Tucson Meet Yourself is an annual festival celebrating the culture, food, tradition and arts of Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico. It was founded 40 years ago by University of Arizona folklorist and anthropologist James “Big Jim” Griffith. Visitors to this year's festival were able to try foods from 53 different vendors and experience the work of 557 folk artists, musicians and dancers from more than 60 different cultural groups.Video Thumbnail: Category(s): Arts and HumanitiesSocial Sciences and EducationYouTube Video: Tucson Meet Yourself Celebrates 40 Years Video of Tucson Meet Yourself Celebrates 40 Years Feature Sticky: OffFeature on Front: NoMedium Summary: Tucson Meet Yourself is an annual festival celebrating the culture, food, tradition and arts of Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico. It was founded 40 years ago by University of Arizona folklorist and anthropologist James “Big Jim” Griffith. Visitors to this year's festival were able to try foods from 53 different vendors and experience the work of 557 folk artists, musicians and dancers from more than 60 different cultural groups. Long Summary: Tucson Meet Yourself is an annual festival celebrating the culture, food, tradition and arts of Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico. It was founded 40 years ago by University of Arizona folklorist and anthropologist James “Big Jim” Griffith. Visitors to this year's festival were able to try foods from 53 different vendors and experience the work of 557 folk artists, musicians and dancers from more than 60 different cultural groups. UANow Image: Include in Olympic coverage: noInclude in UANow: yesDate of Publication: Monday, October 14, 2013
Through a newly launched lecture series, the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is exploring happiness and how it can help lead us to healthier lives.
The UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences focuses its research and education on topics that reveal the complexity of interactions shaping the human condition. Its research addresses issues related to healthy families and secure communities, global conflict and poverty, and environmental change.
As part of the Downtown Lecture Series, UA faculty members will give five talks on "happiness," presenting research from their diverse fields of study, including sociology, anthropology, psychiatry, philosophy and integrative medicine.
Also, those at the University and in the general community are contributing to a blog on happiness that is being hosted by the Arizona Daily Star. The blog, which is updated regularly, is available online.
The UA series is designed to share UA research on topics related to happiness, and is an exploration of topics that shape our everyday lives.
"We were looking to do something to support the downtown community," said John Paul Jones III, dean of the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. "By creating a lecture series at the Fox Theatre, we hope to add an educational component to downtown's expanding arts and culture scene and attract a new crowd who hopefully will patronize downtown businesses while they are there," Jones said.All lectures will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. On-street parking downtown is free after 5 p.m., and other parking locations are nearby. They lectures are: Oct. 16 Pursuing and Finding Happiness with Celestino Fernández, School of Sociology The Declaration of Independence identifies happiness as an "unalienable" right for all people. But how do we determine a society's overall happiness, and how do social groups experience happiness differently? Professor Fernández explores recent research that shows how social factors influence happiness. Are we happier today than we were 50 or 100 years ago? Does happiness change with age, education, income level, religiosity or marital status? Where do the happiest people live? The answers offer insight into how we find and pursue happiness as individuals and as a society. Oct. 23 Compassion Training as a Path to Genuine Happiness with Dr. Charles Raison, Department of Psychiatry and the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences Most of us seek happiness by approaching what we desire, avoiding what we dislike or fear, and ignoring the rest. Raison presents a different approach to enhancing well-being, one that embraces conflict and frustration as a means to produce internal changes linked to happiness. Derived from ancient Buddhist teachings, this approach has been secularized into a technique known as Cognitively-Based Compassion Training. Raison will present evidence that compassion training has the potential to optimize emotional and physical health by improving stress responses and enhancing the brain's empathic responses to others. Oct. 30 How Our Surroundings Influence Happiness and Health with Dr. Esther Sternberg, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine Do the places and spaces around us affect our happiness and health? Sternberg will show how our physical environment can affect emotions and trigger the brain's stress or relaxation responses, while exploring the connections between the brain and the immune system that underlie these effects. Sternberg's research enables individuals to structure their environment and activities to best buffer the negative effects of stress, helps health-care providers apply mind-body therapies, and assists health-care and hospital designers in creating spaces that facilitate healing. Nov. 6 The Evolutionary Links Between Exercise and Happiness with David Raichlen, School of Anthropology Why do some activities make us happy? Professor Raichlen shares recent evidence that suggests our brains are wired to enjoy behaviors that helped our ancestors survive hunting and gathering lifestyles. For example, when we exercise, our bodies produce neurochemicals that improve our mood and make us happy. This is no accident. Evolution likely linked these neurobiological "rewards" with exercise to help motivate early humans to search for food. Taking cues from our evolutionary history shows how our brains and bodies are powerfully interconnected and provides a novel mechanism to increase our happiness today. Nov. 13 Happiness – A Feeling or a Future? with Daniel C. Russell, Center for the Philosophy of Freedom We all agree that happiness is something we want, even if there has never been much agreement about what makes us happy. But as Russell explains, there has also been a shift in why we talk about happiness. Today, we usually discuss happiness as a feeling we want. In ancient Greek philosophy, however, happiness came up in discussions about the future – a practical discussion about the kind of life we want to live and the things we want to live for. Russell explores this ancient tradition in search of new directions for contemporary thought about the good lives we want for ourselves and for others.
Seating will be first-come, first-served; however, to secure seats and avoid lines, attendees may pick up free tickets in advance (four tickets max per person) at the Fox Tucson Theatre ticket booth beginning at 11 a.m. on the day of each lecture.
The lead sponsors for the Downtown Lecture Series on Happiness are the Tucson Medical Center, the Arizona Daily Star and the Magellan Circle, which is the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences donor society. Additional sponsors include Arizona Public Media, the EOS Foundation, Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, Path to Happiness, the UA Center for the Philosophy of Freedom, the UA Department of Philosophy, the UA Institute of the Environment and realtor Vickie Jacobs. Community sponsors are Body Works Pilates and Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails.
Contact: Lori Harwood, external relations director for the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at 520-626-3846 or email@example.com.
Categories: HealthThis is a Wildcat Corner feature: Images: Tags: ResearchFacultyStaffOutreachByline: Lori Harwood, UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences |UANow Image: UANow Summary: The UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has launched the Downtown Lecture Series, during which University faculty will explore happiness and how it can help lead us to healthier lives. The series, which is poised to become an annual event, is an opportunity to share UA research with the general community and to aid in the expansion of downtown Tucson's arts and culture scene. Editor: Alexis BlueInclude in UANow: yesDate of Publication: Monday, October 14, 2013Medium Summary: The UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has launched the Downtown Lecture Series, during which University faculty will explore happiness and how it can help lead us to healthier lives.Feature on Front: No
Musicians Sonny Singh and John Altieri returned to Tucson to preform for the first time since graduating from the University of Arizona. Both are members of Red Baraat, a unique musical enable and the only bhangra brass band in North America. The UApresents performance has held at the Rialto Theatre in downtown Tucson. This was the first time UApresents organized a show there.Video Thumbnail: Category(s): Arts and HumanitiesYouTube Video: Red Baraat Brings Bhangra Rhythms, New Orleans Jazz to Rialto Theater Video of Red Baraat Brings Bhangra Rhythms, New Orleans Jazz to Rialto Theater Feature Sticky: OffFeature on Front: NoMedium Summary: Musicians Sonny Singh and John Altieri returned to Tucson to preform for the first time since graduating from the University of Arizona. Both are members of Red Baraat, a unique musical enable and the only bhangra brass band in North America. The UApresents performance has held at the Rialto Theatre in downtown Tucson. This was the first time UApresents organized a show there. Long Summary: Musicians Sonny Singh and John Altieri returned to Tucson to preform for the first time since graduating from the University of Arizona. Both are members of Red Baraat, a unique musical enable and the only bhangra brass band in North America. The UApresents performance has held at the Rialto Theatre in downtown Tucson. This was the first time UApresents organized a show there. UANow Image: Include in Olympic coverage: noInclude in UANow: yesDate of Publication: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
At the second annual Chinese Cultural Festival, hosted by the University of Arizona's Confucius Institute, Bill Porter, Arizona’s foremost translator of Chinese poetry, presented a selection of poems from some of China’s most famous poets. Guests at the UA Poetry Center also were treated to performances on the qim, or Chinese zither, played by Paul Amiel.Video Thumbnail: Category(s): Arts and HumanitiesYouTube Video: 2nd Annual Chinese Cultural Festival Presents an Evening of Chinese Poetry Video of 2nd Annual Chinese Cultural Festival Presents an Evening of Chinese Poetry Feature Sticky: OffFeature on Front: NoMedium Summary: At the second annual Chinese Cultural Festival, hosted by the University of Arizona's Confucius Institute, Bill Porter, Arizona’s foremost translator of Chinese poetry, presented a selection of poems from some of China’s most famous poets. Guests at the UA Poetry Center also were treated to performances on the qim, or Chinese zither, played by Paul Amiel. Long Summary: At the second annual Chinese Cultural Festival, hosted by the University of Arizona's Confucius Institute, Bill Porter, Arizona’s foremost translator of Chinese poetry, presented a selection of poems from some of China’s most famous poets. Guests at the UA Poetry Center also were treated to performances on the qim, or Chinese zither, played by Paul Amiel. UANow Image: Include in Olympic coverage: noInclude in UANow: yesDate of Publication: Monday, September 30, 2013
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D- Ill.) and U.S. Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) visited the recently expanded UA Student VETS Center, where Duckworth sat down with UA student veterans to hear their stories and learn about opportunities available to vets across campus.Video Thumbnail: Category(s): Campus NewsYouTube Video: Congresswoman and Iraq War Vet Tammy Duckworth Visits UA Student Veterans Video of Congresswoman and Iraq War Vet Tammy Duckworth Visits UA Student Veterans Feature Sticky: OffFeature on Front: NoMedium Summary: U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D- Ill.) and U.S. Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) visited the recently expanded UA Student VETS Center, where Duckworth sat down with UA student veterans to hear their stories and learn about opportunities available to vets across campus. Long Summary: U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D- Ill.) and U.S. Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) visited the recently expanded UA Student VETS Center, where Duckworth sat down with UA student veterans to hear their stories and learn about opportunities available to vets across campus. UANow Image: Include in Olympic coverage: noInclude in UANow: yesDate of Publication: Friday, September 27, 2013
Max Li, a University of Arizona doctoral student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is studying mechanisms that determine how competing desert plants can coexist with each other and what factors can cause the destruction of this stable coexistence.
His research could help inform policies to curb the spread of invasive species.
"I have been lucky enough to get three dry years in a row," said Li, expressing a sentiment probably shared by few in Southern Arizona. But if you're a field ecologist studying how desert species adapt, persist and compete with each other in dry environments, then the lack of rain in recent years means the perfect conditions for a field experiment.
"My question is: Why do some exotic species become invasive and why are some able to coexist naturally with native plants?" Li said.
"In theory, we can explain coexistence in terms of environmental fluctuation. Using a mathematical derivation we have several ideas of distinctive mechanisms that can promote coexistence."
According to his adviser Peter Chesson's theory, Li said, where competing species can stably coexist and where they drive each other to extinction is determined by three coexistence mechanisms that affect how the species relate to each other across space and time under changing environments.
"Environmental fluctuation is prevalent in nature," Li said. "Therefore it is critical to consider how organisms respond to this fluctuation to achieve a dynamic balance."
"It's like in the stock market. If you always buy at the highest price and sell at the lowest price then you don't have stability, you lose money. But if you know how to make gain at the right price and try to diminish your loss in a bearish market, you can make a profit," Li said.
"So that's exactly what organisms do because organisms have evolved where there is huge variation in the environment over a long time or over a large space, so those who cannot take advantage of this variation probably won't do very well."
Li is focusing on two of the coexistence mechanisms that are theorized to be the most effective, termed "storage effect," which refers to the fact that gain in population growth under good conditions can be stored even when species experience bad conditions, and "fitness-density covariance," which refers to how well species can build up population in their favorable habitat.
For the first time, Li's experiments are testing these mechanisms in the field, surveying a number of native desert plants and one invasive species, the Sahara mustard.
"The strength of the mechanisms are measured in fitness, so we measure parameters that indicate the fitness of plants," Li explained. "For example, we can measure the number of seeds that the plant will produce or the mass of the plant."
Li has divided his study site into segments that represent different scales of an ecological community, from neighborhoods of just a few plants living closely together and competing directly with one another for resources like nutrients and water, to habitats, including sand dunes and a sand flat.
"The sand dunes have very unstable soil because in a dune the sand shifts all the time. There are very few large perennial plants living there just because the soil is so dynamic," Li said. Whereas in the sand flat, he said, "the soil is still sandy but it's much more stable and there are large shrubs."
In theory, the population variation among plant species at the smaller scales, such as among neighborhoods or between the habitats, can contribute to the stability of the overall system, Li said.
"The theory predicts that population fluctuations due to environmental variation at lower scales, such as neighborhoods of plants, can give rise to these mechanisms to promote coexistence at higher scales, such as across a landscape," he said.
"There are huge implications for conservation. We can encourage the conditions that promote coexistence and try to prevent these conditions from disappearing."
Understanding the ecological process that could give native species an edge over invasive species could help people to better implement practices to curb the invasion of non-native plants like buffelgrass, a dense-growing non-native that is out-competing native plants in many areas of the Sonoran Desert.
Li's preliminary results show that environmental variation between the dune and sand flat habitat is promoting the coexistence between Sahara mustard and native plants.
"Encouraging habitat diversity is very important in terms of prevention of massive invasion by alien plant species," Li said.
Practices like urbanization, road development and cultivating monoculture crops homogenize the environment over the landscape, making it easier for invasive plants to have an advantage over the native plant species.
"Environmental fluctuation promotes coexistence because no species can do equally well under all conditions," Li said. "Changing environment in time and space provides temporal or spatial niches for different species to reduce direct competition with each other."
"In invasion biology there are some species that can continue to evolve and adapt to new conditions. These are the most dangerous species, because they are so good at adapting to new conditions."
Invasive species that do extremely well usually have significant genetic diversity created by multiple reintroductions of the species by humans, Li noted.
"If humans continue to bring non-native plants to the same destination and let individuals from different original populations mingle and increase their genetic diversity then all of a sudden they have a strong capacity to adapt to local conditions to become a super weed."
Preventing the introduction of non-native plants to the landscape is likely an easier solution to stop the spread of invasive plants than trying to eradicate an invasion after the weed has become established, Li added.
Meanwhile, understanding the ecological factors that give some plants an advantage over others can help inform environmental policies to curb invasions and give the desert back to the native plants.
"This is the first time in the field that anyone has tried to quantify a mathematically sound coexistence mechanism across multiple scales," Li said. "Hopefully it will bring some good insight into both science and management."Editor: Alexis BlueWriter: Shelley LittinByline: Shelley LittinByline Affiliation: University CommunicationsHeader image: YesNo Image: Subheading: Max Li's research could inform policies to promote sustainable native environments and curb the invasion of alien plant species.Include in UANow: yesInclude in Olympic Coverage: noFeature on Olympic Page: noUANow Image:
How people repair relationships after a breach of trust depends on whether the relationship is new or firmly established, new research suggests.
In a paper analyzing particular brain responses in regards to breaches of trust, a University of Arizona assistant professor and other researchers found that people recover better in established relationships and are more likely to forgive and move on.
Martin Reimann, a new assistant professor in the UA Eller College of Management's Department of Marketing, says the research has implications for both the neuroscience of trust and the social psychology of trust.
"Many researchers have looked at trust versus distrust, but few have looked at how trust develops over time and how a breach of trust impacts subsequent decisions, and only recently have researchers began to focus on trust recovery," Reimann said.
The research paper, "Effect of Relationship Experience on Trust Recovery Following a Breach," was published in August in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Reimann and colleagues in sociology at UCLA and Stanford used two experiments – one behavioral and one involving neuroimaging – to compare trust breaches and discovered a key element that guided recovery.
The neurophysiological research found that two separate cognition systems in different parts of the brain – one guiding more controlled responses and one in control of more automatic responses – are at work. With new relationships, the controlled social cognition system guided responses, while the automatic social cognition system was responsible for responses in established relationships.
"If you've known someone for a long time, you're more likely to trust this person again and recover from the trust breach because the brain processes this as more of an automatic response," Reimann said. "Little has been done contrasting these two systems, the automatic habit-based system and the controlled system, in interpersonal decision making. We suggest that future investigations look at this differentiation more closely."
A psychologist with a focus on decision neuroscience by training, Reimann is working to apply the research findings to questions and scenarios in marketing.
"In a marketing context, this could have implications in business to business marketing, where you work closely with a partner in another company, for example in a sales relationship," he said.
"This can also be applied to the context of brands. Many people engage in loyalty programs with brands, like airlines or hotels, and the question is what happens if your favorite company breaches your trust. Will you recover or will you switch to another brand?" he asked.
Reimann's teaching in marketing policy and operations also will explore that area.
"One idea to apply this to the marketing context is to compare what we've found to brands and firms and understand how this mechanism works," he said. "What I would expect – given our findings – is that people would recover better from a trust breach if they have been involved with the brand for a long time because they're habitualized to the relationship."
Photos of the research team installing monitoring equipment at the study site in Northern Sweden can be viewed in the image gallery.Header image: YesNo Image: Subheading: With a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, a UA-led international collaboration studies how microbes release greenhouse gases as they gain access to nutrients in the soil thawing under the influence of warmer global temperatures.Include in UANow: yesInclude in Olympic Coverage: noFeature on Olympic Page: noUANow Image:
The Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center at the University of Arizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is the sole awardee of a three-year $600,000 cooperative agreement to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help communities prepare for public health emergencies and mass casualty events. The research is a collaborative effort between federal, state, tribal and local partners.
Emergencies can happen at any time for any reason. Being prepared can mean the difference between a quick, easy recovery or a slow and difficult one. Since 2005, the Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center has trained more than 4,500 public health professionals throughout the U.S. in emergency preparedness.
The grant will be administered by lead researcher Dr. Jeff Burgess, professor and director of the College of Public Health's Community, Environment and Policy Division, and Brenda Granillo, project director of the Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center.
"We have seen time and time again the devastation our communities face in the aftermath of disasters; whether it is caused by natural events such as the flooding in Colorado, wildfires and hurricanes, terrorism like the Boston Marathon bombings, or unthinkable acts like the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. The recovery process can be slow, tedious and often overwhelming," Granillo said.
The team will work to reduce injury-related morbidity and mortality in public health emergencies by improving community preparedness and response activities though sharing lessons learned, identifying and documenting best practices and fostering national collaboration to strengthen community resilience.
"The support necessary to rebuild our communities requires fostering relationships and partnerships at all levels of government. This grant will provide the center with the opportunity to advance and expand our existing work on building community resiliency," Granillo said.
The first year will focus on identifying key issues in planning for and responding to disasters by gathering input from national and federal partners followed by engagement of the community, public health, emergency management and health systems leadership to document lessons learned using robust qualitative methods. Ralph Renger, a former faculty member of the UA College of Public Health who now works for the University of North Dakota, will lead the evaluation performance and measurement plan.
UA psychology professor Mary Peterson kicked off this semester’s “Science of the Senses” Science Café series with a presentation on how our brains construct what we see with our eyes. The lectures take place in downtown Tucson and are scheduled once a month through December. For more information on upcoming Science Café lectures visit http://cos.arizona.edu/connections/for-the-public/ua-science-cafes.Video Thumbnail: Category(s): Science and TechnologyYouTube Video: 'Science of the Senses' Series Explores Brain-Sight Connection Video of 'Science of the Senses' Series Explores Brain-Sight Connection Feature Sticky: OffFeature on Front: NoMedium Summary: UA psychology professor Mary Peterson kicked off this semester’s “Science of the Senses” Science Café series with a presentation on how our brains construct what we see with our eyes. The lectures take place in downtown Tucson and are scheduled once a month through December. For more information on upcoming Science Café lectures visit http://cos.arizona.edu/connections/for-the-public/ua-science-cafes. Long Summary: UA psychology professor Mary Peterson kicked off this semester’s “Science of the Senses” Science Café series with a presentation on how our brains construct what we see with our eyes. The lectures take place in downtown Tucson and are scheduled once a month through December. For more information on upcoming Science Café lectures visit http://cos.arizona.edu/connections/for-the-public/ua-science-cafes. UANow Image: Include in Olympic coverage: noInclude in UANow: yesDate of Publication: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The University of Arizona's renowned McGuire Entrepreneurship Program has again been recognized as one of the best programs in the country.
U.S. News & World Report ranks the UA's entrepreneurship program at No. 6 in the nation and No. 2 among public institutions.
In addition, the UA has made The Princeton Review's annual list of the "Top 50 Schools for Entrepreneurship Programs," released today. The Princeton Review ranks the UA as having the No. 14 graduate entrepreneurship program in the nation, No. 6 among public institutions. The UA's undergraduate entrepreneurship program is ranked No. 17 in the nation, No. 8 among public institutions.
"This recognition is especially significant as the University of Arizona continues to embrace its entrepreneurial spirit, whether that be through our faculty working to move ideas to market, or through our students imagining business concepts no one else has thought of," said UA President Ann Weaver Hart.
"The students in our entrepreneurship program truly embody that spirit with their remarkable creativity, innovation and drive, and we are proud to be able to support their success with a top-notch program," Hart said.
The McGuire Entrepreneurship Program was established in 1984 as one of the first university-based entrepreneurship programs in the country. Since then, nearly 3,000 students have completed the competitive, yearlong program, and have gone on to launch hundreds of business ventures.
"What I find amazing about our McGuire Center of Entrepreneurship is that we take in the best and brightest from the entire University of Arizona student body, from any major on campus and from any level – whether undergraduate, masters, or doctoral – and we help them to integrate their domain expertise and great ideas with intensive, real-world education and training in entrepreneurship," said Len Jessup, dean of the UA's Eller College of Management, which houses the McGuire Center of Entrepreneurship and its signature entrepreneurship program.
"Even better, while our focus is education, we also have one of the best launch rates in the country," Jessup said.
One of the program's recent entrepreneurial success stories is that of a trio of alumni – Ross Shanken, Thomas Maguire and Austin Weiss – who developed a mobile app called Park Genius that allows people to pay for parking meters using their smartphones.
Park Genius is now available on more than 200 parking meters around the UA campus and downtown Tucson. (Read more about the app at http://uanews.org/story/alumni-trio-launch-parking-meter-app)
Two other McGuire alumni, Connor Riley and Samantha Meis, received national attention in the spring when they presented their subscription-based coffee business, MistoBox, on the ABC reality TV show "Shark Tank."
Riley and Meis developed the concept for MistoBox, along with classmates Collin Crowley and George Andros, while students in the entrepreneurship program. (Read more about MistoBox at http://uanews.org/blog/ua-mcguire-center-alumni-appear-abcs-shark-tank)
The McGuire Entrepreneurship Program is the signature experience offered by the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the UA's Eller College of Management. In addition to housing the undergraduate and graduate education programs, the McGuire Center also offers support and resources to research faculty in disciplines across campus and entrepreneurial students in other UA departments.
"For three decades the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship has pioneered and refined collegiate entrepreneurship education," said Robert Lusch, the center's executive director.
"These efforts have consistently led to high national recognition and consequently increased our ability to recruit the very best students to the program, further strengthening the program," said Lusch, also a professor of marketing and the James and Pamela Muzzy Chair in Entrepreneurship.
U.S. News & World report ranks college entrepreneurship programs as part of its Best Business Schools rankings, released annually.
The Princeton Review's annual entrepreneurship program rankings – released in partnership with Entrepreneur Media Inc., publisher of Entrepreneur magazine – include the nation's top 25 undergraduate programs and top 25 graduate programs. The rankings are based on a variety of factors, including a school's levels of commitment to entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom; the percentage of faculty, students, and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors; the number of entrepreneurship mentorship programs; and funding for scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies and projects.
In addition to the McGuire Center, the UA also is home to Tech Launch Arizona, an initiative designed to support the commercialization of UA student and faculty innovations. The University's Faculty Senate this year implemented new promotion and tenure criteria for faculty that takes into account translational research, technology commercialization and industry and community-based collaborations.Editor: Alexis BlueWriter: Alexis BlueByline: Alexis BlueByline Affiliation: University Communications Header image: YesNo Image: Subheading: Among the nation's public institutions, the UA's entrepreneurship program is ranked No. 2 by U.S. News & World Report and in the top 10 by The Princeton Review. Include in UANow: yesInclude in Olympic Coverage: noFeature on Olympic Page: noUANow Image:
In a new program, productions staged by the University of Arizona's Arizona Repertory Theatre will be paired with film versions of the same stories.
The Widescreen Wednesdays series will feature film screenings to complement the student productions, giving faculty, students and the general community an opportunity to compare and contrast different versions of the same stories.
"It really lends itself to discussion about different ways you can tell the same story," said Lisa Pierce, marketing and development director for the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television.
"You can direct a film to get a completely different feel or look and yet tell the same story – and the same with a stage production," Pierce said. "We know that the humanities (lecture) sessions on campus are always well received. We think it's our take on that, and we hope people have fun and learn and get accustomed to attending."
The free film screenings will take place one week after the opening of each of the six Arizona Repertory Theatre productions this academic year.
Each screening will be held at 7 p.m. in the John P. Schaefer Center For Creative Photography auditorium, 1030 N. Olive Road, with seating on a first come, first served basis. No tickets are necessary to attend.
Members of the school's faculty will lead discussions after the films, focusing on the artistic and creative choices made in the different presentations of plays like "The Fantastiks," "Oklahoma!" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
"Basically, we were talking about the titles and we all came to the conclusion that if there's a matching film adaptation, it might be nice to somehow include them and have them viewed for free and make it a fun little bonus," Pierce said.
The films in the series are:
- "Boeing Boeing" (1965), which will be screened and discussed on Oct. 2
- "The Fantasticks" (1964), Oct. 30
- "The Man Who Came to Dinner" (1942), Nov. 20
- "The Glass Menagerie" (1973), Feb. 19
- "Oklahoma!" (1955), March 26
- "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" (1999), April 23
Some of the films in the series are a play's only cinematic adaptation, while other plays have seen multiple film versions.
"Any of the titles that Arizona Repertory Theatre is doing, I know our audience has probably seen another version somewhere else. There are just so many different ways to tell a story," Pierce said.
Each Widescreen Wednesdays screening also will include a student-produced short film to showcase other work produced in the School of Theatre, Film & Television.
The school hopes that this first run of Widescreen Wednesdays will draw an appreciative audience and hopes to continue the series, perhaps with sponsorship, in a way that allows for the screening of more student work.
"We're not going to be able to show a film adaptation of every stage production we do each year, so we'll eventually grandfather in Widescreen Wednesdays to be more of a Film & Television feature for our students to share their work, and whenever we can, of course, we'll show a film adaptation of a stage production we're doing," Pierce said.Editor: Alexis BlueWriter: Eric Swedlund Byline: Eric Swedlund Byline Affiliation: University CommunicationsExtra Info:
The Arizona Repertory Theatre 2013-2014 season schedule is available online. The season opens on Sept. 22 with the presentation of "Boeing Boeing."Header image: YesNo Image: Subheading: During the UA's new Widescreen Wednesday series, community members are invited to to discuss the Arizona Repertory Theatre's stage productions and the film versions of those plays. Include in UANow: yesInclude in Olympic Coverage: noFeature on Olympic Page: noUANow Image:
Thousands of diary pages written over 50 years, and University of Arizona professor Judy Nolte Temple has read every word, poring over each page.
Temple, a professor in the UA Department of Gender and Women's Studies and the Department of English, has been painstakingly transcribing notes and excerpts from the 1913-1963 diary of Mary Eileen Murphy Walsh, or "Mim," Irish by birth, and a reluctant immigrant to the American West by marriage.
The fragile document is housed at the Arizona Historical Society, and Temple has made the museum her home away from home over the last three years.
Temple has also interviewed Tucsonans who remember Mim and her husband Patrick Walsh, "Paddy." She also has visited Mim's Irish birthplace and corresponded with Mim's Irish descendants. And in her quest to flesh out the story of Mim's life, Temple is currently looking for more Tucsonans with ties to the Walshes.
Temple learned about Mim's diary when she asked an Arizona Historical Society archivist if they had any manuscript holdings that would be interesting for students in her English/women's studies graduate seminar on women's journals.
Temple decided that a book on Mim's journal, which had been sealed for 25 years due to Mim's candor about prominent Tucsonans, would be a worthy swan song to a career marked by compelling portraits of women's lives.
Temple hopes Mim's words will find an audience in her eventual book on Mim's life, tentatively titled "I Have Made My Choice."
"Mim, a skilled life-writer, just needed a patient editor like me," said Temple, who also has written "A Secret to be Burried: The Diary and Life of Emily Hawley Gillespie, 1858-1888" and "Baby Doe Tabor: The Madwoman in the Cabin."
Mim's diary shows a reluctant immigrant's perspective on American life. It details development at the UA, and some of the University's eccentric faculty.
Also, Mim writes about various state and national events, such as the 1917 Bisbee deportation, two wars and the election of a Catholic president. Mim also details numerous social events that included well-known names like Drachman, Ronstadt and Gittings, as well as how early Tucsonans experienced Prohibition, summers without air conditioning and the expansion of their town into the foothills.
The diary also unveils the deeply personal story of a woman's life in the 20th century, including Mim's thwarted career ambitions and her complicated marriage.
"There are multiple themes in Mim’s life," Temple noted. "She was a devout Catholic and a reluctant immigrant longing for her Irish home and kin. She was uneasy with her prescribed gender role within her traditional marriage, she struggled with stereotypes of 'the Irish,' though she and her husband sometimes performed to entertain friends, and she aspired to be a professional writer within a Tucson community that considered her a quaint outsider."
In 1915, Paddy was diagnosed with tuberculosis and his doctor advised them to emigrate to the arid West of America.
On their way to Bisbee, a boomtown because of copper mining, Mim and Paddy passed through Tucson. Mim was underwhelmed.
"Woke up in Arizona, bleak enough scenery, not so bad as the Colorado desert, though," Mim wrote. "Got to Tucson at 10:30. Very hot, sleepy, dusty town. Men lying asleep on (alleged) grass."
Paddy found a bookkeeping office job at the Copper Queen Mine, but by 1919, the Walshes – who would both eventually become U.S. citizens – had moved to Tucson where Paddy obtained a position briefly at the UA business office.
One aspect of Mim's life that perplexes Temple is the fact that Mim and Paddy, in their 50-year-long marriage, never had any children. For a Roman Catholic couple in that time period, children most certainly would have been expected. Yet in all her diary pages, there is no clue as to whether they didn't want children or couldn't have them, no words of regret or delight at her child-free existence.
After living in Arizona for 30 years, Mim and Paddy visited Ireland in the 1950s. But their idealized image of "home" was illusive; their two most beloved siblings had died, weakening kinship ties to Ireland.
Mim returned from that trip earlier than planned, due to Paddy's rapidly deteriorating health, but with a newfound acceptance of her adopted home.
The Walshes became immersed in the UA academic crowd, especially in the English department. Colorful University figures, such as Shakespeare professor William J. Tucker and English folklore professor Desmond Powell, made repeated appearances in the diary. In fact, the Walshes' University connections helped them play host to visiting authors like Sinclair Lewis, Carl Sandburg and Sherwood Anderson.
Temple says that Mim never fully felt like an insider in the UA academic community in which she and Paddy socialized. "Mim wanted to be considered as an individual, a fellow intellectual among their University friends, rather than just the childless wife of droll accountant Paddy," Temple said.
Mim became Paddy's behind-the-scenes accountant when alcoholism took its toll on his CPA work – which he would bring home unfinished for Mim to complete long after midnight. Her diary records Paddy's excessive drinking, his arrest for "reckless" driving, and her suspicions about his affair with the wife of a prestigious professor.
Despite Mim's disillusionment with Paddy, when he died suddenly of a heart attack at age 77 in 1963, she was distraught. Her diary commences two months later with letters to "My dearest Paddy," where she tells him about daily events. She wrote more than 200 such letters to Paddy after his death.
An avid and opinionated reader, Mim also wished to be a fiction writer. It's unclear how frequently she actually wrote, but she did have one piece published in "Irish World." She also wrote a novel that was rejected. "Rejection came back just on a form letter," Mim wrote. "I'll never write again... but as a dog to its vomit returns."
Temple thinks Mim may have aimed too high for a novice writer, submitting her work to places like "Scribner's Monthly" and "The Atlantic," and then growing discouraged when her work was rejected.
"Toward the end, she's entering detergent slogan contests. It's kind of sad," said Temple. In her obituary, Mim was described only as a "hostess," a designation that surely would have made her bristle.
Except for her one published article and her diary, Mim destroyed the rest of her writing before she died.
Temple suspects that Mim viewed herself as choosing love over a writing career. Mim included the poem "Flower of Love," by Oscar Wilde, in her diary, which reads, in part: "I have made my choice, have lived my poems, and, though youth is gone in wasted days, I have found the lover's crown of myrtle better than the poet's crown of bays."
At age 83, Mim died from a foot infection. Before she died, she presented her diary to Yndia S. Moore, past director of the Arizona Pioneers Society, as possibly being "of some interest."Editor: Alexis BlueWriter: Lori HarwoodByline: Lori HarwoodByline Affiliation: College of Social and Behavioral SciencesExtra Info:
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UA professor Judy Nolte Temple has completed her research of the diary of Mary Eileen Murphy Walsh, or "Mim," and is now examining secondary sources related to Mim and her husband's life. Temple is searching for those in the Tucson community who may have a connection to Mim and Paddy Walsh.
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University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart has launched a new blog where she will write about contemporary issues in higher education and ways the institution is aligning itself to be even more responsive to state and national needs.
In particular, Hart will use the public platform to discuss major tenets of the UA's strategic plan, "Never Settle," which emphasizes outcomes rather than activities. Goals include guaranteeing "100 percent student engagement" – opportunities for all students to apply what they learn in the classroom through internships, community service and faculty-mentored research – and making sure more research discoveries make it to the marketplace.
Hart is personally crafting each blog post and will update the site on a periodic basis. And with accessibility and transparency in mind, Hart is targeting her messages to students, families, educators and higher education leaders in Arizona and across the nation.
In her first post, "A Consumer Guide to Higher Education for Parents and Students," Hart addresses the cost of higher education and what challenges families face in financing a degree.
Speaking at times about her own experiences, Hart provides a point-by-point description of how students and their families can be "better consumers of higher education" while controlling and lowering the cost of a degree.
In offering advice, Hart suggests learning as much as possible about the colleges and universities being considered as well as immediate and long-term costs. She also encourages students to remember that multiple paths to success do exist.
"You will be surprised how many very successful adults have had to change their plans, taking paths to their dreams that they never anticipated or finding new possibilities arising as they meet and overcome challenges," Hart writes.
Hart acknowledges that students may need help selecting a program and that many also must work while in school and take out loans.
"I know what you face; I was married, and we were self-supporting after our first year of university," Hart writes. "If you contribute to the cost of your education by working, plan your work and your studies as carefully as you possibly can and find ways to balance the two."
In closing, Hart writes: "College can be a wonderful time if you plan it well and take advantage of all its opportunities. Enjoy!"
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UA Nursing Professor Receives $1.3M to Analyze Impact of Nursing Unit Communication on Patient Safety, Outcomes
Barbara B. Brewer, clinical associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, has been awarded a four-year, $1.3 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to study the top reason for medical errors: communication issues.
Brewer and her team will advance the scientific application of social network analysis – the mapping and measurement of communications patterns – in 26 nursing units nationwide, including medical, surgical and step-down units, with the goal of improving patient safety and quality outcomes.
"The top reason for medical errors is communication issues," Brewer said. "Our highly experienced team was the first to use social network analysis to explore how nursing unit information-sharing networks relate to patient quality and safety outcomes. Metrics we analyze include the frequency, quality and hierarchy of communication, and their correlation to patient outcomes such as medication errors and falls."
Building on her previous research, Brewer's study, "Measuring Network Stability and Fit," will:
- Compare nursing unit decision-making and information-sharing networks within and across shifts
- Establish key metrics for measuring network stability over extended time periods
- Identify key metrics representing network stability and congruence (fit) with unit environmental features (e.g., unit type, physical layout, workgroup characteristics)
- Determine network stability and congruence associated with patient safety and quality outcomes (e.g., medication errors, falls, pressure ulcers, urinary tract infections, self-care management, satisfaction with care)
"Through the results of this grant, we intend to provide hospital staff with tools to show where improvements in communications will have the most impact on maintaining or improving patient safety," Brewer said.
Other institutions involved in the research include Texas Woman's University and Carnegie Mellon University. The grant was awarded by the NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
New project-based course materials developed by the University of Arizona College of Engineering – and recently introduced to science, technology, engineering and math teachers in the UA's Engineering 102 High School program – are helping prepare high school teachers throughout the Southwest for rigorous new national science standards.
The Engineering 102 High School program, or ENGR 102 HS, is a partnership with 28 high schools in Arizona and California in which students complete an introductory UA engineering course at their own schools for college credit at reduced tuition. Since its inception in 2008, the program has grown from one school and 21 students to 28 schools and 375 students.
"Engineering seems to be the forgotten child of STEM," said Mike Schmidt, a math teacher at University High School in Tucson, Ariz., one of the highest ranked public high schools in the nation. "We weave each of the aspects of STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – into our Engineering 102 High School classes and pack each project full of upper level math and science to show students how important those subjects are to practical applications."
Addressing Societal-Scale Problems with New Lessons
During the College of Engineering's fourth annual ENGR 102 HS teacher training this summer, high school STEM teachers were introduced to six new course units for the ENGR 102 HS program.
Dubbed GC DELI – Grand Challenges: Discover, Explore, Learn, Imagine – the new units take their cue from the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges, a list of 14 societal-scale problems that engineers need to address over the next few generations.
The GC DELI units are focused largely on sustainable energy, improved urban infrastructure, clean water, and health-care advancements. "Engineering Better Human Health" was the first of the new units to be adapted to a high school classroom setting through the UA's ENGR 102 HS program. The other units are being piloted in high schools this year and will be rolled out officially next year.
"The units allow high school teachers to get students involved in projects and areas of study that we don't necessarily have the experience to tackle alone," said Schmidt. "Being able to incorporate some of the more specific disciplines of engineering, especially biomedical, helps interest a wider variety of students in the course."
Customizing Course Activities for High School
High school teachers who participated in the teacher training program created activities – such as building models of a prosthetic hand and heart valve – to supplement the units for their classrooms. They headed back to school in August eager to get future engineers not just learning about engineering but doing it.
"One of the things we do with Engineering 102 for high school is allow the instructors to add their own ideas and projects to the UA core curriculum," said ENGR 102 HS coordinator Jill Rogers. "And the teacher workshops are an opportunity for them to share those ideas with one another."
For example, one activity – designed to be part of a "Replacing Body Parts" lesson in the GC DELI unit on "Engineering Better Human Health" – tasked teachers with building a model hand with the ability to pick up a small ball or rubber duck, using only Popsicle sticks, rubber bands, duct tape, string, small pieces of cardboard, drinking straws and the tips of rubber dishwashing gloves. It might look easy, but it isn't, said retired aerospace engineer Ken George, a teacher at Ironwood Ridge High School in Oro Valley, Ariz. who created the activity and introduced to teachers in the workshop.
"No student came up with the way I would have done it," he said as small groups of teachers began prototyping their prosthetic hands.
Similarly, a heart valve project, developed by Ben Davis at Sahuaro High School in Tucson, required teachers in training to build – using only wire, modeling clay, super glue, electrical and masking tape, aluminum foil and cardboard – a heart valve inside clear plastic tubing connecting two water bottles.
Teachers at the workshop tested their designs by turning the two attached water bottles from one end to the other and squeezing. Some worked better than others; no water leaks brought cheers from the teachers because, after all, as one teacher said, "What good is a replacement heart valve that leaks?"
"The new supplemental activities we have created will fit into the high school classroom quite well," said Sarah Streb, a science teacher at Tucson's Salpointe Catholic High School. "I am looking forward to using more and more of them in my ever-changing curriculum."
Another way the UA is bringing relevancy to its ENGR 102 HS course is through EPICS, Engineering Projects In Community Service. In EPICS, students work with mentors in engineering fields on real-world projects that make a difference.
"Last year my students worked with all sorts of community partners – from the Physics Factory, to the Tucson Children's Museum, to the National Forest Service," Streb said. "They created things that mattered. They learned how to communicate with real customers, access information and do research to become experts in their fields. The students met real deadlines, and they learned failure was not an option."
Prepping Teachers for Next Generation Science Standards
Beyond supporting the ENGR 102 HS program, the College of Engineering's annual summer training also prepares high-school educators for a new way of teaching engineering in general and supports the Next Generation Science Standards, new voluntary national guidelines for teaching science.
"I have used the tools I have learned both in teaching Engineering 102 High School, and to enrich my other classes with new and exciting projects," said Streb.
A handful of states, not including Arizona, have already adopted the new standards, based on the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council framework for K-12 science education. The guidelines stress hands-on learning and take a multidisciplinary approach that is more aligned with how research is done today.
"As a result of the Next Generation Science Standards, there is a national effort to create professional development programs for math and science teachers who need to learn about engineering," said Jim Baygents, College of Engineering associate dean of academic affairs. "We already have programs in place that are teaching science and math educators how to incorporate engineering in STEM education. We are ahead of the curve by several years."
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While meditating on a beach in India, then-University of Arizona senior Michael Jacobs came up with an idea to find people on social networks in a way that is faster, easier and more convenient.
The idea: to develop a social media app that allows for instant connections on multiple social networks accounts, simultaneously.
SociaLink, which Jacobs would develop with his classmate and friend Hector Rosales, does exactly that.
"We were actually meditating on the beach and he (Jacobs) pulls out his leather book and it had the actual drawings of how the app looks now with a few changes," said Rosales, SociaLink co-founder and a UA senior studying business economics and entrepreneurship.
"He was like, 'You know the problem we've been having connecting with locals and professionals and not knowing how to spell their names? What if there was a way we can connect with them instantly?'"
The app uses Bluetooth for instant connections on multiple social networks account. Only once do users have to set up their personal social accounts, then they can select nearby devices and connect immediately with friends. Out of five sites, users have the option to select which social networks they want to connect.The idea came while they both were in a study abroad program through the UA Eller College of Management. Jacobs, who attended local businesses and networking events, was trying to maintain the relationships he had built. But it was getting a little too impossible because he was having a hard time with spelling names correctly. "I really had no way to connect with them because of the challenges I had pronouncing and spelling their names," said UA alumnus Jacobs, SociaLink's co-founder and chief executive officer. "That was really the base of where the idea came out of."
The free Apple application was released on Dec. 12, 2012. Since its launch, the app has received 5,500 downloads and now has a new feature that allows users to connect via e-mail to those who do not have the app.
The app currently supports LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter. Now, Jacobs and Rosales are looking to add Vine, Google+ and Snapchat.
While still in India and with the idea of SociaLink in mind, the two contacted software companies in Bangalore, India. After interviewing 10 different companies, the duo hired the software development company Snyxius, paying a $5,500 contracting fee with funding support from their families and friends.
Rosales and Jacobs are working on improving the app by introducing an Android version. They also are working to expand the team and are in the process of looking for a new iOS and Android developer, said Jacobs. Over the summer the team brought on five interns, four from the UA and one from Harvard University.
As for the duo, the process of creating SociaLink has been an ongoing learning experience, Jacobs said.
"We saw it can be a success and we still do. We want to really put all of our effort into it and to see what we can do with it," Jacobs said. "It's shaping up to everything we thought it would be."
Rosales and Jacobs have been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, and the app is open to users all over the world.
"I honestly was going into this project not knowing what was going to come out of it," Rosales said. "The market is very saturated; if you want to be one of the top apps you got to work hard. I didn't know we were going to come this far."
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The UA Wildcat Hockey team will take the ice 24 times this season at the Tucson Convention Center against some of the top teams in the US and Canada. Coach Sean Hogan and seniors Andrew Mermurs and Ansel Ivans-Anderson reflect on some of the changes to the team over the past three years and predict a successful, exciting season ahead of them.Video Thumbnail: Category(s): SportsYouTube Video: Hockey Video of Hockey Feature Sticky: OffFeature on Front: NoMedium Summary: The UA Wildcat Hockey team will take the ice 24 times this season at the Tucson Convention Center against some of the top teams in the US and Canada. Coach Sean Hogan and seniors Andrew Mermurs and Ansel Ivans-Anderson reflect on some of the changes to the team over the past three years and predict a successful, exciting season ahead of them. Long Summary: The UA Wildcat Hockey team will take the ice 24 times this season at the Tucson Convention Center against some of the top teams in the US and Canada. Coach Sean Hogan and seniors Andrew Mermurs and Ansel Ivans-Anderson reflect on some of the changes to the team over the past three years and predict a successful, exciting season ahead of them. UANow Image: Include in Olympic coverage: noInclude in UANow: yesDate of Publication: Friday, September 13, 2013