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Developing citizen scientists to measure air quality

Sept. 28, 2018

A new hands-on science curriculum, co-developed by the University of Arizona and launching in three Southern Arizona high schools this fall, engages students in citizen science projects to measure air quality at various sites in and around Tucson. The Rising Vision curriculum — being piloted at Rincon and University high schools, as well as at Sierra Vista’s Center for Academic Success — has high school students measuring air quality at the...

Students collaborate in the iSpace at the UA Science and Engineering Library

Designing with community in mind

Aug. 6, 2018

Associate Professor Jill Castek is the principal investigator on a new project supported by the National Science Foundation on how best to develop inclusive studio-based learning environments. Castek and Assistant Professor Blaine Smith will be collaborating across campus with Kevin Bonine, Jennifer Nichols, and Leslie Sult from UA...

Engaging in productive partnerships

July 17, 2018

Jared Schultz, PhD, a noted leader in disabilities education and research, has joined the UA College of Education as a professor in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies and the UA Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities as the director of research. The Sonoran Center is housed within the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine, where Dr. Schultz also will have a joint appointment.  At the UA College of...

Koyama Appointed as Director of Institute for LGBT Studies

July 11, 2018

Associate Professor Jill Koyama is the new director of the Institute for LGBT Studies. In addition, she serves as the Faculty Fellow at the Women's Resource Center. "We were so impressed with Jill's record of collaborative leadership, community engagement and scholarship at the intersection of social inequities and educational policy," said Associate Vice President for Research R. Brooks Jeffery. "She will continue the Institute's legacy of...

How could we expand the use of biofuels in the future?

June 26, 2018

Graduate student fellow Meshack Audu from New Mexico State University observes young students Easton, Ethan, and Rene as they experiment with the relationship between temperature and calories. By burning a walnut, students learned how to measure stored energy in plant sources. This was one of the labs in the recent 4-H summer camp, Biofuels Powering your World. Taught by educator Craig Bal, the summer camp was an education outreach piece of...

Making higher education a reality through the UA Upward Bound Program

June 19, 2018

Rising seniors at Cholla High School, Anyssa Montaño and Jessica Valdez are enjoying the UA Rec Center facilities as part of Upward Bound's summer programming. The week's academic focus is on math instruction and came with the perk of guest speakers in the fields of physics, chemistry, math, engineering, and higher education. After four weeks of academy, there will be a student showcase and a road trip to see Arizona colleges.
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United Way highlights Naomi Karp, rich in accomplishments in early childhood professional development

June 14, 2018

By Lisa Burris for United Way: The woman behind the Legacy Projects has been leaving quite a legacy of her own, not just with United Way or Southern Arizona, but with early education as a whole here in the United States. Naomi Karp is a pillar here at United Way. Known for her lifetime of experience, extensive knowledge, huge heart and quick wit, Naomi is our Senior Director of Early Childhood Professional Development. She was born and raised...

Inspiring Young Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired Toward STEM

June 6, 2018

Mount Lemmon Sky Center was busy this June hosting middle and high school students kicking off an exciting new initiative called Project POEM (Project-Based Learning Opportunities and Exploration of Mentorship for Students with Visual Impairments in STEM). This million-dollar project funded by NSF provides hands-on learning over 14 months to VI students and fosters mentor/mentee relationships with UA students majoring in STEM areas. While...

Students Leave Impression for this Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher

May 21, 2018

We know skilled teachers leave lasting impressions on their students, and for Jennifer Chee, her students did the same in turn for her- right on the fabric of her dress. Jennifer Chee, who was named 2018 Outstanding Student Teacher in Early Childhood, created unique, wearable art with the students she taught as a student-teacher at Gale Elementary and at Gentle Hands Center for Children. The early childhood program director,...

Transforming the Educational Landscape

May 14, 2018

We are each affected by water supply issues. Scientists use immense datasets to develop computational models to explain what is happening and to develop solutions. To address these problems, the general public needs a level of environmental science literacy. This video on CompHydro is a submisstion to an annual video showcase, funded by NSF to improve STEM learning and...