The state of Arizona plans to invest $40 million in Arizona State University to lead a multi-year initiative for the state’s future water supply. The university said in a Wednesday announcement from ASU and Gov. Doug Ducey that it will work with industrial, municipal, agricultural, tribal and international partners to accelerate and deploy new approaches and technology for water conversation, augmentation, desalination, efficiency, infrastructure and reuse.
Tuesday, November 8, 2022, the Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Commerce Authority announced the winners of the 2022 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation awards. Innovator of the Year for Academia was awarded to Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) and Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) for their Artificial Intelligence partnership with Intel.
Across Arizona, communities are increasingly forced to deal with the consequences of extreme heat exacerbated by climate change and urban growth. Cities in the region routinely experience more than 30 days above 110 degrees Fahrenheit each summer and growing populations continue to be strained by the complex interactions of extreme heat, atmospheric pollutants, and limited water supplies.
When it comes to assessing his university’s progress as well as its plans for the future, Grand Canyon University President Brian Mueller has a positive outlook on both. In conducting our annual survey for the Phoenix Business Journal’s Colleges & Universities list, we offered optional questions to the respondents. Mueller, who is both president of Grand Canyon University and CEO of Grand Canyon Education (Nasdaq: LOPE), provided detailed answers to our questions.
Wonderspaces, presenters of experiential art in Scottsdale since April 2019, are partnering with Arizona State University’s School of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME) to launch a monthly Virtual Reality (VR) Film Series featuring a new celebrated VR film every month for one weekend only on the ASU Campus. The series begins Oct. 29 with the haunting VR film “Gloomy Eyes” by Fernando Maldonaldo and Jorge Tereso.
The Arizona Technology Council today announced Reetika Dhawan, vice president of Workforce Development and Career & Technical Education, Arizona Western College, has been added to its board of directors. Dhawan was elected unanimously to serve a three-year term at the Council’s quarterly board meeting held Oct. 27.
Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) is now officially a Cybersecurity Awareness Month Partner with CISA—the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency—one of the youngest U.S. agencies (and growing massively in importance) under the Homeland Security and various other agencies banner. They are public-facing for everything from communications of zero-day cyberattacks to combating dis/misinformation. As a partner, it is CGCC’s responsibility to share their Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 overarching theme, “See Yourself in Cyber.” According to the CISA, “while cybersecurity may seem like a complex subject, ultimately, it’s really all about people.” Find out more at https://www.cisa.gov/cybersecurity-awareness-month.
With a goal of introducing high school girls, primarily from across the East Valley, to the many career possibilities in the field of Information Technology (IT), the fourth annual Girls Get IT event takes place from 8:30 am to 1 pm, Nov. 4, 2022, at Scottsdale Community College. Geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and astronaut Dr. Sian Proctor is the keynote speaker.
One of our favorite traditions at University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is kicking off each semester with the Provost Challenge. The Provost Challenge, hosted by UAT’s Provost Dr. Dave Bolman, is a unique opportunity for new students to dive right into creating, building and innovating the day they step on campus. During CONNECT (UAT’s new student orientation), students are separated into groups, allowing them to get to know one another as they familiarize themselves with campus. In just two weeks, the teams conceptualize, design and build out an entire project. Each semester students are given a few elements to incorporate into their builds—this is mostly for fun because who doesn’t love a theme? This year’s elements included Warhammer 40k, Artemis and memes.
If you hear something again and again, does that make it true? And if it’s not something you want to hear, could it lead to becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy? In my role at the Arizona Technology Council, I regularly meet with people in the science and technology communities to hear about the issues they face. Over the years, more than once the topic of talent has come up.