Recent CALS Spotlights

  • Working to keep U.S. food crops safe, a team of researchers from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has received funding to study irrigation water quality.

    The team will focus on developing monitoring strategies and guidelines to provide food safety improvements that can be used by the U.S. produce industry to prevent crops from becoming contaminated.

  • A University of Arizona-led partnership was awarded a grant of more than $1.7 million from the United States Agency for International Development to help develop an aquaculture industry that will be central to Myanmar's strategy to rejoin the global economy.

    The USAID funding has resulted in the implementation of the three-year project, "Developing a Sustainable Seafood Industry Infrastructure in Myanmar (Burma)," a partnership between the UA and Yangon and Pathein Universities in Myanmar, and the Myanmar Fisheries Federation.

  • In July, while workers were wrapping up construction of the new University of Arizona Environment and Natural Resources Building, or ENR2, they discovered someone else wrapping up a little construction of her own. That someone was a hummingbird, and she had built her nest on a data cable dangling directly in front of a security camera.

  • There is a theory that RNA, instead of DNA, is the original building block of all life, yet many RNA molecules remain mysterious.

    Now, with an award of more than $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation's Plant Genome Research Program, three scientists are setting out to study the true nature of a class of largely understudied RNA molecules known as lncRNA.

  • Across the country, middle and high schools have begun incorporating personal financial education into their curricula to prepare young people to make good financial decisions as adults.

    The University of Arizona is helping to give teachers the tools they need to deliver these important life lessons.

  • In an era of unprecedented scientific discovery, researchers are generating more data than ever before. But do scientists have access to enough technological firepower to turn this mountain of data into tangible results?

    Many biologists worry that the future rise in genomic data will strain the computational resources of the discipline beyond its capacity to store, analyze and distribute large datasets. However, University of Arizona assistant professor and iPlant Collaborative co-principal investigator Eric Lyons is much more optimistic.

  • The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) welcomed Parker Antin as its new president on July 1. Antin is Associate Dean for Research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona.

  • The Steele Foundation officially announced today that it will award the organization’s 45-acre DK Ranch in Cornville to the University of Arizona, providing the university with a permanent footprint in Northern Arizona. The university will gain the ability to expand its programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, with a focus on the newly established Veterinary Medical and Surgical Program.

  • Based on specific criteria and methodology, the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Campus Arboretum was received among the top rankings for US University Gardens and Arboreta.

    The University of Arizona Campus Arboretum is home to over a thousand species of trees, shrubs, cacti and other plants. While some of these are native to North America, others come from all over the world. As part of the University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the arboretum has a strong educational component.

  • In a recent study published in PLoS Biology, biologists worry that the future rise in genomic data consequent to dropping genetic sequencing costs will strain the computational resources of the discipline beyond its capacity to store, analyze, and distribute large datasets.