Physics student Alexander Knowles, now a senior, started his job as a planetarium operator at the most eventful time in Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium history. It was 2014, and Hector Vector the Star Projector was going into retirement. 

Hector had illuminated the theater dome unfailingly since the planetarium’s opening in 1975. But changes in technology had created an ever-widening gap between the University of Arizona’s achievement in space sciences and its ability to share the wonders of exploration.

Kara Aquilano Forney’s connection to the University of Arizona began when she was just 8 months old. 

That was when her father, Nicholas Aquilano, earned a UCLA doctorate and took a teaching position at the UA’s Eller College of Management. 

Aquilano Forney grew up attending UA holiday parties and football and basketball games with family and enjoying Spring Fling with friends. When the time came for her to choose a college, the UA was, for her, the natural choice. 

It is almost midnight when a flight from the East Coast finally brings me back to Tucson. A familiar half-conscious routine follows — shuffling off the plane, rushing through the airport, finding my car and starting the drive home. Then, while I am waiting for a traffic light at the intersection of Tucson and Valencia, an unmistakable sight jolts me back to reality. 

The rise of social media has armed consumers with new powers to complain — and prompted companies to re-examine how they respond to grievances aired publicly on platforms such as Facebook or Twitter. Companies that ignore those gripes, or just get defensive, do so at their own peril. 

Love of southern Arizona’s landscapes and a desire to preserve them for future generations brought Diana Freshwater ’83 and Liz Petterson ’95 together at the nonprofit Arizona Land and Water Trust.

The trust raises funds to protect large areas with water and high biodiversity — often farms and ranches — from development.

“Many areas are adjacent to already-protected public lands,” says Freshwater, who was the trust’s executive director from 1999 to 2011 and now is president of its board.

In February, the UA’s James E. Rogers College of Law became the nation’s first law school to accept either the GRE exam or the LSAT from any applicant. The move, which came after the college participated in a study showing the GRE is as good a predictor of law school success as the LSAT, garnered national attention throughout the legal profession and coverage in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

University of Arizona graduate programs in management information systems, rehabilitation counseling, speech-language pathology and earth sciences retained their top-10 status in the 2017 Best Graduate Schools rankings from U.S. News & World Report. The UA’s audiology and photography programs moved into the top 10.

Included this year were first-ever rankings for doctor of nursing practice programs. Among 149 DNP programs nationally, the UA College of Nursing was ranked No. 28. The college’s master’s programs were ranked No. 30 among 259, up from No. 38.

Ten years ago, they threw their caps in the air and collected their diplomas. Some had come to the UA directly from high school, while others began as mature adults starting new careers. Many were at a point somewhere in between. For each, 2006 was the year to finish a degree and begin something new. 

It is a sound familiar to everyone in Tucson. A fire engine negotiating a busy intersection in afternoon traffic sounds its siren momentarily and suddenly, in response to it, the hills around explode with coyote howls. The howls seem to come from everywhere — from parking lots, playgrounds, backyards. For a few minutes the wave of howls rolls through the foothills, then it stops as suddenly as it erupted, the afternoon’s peace restored. 


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