CALS News and Announcements

  • 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.

  • University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP) trainee Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta has compiled the results from her dissertation research, Gardenroots, the Dewey-Humboldt, AZ Garden Project. In response to interest from gardeners around the state of Arizona, she has been on the road to provide presentations describing the results of her study on metals uptake in garden vegetables.

  • Researchers at the University of Arizona followed up their 2004 sequencing of the rice genome with work on the other important cereal crop - corn.

    It took about 50 researchers - including 10 working full time at the UA - $30 million and four years to produce a blueprint for manipulating the corn, or maize, genome.

  • Rod Wing, director of the Arizona Genomics Institute, said he likes to "surprise people" by telling them the University of Arizona is the largest producer of rice in the state.

    The rice grows in experimental plots in the greenhouses and fields of the UA's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - an outgrowth of research in Wing's lab to help solve the Earth's looming food crisis by creating new strains of the cereal crops that make up 60 percent of humankind's diet.

  • The Arizona Daily Star's Centennial salute to science in Arizona runs all summer. Each day, for 100 days, we'll record a milestone in the state's scientific history.

    Pima cotton has come to represent the gold standard for luxurious, silklike fabric used in high-end sheets and clothing.

    The evolution of this extra-long-staple cotton is an Arizona success story.

    "A lot of folks think it originated with the Pima Indians," said Jeff Silvertooth, head of Soil, Water and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

  • Tucson Village Farm is a working urban farm designed to provide youth with an understanding of sustainable food systems.

    The farm is operational year round and during the summer kids have an opportunity to participate in week-long camps designed to teach healthy food choices.

    Leza Carter, program coordinator and founder of Tucson Village Farm, says TVF is an environment designed to reconnect young people to a healthy food system, teach them how to grow and prepare fresh food, and empower them to make healthy life choices.

  • The UA’s Credit-Wise Cats live by one motto: There’s no crying in finance.

    The organization began with just five members in 2000, and aims to improve the financial literacy of young adults in local schools. The group now includes 15 ambassadors that partner with programs and community businesses to put on interactive personal finance workshops. On Saturday, the Credit-Wise Cats invited 14 high schools in Tucson to take part in a competition that challenged their financial literacy.