Awards & Accolades

Awards & Accolades

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Student Michael Seo uses the disability cart service, which provides on-campus transportation for members of the campus community with a permanent or temporary impairment.
Student Michael Seo uses the disability cart service, which provides on-campus transportation for members of the campus community with a permanent or temporary impairment.
Lynne Tomasa, assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine
Lynne Tomasa, assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine
Carol Stewart, associate vice president of Tech Parks Arizona
Carol Stewart, associate vice president of Tech Parks Arizona

Tomasa earns AAIDD fellow designation

Lynne Tomasa, assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, has been designated a fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Tomasa was one of nine people selected as fellows, a designation that recognizes those who "are judged to have made a meritorious contribution to the field of intellectual disability."

Tomasa has been with the College of Medicine – Tucson since 1987. Her areas of interest include program evaluation, aging, end of life and lifelong caregiving.

According to its website, AAIDD dates back to 1876 and is "the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals and others concerned about intellectual and developmental disabilities."

Carol Stewart makes list of 'Most Influential Women in Arizona Business'

Carol Stewart, associate vice president of Tech Parks Arizona, has been named one of AZ Business Magazine's "Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2020." Stewart is one of 43 women included on the list.

"I have been embraced by this community with open arms and feel quite humbled that my contributions over the past 18 months are being celebrated in this capacity," said Stewart, who joined the University in late 2018. "I am passionate about business and working collaboratively to support the success of business, from innovative startups to tech giants."

Stewart leads the Tech Park at Rita Road and is overseeing development of the Tech Park at The Bridges. She is also president of the University of Arizona Center for Innovation, a technology business incubator network.

AZ Business Magazine and AZRE: Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine plan to honor the women at a dinner and reception on Sept. 15 in Phoenix.

PTS disability cart service and website developer win awards

The International Parking & Mobility Institute has honored Parking & Transportation Services for its disability cart service and recognized the efforts of David Wallace, senior website designer/developer at PTS.

The disability cart service – which provides on-campus transportation for students, staff, faculty and other members of the campus community who have a permanent or temporary impairment – won an Award of Excellence in the Innovation in a Mobility, Transportation, or Parking Program category. The service, which provides more than 2,700 rides each month, uses the TapRide app to assign rides and manage schedules.

Wallace was selected to receive a Professional Excellence Award in the Innovation category in recognition of his work to develop several apps that have helped reduce paperwork and improve efficiency. They include programs that track equipment that employees check out and provide electronic forms for employees going out to assist customers.

"Wallace has taken every task he has been given and created and improved upon each one," according to the institute. "He has illustrated that he can find creative solutions to solve problems."

The International Parking & Mobility Institute bills itself as the world's largest association of professionals in parking, transportation and mobility. Members range from architects and city managers to universities, airports and convention centers. The institute announced the winners in the June edition of its Parking & Mobility magazine.

Campus Health video wins film festival

The University of Arizona Campus Health Service won the Grand Prize in the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology's annual film festival.

The winning film – titled "Handwash Lately?" – features Campus Health Service staff members performing a parody of the Vanilla Ice hit "Ice Ice Baby," with lyrics emphasizing the need to wash and sanitize hands regularly.

Kay Sams, 2020 APIC Annual Conference chair, says the message shared in the video about proper hand hygiene protocol is extremely timely. "As the world fights COVID-19, these films bring smiles to faces everywhere and impart valuable, educational wisdom," Sams said.

In announcing the winning film on June 29, APIC said its panel of judges valued the video's creativity, originality and significance to the infection prevention community.

APIC, which has more than 15,000 members, aims to strengthen infection prevention through "the provision of better care to promote better health at a lower cost."


We want to know about your good news. If you, your team or a colleague has won any major awards, been honored nationally or internationally, or accomplished some other major feat that deserves recognition, let us know about it.

To submit your news, please send us an email with the following information:

  • Name of the person, team or unit receiving the honor with full University titles.
  • Information about the award/honor and the organization that granted it. Please include a link to the official announcement of the award/honor.
  • When the honor was announced and when it will be presented (or was presented).
  • A photo of the honoree. If others appear in the photo, please provide their names and identifying information, such as their University title or other affiliation.

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