Campus News

UA Community Explores VR During Summit

The two-day VR summit gave members of the UA community a chance to go on virtual and augmented reality adventures. The event also brought together researchers and students for demonstrations and discussions on the state of technology and its use as an instructional tool.

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New IT Leadership Academy Cohort Set to Begin in September

The IT Leadership Academy will kick off this September with a new cohort of 24 information technology professionals from across campus, who will expand their leadership skills and foster a more cohesive IT community. "These kinds of connections greatly improve the efficiency of our IT community and their ability to tackle our campus challenges," says Karen Williams, vice president for information strategy and university libraries.

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Bruce Johnson Named Dean of College of Education

Johnson says his priorities include increasing scholarships, making it easier for working professionals to become teachers, and advancing research. "We need to continue to bring the research and expertise in the college to bear not only on our own curriculum ... but also on education practice and policy in our state, our country and across the globe," he says.

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College of Medicine – Phoenix Book Club Focuses on Diversity

Two employees at the College of Medicine – Phoenix have been awarded a grant to enhance a book club they founded that focuses on topics related to diversity. "This project serves to broaden our perspectives through awareness and appreciation for the voices and values of people from all walks of life, across the lifespan, and with unique lived experiences," says Jennifer Hartmark-Hill, director of the Program for Narrative Medicine and Health Care Humanities at COM-Phoenix, who co-founded the club with Kathleen Carlson, associate librarian of the Arizona Health Sciences Library – Phoenix.

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UA Startup Targets Improved Information Systems and Services for Faculty and Students

The UA has licensed a tool to integrate student information systems and learning management systems to UA startup FishTail Technologies. The software, which simplifies the use of the University's complex D2L curriculum management system, resulted from the work of a collaborative, multiunit team from the UA Office of Instruction and Assessment and University Information Technology Services.

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24 Emerging UA Leaders Selected for Academic Leadership Institute

The eighth cohort of the Academic Leadership Institute includes academic and administrative department heads, associate and assistant deans, and other emerging leaders from across campus. During the yearlong institute, the 2017-2018 fellows will participate in discussions and workshops to help them develop their leadership skills.

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Regents to Discuss Budget Proposals, Construction Projects

The Arizona Board of Regents will consider the 2018 annual budgets for the three state universities during this week's meeting at Northern Arizona University — the first for new UA President Robert C. Robbins. Other items on the agenda relating to the UA include discussions about a new academic program, land sales and purchases, and academic calendar approvals.

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Campus Welcomes President Robbins

Hundreds gathered at Old Main to welcome UA President Robert C. Robbins on his first day on the job. The 22nd president met and chatted individually with guests at the reception. Many praised him for being so open and accessible.

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A Message for University Inventors

David Allen, vice president of Tech Launch Arizona, has issued a reminder to the UA community about the value of commercializing inventions that have the potential to make people's lives better. Allen's letter gives an overview of the resources available to inventors and how to get started.

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