Recent CALS Spotlights

  • Kansas State University, University of Arizona and USDA-ARS collaborate to train scientists and students in field phenomics.

    High-throughput phenotyping, a new area of agricultural research, is key to accelerating progress in crop improvement. To ensure continuing advances, there is a critical need to train graduate students and scientists in this emerging technology. 

    Fifty-five graduate students, researchers and industry representatives from around the world are participating in a second workshop on field-based phenotyping at the University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC) in Maricopa, Arizona March 16-19, 2015.

  • Bridget Grobosky, a junior from the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, recieved the American Horse Publications Travel Award along with two additional students on March 4, 2015.

    Grobosky majors in Animal Science under the Equine Industry path and minors in Journalism. She has been involved in the equine industry since she was seven years old through riding, showing and owning horses.  Her career culminated in two 2013 Pinto World Championship top 10 finishes. She is currently President of the University of Arizona’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association equestrian team.

  • A diverse, excitement-filled Science City lineup awaits visitors as the University of Arizona prepares to share science with the masses at the annual Tucson Festival of Books on March 14 and 15.

    Visitors to Science City will experience the connection between their daily lives and advances in science and learn about groundbreaking research being done at the UA. The Tucson Festival of Books is the fourth-largest book festival in the world, but it is the only one to incorporate science as a key component.

  • The M.S. program in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences was recently ranked 11th in a ranking of 137 master's programs in economics.  If compared only to public universities, the program ranks 7th.  The program was cited in the 2015 Master of Business Rankings issued by The Financial Engineer:

    The ranking is particularly interesting because no master's program in agricultural and resource economics ranked higher than Arizona's. 

  • Officials for the University of Arizona Veterinary Medical and Surgical Program announced today they will be teaming up with The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter to offer fourth-year veterinary students clinical training in the area of feline medicine.

    By collaborating with the Hermitage, veterinary students will experience the inner workings of a shelter environment and deal with a range of feline related issues including Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV),  Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), routine spay/neuter and dental procedures. In addition to their clinical work, students will also learn about shelter operations, compassion fatigue and the No-Kill movement.

  • The deaths of three people and illness in 200 others because of an E.coli outbreak in California spinach in 2006 shook the fresh produce industry.

    Since then, farmers in Arizona and California, the two states producing almost all of the nation's leafy greens, have worked to develop new approaches to food safety.

    Evidence of the work is visible in a romaine lettuce field in Yuma, where 20 workers emerge from the field and take turns washing their hands.

  • With three campuses, 160 telemedicine sites and Cooperative Extension offices in every Arizona county, the UA has a wide-ranging impact beyond its main campus in Tucson.

    A new tool is now available that illustrates the UA's significant presence across the state.

    The UA Impact Map, viewable at, shows the UA’s statewide impact in a variety of areas. For example, it includes data on the number of UA students, alumni and employees in Arizona, as well as the number of degrees awarded throughout the state.

  • As the state's only land-grant institution, the University of Arizona has led outreach efforts through its Cooperative Extension offices across Arizona. Now the UA is assisting efforts to build a similar network south of the border.

    The UA-led project, announced at Thursday's meeting of the Arizona Board of Regents, is called the Red de Extensión e Innovación Nacional Universitaria, also known as project REINU. The name translates to the National University Extension and Innovation Network.

  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adolescents who come out at school have higher self-esteem and lower levels of depression as young adults, compared to LGBT youth who don't disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity at school, according to a new study led by University of Arizona researcher Stephen Russell.

    Published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, it is the first-known study to document the benefits of being out during adolescence, despite the fact that teens may experience bullying when they openly identify as LGBT.

  • Even though the Mediterranean diet is traditionally seated in the sea region around the southern region of Europe, the northernmost tip of Africa and the Middle East, it can be adapted to arid lands — and research indicates an environmental benefit associated with adopting the diet.

    During the fifth annual Research Frontiers in Nutritional Sciences Conference, recently held at the University of Arizona, researchers and practitioners shared current research about the Mediterranean diet and ways they are advocating for the preservation and broad-based incorporation of the eating pattern.