Earn to Learn is a program at Arizona’s three universities that has helped thousands of students become first-generation college students. It’s a program where students save $500 and that is augmented by 800% with federal grant money and university scholarships. Kate Hoffman, executive director of Earn To Learn, will tell us more.
The University of Arizona Cancer Center opened recently at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. The new center will conduct research and clinical trials to help find cures to cancer. Dr. Peter Lance, interim deputy director of the center, will tell us more.
University of Arizona English and Africana Studies professor Dr. Geta LeSeur will make a presentation for Black History Month at the Tempe History Museum about the lives of five women from rural, agricultural towns in Arizona who managed to become self-educated activists despite heavy oppression. LeSeur will discuss her book, “Not all Okies are White: The Lives of Black Cotton Pickers in Arizona.”
The Arizona Board of Regents formally approved the merger agreement between Phoenix-based Banner Health and the University of Arizona Health Network. It’s a $1 billion-plus deal that creates the state’s largest private employer and changes the face of academic medicine and health care in the Southwest. Banner Health CEO Peter Fine will talk about the merger.
Eight University of Arizona engineering and computer science students from across the nation have been working this summer to advance driverless car technology. Using the University of Arizona’s Cognitive and Autonomous Test – or CAT – vehicle, they have been conducting research on autonomous vehicles. One of those students, Carlos Asuncion, will talk about his work, along with Jonathan Sprinkle, a professor from the U of A Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
The 100th Arizona Town Hall is exploring the topic of civic engagement and how to get citizens more involved in their government and their communities. Guests include: Kelly Campbell Rawlings, an assistant Research Professor and Co-Director of the Participatory Governance Initiative for ASU’s School of Public Affairs; Jane Prescott-Smith, Managing Director of the National Institute of Civil Discourse at the UofA; and Alberto Olivas, Director of the Center for Civic Participation for Maricopa Community Colleges.
After Osama bin Laden was killed, his identity was quickly verified through DNA. It likely required massive equipment in a nearby command center, but the UofA is working on technology to make the process more portable. Dr. Frederick Zenhausern, Director of the Center for Applied Nano-bioscience and Medicine at the UA Medical School in Phoenix, discusses the development of Rapid DNA testing equipment.
Dr. Peter Likins, president of the University of Arizona will be retiring soon from the post he's held for nearly 10 years. Likins offers a look back at his time at the UofA and talks about his future plans.