Thunderbird joins signing ceremony in support of Arizona research

Thunderbird Professor Joseph Cavinato, Ph.D., represented the school on Sept. 26, 2013, during the signing of a memorandum of understanding in support of academic research among Arizona colleges and universities. The agreement stems from a push by the Economic Development Committee of the Maricopa Association of Governments to bring public, private and academic resources together to strengthen grant applications by Arizona scholars.

Cavinato, who has been a member of the Economic Development Committee since its inception in 2010, traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona, for the signing ceremony during a meeting of the Arizona Board of Regents. Other participants included Arizona State University President Michael Crow, Northern Arizona University President John Haeger, University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart, Maricopa County Community Colleges Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Sam Dosumu, and Avondale Mayor and Economic Development Committee Chairwoman Marie Lopez Rogers.

Under the terms of the agreement, scholars will bring information about research grants they are pursuing to the Economic Development Committee, which will solicit support from appropriate government and businesses entities. “We believe that by spreading the word, we will be able to demonstrate local support, and we will be able to get behind the universities in the grant application process,” said Litchfield Park Mayor Thomas L. Schoaf. “This will make all of us much more globally competitive.”

In a separate initiative, Cavinato and others on the committee are working to form an economic development council focused on Sri Lanka. “The exciting thing is that this little country is often listed as part of a new group that is rising in the footsteps of the BRICs of the late 1990s and 2000s,” Cavinato said.

Watch the signing ceremony at the Arizona Board of Regents meeting.

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