April Friends of UA

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Dear *|SALUTATION|*, With the end of the Spring semester and the close of the academic year just around the corner, we have much to celebrate at the University of Arizona. For instance, the Arizona NOW campaign continues to see important points of success. Just last week, I attended a reception honoring Drs. Ram and Meera Krishna for their generous gift benefitting the new UA Cancer Center building in downtown Phoenix. Also this month, I met with alumni and friends of the UA in Denver and attended a reception celebrating Arizona NOW.

April 17, 2015

 
 

 

Dear Friend of UA,

 

With the end of the Spring semester and the close of the academic year just around the corner, we have much to celebrate at the University of Arizona. For instance, the Arizona NOW campaign continues to see important points of success. Just last week, I attended a reception honoring Drs. Ram and Meera Krishna for their generous gift benefitting the new UA Cancer Center building in downtown Phoenix. Also this month, I met with alumni and friends of the UA in Denver and attended a reception celebrating Arizona NOW.

 

We are also celebrating success in our community as part of the UA’s tradition of business partnerships. Today, the Eller College of Management recognized Sam Fox during its annual Executive of the Year Luncheon for his many contributions to the restaurant industry.

 

Our biggest celebration of the year will come at Commencement, which is just over a month away. Jon Huntsman, Jr., former governor of Utah and the former ambassador to China and Singapore, will serve as the University of Arizona’s 151st Commencement speaker. Governor Huntsman is the kind of engaged citizen the UA hopes to develop in our graduates, and I am sure that his message will be a great addition to the celebration of our students’ success.

 

As we prepare for Commencement, I also want to take this opportunity to highlight the UA’s long and rich tradition of interdisciplinary research and education, which is one of the reasons that our graduates are so incredibly competitive and successful when they move into the workforce. The problems that our faculty members study and that our graduates confront when they enter the workforce do not confine themselves to one discipline or way of looking at the world. This is why the University of Arizona places such importance on bringing together the diverse strengths, opportunities, and resources from many disciplines in innovative degree programs that will have the greatest academic, economic, and community impact. You can read about some of these programs, like the UA’s groundbreaking Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs, in this month’s insert.

 

Equally important are the UA’s research centers, which foster collaborative teams that transcend disciplines to solve important problems facing our world. The UA’s BIO5 Institute is one prime example. Others include the Lowell Institute of Mineral Resources and the Institute of the Environment.

 

UA faculty members have also led several multi-institution efforts in recent years. One wonderful example is the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN), an Engineering Research Center directed by the UA’s Nasser Peyghambarian and funded by the National Science Foundation with a five-year $18.5 million grant. The Center is focused on creating “optoelectronic technologies” that will enable high-bandwidth networks at a low cost. The goal of this technology is to create flexible, high-speed networks that can meet a variety of end users' needs. Another great example comes from Regents’ Professor Neal Armstrong, who led the Center for Interface Science: Solar Electric Materials. Funded by the Department of Energy as an Energy Frontier Research Center through December 2014, the organization allowed faculty and graduate students at the UA and several other research sites to collaborate as they built a foundation for innovative work in solar energy technology that continues today at the many institutions that were part of the Center’s team. I discuss these and similar efforts in more depth in this month’s blog.

 

These inter- and transdisciplinary efforts are a key way that the University of Arizona is adapting to meet the challenges of the 21st century. As we look toward to the close of another successful semester and the futures that await our graduates, I am proud that the UA is more responsive than ever before to the challenges and opportunities that define our world and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year will bring.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ann Weaver Hart
President
University of Arizona

 

 

 
 

 

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