Campus News

User Feedback Helps Shape Redesign of UA Mobile App

Using feedback solicited via a survey, the Arizona Mobile app has been redesigned to improve its look, speed and functionality. "We heard that one of the biggest areas for improvement with the app was to make it faster," says Ami Buczek, principal applications systems analyst at UITS. "By breaking it up, we improved the design and functionality."

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UA Scholarly Work More Accessible After First Year of Open Access Policy

UA faculty gathered last week to discuss the impact of the UA's Open Access Policy in its first year. The policy, which aims to expand access to UA scholarly and research outputs, calls on faculty members to submit their final accepted manuscripts to the UA Campus Repository. "Land-grant universities were created by Congress to create knowledge for the public good. The public isn't benefiting from the knowledge if we cloister it in high-end journals," said UA School of Journalism Director David Cuillier.

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Awards and Accolades

Congratulations to these recently honored employees: Robert Williams, professor of law; Kacey Ernst, associate professor of epidemiology; Hoshin Gupta, hydrology and atmospheric sciences professor; Fiona Grugan, international student adviser; Sheilah Nicholas, associate professor in the College of Education; Ravi Tandon, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Qing Hao, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering.

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UA Expanding Spring Break Study Abroad Options

A crash course on biodiversity in the Amazon represents a relatively new model for UA Study Abroad. Based on positive feedback from students who participated in a winter break program in the Amazon, the office recognized an opportunity to provide more short-term explorations. Starting in 2018, students can use their spring break to tour historic sites such as Naples, Rome, Florence and Venice.

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Robbins Expected to be Named UA President at ABOR Meeting

The Arizona Board of Regents is expected to approve the appointment of Dr. Robert Clayton Robbins as the 22nd president of the University of Arizona at its April board meeting. The regents also will discuss 2017-18 tuition rates, an agreement to lease Hi Corbett Field from the city of Tucson, three new proposed academic programs and three nominees for Regents' Professor.

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Awards to Recognize Leaders in Mentoring, Diversity and Inclusion

The UA community is invited to attend the Visionary Leadership Award Ceremony, where students, employees and programs will be honored for leadership in mentoring, diversity and inclusion. "These awards are important because they recognize and honor UA community members who are playing vital roles in advancing diversity and inclusiveness on our campus," said Jesús Treviño, vice provost for inclusive excellence and senior diversity officer.

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Happening in April

Get ready to enjoy fried food, cotton candy and thrilling rides because Spring Fling is returning to the UA Mall. But that's not all that's happening on campus during the month of April. There also are musical performances with dance legend Ben Vereen, baseball and softball matchups against Arizona State University and a red-carpet screening of shorts by the UA's most talented filmmakers.

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Professors Recognized for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Mentoring

Seven professors who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and mentoring were honored today at the annual Awards of Distinction ceremony. The ceremony is an opportunity to "celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of faculty at the University of Arizona," said Gail Burd, senior vice provost for academic affairs. Evidence-based teaching, engaged classrooms and exceptional mentorship were among the practices demonstrated by the honorees.

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Oldest UA Fellows Program Offers Faculty a Distraction-Free Semester

Imagine the luxury of having an entire semester to focus on research and securing money to do even more. That's just what the Udall Center Fellows Program provides. The program, which began in 1990, has given 140 faculty members the opportunity to do public policy research while also receiving the support they need to produce and submit proposals for external funding. Applications for the 2017-18 academic year are now being accepted.

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