At the University of Arizona, partnership is a vital tool that allows us to accomplish the University's work as the state's land-grant university in many different programs. One example is the recently announced One Health Initiative. In this UA2U, I am very happy to share another exciting example of how partnership works at the UA.
Last week, the University announced the creation of the Natural Resource Users Law and Policy Center, the first of its kind in the nation. This center is a partnership between the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cooperative Extension and the James E. Rogers College of Law. Together, they will address the currently unmet legal needs of ranchers, farmers, miners, and others whose business involves the use of natural resources.
This center will provide a much-needed service to citizens across the state while also giving students from both colleges unique educational and career opportunities. If you would like to learn more about the center, please see this story on UANews.
The UA is also focused on the power of partnership in other important areas. For instance, the UA Alumni Association has launched a crowdfunding campaign that involves 36 Alumni Association chapters and clubs nationwide. The campaign is called #CatsGiveBack and invites alumni to help support scholarships for current UA students with gifts as small as $10.
Finally, I would like to mention two special events happening this week. First, on Wednesday the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will hold the last lecture in its popular Downtown Lecture Series. Professors in anthropology, English, philosophy and Judaic Studies have presented various takes on the theme of "Immortality" in downtown Tucson. All of the lectures can be viewed online. Then on Thursday, Regents' Professor of Law James Anaya will deliver a lecture titled "The U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples." Professor Anaya served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and is internationally recognized for his expertise in this area. Both events promise to be engaging discussions and great opportunities to learn about important scholarship taking place here at the UA.
As Thanksgiving approaches, the UA remains continually grateful for your support and partnership.
For 35 years, the UA and Banner – University Medical Center have helped the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission prevent product-related injuries and deaths. BUMC is one of about 100 hospitals that are contracted by the commission to track data on product-related injuries treated in emergency rooms. The commission has recognized BUMC – which treats about 3,000 such injuries each month – as one of the top injury reporting sites in the country.
The College of Public Health and the College of Engineering have received a $1.5 million federal grant for a study aimed at reducing cancer rates among firefighters. Working in partnership with the Tucson Fire Department, the UA team will evaluate exposure to carcinogens, measure biomarkers of carcinogenic effect, and test the effectiveness of interventions to reduce carcinogen exposure. That information could help reduce exposure to chemicals and particulates that can cause cancer, which is the leading cause of death among firefighters.
Garden tools once owned by the late philanthropist and accomplished gardener Agnese Nelms Haury have found a home in a Tucson elementary school. The children using them are participants in the UA's Community School Garden Program, which takes the classroom into the garden, where teachers and UA interns help the young students explore ecology, soil science, conservation, art, and photography while planting and harvesting produce.