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(NAPSI)—Students and teachers in public schools are racing to solve problems that can exist in many communities across the country—such as water pollution and street safety—and they’re doing it with $2 million on the line. The nationwide Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest is helping students engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through community-based learning-by taking topics out of traditional classroom settings and exploring, in a hands—on way, how they address issues that affect their lives.
Students and teachers across the country will tackle critical issues using science, technology, engineering and math to win prizes for their schools. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—A national competition now in its third year is challenging teams of middle- and high-school students to develop concepts for mobile apps that can solve a school or community problem.
Since the inception of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, student teams have submitted more than 1,200 app concepts. Winning apps have been downloaded more than 15,000 times. (NAPS)
With a skilled, mature and coachable volleyball team, the Nighthawks are coming into this season with all the necessary tools, but the question remains as to whether this is the team that will bring home Ironwood Ridge’s first state title.
The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary will be holding their annual birthday part on September 20, 2014. The event, long a staple of the Shelter's yearly calendar will showcase the adoption center, programs and of course, the cats. The birthday party will be held at the Shelter from noon until 8:30 p.m.
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.
The Tucson Beer Cup will runneth over at the Third Annual Born & Brewed competition, the original Tucson craft beer festival, held at the historic Hotel Congress. Nine Tucson breweries enlisted to challenge Dragoon Brewing Company’s hold on the Cup along with their IPA’s title as Tucson’s Best Craft Beer, as voted by the ticketholders. In addition to the challengers bringing their best brews to overthrow the reigning champ, Four Peaks Brewing Company and Beast Brewing Company are presenting their delicious brews to show what the rest of Arizona’s craft brewers are up to. Ticket holders are benefiting from the spirit of friendly competition as they get to sip the suds of over 20 local brews starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 on the Hotel Congress plaza. Tickets are only $30 in advance or $35 at the door and can be purchased at the Hotel Congress lobby front desk or online at hotelcongress.com
The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA) is excited to present the third Annual Chinese Culture Festival September 20-28, 2014 in Tucson, AZ. This year is the tenth anniversary of the establishment of Confucius Institutes around the world. We will join other Confucius Institutes to hold a Confucius Institute Day as the opening of the 2014 CIUA Chinese Culture Festival. Special lectures on Chinese concepts of time and on Confucius as an historical figure will be presented by faculty from the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. The theme of this year’s Festival is “Health Promotion and Wellness.” In addition to our annual language competition, culture exhibition, concert, and Chinese martial arts demonstration, we will present a special Chinese food therapy dinner lecture, a professional workshop on traditional Chinese medicine, and a lecture on acupuncture and health by faculty from leading universities of Chinese medicine in China. Tucsonans are guaranteed a rich cultural experience; Last year, over 3000 Arizonans participated in the CIUA Chinese Culture Festival.
Party in final days of the Rachael Ray 100K Challenge. This weekend is the last chance for adoptions to count toward the Challenge.
With about 100 present on Aug. 20, the Marana Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual awards luncheon aimed at celebrating local business achievement.
(Family Features) Take advantage of the longer, warmer days before winter arrives by whipping up tasty grilled meals that are delicious and healthy for the whole family. Using lean cuts of beef is a great way to cut down calories and fat, but it doesn't have to reduce the grilled flavors you love.
The Pima County Small Business Commission has selected The Planning Center and the Golden Goose Thrift Shop to receive its 2014 Small Business of the Year Awards.
(BPT) - Daydreaming of a lush spa getaway? How about an exotic change of scenery? South Korea offers all of this and more. Boasting world-class spas, stunning views, and topnotch shopping, South Korea is the ideal destination for those searching for a unique vacation destination.
Following three easy steps can help bring a $25,000 award that will help homeless and injured animals at Pima Animal Care Center (PACC). PACC and 49 of the other top animal shelters in the nation have been battling for a share of $100,000 in prizes being offered by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) as part of the Rachael Ray 100K Challenge and now PACC needs your help to win $25,000!
To say that Mark Smith has barbeque in his blood may be an understatement, as this Tucson pitmaster is known to say, “When I sweat, I sweat smoke.”
In partnership with many LGBTQ organizations and supporters from across the County, Pima Animal Care Center invites the entire community to the first ever PACC Pride Adoption Celebration, Saturday August 16th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm!
(BPT) - Financial abuse of the elderly is on the rise and not only is it getting worse, but for every reported case of elder financial exploitation, 43 others go unrecognized.
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The Tucson REALTORS® Charitable Foundation (TRCF) raised over $4,000 at its special event to launch the Annual School Supplies Drive in partnership with Tucson Values Teachers (TVT). Since TVT can leverage cash donations at 2-to-1, “our approach this year was to focus on collecting money instead of actual school supplies,” said TRCF Executive Director Philip Tedesco, who also serves as CEO of the Tucson Association of REALTORS® (TAR).
(NAPSI)—All across the country, family restaurants and neighborhood diners are getting ready for their close-up. That’s because a recipe contest is shining the spotlight on their signature dishes—the very dishes that make their own communities proud.