CALS News and Announcements

  • Marianna Yanes, a senior majoring in biosystems engineering at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, received the Centennial Achievement Award from the University of Arizona during her Winter Commencement.

    The award is given to two seniors graduating during the current academic year who have demonstrated academic integrity, overcome challenges to achieve a college education, made a contribution to self, community and family, and who are the first to graduate from college in their family.

  • Elizabeth Bahmer, a senior majoring in retailing and consumer sciences, has been selected as a semifinalist by the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund.  

  • Ramon Valadez, Chairman of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, presented the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension’s Garden Kitchen team with the Community Leadership Award on Saturday, October 26 at the Mulcahy YMCA at Kino Community Center in Tucson.

    Award recipients included Dr. Dan McDonald, Cheralyn Schmidt, Jennifer Parlin, Stacy Peercy, Louisa O'Meara, and Erika Alvarez.

  • Robert Collier, professor of animal sciences in the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, was honored recently as a Fellow of the American Dairy Science Association. A member for over 20 years, Collier was awarded the fellowship for his exceptional contributions to the dairy industry through his research on the physiological responses of dairy cows to varying levels of heat.

    Collier’s research on heat stress has allowed farmers to predict when cows are in danger of overheating and has led to altered management of dairy cows during late pregnancy to reduce environmental heat load. The reduced stress improves calf birth weight and increases milk yields.

  • Joel Cuello, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, was honored by his alma mater, the University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UPLB), with a 2013 Outstanding Alumnus Award. He was selected for this recognition by the UPLB Alumni Association in honor of his contribution to community transformation and nation building. Cuello traveled to the Philippines to receive the award at a ceremony held October 9 during homecoming festivities.

  • Stephanie Tolbert is working to reduce toxicity in cosmetics. Erin Durban-Albrecht is investigating the effects of anti-gay ideologies in Haiti. Both University of Arizona doctoral students have earned American Fellowships from the American Association of University Women, or AAUW.

    The national association announced that it has granted $3.7 million in 245 fellowships and grants to scholars and programs across the nation. Of the total, Tolber and Durban-Albrecht are among nearly 80 women to earn American Fellowship recipients.

    Also, Kaitlin Charette, a UA nutritional sciences major with a focus on dietetics, earned an AAUW career development grant. A UA Honors College student, Charette aspires to be a registered dietitian and plans to work with women in low-income communities.

  • The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has announced its 2013 class of Fellows. This honor is given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and attained acknowledged eminence in the fields of Earth and space science. AGU’s Fellows program was established in 1962. This designation is conferred upon not more than 0.1% of all AGU members in any given year.

    Russell K. Monson, professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ School of Natural Resources and the Environment, is among 62 individuals who have been elected as 2013 AGU Fellows. They will be recognized during the Honors Tribute at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, which will take place on December 11, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif.

  • The Lunar Greenhouse Outreach and Teaching Module made a special appearance in April in the Arizona State Pavilion at the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago. This is the second time the module has visited Chicago. During the fall of 2012, the module was featured in a six-month exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and industry.

  • Cheyanne Keith, a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassador, has been selected as the Arizona National Livestock Show Ambassador. She will begin her position in June, 2013. Keith is majoring in agricultural technology management and education and plans to graduate after finishing her student teaching next spring.

  • Once a year Hasbro, Inc. recognizes six inspiring kids and teens who have created unique ways to address challenging issues in their local and global communities. The six young service leaders are named Hasbro Community Action Heroes. Grace Anne Remey, a nine year old from Tucson, Ariz. and 4-H youth, is one of the six recognized for the honor in 2013.