Summer is a wonderful time for communities to reconnect – students return home from school, far-flung relatives gather at reunions, and old friends catch up at barbecues and pool parties. At the University of Arizona, this spirit of connection is driving summer work as part of our year-round work to connect with communities throughout the state as part of our land-grant mission. For example, just a few weeks ago a group from the UA visited Globe and Payson to highlight the work the University is doing in mining, forestry, ranching, sustainability, and water reclamation – areas of particular interest to Gila County.
The summer is also a time of creativity and engagement on the UA campus. For instance, families in the Tucson area are invited to visit to learn about the work being done by scientists at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL). Summer Science Saturday is LPL's annual open house and takes place this Saturday.
Another important area is the work UA faculty are doing in the health sciences. I’d like to share two examples:
Two UA experts – Dr. Arthur B. Sanders and Dr. Bentley J. Bobrow – are co-authors of a national report on cardiac arrest. "Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act" explores CPR and other life-saving strategies, many of which have been shaped by health care leaders at the UA.
A professor-student collaboration is aimed at raising awareness about a potentially deadly virus that infects 60-99 percent of adults worldwide. This partnership has allowed an undergraduate student to gain hands-on experience working with a world-class researcher on a grand health challenge.
To learn more about the UA's work across the state, I invite you to visit the UA Impact Map. In addition to illustrating the UA's economic impact and its statewide presence, the map also includes links to stories about efforts in specific areas across the state.
The University of Arizona is among a select group of 18 institutions that have received an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University designation from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The designation acknowledges those working in their states and regions to support economic development through innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, community development, and other activities.
With a new undergraduate degree program in American Indian studies, the UA has become the first university in the state to offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in the discipline. The new program will focus on the history, politics, culture, economics, natural resources and environments of Native American communities in the U.S. It also will prepare Native American and non-Native students for jobs in tribal organizations, government agencies, nonprofit entities and private businesses where employees need to understand the unique nation-to-nation relationship that American Indians have with the federal government.
UA President Ann Weaver Hart and Rector José Narro Robles of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a new Center for Mexican Studies at the UA. UNAM is known as one of the top universities in Latin America for academic excellence and has collaborative research centers located across the globe. The UNAM Center for Mexican Studies at the UA will be focused on fostering collaborative research.