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More than 10,000 new freshmen, transfer and returning undergraduates will begin classes at the UA on Monday. Preliminary enrollment figures indicate that the incoming class of students is larger, more diverse with a strong interest in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields.
One high school student's idea resulted in a partnership launched at the UA to train tribal members to build and sustain aquaponic systems to grow indigenous seeds. The UA American Indian Science and Engineering Society chapter and Native American Science and Engineering Program have now trained 24 students to build and run the systems.
A pre-journalism course set senior Amer Taleb on a path that has taken him to the newsrooms of The New York Times and CNN. The multitalented Taleb has written stories, taken photos and produced videos from locales across the globes.
The Princeton Review has named the University of Arizona one of the best higher education institutions in the nation for undergraduate education, placing it in "The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition." In the annual college guide, the UA is recognized for its academic and career support for students and also its sustainability initiatives and financial aid offerings, among other things.
UA researchers are testing if dietary interventions that extend lifespan increase or decrease immune defense against infection. Nearly one quarter of the U.S. population will be over age 65 by 2040, and ensuring the healthy and productive lives of that very large group is becoming an urgent priority, says Dr. Nikolich-Žugich, co-director of the UA Center on Aging.
In 1966, Dr. Jack Layton got an unexpected phone call from Dr. Monte DuVal, founding dean of the UA College of Medicine. DuVal was starting a new medical school, with a strong student focus, in Tucson and wanted Layton to join him. In 1967, Layton left his home in Iowa to become the first department head in the UA College of Medicine, which welcomed an inaugural class of 32 students that year. Those students would later honor him as "The Father of the Class of '71."