Arizona Bioscience News: UA Cancer Center in Phoenix to open; STEM grants received; Banner construction booming

August 20, 2015

By Matt Ellsworth

Analytical chemistry - sample being pipetted into test tube for analysis in laboratoryBanner Health construction projects total $1.5 billion this year (Yes, billion!) / Phoenix Business Journal

With operations in seven states, Banner Health has 337 active projects on its books totaling $1.5 billion, with $1.2 billion of those projects in Arizona. Read also: HKS Inc. to design $400M Banner patient tower

Grant to support Pima College STEM students / Arizona Public Media

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Pima Community College’s Desert Vista Campus a 5-year, $1.1 million grant to support low-income and first-generation college students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Study: High stroma levels linked to pancreatic cancer / Arizona Republic

A Translational Genomics Research Institute study of pancreatic cancer patients has given scientists a better understanding of how to treat cancerous tumors.

Summit enters collaboration agreement with Banner MD Anderson / White Mountain Independent

Summit Healthcare of Show Low has entered into an oncology collaboration agreement with Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert to provide its patients with direct access to Banner MD Anderson’s services if needed.

University of Arizona Cancer Center marks opening of new Phoenix facility / KJZZ

Officials with University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital held a ceremony Aug. 13 to mark the opening of the new facility on the downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus, which will begin seeing patients on Aug. 24. Read also: Welcome! Phoenix, UA cut ribbon at downtown cancer center

Science Foundation Ariz., Intel, Gov. Ducey unveil STEM program aimed at Native Americans / Phoenix Business Journal

Science Foundation Arizona, Intel Corp. and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey have announced the Code Writers Education Initiative, a three-year, $2.5 million program to provide STEM education to Native Americans in the state.

My View: Med school works toward long-term success / Phoenix Business Journal

Ann Weaver Hart, president of the University of Arizona, talks about the impact of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and the growth of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.