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Dreams Come Alive

With her imaginative pictures, hot colors and desert vibes, Jessica Gonzales '12 has become a star in Tucson’s mural explosion. Her works, often of women, are all over downtown and beyond.

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In This Issue Winter 2022

Building for Research

Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell leads the charge through the Office for Research, Innovation & Impact where she oversees $761 million in research expenditures, placing UArizona at No.19 among public universities.

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How to Send a Giant Telescope to Space. And Why.

The James Webb Space Telescope headed to space Dec. 25, 2021. With it, astronomers hope to find the first galaxies to form in the universe, and they will search for Earth-like atmospheres around other planets and accomplish many other scientific goals.

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History-making Generosity: The New R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy

Homecoming 2021 was made extraordinary by a visit and announcement from R. Ken Coit ’67, who is counted among the University of Arizona’s most generous alumni.

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Tommy Lloyd: For the Love of the Game

Tommy Lloyd loves to solve problems. And when you love what you do, what looks like work to others is simply enjoyable to you.

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Arts Gateway

Phase One of the Arizona Arts master plan calls for renovation of the buildings that house the School of Art and the School of Theatre, Film & Television.

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Concentrated Learning

At the University of Arizona, educational excellence to create tomorrow’s leaders is the driving force behind the Student Success District, a new, four-building constellation that aims to transform the way Wildcats learn.

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Portable Inflatable Ocean Space Habitat

The tent, called the Ocean Space Habitat, offers two benches where divers can take a break and thus extend their diving time to as much as 10 hours.

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Alumna Jessica Gonzales Adds Her Touch to Tucson's Mural Explosion

With her imaginative pictures, hot colors and desert vibes, Jessica Gonzales '12 has become a star in Tucson’s mural explosion. Her works, often of women, are all over downtown and beyond.

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Valeria Tapia Works to Become her Family's First College Graduate

University of Arizona junior Valeria Tapia was first inspired by a class in music technology she took in high school.

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Gamaliel Jimenez Wants a Career Planning Financial Futures

Gamaliel Jimenez's planned career places him at the intersection of business and service to his community, right where he wants to be.

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Udall Scholar Nadira Mitchell Pursues a Career to Benefit Wildlife and her Community

From collecting snails as a kid to participating in science fairs to doing community outreach, Nadira Mitchell is well on her way to fulfilling her dream.

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The Art of Food

Olivia Miller ’05, curator at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, is the mastermind behind The Art of Food, a popular — and provocative — exhibition that’s all about food.

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The W.A. Franke Honors College

The visionary generosity of the Franke family established the W.A. Franke Honors College in October 2021 with a historic $25 million gift, but Bill Franke will be the first to tell you that this gift is not about seeing his name on a building.

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Coit Scholar Nancy Theodor Begins Pharmacy School with a Plan to Grow

Nancy Theodor is convinced that pharmacy is her path, and the University of Arizona is the place to prepare for and launch her career.

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A Path for Hope

Roberta Diaz Brinton ’79 ’81 ’84 is the director of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center for Innovation in Brain Science, and her life’s work and research at the UArizona bring hope to people with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Banking on Legumes

Seed banks are vital for global food security, as they provide plants for future propagation, and for conserving biodiversity in the face of habitat loss and a changing global environment.

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What are Easy Ways to be Happier and Healthier?

Exercise and nutrition are two factors that account for a majority of your risk for chronic disease such as diabetes, certain cancers, osteoporosis and heart disease.

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Reclaiming a Riverbed

Just south of downtown Tucson, a section of the Santa Cruz River now flows year-round.

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Fighting Valley Fever

The University of Arizona Valley Fever Center for Excellence is a leader in Valley fever research. The staff of 43 collaborates with researchers across campus in the effort to find a cure.

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Letter from President Robert C. Robbins, M.D.

If you have not been on campus lately, you might be surprised by transformations underway.

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Nourishing the Next Generation

Local grandmothers have hosted monthly meals at the Adalberto and Ana Guerrero Student Center for years as a means of gathering and strengthening the UArizona Latinx/Hispanic community.

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Q&A with Men's Basketball Coach Tommy Lloyd

I thought I was going to be at Gonzaga for a long time. But I probably wasn’t anticipating Arizona to come calling. And when Arizona came calling, it was a really easy decision.

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Arizona Softball In Good Hands

How do you take the place of a legend? University of Arizona alumna Caitlin Lowe ’07 is about to find out.

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Rooted in Wonder and Generosity

Rocque Perez is driven to help people, and he’s inspired by the community he found at the University of Arizona.

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Remembering David Hepburn Evans Jr.: March 19, 1927–July 6, 2021

Alumni chapter and club leaders from around the country are saddened by the loss of longtime San Diego alumni chapter leader Dave Evans ’51.

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Ancient Arizona

David Yetman ’64 ’66 ’72, now 80, has compiled a rich, charming book about 32 mountains, 12 peaks and three canyons that make up his “Natural Landmarks of Arizona.”

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BIO5: 20 Years of Impact

BIO5 is an international model of how to meld the disciplines of agriculture, engineering, medicine, pharmacy and basic science to create novel solutions for pressing biological challenges.

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Paw Prints

Carol Ameling Dietz ’82 and Mark Dietz ’75 welcomed their grandson Noah, a future Wildcat, in 2020. His great-grandparents are Beth Ameling Furrer ’73 and the late Don Ameling ’54.

Chenin Rogers ’05 used a UArizona onesie first to announce her pregnancy, then to outfit her new son for early photos.

Lance Kokot ’15 and Leyla Kokot ’16 ’18 were wed against the stunning backdrop of Horseshoe Bend, Arizona. Their years of attending UArizona together strengthened their bond, and they tied the knot after eight years of dating. 

Sunni Wiley ’09 recently celebrated her youngest son, Gavin, turning 11 months old. Gavin already loves showing his Wildcat spirit.

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Together Again

Pride of Arizona marching band at Homecoming
/ Chris Richards photo