In Brief: Retiring, Conversation articles take on water and space

The change from to includes the University accounts for Microsoft Office, Google and Adobe.

The change from to includes the University accounts for Microsoft Office, Google and Adobe.

Three articles authored by University scholars were posted on The Conversation in June.

Three articles authored by University scholars were posted on The Conversation in June.


Take the weekend off! That's the message from University Information Technology Services, as campus systems are expected to experience disruptions from 6 p.m. Friday, July 8, through 7 p.m. Sunday, July 10.

"We know there will be some pain points associated with system slowdowns and our request to stay out of University systems as much as possible," said Darcy Van Patten, chief technology officer for the University. "We chose this specific weekend because it represents one of the lowest levels of instructional activity during the year and occurs at a time when our vendor partners have capacity to support us."

New Login

One outcome of this interruption to system access is that on July 11, University services that ask for email addresses during the login process will use addresses instead of These include the University accounts for Microsoft Office, Google and Adobe.

Some employees may have used their address as a username or contact to sign up for third-party services that don't use the University's single sign-on process. Those will not change, but those who wish to update them to can contact the vendor. Messages sent to addresses will continue to be received.

UITS will also change student email – called CatMail – to send from students' addresses. Students will still receive email that is sent to their address.

The domain will be used for all the University Google accounts. Those who use their University address to log into online services via Google should use @arizona going forward. 

"It's taken several years of collaboration with the Office of the General Counsel, Marketing and Brand Management, the Division of Human Resources and Faculty Affairs to accomplish a variety of objectives with our email system and best practices," Van Patten said. "We are excited to have all University emails and logins under the @arizona domain for a simplified user experience for the campus community."

Find out more information about the work happening over the weekend and its outcomes – including frequently asked questions – at Email Transition.

Regents professors take on pictures from space and the water crisis in articles on The Conversation in June

Each month, faculty members and researchers from across the University share their expertise on The Conversation, an independent, not-for-profit news source committed to communicating the work of scholars. The Conversation makes all of its articles available at no charge to any news organization that wants to republish them. In addition, The Associated Press distributes The Conversation articles to newsrooms across the United States.

To recognize University of Arizona scholars who are contributing to The Conversation's goal of informing public debate "with knowledge-based journalism that is responsible, ethical and supported by evidence," the Office of University Communications regularly posts links to the articles that have been published on The Conversation.

A list of the articles published in June is below.

June 13, 2022
Alcohol is becoming more common in sexual assault among college students
An increasing number of college students say they were victims or perpetrators of sexual assault – and that victims were drunk when the assault took place. Are campus drinking environments to blame?

Koss recently discussed her research on "This American Life," a public radio program and podcast.

Mary P. Koss
Regents Professor, Department of Health Promotion Sciences, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

June 15, 2022
The James Webb Space Telescope is finally ready to do science – and it's seeing the universe more clearly than even its own engineers hoped for
It has taken eight months to test and calibrate all of the instruments and modes of the James Webb Space Telescope. A scientist on the team explains what it took to get Webb up and running.

Marcia Rieke
Regents Professor, Department of Astronomy, College of Science

June 30, 2022
A water strategy for the parched West: Have cities pay farmers to install more efficient irrigation systems
Stemming the water crisis in the western U.S. will require cities and rural areas to work together to make water use on farms – the largest source of demand – more efficient.

Robert Glennon
Regents Professor Emeritus and Morris K. Udall Professor, James E. Rogers College of Law

Read previous articles published on The Conversation:

Interested in submitting an article? Go to the sign up link on The Conversation website to create a username and password. Do a keyword search to see what has been written on the topic you have in mind. Fill out the online pitch form. (Scholars who would like to talk through an idea before submitting a pitch can send an email to

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