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Many UA student veterans continue to give back long after their time in the military has ended. For some of them, the drive to serve is tied to efforts that specifically address challenges other veterans and civilians face. "Our student veterans are still very driven to serve, and are actively engaged across the community while they are obtaining their degrees," said Cody Nicholls with the UA's Veterans Education and Transition Services.
More than 50,000 students, alumni and community members are expected to take part in the University of Arizona's 99th annual Homecoming celebration this weekend. Some of this year's festivities include a new Ghosts of the UA Tour and the annual Homecoming parade, which will feature former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, as grand marshals.
A number of UA offices, programs and groups are working to be more responsive to the needs of students who are members of tribal nations. Native American Student Affairs, for example, serves as an important, centralized hub of support. The University has gained statewide and national attention for its recruitment, support and graduation of American Indian students.
UA associate professor Wolfgang Fink is researching ways to improve retinal implants for people who have lost their sight. Implant patients can usually detect the presence of light, but the images they see are very low resolution. Fink and his colleagues think they can improve the technology so that implant patients could make out something as detailed as a bird flying in the sky.
Two fourth-year students at the UA College of Medicine - Phoenix are working with sophisticated Google Glass technology. After entering a contest they found on social media, Jeff Tully and Christian Dameff received one of 6,000 pairs of the high-tech glasses distributed by Google earlier this year. The students believe the glasses - which work like a wearable computer - could serve important functions in emergency medicine.
A Web-based math tutoring system developed by a UA professor is now available as an iPad app. AnimalWatch is a pre-algebra program that helps students build math skills as they learn about endangered and invasive species around the world. UA professor Carole Beal developed it as a way to get students interested in math without bogging them down with just numbers.
It's called the "Wildcat Promise," a new UA early decision initiative to inform applicants if they have gained admission to the University shortly after they apply. Students who applied for the UA early are beginning to learn about admissions decisions for the 2014-2015 academic year. The initiative gives students and families more time to prepare for the start of college.
The UA on Friday will kick off a series of events to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November. Among the planned activities are seminars, film showcases and public television programming. The UA has one of the largest Native American student populations in the Southwest.
Medical education at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix has received a big boost with the latest in simulation technology from SynDaver Labs, manufacturer of the world's most sophisticated synthetic human tissues and body parts. The exclusive collaboration between the medical school and Tampa, Fla.,-based SynDaver Labs could create up to 1,000 jobs over the next several years.
The Society for Neuroscience has named UA Regents' Professor Carol A. Barnes as the recipient of its Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience. It's the highest honor conferred by the society and recognizes Barnes' scientific contributions, which include groundbreaking work to uncover the changes that take place in the aging brain.
The Arizona Wildcats will take on the California Golden Bears in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday in game eight of the UA season. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Arizona comes into Saturday's game at 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the Pac 12. California is 1-7 overall, 0-5 in the Pac-12.
The UA's Educational Interpreting program is working to meet the nation's high demand for sign language interpreters. The UA program connects students with professional interpreters and provides them with extensive experience working with deaf or hard of hearing children in K-12 classrooms.
The UA is one the top universities in the world when it comes to producing employable graduates, according to the third annual Global Employability Survey. The survey ranks the top 150 universities across the globe based on the employability of their graduates. The UA is ranked 13th among American public universities, in the top 40 for all U.S. institutions and at No. 124 internationally.
Every old building has a good ghost story to go with it, and the UA's Old Main is no exception. The building, which is currently being renovated, will be featured on a new Ghosts of the UA Tour. Some of the construction crew members working at Old Main say they've heard and seen signs of the ghost of Carlos Maldenado, who, according to legend, was murdered there in 1888.
The UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry has steadily initiated new programs and grant initiatives that support collaborations connecting the arts, humanities and social sciences. The center focuses on issues, ideas and communities that have been underrepresented historically in academia, serving as a model for interdisciplinary arts and humanities centers nationwide.
UA undergraduate Eric Hansen has won a prestigious $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Former NASA astronaut Ed Gibson will present the check to Hansen during a public lecture and ceremony on Friday. Hansen, who started as a creative writing major at the UA, later discovered a passion for science and math.
Two UA researchers contributed to a special issue of the scientific journal Climatic Change dedicated to the impacts of climate change on indigenous communities. While tribal communities are especially vulnerable to climate change, they also have unique strengths that make them resilient, especially in combination with strategic collaborations with outside partners.