Recent CALS Spotlights

  • As population grows and water supplies are over-tapped, water planners and managers are looking for ways to expand and diversify their water portfolios. One source of water that has been under-utilized is wastewater.

  • With a domestic horse in Arizona testing positive for rabies, UA Cooperative Extension experts urge the public not to panic, but to instead focus on helping with disease prevention.
  • Tech Launch Arizona's third annual awards event honored those whose work directly affects the quality of life through research, collaboration and innovation — key elements in the University of Arizona’s land-grant mission and Never Settle strategic plan. The I-Squared Awards for Innovation and Impact were held at the UA Museum of Art on Monday.

  • U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murty, "America's Doctor" and University of Arizona's Commencement speaker, will be presented with an honorary degree during the May 13 ceremony.

    Financial innovator James Muzzy and Czech parasitologist and biochemist Libor Grubhoffer will also be honored with degrees during the ceremony. 

  • According to the Pew Research Center, the millennial generation  — defined as those born between 1981 and 1996 — surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce in 2015, with 53.5 million millennials either holding jobs or seeking them. The University of Arizona's Class of 2016 is at the tail end of this generation. As such, it finds itself in a position to permanently shape the future of American employment.

    "I believe that the millennial generation brings a consumer ideology to the workplace," said UA retailing and consumer sciences professor Anita Bhappu. "They've grown up as their family's digital retail expert, which has created this well-tuned consumer lens that they use in all facets of their life, particularly when it comes to finding a career."

  • Pima County "4-H'ers" are winning big at this year's Pima County Fair, going on now through April 24.

    It's not *all* about winning, though.

  • A team of researchers investigating the effects of last year's Gold King Mine toxic spill on the Navajo community has won the first $600,000 challenge grant awarded by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona.

  • "Beyond the Mirage: The Future of Water in the West," a compelling documentary film that was two years in the making, places the University of Arizona's vast expertise on water issues front and center.

  • In 2015 the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences tripled the number of executed license and option agreements and launched three start-up companies—equaling the total number of CALS start-ups created over the previous five years. It was also a record year for intellectual property income in CALS; while a one-time payment for an animal health technology patented in the 1990s accounted for a large part of this result, the rest came from an invigorated focus on commercialization as a pathway to bring scientific discoveries from the lab to the marketplace.

    The CALS Office of Research has been working with Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) to create greater alignment between CALS strategic goals and the Tech Launch Arizona mission of creating social and economic impact through commercializing UA inventions stemming from University research.  

  • A team of researchers from the Mid-Atlantic and Southwest regions, including several scientists from the UA, thinks there may be a smarter way to irrigate crops. Over the course of four years and with $10 million from the USDA, it will test the safety and sustainability of alternative sources of water for agriculture.