An ambitious renovation and remodeling project was completed at the end of the summer, restoring the UA’s Old Main to its grandeur. Contemporary features, sustainable upgrades, and public spaces have been introduced throughout the building.

The second floor now hosts meeting and conference rooms in addition to an exhibition space that will spotlight the holdings of the UA’s Arizona State Museum, Center for Creative Photography, Mineral Museum, and UA Libraries and Special Collections.         

From preventing dangerous medication errors to building a better solar delivery system to help power the world, the University of Arizona is a mighty partner in business innovation.

The UA’s best and brightest are teaming up with industry with the common goal of creating a stronger economy and society, which is at the heart of the Never Settle strategic plan.

The University of Arizona made the Academic Ranking of World Universities’ list of top 100 research universities in the world.

The UA is ranked No. 86 based on faculty achievements including being published in highly rated journals and the number of staff and alumni who have won Nobel Prizes.

The ranking evaluates 1,200 universities. Among institutions in the United States, the UA is ranked No. 46.

In the spirit of the Elton John song Rocket Man, you can now inscribe your name on a microchip that will ride — for “a long, long time” — on the spacecraft in the UA’s biggest space mission ever, OSIRIS-REx.

The seven-year project has teamed up with the Planetary Society to provide the opportunity to the public. 



On a craggy, windswept peak in a lonely Nevada wilderness stands a grove of ancient trees. Gnarled and twisted, shaped by the weather and whirling winds into erratic forms, they have clung to the pebble-strewn mountainside for millennia.

The great pyramids were erected in Egypt, Homer wrote his epic tales, the Roman Empire rose and fell, and we built North American cities, roads, and railways all in the lifespan of these trees.

Sudha Ram is working out how to take the pulse of humanity, starting with the UA’s 39,000 students. 

A pioneer in the growing field of big data studies, Ram holds the Anheuser-Busch Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Eller College of Management.

“Big data involves sifting through large varieties and volumes of data to extract patterns, make them actionable, and provide insights,” she says.

UA dance Professor Douglas Nielsen has been jumping across art boundaries — sometimes literally — his whole career. 

 “I love to collaborate,” he says; he’s set a dance in an art museum, for instance, and incorporated architectural sets into his choreography. And when he arrived in New York City in 1973 for his first serious dance job, with avant-garde choreographer Gus Solomons Jr., one of the first things he did was buy a piece of art.  

You can’t see Mexico from the third floor of the Louise Foucar Marshall Building, on the west side of campus. But you feel it every day in the home of the UA School of Journalism. 

With an eye on narcotrafficking violence across the border — which has claimed upwards of 50,000 lives in the past decade — concerned campus administrators and journalism professors struggle to balance the need for students to gain reporting experience in Mexico with the obligation to consider their safety.

For Sarsawati Chhetri, getting to the University of Arizona meant overcoming difficulties few others face.

Chhetri was born in a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal after her parents and many others had been unexpectedly exiled for no reason, she says. She lived in the camp until she was 13, when her family immigrated to the United States. She arrived in Tucson and enrolled in the eighth grade with only the most rudimentary grasp of the English language.


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