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Dear Friend of UA, We have much to celebrate at the University of Arizona this month. UA alum and thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert has won the Triple Crown; UA alumni Steve Kerr, Andre Iguodala, and Luke Walton won the NBA title with the Golden State Warriors; UA Press author Juan Felipe Herrera has been named U.S. Poet Laureate; the UA has two new Regents' Professors in Bruce Tabashnik and Julia Clancy-Smith; and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) recognized the UA as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University for its accomplishments in economic development, technology innovation, and commercialization. As we work to build on successes like these through the continuing implementation of the Never Settle strategic academic and business plan, I want to share a few other points of interest with you.

June 30, 2015

 
 

 

Dear Friend of UA,

 

We have much to celebrate at the University of Arizona this month. UA alum and thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert has won the Triple Crown; UA alumni Steve Kerr, Andre Iguodala, and Luke Walton won the NBA title with the Golden State Warriors; UA Press author Juan Felipe Herrera has been named U.S. Poet Laureate; the UA has two new Regents' Professors in Bruce Tabashnik and Julia Clancy-Smith; and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) recognized the UA as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University for its accomplishments in economic development, technology innovation, and commercialization. As we work to build on successes like these through the continuing implementation of the Never Settle strategic academic and business plan, I want to share a few other points of interest with you.

 

Earlier this month, I was excited to speak at the annual Raytheon Inventors and Authors awards dinner, which recognizes Raytheon employees who have received patents or published peer-reviewed articles in the past year. Many of the scientists and inventors in that room were UA graduates, and the knowledge they gained as undergraduates and graduate students is now being applied to cutting-edge technologies that promise to change our lives for the better. It was a great opportunity to discuss the UA's vision for expanding the boundaries of human knowledge and technological capability, especially in partnership with companies like Raytheon.

 

Another recent example is the collaboration that researchers at the UA's BIO5 Institute have begun with Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Biotech Inc. By pairing basic research and clinical development, the multi-institution team will work to better understand the low prevalence of asthma in traditional farming communities like the Indiana Amish and South Dakota Hutterites and then use these insights for treatment and prevention of the disease.

 

UA President Ann Weaver Hart, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and representatives of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

 

The UA also continues to build these collaborative relationships internationally. In mid-June, I was in Mexico City as part of a trade mission led by Governor Doug Ducey to facilitate the commerce of ideas, technology, and entrepreneurs between our two countries. During that trip, I was very pleased to finalize an agreement with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), which is one of the most prestigious and successful universities in the world. The partnership will have great impact here at the UA and around the state as it facilitates cultural, scientific, and economic exchange. The UA is very proud to be part of the network of 11 academic centers that UNAM has around the world, and our campus community is eager to engage in this new venture.

 

As the summer continues I will be working to build on this international success. Last week I attended a U.S.-China Roundtable at Rice University to discuss ways that the U.S. and China can more effectively collaborate in research and student exchange partnerships. In July, I will travel to Japan in order to facilitate the continuing partnership that the UA's OSIRIS-REx mission and other space science programs have with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

 

In addition, UA faculty and staff continue to develop resources and programs that ensure our students have opportunities that create impact in their lives and throughout our state and world when they graduate. You can read more about how our students are spending their summers pursuing 100% engagement in this month's insert.

 

As these examples indicate, the UA continues to enhance its state, regional, and international impact, and I look forward to providing updates on some of these exciting developments with another Friends of UA letter in July. Thank you for your support.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ann Weaver Hart
President
University of Arizona

 

 

 
 

 

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