The mission of the University of Arizona, as a public institution of higher education, calls us to encourage inquiry and discourse, and the critical examination of our lives and society. These activities depend upon civility and respect, and they emerge from access to educational opportunities. Preserving the right of free expression while promoting a culture of civility is therefore a necessary and important responsibility for the UA and our community of learning. To that end, the UA Dean of Students Office will hold the inaugural Constitutional Issues in Higher Education Symposium this Wednesday.
The response we have received for this event has been incredible. Registration for the daylong symposium is full and we expect about 200 people to attend the keynote address, which will be delivered by Erwin Chemerinsky, the Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law. His remarks will be published in the September issue of the Arizona Law Review.
This summer also brings a flurry of activity at the UA Health Sciences (UAHS), where construction has begun on a nine-story tower at Banner University Medical Center Tucson. This project is the centerpiece of $1 billion in construction undertaken by Banner Health in support of the UA's medical schools and academic medical centers in Tucson and Phoenix. Banner – UMC Tucson's sister hospital, the Banner – UMC Phoenix campus, recently was ranked as Arizona's No. 1 hospital.
Those who are familiar with the multitude of discoveries and innovations that have emerged from UAHS know that UA physicians and scientists have long been recognized nationally and internationally for research related to CPR. Most recently, the UA Department of Emergency Medicine studied the effectiveness of a telephone CPR program, and found increases in survival rates and favorable outcomes for individuals who experienced out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The study was published last month in the prestigious journal JAMA Cardiology.
Finally, I would like to mention two UA researchers who have been in the national spotlight recently:
In late May, Kacey Ernst, associate professor and infectious disease epidemiologist at the UA's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, testified before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on the potentially high-risk areas for transmission of the Zika virus.
Jennifer Barton, professor of biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, optical sciences, and agricultural and biosystems engineering, has been quoted across the country the past few weeks. Dr. Barton, the interim director of the UA's BIO5 Institute, is leading a two-year, $1 million project funded by the National Cancer Institute to identify imaging biomarkers of ovarian cancer, the most deadly gynecological cancer in the United States.
To learn more about how the UA is making a difference for the people of Arizona, and beyond, I invite you to take a look at the stories below.
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UA Cooperative Extension agents are charged with taking the science created by the University to the people of Arizona, often through education and outreach. So when a horse tested positive for rabies this spring – the first Arizona case in seven years – agents were ready. They had been working on a four-page guide about preventing and identifying rabies in livestock. They also had been surveying horse and livestock owners to learn about the kinds of information they need and want.
Two images taken by a UA scientist who explores the atmospheres of Jupiter and Uranus have been selected by the U.S. Postal Service for a set of special-edition stamps. The shots were taken in 2004 after Erich Karkoschka persuaded NASA to point the Hubble Space Telescope at the two planets. He was granted his request and, serendipitously, was able to get shots as three of Jupiter's largest moons came together in a rare alignment, forming a triple eclipse.
A UA program that trains undergraduates to mentor middle school students will partner with the UA's Office of Early Academic Outreach and UA researcher Nolan L. Cabrera to expand support for middle school boys. Cabrera serves on a committee that consults with the White House on how to effectively sustain and ensure the academic success of those involved with My Brother's Keeper, a nationwide initiative to actively address opportunity gaps faced by young men of color.