Picture yourself hitchhiking on a history-making, seven-year space mission. 

You departed on Sept. 8, 2016. Your vehicle, called OSIRIS-REx, has solar panels for electricity. On your trip, you can share photos taken with the world’s finest set of space cameras, all made at the UA.

University of Arizona departments and programs are hosting events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which included the destruction of the USS Arizona, the American battleship to which the UA has close ties.

Dec. 7, 2016, marks the anniversary of “a date which will live in infamy,” in the words of then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The attack eventually propelled the United States into World War II.

The world was watching — and rather intently — a year ago after a black-chinned hummingbird laid two eggs in a small nest she had built on the fifth floor of the ENR2 building on the south side of campus.

Nature lovers from around the world couldn’t get enough of the nest, on which a video camera was trained, recording every movement of the mother and her two babies. A shadowbox now marks the spot.

More Arizona residents are opting to attend the University of Arizona, whose incoming class this fall also features ethnic diversity, high academic performance and an increase in international transfer students. The UA began its new semester on Aug. 22.

Fall enrollment figures indicate that the UA will welcome more than 10,000 new students including more than 8,000 new freshmen and more than 2,000 transfer students — not including students returning after a break in their education.

Overall, 56 percent of freshmen are Arizona residents, up from 53 percent last year.

It’s good to be a Wildcat.

That’s the conclusion The Princeton Review reached in its annual survey of American college students, as it listed the University of Arizona in “The 381 Best Colleges: 2017 Edition.” 

The Princeton Review assigns scores ranging from a low of 60 to a high of 99 in a variety of categories, based on the opinions of more than 143,000 students.

The UA excelled in campus sustainability or “green” initiatives (93), quality of life (92) and fire safety (91).

The University of Arizona Health Sciences and Banner Health have been awarded a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to participate in the Precision Medicine Initiative® (PMI) Cohort Program, which aims to enroll one million U.S. participants to improve the prevention and treatment of disease based on individual differences in lifestyle, environment and genetics. The award, which totals $43.3 million over five years, is the largest NIH peer-reviewed grant in Arizona history.


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