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.

Are we alone in the universe? This is the central question posed in Encountering Life in the Universe: Ethical Foundations and Social Implications of Astrobiology, a compilation of works by authors ranging from philosophers and theologians to astronomers and astrobiologists, edited by UA researchers and writers and published by the University of Arizona Press in 2013. The book explores the ethical and societal implications of finding life elsewhere in the universe.

He suggested the restaurant. She chose the language — Arabic. He is a native speaker helping with a new UA effort to train students who can say, fluently and beautifully, “Ma ahla al-lugha al-Arabeya ya shabab?” Or, “What’s more beautiful than Arabic?”

She is Jamie Zettlemoyer, one of the first to join the UA Arabic Flagship Program, which aims to turn out skilled Arabic speakers for top jobs in business and diplomacy. 

How fluent was your French after French 101? Well, consider this method.


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