UA campus members to showcase research, business plans at Innovation Day

Students have the opportunity to showcase projects, like a website that would help users achieve their life goals, at the UA’s 10th annual Innovation Day on Thursday.

Innovation Day began when the Office of University Research Parks wanted to encourage UA faculty and students to think of ways to commercialize technology instead of publishing research.

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UA astronomy professor participates in Science for Monks program in India

Published March 6, 2013 – Arizona Daily Wildcat

Paper timelines fan out across the floor, filled with pictures of the universe and human culture. They’re all supposed to show moments between the Big Bang and now in chronological order, but all of them vary.

Around these pieces of paper stand groups of Tibetan monks debating and defending the timelines they’ve arranged. To an outsider who doesn’t speak Tibetan, the energy in the room would be overwhelming. The monks are shouting and shoving, but if you look closely, you can see the smiles on their faces and hear the laughter amidst the arguing.

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UA dean to retire, tackle sex trafficking issue in India

Published March 20, 2013 – Arizona Daily Wildcat

Ray Umashankar isn’t in the habit of taking “no” for an answer. After having a total hip replacement surgery nearly 10 years ago, he was told that in the best-case scenario, he’d walk with a cane for the rest of his life.

A little more than a year after the surgery, Umashankar and his wife hiked the Grand Canyon.

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UAMC orthopaedic surgeon saves lives, helps improve soccer field in Honduras

Published February 10, 2013 – Arizona Daily Wildcat

It was the medical team’s first night in Honduras and, after the long trip, the team members just wanted to sleep.

They were woken up at 1 a.m. Confused and tired, they put on their scrubs and rushed to the operating room.

A 17-year-old boy had been brought in, his thumb nearly amputated from a machete. The medical team included Dr. Joseph Sheppard, a University of Arizona Medical Center orthopaedic surgeon.

The boy was quiet and in shock. The sight of his bloody hand shocked everyone out of their fatigue.

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UA Program for Excellence in Academic Advising accepts student nominations

Published February 5, 2013 – Arizona Daily Wildcat

Recognizing advisers who go beyond recommending classes is one method the UA has implemented to improve academic advising across campus.

“We’re trying to recognize excellence and find places that are doing things that students are responding to, and growing those,” said Roxie Catts, director of the Advising Resource Center and coordinator of Undergraduate Academic Advising.

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