CALS News and Announcements

  • Even in Yuma, your chances of running into a young farmer or rancher are slim, though the odds are a bit better than the rest of Arizona. If you do run into one, grab his or her hand and cheer them on. They're farming for our future.

    Congratulate them because their chosen profession is rare and important. But, also congratulate them because Arizona's young farmers and ranchers are winners, especially after American Farm Bureau's 94th annual meeting two weeks ago in Nashville. In two Young Farmers & Ranchers competitions, Arizona placed among the top. One of those placing among the top was a young couple from Yuma: John and Alicia Boelts.

  • Several College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students and an alum were among those awarded scholarships at the annual meeting of the Arizona Section of the Society for Range Management. The names of scholarship recipients were announced at the meeting in Prescott, Ariz. on January 24.

    Kelsey Hawkes received the Arizona Section’s Outstanding Undergraduate Student Scholarship. She was born in Glendale, Ariz. but raised in Tucson. Hawkes became interested in joining the rangeland ecology and management program at the end of her second year at the University of Arizona. She was drawn to the School of Natural Resources and the Environment because of a desire for a career path that included working outside with nature. She has become very interested in watershed conservation and management, and therefore hopes to find a master's program to pursue those interests.


  • Four University of Arizona professors in the departments of entomology, chemistry and biochemistry, and ecology and evolutionary biology have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS. Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

    AAAS awarded the distinction of Fellow to 702 of its members this year. These individuals have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

    The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Founded in 1848, the association includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.

  • Robert Varady and Joel Cuello recently received the University of Arizona's Global Excellence Awards, presented by the Office of Global Initiatives and the Center for English as a Second Language.

    The awards recognize individuals who have had a substantial impact in the areas of international service or international education and have distinguished themselves locally, regionally, nationally or globally.

    Varady, deputy director and director of environmental policy programs at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, received the Award of Excellence in Global Service, recognizing his work addressing environmental and water management policy in arid regions with an emphasis on transboundary issues. He particularly focuses on the border between the United States and Mexico.

  • UA chemical and environmental engineering professor Shane Snyder is lending his expertise to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and in the process giving the Southwest's unique water issues a national forum.

    Snyder, co-director of the Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants and a member of the UA's BIO5 Institute, will be working with an EPA Science Advisory Board committee that answers directly to EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson on policies that keep drinking water safe for everyone in the nation.

  • CALS Professor Joel Cuello from the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering has been elected to the Philippine-American Academy of Science & Engineering, an organization that honors the achievements of scientists and engineers of Philippine descent who are at the forefront of scientific research and technology development in the United States, the Philippines and other countries. The Academy, which has elected 239 full members since its founding in 1980, also provides independent scientific and technical advice to the Congress of the Republic of the Philippines.

  • The example parents set early in a child’s life, such as eating or not eating breakfast, may last a lifetime. When you consider that according to the National Dairy Council, kids who eat breakfast do better in school, breakfast is no small matter.
    Studies in the United States have shown kids who eat breakfast are better able to concentrate, make fewer errors, score higher on tests, are more creative and work faster. They also are less likely to be absent, late or sitting in the school nurse’s office with a stomachache or headache.

  • We can thank University of Arizona researcher Margaret Cammack Smith for the addition of fluorine to much of the nation's drinking-water supply - a development that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls "one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century."

    That's despite the fact that Smith crusaded against putting fluoride compounds in water.

    Smith, an agricultural chemist at the Agricultural Research Station in Tucson, performed the field studies and laboratory experiments that proved a link between levels of fluorine and the integrity of tooth enamel.

  • Are you interested in growing fresh produce to sell? This six-session workshop is for those interested in starting their own business growing vegetables and other specialty crops. This is a great opportunity for youth and others looking to gain some first-hand experience developing a business plan and acquiring niche marketing skills. Participants will also learn how to build and operate a hoophouse so that they can supercharge the annual growing and market potential of their land.