Awards and Accolades

Victor R. Baker, Kathy G. Short and Aryca Arizaga Marron are the UA's latest standouts.
June 20, 2012
Victor R. Baker
Victor R. Baker
Kathy G. Short
Kathy G. Short
Aryca Arizaga Marron
Aryca Arizaga Marron

Congratulations to the following University of Arizona employees, who have recently been honored in their fields:

Regents' Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources Victor R. Baker – who also has joint appointments in the Department of Planetary Sciences, the Department of Geosciences and the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory – has received the 2012 Geological Society of America Distinguished International Lecturer Award. He will give two lectures, "Megafloods on Earth, Mars, and Beyond" and "Geological History of Water on an Earth-Like Planet," throughout Europe Oct. 8-19 and Nov. 8-17.

Kathy G. Short, professor of language, reading and culture, and director of the College of Education's Worlds of Words, received two big honors recently. She has been elected to the 2014 Caldecott Award Selection Committee. The Caldecott Medal is given by the American Library Association to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The 2014 committee will review books published in 2013. And the National Council of Teachers of English has elected Short as its vice president. She will take office during the council's annual convention in Las Vegas in November, will become president-elect in 2013 and will assume the presidency of the Council during the 2014 annual convention in Washington, D.C.

Aryca Arizaga Marron, lecturer in family and consumer sciences at the University of Arizona in Yuma and interim professor of family studies at Arizona Western College, is presenting at the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 103rd Annual Conference & Expo June 24-27 in Indianapolis. Her presentation, "Celebrating Community College and University Partnerships in Rural Communities," will provide an overview of the partnership between AWC and the UA that offers a bachelor's degree in family studies and human development in Yuma. Concepts that will be covered include program startup/recruitment, andragogy and identifying stakeholders in rural communities.

Lo Que Pasa wants to know about your good news. If you, your department or a colleague have won any major awards, been honored nationally or internationally or accomplished some other feat that deserves recognition, we'd like to know about it. To submit your news, please send us an email with the following information:

  • Name of person or team receiving the honor.
  • Name of organization granting the honor.
  • A description of the honor.
  • When the honor was announced and when it is to be received (or was received).
  • A photo of the honoree. If others appear in the photo, we'll need their names and affiliations.

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