From its world-renowned research about arid climates to global leadership in astronomy and space sciences, the UA has many unique points of excellence. These include our two independently accredited medical schools, which train doctors with the skills to practice and innovate the next generation of medicine, and our Cooperative Extension program, which provides real-world, real-time solutions to ranchers and farmers across Arizona, while also developing today’s young people into bright, capable leaders for tomorrow.
Driven by the UA’s land-grant mission, we are attuned to the needs of Arizona and its citizens and we work to anticipate the solutions necessary to build for the future. This proactive stance is one of the reasons the UA created a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. In rural and underserved areas, nurse practitioners often are the only people providing health care, and this new program will fill a vital need throughout the state. Last week, the College of Nursing held its first White Coat Ceremony to welcome the more than 60 students who have just begun the DNP online program at the UA.
On another health-related front, UA researchers continue to investigate the complexities of the brain and the factors involved in healthy aging. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Arizona Research Laboratories Division of Neural Systems, Memory and Aging, and the fifth anniversary of the School of Mind, Brain and Behavior at the UA. To help commemorate these milestones, four internationally renowned brain scholars will visit the UA campus. Ig Nobel Prize winner Eleanor Maguire will join three Nobel laureates: John O'Keefe, Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser. We are honored to welcome them to the UA for a two-day visit, which will include a scientific workshop with faculty and students and an open forum on Thursday, March 26, from 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. in the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre.
To learn more about how we are preparing leaders, scientists, and scholars, I invite you to read the stories contained in this issue of UA2U.
I also invite you to cheer on the Wildcats as we take on Ohio State tomorrow in the NCAA Tournament … Bear Down!
Five University of Arizona graduate programs rank among the nation’s top 10 in the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools. The Eller College of Management's management information systems grad program was ranked third among all universities and No.1 among public universities. Also ranking in the top 10 were UA graduate programs in speech-language pathology (No. 5), rehabilitation counseling (No. 6), earth sciences (No. 7) and pharmacy (No. 10).
With the purchase of the University of Arizona Health Network by Banner Health and the 30-year Academic Affiliation Agreement between Banner and the University now complete, the Banner – University Medicine division and the Arizona Health Sciences Center begin their work to create a new model for providing medical services, research and education. Among the key elements of the deal are: expansion in the areas of transplantation, neurosciences, genomics-driven precision health, geriatrics and pediatrics; a $500 million injection of capital to support construction and renovations; and a $300 million endowment to advance the UA's clinical and translational research mission.
Keeping students from losing interest in science and math while still early in their education is the focus of a UA-led research project funded by the National Science Foundation. At the same time, the team will be looking at ways to address another challenge: students' poor sleeping habits. They'll tackle both issues by working with more than 500 fourth- and fifth-grade students, who will track their sleeping habits in a scientific inquiry and analysis project.