University of Arizona Professor Diana Liverman is among the 178 scientists, artists, and scholars from the United States and Canada to receive a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Award.

Liverman, co-director of the Institute of the Environment and Regents’ Professor in the School of Geography and Development, will use her one-year fellowship to write a book on poverty and climate change in the Americas.

Gilberto Dena was stumbling through his math class when a teacher recommended the Think Tank, a smart UA program that pairs struggling students with specially trained student tutors. 

For Dena, the referral was a breakthrough. The 20-year-old Hispanic-American student was only the second member of his family to attend college, and pride had kept him from seeking help. “Just knowing that I have help available motivated me to do my homework more,” he says. “When you can go to a place where other people are also having a hard time, you don’t beat yourself up so much.”

Get a massage. Go for a swim. Take an Argentine tango class. Learn self-defense. Or just hit the treadmill. You can do all that and lots more at the UA Campus Recreation center, which was recently named the most impressive college gym and rec center in the country by

The UA topped the list due to its environmental and efficiency standards, design awards won, and “wow” factor. 

Florence Hawley Ellis ’27 ’28 and her family excavated archaeological sites on private property near Globe and Miami, Ariz., in the 1920s. The pottery pictured was part of those excavations.

These pieces, used by the Salado archaeological culture, date back to between 1275 and 1450 and were donated to the Arizona State Museum by the Hawley and Ellis families. 

Hawley Ellis was one of the first three people to obtain a master’s degree in archaeology from the University of Arizona and later taught at the UA as well. 

Sand volleyball

There is a chance that, in its inaugural season, the UA sand volleyball team could be one of the best in the country. But there is no way that the ’Cats could be officially designated thus because the sport is so new, the NCAA isn’t even holding championships in it yet. 

She was a girl who loved to bake cupcakes and dress up as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with her older brother. Now, Shivanna Johnson ’12 is a graduate student in the University of Arizona microbiology master’s program, working to develop a vaccine that reduces bacterial loads of Campylobacter jejuni in broiler chickens.

What exactly does that mean, you ask?

The goal is to reduce bacteria in chickens, in an attempt to reduce the number of people who get sick from eating undercooked meat.

The carefully arranged exhibits at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, evoking emotions both pleasant and moving, include works by noted artists Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Andy Warhol. The arrangements narrate artistic and sociopolitical histories from antiquity to the present day, creating one of the most important public art collections in the Southwest. 

“This incredible collection is one of the things that makes the University unique,” says Dennis Jones, director of the UAMA and the UA School of Art. 

Erin Millis longed for a career that allowed her to work with children, but she wasn’t sure she wanted to teach.

Today Millis, 24, is helping children who are deaf and hard of hearing thrive in the classroom. She completed the Educational Interpreting Program at the University of Arizona College of Education in December 2013, and is working as an educational interpreter in a Tucson school district.

“The program prepared me well,” says Millis, who trained in Tucson classrooms before receiving her degree. “It was the most real-life experience you can get.”

Every day, across the UA campus, researchers astonish us with one brain-popping idea after another. Now the best of those breakthroughs are landing at Tech Launch Arizona (TLA), a one-stop shop that ushers inventions from eureka moments to years of detailed laboratory work to the marketplace — and allows the University to benefit economically from the ingenuity it fosters.


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