Varady, Cuello Receive 2012 Global Excellence Awards

Robert Varady and Joel Cuello recently received the University of Arizona's Global Excellence Awards, presented by the Office of Global Initiatives and the Center for English as a Second Language.

The awards recognize individuals who have had a substantial impact in the areas of international service or international education and have distinguished themselves locally, regionally, nationally or globally.

Varady, deputy director and director of environmental policy programs at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, received the Award of Excellence in Global Service, recognizing his work addressing environmental and water management policy in arid regions with an emphasis on transboundary issues. He particularly focuses on the border between the United States and Mexico.

In an interview, Varady said he looks at how climate information affects the way water is managed, if it affects it.

"That's gone beyond the regional southwestern United States-Mexico focus into a more global focus," he said. "It's not one-size-fits-all."

Even though the landscape is the same when a person steps across international boundaries, everything else can be different, including the culture, language, laws, administrative approaches and wealth within the country, he said.

"Anytime you get those sorts of differences across borders, it makes management more interesting and more complicated," Varady said.

He felt honored to receive the award and feels it's a good fit for his work, he said.

Read more from this November 30 UA@Work article at the link below.

A slideshow with photographs from the awards ceremony can be viewed at the website for the Office of Global Initiatives.

Joel Cuello recently returned from a visit to Doha, Qatar where he attended the fourth annual World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). WISE is an invitation-only gathering of international leaders and experts in education. Its mission is to address the challenges facing 21st century education, to expand dialogue around the world and to implement practical and sustainable solutions. The 2012 summit featured such speakers as Jeffrey Immelt, Ban Ki-moon, Jeffrey Sachs, and Gordon Brown. WISE is also a year-round initiative devoted to reaching beyond the traditional circles of the education community in order to promote innovation and implement concrete actions.

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Dec 7 2012