Bashas’ has chosen the UA Steele Children’s Research Center and The University of Arizona Medical Center - Diamond Children’s as its charity for the month of December.
Throughout December, shoppers can purchase paper pin-ups for $1 or donate an open amount donation at each of the Bashas’ and Food City grocery stores across Southern Arizona. The proceeds will support research at the UA Steele Center and clinical programs at Diamond Children’s.
Moreover, the radio station K-LOVE is teaming up with Bashas’ to raise awareness of the UA Steele Center and Diamond Children’s throughout December as well. The station will host a “radio remote” campaign on Friday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., from the Bashas’ parking lot on Camp Lowell and Swan. There will be raffle prizes and other giveaways.
“We are grateful to be chosen as Bashas’ charity for the month of December,” said Lori Stratton, director of development for the UA Steele Center. “This is a great opportunity to raise awareness in the community about the Steele Center and...[read more]
Yves A. Lussier, MD, FAMCI, a professional engineer and physician-scientist who conducts research in translational bioinformatics and personal genomics, has joined the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Lussier will serve as UA professor of medicine; associate vice president for health sciences and chief knowledge officer for AHSC; associate director for cancer informatics and precision health for the University of Arizona Cancer Center; and associate director, BIO5 informatics, for the UA BIO5 Institute. He assumed his new duties Dec. 2.
Dr. Lussier is an international expert in translational bioinformatics and a pioneer in research informatics techniques including systems biology, data representation through ontologies and high-throughput methods in personalized medicine. At the UA, he will lead efforts to fully develop novel programs in biomedical informatics, computational genomics and precision health. Dr. Lussier will provide critical leadership in efforts to advance precision health approaches to...[read more]
Kids of Steele raised $36,000 for the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center at its Third Annual Miniature Golf Tournament, held Nov. 3 at Golf N’ Stuff.
More than 300 individuals—children and adults— participated in the family-friendly event.
In addition, Kids of Steele invited many patients currently being treated by Steele Center physicians to participate in the golf tournament for free.
“This truly is a unique fundraising event in Tucson that includes the entire family,” said Ragan Edwards, chair of Kids of Steele. “We are grateful this tournament has grown so much over three short years.”
Funds will be used for “greatest need” projects at the Steele Center, and Kids of Steele service projects, such as the upcoming, “Holiday Stocking” event where volunteers will create and distribute 150 Christmas stockings to patients.
Kids of Steele is the family auxiliary of the Steele Center. It is comprised of local families who want to teach their children about service and kindness, while...[read more]
The University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center was one of 88 charities throughout Arizona to receive a donation from the Phoenix Suns Charities.
The Steele Center received $3,500 to support its PANDA Children’s Autoimmune Disorders Project. This project was created by the Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Center, known as PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers). The funds enable Steele Center researchers to expand basic science research in autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease and celiac disease, among others.
“We are grateful to have been selected as a grant recipient by Suns Charities,” said Heather Walsh, associate director of development for the Steele Center. “Their generosity will allow us to advance our research in pediatric autoimmune diseases to help the kids in our community.”
Three faculty from the Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) at the University of Arizona and two UA faculty will speak at Chuk Shon To Tucson, the 4th annual event of TEDxTucson, the locally organized version of the global TED conferences, on Friday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), at the Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress, Tucson.
The event will feature TED videos, local artists, live music and seven speakers giving talks in the distinctive TED style. General admission tickets are $21 ($10 for students) and are on sale at the Rialto Theater box office and online at www.ticketfly.com/event/391065
Three faculty members from AHSC will be presenting:
David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, professor of surgery and director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) with the Department of Surgery at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, “A Visit to the Human App Store: How Tech is Changing What Makes Us…...[read more]
UA Steele Children’s Research Center Receives Donation from Rincon Optimist Club of Tucson for Pediatric Cancer Research
The University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center received $2,000 from the Rincon Optimist Club, and an additional matching donation of $1,000 from Optimist International for a total donation of $3,000. The funds will be used for the Steele Center’s pediatric cancer research program.
The Rincon Optimist Club of Tucson raised the funds through its second annual “Casino Night” event held at the 49er’s Golf and Country Club.
Rincon Optimist President Mick Gent presented the check to Steele Center director Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, and Laura Hopkins, coordinator of annual giving, on Nov. 3.
“We are so thankful for the support the Optimists have given the Steele Center over the years,” said Dr. Ghishan. “Every donation is appreciated and furthers the research conducted by our investigators.”
“Our goal is to continue raising funds for the Steele Center’s pediatric cancer research program,” said Gent. “We are now working to find a major sponsor and increase our contributions to the Steele Center in future years.”
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Janis M. Burt, PhD, honored her mentors, colleagues, pre and post-doctoral trainees and her family, as the 2013 Founders Day keynote speaker and the Faculty Science Forum Founders Day Awardee on November 18.
Dr. Burt was selected unanimously for the award by her peers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, for her scientific accomplishments. Established in 1979, the Founders Day lectureship, each year, recognizes the work of a faculty member who embodies a model of an investigator whose research work has a continuous thread of significance and who effectively can present that research with enthusiasm, vigor and inspiration.
Those honored with the award, provide a presentation to commemorate the founding of the UA College of Medicine, which was dedicated Nov. 17, 1967.
Faculty and Staff Honored at College of Medicine Faculty Teaching Awards and the Vernon and Virginia Furrow Awards Ceremony
Each year in November, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and its members of the Academy of Medical Education Scholars (AMES) promote excellence in teaching and educational scholarship by recognizing outstanding educators during the Faculty Teaching Awards and the Vernon and Virginia Furrow Awards ceremony.
“The goal of the College of Medicine – Tucson is to provide education that is innovative, humanistic and sets standards of excellence. These awards recognize teaching excellence, as well as the contributions of administrative and clinical support staff who support our goals each day,” said Kevin Moynahan, MD, FACP, deputy dean of education and associate professor of medicine at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson.
The ceremony, held on Thursday, November 14, recognized individual faculty, housestaff, rural health preceptors and volunteer physicians for their particularly noteworthy accomplishments as teachers.
The ceremony also recognized administrative and clinical support staff who have made a valuable and appreciated impact on college life through their interactions with students, faculty and others.
The 2013 Vernon...[read more]
Dr. Nancy K. Sweitzer Named Head of University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and Division of Cardiology
Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, a board-certified advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and physiologist, will become director of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and chief of the Division of Cardiology in the UA College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, effective March 1, 2014, announced Steve Goldschmid, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.
“It is very clear that Dr. Sweitzer has a passion for professional excellence and delivery of high-quality cardiovascular care, combined with a curiosity that drives collaborative scientific discovery,” Dr. Goldschmid said. “She also displays a deep commitment to seeking ways to improve. She personifies the UA’s ‘Never Settle’ vision – a vision that guides our strategic planning at the College of Medicine.”
Currently, Dr. Sweitzer is an associate professor of medicine and director of numerous programs, including clinical research, quality, and the heart failure and cardiac transplant programs (interim director) at the University of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Medicine Division in Madison. She also directs the cardiovascular medicine and heart...[read more]
How heart cells and vascular cells “talk” to each other, and what happens when they fail to communicate, is the topic of a free public lecture, “Communication: A Necessity of Life!,” by Janis M. Burt, PhD, on Monday, Nov. 18, noon to 1 p.m., in DuVal Auditorium, The University of Arizona Medical Center–University Campus, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. (Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in The UAMC–University Campus visitor/patient parking garage.)
Dr. Burt is professor of physiology and research professor of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, where she also is a member of the UA Sarver Heart Center and the Diabetes Research Program in the Division of Endocrinology.
During the event, Dr. Burt will receive the 2013 Faculty Science Forum Founders Day Award. The Founders Day lectureship was established in 1979 to recognize and honor UA...[read more]