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Wednesday, July 21, 2004
photo Saving the School of Planning

Planning students and faculty fighting for the past 18 months to keep the graduate planning degree at the UA finally got the support they'd been waiting for from university administration.

UA President Peter Likins announced last week that instead of eliminating the School of Planning altogether, university administrators would rather see what's left of it reorganized into a planning program in the department of geography and regional development of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. [Read article]

photo Making the grade

Stereotypes may affect scores

To examine the effects stereotyping has on how well college students perform on tests, Toni Schmader, a UA assistant psychology professor, will receive a $400,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health in August.

With a research team that includes UA doctoral psychology student Michael J. Johns, Schmader will continue to test a condition known as "stereotype threat" and how it primarily affects women and Hispanics. [Read article]

photo Beloved professor dies of rare cancer

Sociology students recall inspiring teaching style

What was lost July 12, when former UA sociology professor William K. Bunis died at 49, can be measured by the notes and cards students left in the hospital while he battled a rare form of cancer.

Mark Chaves, head of the sociology department and a friend of Bunis, said despite knowing Bunis was a popular teacher; he didn't realize how deeply he connected with students until he read the get-well cards. [Read article]

photo West Nile antibody to be tested in Pima County

In 2003, Arizona was introduced to the West Nile virus via its bird population. The virus has begun infecting humans and Arizona now leads the nation in the number of West Nile cases.

However, an experimental antibody from Israel that has been undergoing clinical trials across the nation for the past year will soon be available to certain infected Arizonans. The University of Arizona will administer the drug in Pima County, which has yet to see a single case. [Read article]

By the numbers 6
The national ranking of the UA chemistry Ph.D. program, according to U.S. News and World Report. 8
UA students who won Fulbright scholarships to conduct research or study abroad in the fall.

Seconds it takes to pour the perfect pint of Guinness. 61
Percentage of Americans that don't know all the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner." 80
Percentage of American teens that do not want to grow up to be president. [Read article]

Wild weather

Wednesday, July 21

High: 104
Low: 77

Thursday, July 22

High: 102
Low: 77

Friday, July 23

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