CALS News and Announcements

  • Sophia K Leone, an undergraduate in Veterinary Science and Business Administration has been honored as a recipient of the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year. This $1,500 award is based on academic performance, involvement in extra-curricular dairy related activities, commitment to a career in dairy, and evidence of leadership ability, initiative, character and integrity.

  • The Asian American Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association has recognized Mohammad Pessarakli, Ph.D. as the 2015 AAFSAA Outstanding Faculty Award Recipient. Pessarakli is a professor in the School of Plant  Sciences, and also an adjunct professor in the UA Honors College. He won this award because of his overall dedication and contributions to the University. Pessarakli is known for his high number of publications, in addition to semi-yearly scholarly articles, he has written nine books and his 10th book will be available next spring.

  • SNRE’s Amanda Webb was one of 12 students selected to implement climate change related research, communication, mitigation, and adaptation projects at national parks across the United States through the Young Leaders in Climate Change program (YLCC).  As part of the National Park Service’s (NPS) Climate Change Response Strategy, the YLCC program was developed to provide students with valuable experience and build a future workforce of professionals with skills in climate change response.  Ms.

  • Dr. Kirk Anderson, Adjunct Scientist in the Department of Entomology and Lead Scientist & Research Entomologist/Microbial Ecologist at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, won the 2015 USDA-ARS Pacific West Area Early Career Research Scientist of the Year Award. 

  • The laboratory of Dr. Bonnie Hurwitz in the Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering has recently been awarded a $692,216 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in partnership with to create an online forum for virus ecology researchers. The goal of the VERVE Net project is to enable discussions about laboratory, field, and computational methods to increase connectivity and collaboration among virus ecology researchers.

  • The 151st University of Arizona Commencement featured speaker Jon Huntsman Jr., who is among seven who recieved honorary degrees from the University.

    Huntsman and the others recieved honorary degrees on May 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Arizona Stadium.

    P. Andrew and Mary Beth Groseta

    P. Andrew Groseta, Arizona Rancher

  • Ecological Society of America Names Two UA Faculty Members as Fellows

  • This spring 2015 semester, several students and professors in the CALS School of Natural Resources and the Environment were recognized for their current research. Below is a list of students and professors and their respective awards and honors.

  • Sophia Leone, a junior majoring in veterinary science, was one of 10 University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students selected to participate in the 2014 Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference. The event took place November 6-9, 2014 in Kansas City, Mo. Leone’s narrative about her experience at the conference follows:

  • At the Annual Meeting in Tucson on 15 January 2015, the recipients of the Section’s Outstanding Undergraduate Student Scholarship and the Marcelle E. Schmutz Memorial Scholarship, and the S. Clark Martin Memorial Scholarship were announced.