CALS News and Announcements

  • Megan Hetherington-Rauth has been selected to receive a Science Foundation Arizona Graduate Research Fellowship for bone research. This fellowship was created to strengthen research in Arizona universities in order to promote a strong and bright workforce. Hetherington-Rauth will begin work toward a doctorate in nutritional sciences at the University of Arizona this fall.

  • Walter Morrow, applications systems analyst/developer, senior in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Administration has been among fifteen employees selected in 2013 to receive University of Arizona Awards for Excellence.

  • Gresa Sylejmani, a senior majoring in microbiology, has been recognized by the University of Arizona with a Centennial Achievement Award. Sylejmani will graduate in May.

    Centennial Achievement Awards are presented to undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated integrity, overcome enormous challenges to achieve a college education, made a contribution to self, community and family, and who are the first in their families to graduate from college. Only two undergraduates are honored with Centennial Awards each year. Sylejmani was presented the award at UA’s winter commencement ceremony in December 2012.

  • Jennifer Mortensen, a doctoral candidate in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been selected to receive a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. This dissertation fellowship is designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation's ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. The fellowship is sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Chapin Hall, a policy research institute at the University of Chicago.

    Fellows receive an annual stipend of $25,000 for up to two years to support the completion of their dissertation and related research at their academic institution. Up to 15 fellowships are awarded annually. Fellows are guided by an academic mentor whom they select; fellows also identify a policy or program mentor to assist them in better understanding how to frame their research questions with an eye toward maximizing policy and practice relevance.

  • 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.