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Collaborative effort to pair U of A students with professionals

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new program in Tucson will match the talents of U of A students with local businesses, government agencies and researchers. 

The program is waiting for approval now from U of A officials, but the work on designing the program has already begun.  The idea is to pair students with professionals to help solve local problems.  Problems, stated the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, like studying access to healthy and affordable food and recreation sources near the Sunnyside Unified School District. 

Or using online maps to look at the ways local wildlife are affected by climate change; or collecting data to help tribal nations figure out how and where to build homes and businesses. 

A last example was creating an online system where people can report buffelgrass, a non-native plant that poses a wildfire threat to the area. 

Organizers of this new downtown collaboration expect approval from university officials any day now. 

The groups will meet above the U of A's downtown bookstore off Stone and Toole.

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