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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.

Disability & Psychoeducational Studies Associate Professor of Research Catherine Marshall created a far-reaching program, Un Abrazo Para La Familia (A Hug for the Family), which provides cancer information and support to low-income, ethnically diverse, and medically underserved family members who are struggling with a cancer diagnosis within the family. Marshall adds, "The program has been found to significantly increase cancer knowledge among low-income co-survivors of cancer.

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.

Professor Jenny J. Lee is the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Global Education Award, naming her a positive force in the international exchange of culture, knowledge, and ideas. The Office of Global Initiatives and the Center for English as a Second Language will be celebrating her dedication to international education and service later this month at the Global Excellence reception.

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona announced the addition of six new trustees to its board, including Professor Ron Marx. “On behalf of CFSA, I am delighted to welcome the new members of the Board of Trustees into a great group of dedicated leaders,” said President and CEO Clint Mabie. “CFSA’s Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation’s growing community endowment and ensures that donors’ intentions are honored now and forever.

Associate Professor Michael Sulkowski published an article about unauthorized immigrant students in the United States and the role of public education. Read the article here.

Chief business officers increasingly agree that higher education is in the midst of a financial crisis, according to the 2017 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Business Officers. Professor and Department Head Gary Rhoades was quoted in this article about the subject.

Assistant Professor of Practice Mary Irwin, the director of Project SOAR, a mentoring program that builds relationships between middle school and college students...

Associate Dean and Professor Renée Clift was quoted in this story about a new law to fill classroom teaching positions by hiring people without any formal teacher training.