Recent CALS Spotlights

  • Nearly $3.5 billion is spent annually in fighting wildfires that claim lives, destroy homes and scorch the land.

    Wildfires today are burning twice as many acres than they were 40 years ago, according to federal officials. Contributing to the devastation in Arizona are dense forests of spindly trees that cause fires to rage out of control.

  • Shane C. Burgess and the University of Arizona are looking to launch a hands-on curriculum in 2016 as part of the university’s veterinary medical education program. Buntain, who previously organized a veterinarian school at the University of Calgary in Canada, will apply her experience working with modern veterinarian schools to help the University of Arizona move through the accreditation process.

  • Doug Reed, Director of the Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) in the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was interviewed on the Zach Clark show June 9th, 2015, shortly after CALS alumnus Bob Baffert won the Triple Crown with his two-year-old colt American Pharoah. In the interview, Reed comments on the RTIP as a UA academic program and how it prepares students for industry careers as well as affects the race track industry as a whole.

  • A hundred cows at the Caballero dairy munch alfalfa under the spacious barn while fans and misters keep them cool during a 79-degree spring day.

    The cool digs are not just about making cows feel comfortable, especially when temperatures hit 115 or more in the summer, said dairy owner Craig Caballero. New research indicates that ambient temperature affects milk production, and for Arizona farmers that means money.

    Heat stress causes about $39,000 of annual loss to the average dairy farm in the United States, according to a study published in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • The University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is now offering online courses for its nutrition minor during each summer and winter session.

    Over the course of more than one summer, a student can complete the required 18 units, the equivalent of six classes, from a list of 10 approved courses in the UA Department of Nutritional Sciences.

    "The minor provides an opportunity for a student to learn more about a topic that permeates into many different disciplines, as well as everyday life," said Kelly Jackson, assistant professor in the UA Department of Nutritional Sciences.

  • The bond between mother and child has long been recognized as critical to children's development, but what about Dad?

    Increasingly, scientists have turned their attention to the role of fathers in the family. It's a timely topic, as an estimated one-third of U.S. children grow up in homes without their biological dads, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.    

    At the University of Arizona, researchers are investigating the role of fathers under the Fathers, Parenting and Families Initiative, a research and education effort within the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families.

  • Two University of Arizona professors have received the highest honor bestowed on faculty in the Arizona state university system.

    The appointment of Bruce Tabashnik and Julia Clancy-Smith as Regents’ Professors, approved recently by the Arizona Board of Regents, brings to 99 the UA’s number of Regents' Professors since the designation was created in 1987. The honor is reserved for faculty scholars who have achieved national and international distinction for their work.

  • Researchers in the University of Arizona's BIO5 Institute have entered into a collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Consumer & Personal Products and Janssen Biotech Inc. to leverage foundational discovery research aimed at determining environmental factors that underlie asthma and allergies.

    The project's goal is to identify compounds present in dust in the farm environment that may be protective against asthma. Findings from this study could lead to the development of medicines to prevent the disease.

  • The University of Arizona again served as Official Knowledge Partner to the 2015 Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this spring. With 102 countries represented at the Forum — launched just a year ago — the GFIA has become one of the world's most influential global platforms for scientists, entrepreneurs and policymakers to present and explore innovations toward sustainable agriculture and food security.

    UA-sponsored exhibits have included various controlled environment agriculture greenhouse technologies, a patented algal bioreactor for biofuels and aquaculture systems.

  • Shane Burgess has an answer for those who say it’s time to drop cotton from Arizona’s "five C’s" for the demands it places on water resources.

    Not so fast.

    Although farmers planted more than 161,000 acres of cotton in Arizona in 2013 — the second-highest total for any crop in the state — irrigated farmland actually has decreased in recent decades with improvements in technology and crop engineering.