Student/Alumni Kudos

Nov. 17, 2017

Ashley Mikelonis defended her master's thesis on Nov. 11 that compares the Twitter and newspaper coverage of Ronda Rousey during the MMA star's success and defeat. Her thesis chair is Jeannine Relly, and Profs. Linda Lumsden and Terry Wimmer are her committee members.

Grad student Tony Perkins of Arizona Public Media hosted MetroWeek on Nov. 18 on PBS 6. The show featured his report on the research being done at Biosphere 2, including work with hydrology and soil use, combining energy generation with food production, and how coral reefs will survive in a warming climate. If you missed the show, you can watch it here.

Ava Garcia, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, saw her story, "UA researcher Justin Schmidt is feeling the sting — of 83 different insects so far," published on the front page of the Home & Life section on Sunday, Nov. 19. She also had a spread in the Nov. 16 Caliente, "How artist Chris Gall sees Arizona."

Briana Otanez, an apprentice for #This is Tucson with the Arizona Daily Star, saw her story, "Czarina Salido fighting to help young Native American girls discover STEM" published on Nov. 11. Otanez also wrote "Put two turkeys on your shopping list and help a family in need" on Nov. 16. 

Paul Barlyn, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, saw his story, "UA Tech Park on Tucson's south side is at least a decade out" published on Nov. 11.

Jessica Blackburn, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, saw her Q&A with Vanessa Helms, "Experienced victims advocate returning to Pima County Attorney's Office," published on Nov. 11.

Jessica Suriano, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, saw her story, "Prescription drug smuggling busts spike on Arizona-Mexico border," published Nov. 11.

Elizabeth O'Connell, a sports apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, is covering UA soccer and volleyball and saw her story,  "Arizona Wildcats face tall task in second round of NCAA soccer tournament," published on Nov. 16.

CJ D'Innocente, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, helped alum Joe Ferguson and Suriano cover the local election and also saw his story, "Most hotel, apartment pools do well in county health inspections," published in early November.

The UA National Association of Hispanic Journalists volunteered at Casa de los Niños on North Fourth Avenue on Nov. 18. Students, led by Melissa Vasquez, helped pack hygiene items for youths and contributed items.

Arek Sarkissian ('03), previously with the Naples Daily News, has been hired by POLITICO Florida to cover its regulated industries beat.

Staci Matlock ('86), editor of The Taos News, guided the weekly to the top prize in the New Mexico Press Association's 2017 Better Newspaper Contest and other first-place staff awards, including for her editorial: “In effort to attract businesses, don’t mess with public process."