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December 12, 2014

Dear UA Friends & Supporters:


Two days ago I had the privilege of recognizing six outstanding faculty members who have been inducted as Regents’ Professors, University Distinguished Professors, and University Distinguished Outreach Faculty.


Our new Regents' Professors are Dr. Jonathan Overpeck of the Department of Geosciences and the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and Dr. Mary C. Stiner of the School of Anthropology. The new University Distinguished Professors are Dr. Andrew S. Cohen of the Department of Geosciences and Dr. Frederick P. Kiefer of the Department of English. Joining the ranks of our University Distinguished Outreach Faculty are Dr. Donald W. McCarthy Jr. of the Department of Astronomy and Dr. Supapan Seraphin of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.


We are fortunate that these scholars chose the UA as their home base as they set out to make a difference in the world. I encourage you to visit this UANews article to learn more about these amazing people and the work they do. The stories below are about other faculty members and scientists who are engaged in solving problems that affect people in every corner of the world.


There are many great things going on at the UA. As 2014 comes to a close, the induction ceremony was a wonderful time to reflect on the accomplishments of our dedicated faculty and staff and our inspirational students. I am grateful for all that they do. I am also grateful for the many UA alumni and friends across the United States and the world. You will be easy to pick out on the last day of the year as you wear your red and blue and cheer the Arizona football team to victory in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31!


Thank you all for your support, and best wishes for a joyous holiday season.





Ann Weaver Hart

How the U.S. is Running Up Its Water Bill, and What Can Be Done


Water policy in the U.S. needs a serious overhaul to solve the country's severe drought conditions, says Robert Glennon, Regents' Professor and the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy at the James E. Rogers College of Law. While most people think of water as if it's air — an infinite and inexhaustible resource – it's actually quite finite, he cautions.

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UA Engineering Turns Smartphones Into Eye-Screening Tools


Professor Wolfgang Fink, whose innovations have helped restore partial sight to the blind, has taken on a new challenge: creating telemedical devices that can prevent blindness. The technology converts smartphones into powerful eye-examining instruments called "smart ophthalmoscopes." The instruments allow health care providers to examine the interior of the eye and quickly determine if patients are at risk of losing their vision.

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Help Beat Alzheimer's With the Click of a Mouse


Two neuropsychologists from the UA are leveraging the power of the Internet to collect information they hope will help them to better understand the human memory and possible risk factors for Alzheimer's. They are part of MindCrowd, an ambitious project that aims in its first phase to engage an unprecedented 1 million people across the globe in online memory testing.

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Creating Space for Education

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When Quitters Always Win
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