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.

The world-renowned UA College of Optical Sciences has 18 newly established scholarship endowments for its graduate students thanks to generous alumni and friends of the college. 

Much of the credit for the new endowments is owed to Professor Emeritus James C. Wyant and the $10 million gift that he structured as a four-to-one matching gift offer on donations made to establish Friends of Tucson Optics (FoTO)-endowed scholarships. 

Since its construction began in 1887, Old Main has been the heart of the University of Arizona, and many view it as the No. 1 campus treasure. The building, currently undergoing renovations, has a number of iconic and unusual features that have endeared it to generations of Wildcats. 

Intricate corbels 

Look up at the roof of the west tower and you’ll see the corbels, scroll-like devices that help hold up the sheet-metal cornice and fascia on the middle and lower roofs. The corbels were handcrafted following elaborate patterns.


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