UA expert named chair of National Library of Medicine Board of Regents

Esther Sternberg, MD, director of research at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, has been appointed chair of the National Library of Medicine’s Board of Regents. Dr. Sternberg is the founding director of the UA Institute on Place and Wellbeing, a professor with the UA College of Medicine–Tucson and UA College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture and a member of the UA Arthritis Center.

An Institute of the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine is one of the world’s largest biomedical libraries. Now in its 61st year, NLM created and produces PubMed, PubMed Central, MedlinePlus and many critical and widely used web-based information services for scientists and health-care professionals.

Dr. Sternberg is renowned for her discoveries in brain-immune interactions, the effects of the brain’s stress response on health and the role of place (environment) in well-being.

The NLM Board of Regents was established in 1956 to serve as the advisory body to the director of NLM, the director of NIH and the secretary of Health and Human Services on policies pertaining to the library. 


Fennemore Craig Earns Recognition

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced T. James Lee and the firm’s trusts, estates and wealth preservation practice group have been ranked for Private Wealth Law in the 2017 High Net Worth Directory by Chambers and Partners.

“The Chambers ranking confirms that Jim and his team are among the best in the business,” said Steve Good, chair of Fennemore Craig’s management committee. “We congratulate them on earning this prestigious recognition.”

Lee counsels clients on wealth transfer strategies, including the use of revocable trusts, irrevocable life insurance and gifting trusts, family limited partnerships and LLC’s, qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, installment sales to grantor trusts, and other sophisticated tax planning techniques. He earned his J.D. and B.S. from Brigham Young University.

Chambers High Net Worth covers private wealth management work and related specialties in key jurisdictions around the world, featuring in-depth editorial about the leading lawyers and law firms for wealthy individuals and families.


Blanco Tacos + Tequila welcomes executive staff

Blanco Tacos + Tequila recently announced Nick Palomino-Paco as its new executive chef, and Treygan Olsen as its new general manager.

Palomino-Paco has lived and breathed food and restaurants since he was 16 when he started in the business as a dishwasher. He quickly moved on and up, working his way through various positions in the kitchen, and now runs the kitchen at Blanco Tacos + Tequila as executive chef.

A Tucson native, Palomino-Paco has worked with a number of local downtown restaurants as well as with Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar in the Fox Restaurants Concepts family.

Olsen was born in South Korea, but came to Tucson at the age of 8.  By the time he was 18 he was working part-time in restaurants, starting as a dishwasher before working up to cooking duties in the kitchen, including stints as lead cook. He continued in his career moving on to corporate trainer, kitchen coordinator, and then management both at the front of the house and in the bar.

Olsen has been with Fox Restaurant Concepts since 2015 and previously served as general manager at Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar on Grant Road.  He has a passion for service and for creating memorable experiences for his guests at Blanco Tacos + Tequila.


UA Sarver Heart Center and Banner–University Medical Center new cardiologists

The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center added three cardiologists to its faculty. All provide patient care at Banner–University Medical Centers.

Sophia Airhart, MD, and Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, joined the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson, Division of Cardiology as assistant professors and heart failure specialists with the Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation Team at Banner–University Medical Center Tucson. Satinder Singh, MD, joined the UA Sarver Heart Center as assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology. Board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in cardiology, he primarily sees patients at Banner-University Medical Center South.


Tucson attorneys recognized in Benchmark Litigation 2018

Local attorneys Rob Charles, John Iurino and Jeff Sklar of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP were named “Star” litigators in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a guide to top litigation firms.

Firm-wide, 20 Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys are listed as “Star” litigators. The firm is “Highly Recommended” in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada, according to the publication, which exclusively covers the commercial litigation market in North America.

Researchers conduct extensive interviews with litigators and clients to identify the leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, researchers examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on peers.


College of Nursing Professors Inducted into the American Academy of Nursing

Two faculty members at the University of Arizona College of Nursing were selected for fellowship in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing, one of the highest honors in the nursing profession.

Jane Carrington, PhD, RN, associate professor and Kate Sheppard, PhD, RN, FNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, clinical associate professor, join the existing group of 16 AAN fellows at the UA College of Nursing.

The American Academy of Nursing is comprised of more than 2,200 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. With the addition of this newest class, the Academy fellows represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 24 countries.


RightSure Insurance Group promotes Felicia Duarte to vice president of operations. 

In this new role, Duarte will oversee the firm’s RightRater platform sales, its joint venture call centers and the company’s entire service operations. The appointment helps round out RightSure’s leadership team and better positions the organization for national growth.

Duarte has worked with RightSure and its subsidiaries for the past 14 years. Duarte previously served as the company’s director of sales. She also worked in RightSure’s policy services operations and created the sales functions and systems currently in use throughout the organization.