2016 Articles

Survive and Thrive by Building Your Writing Skills

Submitted on November 14, 2016
Picture of UA student writing on a piece of paper

From grant proposals and everyday emails, to papers for class or publication, to your dissertation or first monograph, good writing skills are a “must have” for every graduate student. Effective communication is key to success both in and outside academe. Whether your projected career is in industry, business, government, education, the nonprofit sector, or virtually any other branch of the labor force, employers attach a premium to strong writing skills. The University of Arizona offers graduate students and postdoctoral scholars a cornucopia of resources for improving your writing. Here are just a few.

Managing Debt and Budgeting for Success

Submitted on November 14, 2016

“One day a new runner showed up for our Friday dawn run.  He was a medical specialist entering the retirement phase of his career.  When he found out I was a financial advisor, he said that he had little understanding or patience for finance, but over his career, he’d made sure that each month he spent a little less than he had put in his bank account.  I told him that he’d taught himself the most fundamental advice a financial advisor can give:  spend less than you earn.”

University Fellows Donation Drive Builds Communities

Submitted on October 31, 2016
Picture of University Fellows participants at Workship event. From left to right: Edna Osuna (Finance), Juli Kim (Hispanic Linguistics), José Luis Ruiz Duarte (Systems and Industrial Engineering), Sarah Price (Psychology), Kristy Gilman (Nutritional Sciences), Tanya Jeffries (Computer Science), Junmo Ahn (Mining and Geological Engineering), Matthew Klass (Physiological Sciences), and Katie Chenard (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Not pictured: Josh Uhlorn (Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences)

For many native Tucsonans, out of state visitors, and students, winter is a welcome change from the intense heat of summer. But for those who do not have the luxury of shelter, Tucson’s winter temperature swings of 30 degrees or more and near freezing nighttime lows are difficult and dangerous. This Fall, the University Fellows Program partnered with WORKship, a nonprofit organization with 16 years of experience serving Tucson’s homeless, to make preparing for winter a little easier and to raise awareness of the challenges facing some members of our community.

Off Like a Rocket!

Submitted on October 20, 2016
OSIRIS-REx launch, Sarah Sutton, Sarah and her sister Cathy with Saturn V rocket

University Fellow Sarah Sutton was recently in Florida to witness the launch of the OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu.  The images she creates from the data the probe will be sending back when it reaches its destination will help mission planners choose the best site to bring the probe within “arm’s reach” of the asteroid, to allow it to collect a sample that will be brought back to Earth.  She talks with Terry Pitt-Brooke about how an artist ended up in Planetary Science, the power of math, mentoring, collaboration and much more.