The University of Arizona Health Sciences eNewsletter
April 2019

The new, nine-story hospital tower under construction for the past four years at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson opened to the public, April 22.

April has been a busy month. UAHS initiative owners and their teams have done tremendous work, assembling business cases to support funding for the Wave 1 initiatives of the UAHS Strategic Plan. Over the course of the next several weeks, business cases will be reviewed and our initiative teams will be finalizing budgets. In early summer, after a final review by President Robbins and the senior leadership team, final funding decisions will be made.
Beginning Monday, May 6, through Saturday, May 11, the University of Arizona Health Sciences Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix, Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will hold convocations.
Michael Johnson, PhD, an assistant professor of immunobiology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson is using a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to explore whether copper could be the cornerstone for the next generation of antibiotics.
The UA College of Pharmacy has appointed Jianqin Lu, BPharm, PhD, as assistant professor in pharmaceutics/pharmacokinetics in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.
The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix and Midwestern University have published an article in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma to bring to light the important role dentists can play in identifying domestic violence victims.
Graduate students Christina Baum, Breanne Lott and Mariah Murray from the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health have received the prestigious 2019 Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations Fellowship.
Ariel Shirley (Diné), a senior at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, provides a unique perspective of incorporating Diné philosophies with wellness to address chronic health issues using her culture to connect with running.
Researchers at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix are partnering with Space Tango, a private aerospace company that designs, builds and operates facilities on the International Space Station, to develop an easy way to test astronauts’ health in space.
Mary Koithan, PhD, CNS-BC, FAAN, associate dean for student support and community engagement and Anne Furrow Professor of Integrative Nursing at the University of Arizona, has received the prestigious 2019 Edith Sayre Auslander Established Visionary Award. 
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