The top stories of 2022: Employee recognition and campus construction projects were among the most popular topics
Lo Que Pasa covered a lot of ground in 2022, with stories about breaking ground proving to be among the most popular.
Readers also were drawn to stories about recognition of faculty and staff as well as relationships and parenthood.
As we get ready to welcome 2023, take a look back over the past year by checking out some of the most popular Lo Que Pasa stories of 2022.
In addition to health insurance, retirement plans and qualified tuition reduction, there are several other perks that faculty and staff might not know about, from technology support to counseling to bicycle access.
Several major construction projects hummed along between the time the spring semester ended and when classes resumed in the fall. Some are obvious, some are in the background and some are underground.
Several employees were honored for outstanding contributions, creativity and compassion in the 2022 Awards for Excellence, presented by the Staff Council and the President's Cabinet. Harry McDermott, a physician with Campus Health, was honored with the Billy Joe Varney Award for Excellence.
The past year saw several changes to Career Conversations, the tool that guides conversations between staff members and their supervisors about past accomplishments and future plans. The latest round brought a new submission process and a new professional development resource.
Deepta Bhattacharya, professor in the Department of Immunobiology at the College of Medicine – Tucson, discussed testing, vaccination and other COVID-19 topics in this Q&A.
The University and Tucson communities came together to remember and honor Thomas Meixner, head of the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, who was fatally shot on campus in October.
To celebrate Star Wars Day, Lo Que Pasa spoke with campus experts about the cultural phenomenon that gave us the terms lightsaber and the Force, and memorable characters such as Darth Vader, Yoda and Jabba the Hutt.
The $85 million, three-story structure going up at the southeast corner of East Helen Street and North Highland Avenue will provide new research capabilities with state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Inside will be teams conducting interdisciplinary research that advances applied physical sciences and engineering, including the University of Arizona Space Institute.
As an animal behavior scientist, Jennifer Verdolin knows a lot about animal courtship. When she's not teaching animal conservation to undergraduate students in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Verdolin, an assistant professor of practice, conducts research in personality and social network dynamics in animals. In this article, she tells readers what animal courtship and mating can teach us about human relationships.
This year's honors include two new awards: the University Distinguished Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards and the Distinguished Head/Director's Award.
The University wants everyone on campus to have a meaningful arts experience, and the Arizona Arts Master Plan is the road map to making that happen. In this series, Lo Que Pasa takes a deep dive into the projects that make up the effort and the plan's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Science writer Mikayla Mace Kelley kicked off an occasional series about her journey to parenthood with this story about the expansion of the University's paid parental leave policy. In her second story, Mikayla collected advice from faculty and staff colleagues about how to manage parenthood and university work.