Tucson Tech: UA startup to market game-based miner safety training

Desert Saber’s gaming technology simulates “life-or-death” scenarios for miners who need to complete safety training.

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  • The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the UA Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources: A three-year, $1.6 million federal grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will be used to develop more effective training methods – including the use of computer games replicating real-life mining environments – to improve safety among U.S. mine workers. For the NIOSH study, the UA research team is partnering with McCraren Compliance, a Tucson-based company that provides mining and other occupational training safety services, the office of the Arizona State Mine Inspector, recipients of the Mine Safety and Health Administration grant and other local and national mining companies and trainers to create a national network to share best safety practices.
  • Christy Hall: The owner of Skin Appeal and co-founder of Mikel Kristi Skincare has won a national medical aesthetics award. Hall was recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Loved Injectors by cosmetic treatment review RealSelf for her work in nonsurgical facial rejuvenation.
  • Tucson Crew: The networking organization dedicated to advancing the success of women in commercial real estate handed out its 2017 awards. Amelie Messingham of Farhang & Medcoff received the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. Debbie Heslop of Volk Companies was honored with the Member-to-Member Business Award. Barbi Reuter of PICOR Commercial Real Estate Services received the Career Advancement for Women Award. Karen Farrell of Venture West was honored with the Chapter Service Award. Christie Lee of Commerce Bank of Arizona took home the New Member Award. Chris Young of Young Law Firm, PLLC received the President’s Award.

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