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Veterans, transitioning military members, and their spouses learned about employment opportunities as well as training and education opportunities in Tucson at a free career symposium held at the UA Tech Park. The "Next Steps for Vets" event is a partnership between Arizona@Work-Pima County, Pima Community College, Tech Parks Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona@Work-Southeastern Arizona, Tucson Electric Power Company, and the Department of Economic Security.

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I-Squared Awards Honor Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Ecosystem Champions

On March 19, Tech Launch Arizona held its fifth annual I-Squared Expo & Awards, honoring those whose work impacts the quality of life for people in Tucson, across Arizona and throughout the world through research, invention, collaboration and commercialization. 

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Funding Workshop with Federal Agencies 

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants, provide over $2.6 billion each year for R&D to qualified small businesses. To navigate this complex process, the Arizona Center for Innovation has organized the SBIR/STTR Arizona Regional Summit. The event on April 4 provides participants with the opportunity to learn directly from program agency managers including: NAVSEA, National Institutes of Health, US Dept. of Energy, Missile Defense Agency, Dept. of Agriculture, DARPA and the US Patent and Trademark office.    

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The Loop

Pima County celebrated the completion of The Loop, a 131-mile multi-use trail that spans the metropolitan area, enabling cyclists, pedestrians, and equestrians to navigate on paved, vehicle-free pathways. The UA Tech Park is strategically located on The Loop, providing tenants, employees and the community convenient access to the campus and the rest of Tucson. The Tech Park partnered with the City and County to help complete 2.7 mile multi-use path adjacent to the Tech Park.

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Racing the Sun

Come experience the whisper of solar go-karts as they race across the track on May 5. Racing the Sun is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program that challenges high schools to design, build, and race solar-powered go-karts. The program is in its seventh year and has grown to include 16 schools from Tucson, Phoenix, and Sierra Vista.

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Chief Science Officers

Tech Parks Arizona and the Arizona Tech Council Foundation teamed up to host the Chief Science Officers on March 8. The junior high and high school students interacted with leaders from IBM as they completed a project management tutorial using rover bots. They also met with professionals from Dilas, FreeFall Aerospace and NP Photonics, getting to know about career opportunities and leading edge technologies.

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Congressional Art Competition

US Representative Martha McSally announced that her office is accepting submissions for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition, an annual contest between high school students in every congressional district throughout the country for the chance to have their work displayed in the US Capitol. Submissions from the Second District in Arizona will be displayed at the UA Tech Park and a reception will be held to announce the overall winner and two runner-up winners.

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Farewell President Koffler

Dr. Henry Koffler, UA president emeritus, Campus Research Corp board member emeritus, and Arizona Center for Innovation board member emeritus passed away on March 10 at the age of 95. As the the first UA alumnus to serve as president, he oversaw the University's ascension to the top ranks of major research universities. He launched a number of growth-oriented, innovation programs and was deeply involved in the success of the UA Tech Park.

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