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.

The next time you take your dog for his morning walk, be aware: as you walk down the street, even if you only notice a few meaningful objects in the visual scene, your brain still perceives what’s in the background. According to a recent UA study, the brain processes and understands visual input that we may never consciously perceive.

For the last six years, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy Chris Impey has traveled once a year to India to teach Tibetan monks. Impey, along with other experts from around the world, shares discoveries in astronomy and cosmology, mathematics, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, and physics. 

"Because of their monastic training, the monks love the deepest discussions about science and technology and the universe," Impey says. "They ask the most profound questions."

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Bests and First-Evers

The Arizona men’s basketball team, ranked No. 1 for eight consecutive weeks during the 2014 season, has stolen the hearts of Wildcat fans across the country. Off the court, the UA has plenty of other No. 1 distinctions, bests, and first-evers. From leading a mission to Mars to saving lives with a total artificial heart, there’s a long list of reasons why it’s great to be a Wildcat.

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Entrepreneurs in the Making

The UA’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship was named Innovator of the Year in academia at the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation, the Arizona Technology Council’s annual awards gala in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. The celebration honors technology leaders and innovators from across Arizona.


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