorough patient care.
While it's easy to stay connected to others across the world, experiencing similar living conditions is almost unimaginable.
"We're just a tiny dot of settlement on a rocky point off of one little peninsula of a rather large Antarctic island. I think the entire campus is eight acres, but the part that we occupy is about two acres. We use a cluster of four buildings," he says. "When they originally built it, there wasn't any flat space. The buildings are connected by wooden walkways, with one man-made gravel road to get containers of food and supplies off the boat that comes about every month or two, depending on the time of year."
Although he says he never knew he'd end up spending time in Antarctica, he admits he's always loved providing health care in remote areas.
"It never crossed my mind that there was even work to do in Antarctica, but I always imagined working in isolated and challenging places. I did five years of public health work on the Navajo Reservation and that was a very satisfying, transformative experience for me," he says. "There were plenty of people who would do my ED job in St. Louis. But for me, those of my colleagues who don't mind a little inconvenience, there is almost an obligation to fill in where others might be reticent to go."
Since arriving at the station, Cordover says he's witnessed more than sophisticated science. He notes that the wildlife is one of the most interesting aspects of the Antarctic lifestyle.
"I just spent the morning watching whales from my back porch. For us working here, the wildlife can be a pain in the neck. There are very strict rules about not interacting with the animals in any way. We can't change their natural behavior," he explains. "The land around our station is one of very few places where an animal can pull up out of the water. I see penguins and seals all the time."
While he admits the penguins are cute and the seals are fascinating, he says they can get in the way of the productivity.
"There are three predominant species of seals in the areas. Some of them weigh as much as 11,000 pounds, and they heave up onto our boat ramp. You can't injure or harass them, so we have a guy who is designated as the 'seal wrangler' – he's a wildlife biologist. He and a couple of the others have this technique of chasing seals off the boat ramp," he says. "But if they won’t move, you're stuck. The penguins just pop out any old place they please. They are utterly unafraid because no one has ever bothered them before."
But when work is put aside, Cordover says he's been able to see some breathtaking sights.
"We have one day off per week. Sometimes we'll go up on the glacier to do skiing or photography, and there's also boating. The penguin chicks are just now hatching, and that's a neat experience to see," he says.
As captivated as he is by the wildlife, science and his peers at the station, Cordover says he's thankful for his UA College of Medicine-Tucson training and experiences.
"The University of Arizona was a unique place to get an education. It was much more personable, primary care oriented and humanistic than many other universities, according to all my friends," he says. "Egalitarianism and sensitivity – that has served me very well – that sense of humanity. I could have learned anatomy and biochemistry anywhere else, but what they've taught me has served my whole career."
Cordover will return home to Missouri in late April, but will have six months worth of memories, photos and experiences to last him a lifetime. With retirement as a foreign concept, one can hardly imagine where he will end up next.
Dollar Xpress is open for business in Oro Valley Marketplace, near GNC and Game Stop on the north side of the Tangerine and Oracle shopping center.
As one of only two accredited assisted/independent living homes in Tucson, it’s evident Amber Lights does things just a little bit different than the rest.
Many of the most significant, globally impactful companies and products recently created are tied to digital communications and computational technologies – wireless networks, social networks, smartphones and big data mining applications are among them.
Despite the pervasive nature of digital communications, few academic programs actively train students to understand and effectively manage the social aspects and implications of the Digital Age.
With that in mind, University of Arizona faculty members have developed the new eSociety program, which will be offered beginning in fall 2013.
"Technology is the most important revolution of our lifetime," said J.P. Jones, III, dean of the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
"It has completely transformed the way we interact with one another, learn new things, and form communities. It’s even changed the way we govern ourselves and the forms of protest we see today. Democracy is now technologically mediated," Jones said. "And every social science discipline has a role to play in understanding these changes."
In addition to being highly marketable, particularly to students interested in pursuing careers that incorporate digital communication and social media, eSociety already has captured the eye of top-level executives. The UA program will be offered as an undergraduate degree option and a minor, and students are already being advised for admission.
"There are some universities offering programs in Internet studies that are technically driven, but there are not many looking at how information technology is changing how we behave, communicate and practice as members of society," said Pamela Coonan, the research support and enrollment manager for the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
"That's how our program is different. You have a lot of people who have the technical skills, but do not have the ability to communicate effectively and analyze the data," Coonan said. "That is what brings the information to life; understanding the social practices of what we do."
Understanding Emerging Social Interactions, Practices
Housed in the UA School of Information Resources and Library Science, or SIRLS, eSociety is interdisciplinary with a two-part intent: to provide students with both the social science and data management skills and theories necessary to engage in the world of Internet-based data and interactions.
"This degree is about society – the ways we relate to social and historical changes, enact our roles and work collaboratively," said Catherine Brooks, an assistant professor with a joint appointment in SIRLS and the communication department.
But this requires moving beyond the existing belief that information and data are merely products that can be transferred. Instead, data, especially data derived from and transferred in digital formats, are social processes, Brooks said.
"Data are laden with our philosophies of knowledge and laden with issues of identity, class and culture," said Brooks, who led the curricular development for eSociety and noted that the program would prepare students for life and work in contemporary society. "Data are more than just a thing and a product; they are laden with societal concerns."
To better understand what is driving the need for such a program requires a quick look at the evolution of companies and sites such as Pinterest and Netflix or the impact of social media on global events such as the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring of the last year.
Expertise in eSociety should lead to understandings of social media marketing or other networking skills, as well as more complex understandings about Web-users, such as their shared ideologies, typical human practices, interpretations of information or perspectives on differing modalities for receiving digitally based information.
The program is not just about teaching students how to best collect user information for the benefit of marketing.
Within the UA program, courses offered will cover topics that include social media strategies, artificial intelligence, identity in the digital realm, privacy concerns, Internet communications law, information ethics, strategies for managing a social presence and the access and barring of access to information, among others.
"Blending all of these topics is very novel and exciting," Brooks said, adding that in addition to learning how to find and analyze information, and while learning about social practices and cultural implications of digital practices, students also will learn how to manage and use large data sets.
Consider Don Fallis, a SIRLS professor, who proposed a course on knowledge in the digital world.
Fallis is an expert in the theory of knowledge and is concerned with the pervasive nature of disinformation – the intentional practice of misinforming others. Coupled with that scholarship is an interest in lies and deception.
"People giving us inaccurate information gets in the way of acquiring knowledge about the world," Fallis said.
"We have to look at the various ways in which information and information technology are affecting the ways in which we acquire knowledge," he said. "There are so many ways information technology affects our ability to acquire knowledge."
Or to forget.
Brooks noted that with the proliferation of surveillance of GPS tracking, it is increasingly impossible to be anonymous.
"Everyone might know where we are at all times. But there is the human right to forget," said Brooks, who joined the SIRLS faculty in 2012 and also serves as the school's director of undergraduate studies.
"With all of this information, we can catalog and track information on events; the way data is managed and archived makes it hard to forget," she said, which gets into interesting and concerning ethical dilemmas.
Potential Benefits for Individuals, Corporations
During spring 2012, Coonan sent targeted messages to companies in Tucson and Phoenix with information about eSociety while also seeking their participation in a roundtable about the degree's applicability.
"Within less than 30 minutes, I received positive responses from a major entertainment firm in Phoenix and from a local branch of a major media outlet," Coonan said. "These firms were so excited to be a part of the talks that they've been in touch a few times just to make sure we still have them on the participant list."
The eSociety degree will prepare students to work in social media production, marketing, big data analysis, consulting with governmental and nonprofit organizations as well as in business – much of which is new for today's employers.
"They know we need to broadly train employees, but in what – it has yet to have a name but we know it is about social media analysis and social marketing; someone who can data mine and turn that into chunks of information that can be used by organizations," Brooks said.
Companies are increasingly concerned with improving data mining and analysis, improving reach and impact via social media and also with privacy and legal issues in a Web-mediated world – all of which eSociety will address.
"What that means for students, and this is classically what we believe in the social and behavioral sciences, is that you train people for the long run – not the short," Jones said. "We need to make people versatile enough that when they change their careers four times in a lifetime, they can use their knowledge to bridge careers, one to another."
Bryan Heidorn, the director of SIRLS, noted, for example, that it was only about 20 years ago that in order to be successful in any Internet realm a strong computer programming background was a prerequisite.
"But others have built up these tools for us so you don't have to build your own hammer – just take one that exists at the moment," Heidorn said.
"In a way, there are too many tools. Today, there are new tools coming out every week, and you need to discover those tools and decide which will serve the right purposes for you," Heidorn said.
"This is not just about putting messages out on Facebook or marketing to sell widgets. This is about analytics and helping you manage your operations," Heidorn said, noting that this is especially important for understanding social and political phenomena. "It's important to have the long-term view and to be able to interpret the consequences."
Graduates of eSociety could one day be those helping to solve problems with the digital divide and addressing the pervasive nature of misinformation on the Internet, and they undoubtedly will aid in the establishment of new digital communities, practices and applications.
The continued evolution of digital communications and infusion of technology in day-to-day interactions will only continue to have a strong impact, whether locally or globally, Brooks said.
That means the UA's eSociety program would also grow and evolve, eventually incorporating other disciplines.
"I see eSociety evolving as our historic milieu continues to shift. eSociety is obviously something that will continually adapt to changing technologies and shifting cultural needs, norms and dilemmas,” Brooks said, emphasizing the importance of the program's interdisciplinary nature.
"To maintain a strong program, all involved departments will need to continue to be intellectually and programmatically flexible," she said. "By keeping an open mind to the ways that cross-department and multi-college endeavors can happen, we are really going to benefit the students at the University of Arizona."
Jose Ocano started this week as the new volunteer coordinator for Pima Animal Care Center. A Tucson native, Ocano started working at Pima Animal Care Center as an animal care technician seven years ago, when he was 18, eventually running the rescue program. After a stint as the volunteer manager for the SPCA shelter in Florida, he returned to be closer to family and to take on this new challenge. We caught up with Jose on his second day on the job.
An UnAmerican thing to say
Parents of children in kindergarten through fourth grade in Marana can look forward to the start of the after-school program at Open Doors Community School.
Around 11:38 p.m. Saturday night, deputies of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 6600 block of South Gila Avenue to check on a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the area.