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UA COVID-19 Test Tracker

Daily (9/25)
944 31 3.3%
Total (8/4)
35,583 2,255 6.3%
Includes tests since August 4, 2020
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Updated September 25, 2020

UA professor elected to two national academies

University of Arizona Regents Professor Diana Liverman was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The AAAS was founded in 1780. The NAS was founded under the administration of Abraham Lincoln in 1863.  Read more

Recent Jason Terry hire raises questions about campus wide hiring freeze, furloughs

The recent hiring of Jason Terry, an 19 year NBA veteran, former NCAA National Player of the Year and team leader on the 1997 Arizona Men’s Basketball national championship squad as an assistant coach to the men’s basketball team means good news for an athletics program in mid-crisis. However, the decision to make a major athletics hire during a campus wide hiring freeze and during major furloughs of university faculty and staff has raised major questions about university management during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Campus reentry update: Administration will 'allow' students to finish out semester at home after Thanksgiving break

The University of Arizona announced students would be able to complete the fall semester from home after Thanksgiving break. The update comes from the UA's coronavirus page, which states, "After much discussion, deliberation, and review of peer University plans, we have made the decision to allow our students to continue their semester at home following the Thanksgiving break." Read more

UA professor’s research on Chinese rivers lands him three awards

University of Arizona history professor, UNESCO chair in Environmental History and former director of the UA's Global Studies Program David Pietz is in a class of his own, winning three prestigious titles rewarding him for his seminal research in Chinese water conservation.  “Most professors apply to a number of these fellowships and grants, and you really expect to only get one,” Pietz said in an interview with the Daily Wildcat. “I was surprised. I got three of them!” Pietz was one of 175 scholars to win the Guggenheim Fellowship Award, one of 27 to win a Carnegie Fellowship and was also awarded a Fulbright award to support his further research on water conservation efforts on China’s Yangtze River.  Read more

Virtual 4-H Summit prepares youth for career world

The University of Arizona's 4-H Summit 2020 was held virtually through Zoom on June 1-3. There were 55 high school and middle school students from 14 counties and several tribal communities.  Nick Morris, an associate in Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development, said in an email, “Our key outcome is for youth to understand how their unique skills and interests can develop into success on campus, in future careers, and currently in their communities.” Read more

UA nonprofit helps high schoolers in need of tuition assistance

The Cap & Gown Initiative helps students in southern Arizona afford tuition at the University of Arizona or other in-state universities and was started earlier this school year in 2019. The four founders of the Cap & Gown Initiative are: Jared Kenyon, Adam Surico, Elise Peters and Ben Pado. Read more

Campus reentry update: Reentry Task Force discusses importance of research

  The University of Arizona Reentry Task Force adressed at a press conference Thursday the recent dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases in Pima County and discussed the value of in-person learning and research. President Dr. Robert C. Robbins and task force Director Dr. Richard Carmona were joined by College of Medicine Dean Dr. Michael Abecassis, Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation Betsy Cantwell, Provost Dr. Liesl Folks and Collin James Catalfamo, a graduate assistant doing research on the potential lasting effects the COVID-19 disease can have on a person. Read more

Coalition raises concerns with UA furloughs and layoffs

Immediately following the University of Arizona Reentry Task Force weekly update Thursday, the Coalition for Academic Justice at UArizona hosted a press conference on the university campus at 11 a.m. to voice their concerns on the UA’s employee furlough plan. “We feel that sometimes our voices have not quite been heard, and so we are taking this to you — the media and the public,” said Celeste González de Bustamante, an associate professor at the School of Journalism and a member of the CAJUA Steering Committee. Read more