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The university received a five-year grant of up to $15 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to lead a new center focusing on the mass production of biofuels and bioproducts in the Southwestern U.S. "Researchers at the University of Arizona are ideally positioned to solve complex environmental and economic problems," said UA President Robert C. Robbins when the announcement was made.

Our Erasmus Circle Patrons and their Erasmus Circle Scholars gathered at our recent fall reception. Pictured here are (left to right) Laura Dent, Michelle Aguilera, and Patrice Brown. The event brings the two groups together so they can get to know one another. Erasmus Circle Scholars are outstanding students who show promise in their areas of study and have made contributions to their communities, the college, and the UA.  We are profoundly grateful to our Erasmus Patrons, committed community members who continue to invest in scholarship and research.

At our fall Wine Harvest Reception, we honored our Alumnus of the Year, Richard Carranza '91, the superintendent of one of the nation's largest school districts (Houston). When Carranza was a teacher at Pueblo High School, he was instrumental in creating Mariachi Azatlán. We surprised Carranza and his twin brother, Reuben, with a performance by Mariachi Azatlán. They played two songs, then the twins borrowed some violins and played a third with the group.

Experience comes before explanation, students learned as part of the Experience, Patterns, Explanations presentation by Professor Kristin Gunckel.

The College of Education is proud to be part of a new initiative launched to bring more qualified K-12 teachers into Arizona's classrooms by providing teachers with a tuition scholarship. 

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced the Arizona Teachers Academy, which is offered at each of Arizona's public universities. Students in the program who teach in Arizona will have their tuition waived through a year-for-year tuition scholarship.

Take a look at the programs we offer in the academy here.

Paul Lindsey joined us in Worlds of Words on April 14th to honor the students named as Lindsey Interns for the 2016-17 school year. Lindsey Interns, at the graduate and undergraduate levels, build leadership and management skills through real-world experiences with public outreach programs.The interns each shared a bit about their service to the Tucson community and what it has meant to them.

After 14 years of leadership, Ronald W. Marx will leave his position as dean of the College of Education on June 30 to pursue other scholarly interests.

"I began my education career working for Los Angeles Unified School District in 1966," Marx says. "This academic year marks the 51st year since I began in education – although in 1962, one of my jobs in the Army was to write lesson plans for how to fire 105 mm howitzers, but I am not entirely sure that qualifies as an education job.

The college Alumni Council's second annual Wine Harvest Homecoming Reception was a huge success. About 120 guests came to honor our Alumna of the Year, Danielle Thu '72 '95, and our Professional Achievement Alumna Award recipient, Gina Murphy-Darling '79 (aka Mrs. Green). Both were flattered to receive awards and spoke about being proud College of Education graduates. The Alumni Council was surprised to receive the Alumni Association's UA College Alumni Council Red & Blue Award, presented by Melinda Burke, president of the UA Alumni Association. 

The UA has launched a project to encourage ROTC students and student veterans to pursue careers as scientists and engineers with the U.S. Navy.

Last year, the nation's teacher-preparation programs produced more than 300,000 new professional educators. However, close to 50 percent leave the profession during their first five years of teaching. Some of the reasons teachers leave the profession include low pay and an ever-increasing emphasis on testing, leaving little time for instruction.

Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies Department Head Bruce Johnson adds, "Thirty percent of the new teachers in the state leave within the first two years. We can't have a profession where a third of the people are gone."