Recent CALS Spotlights

  • UA startup company GlycoSurf has finalized an exclusive license agreement for a new chemical synthesis technology, which was created at the University of Arizona. 

    Prominent UA researchers Jeanne E. Pemberton and Robin Polt, both with the UA College of Science, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, along with Raina M. Maier of the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, and UA researcher Cliff Coss, originally developed the technology through the course of their research at the University, and it is now poised to enter the marketplace. Pemberton, Polt and Maier also are members of the UA's BIO5 Institute.

  • Robert Collier, professor of animal and comparative biomedical sciences at the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and graduate student Xavier Ortiz are attempting to answer the question of cost-effective cooling for heat-stressed dairy cows.

    As the climate gradually warms, issues related to heat stress in cattle increase demand for new and more efficient approaches to cooling as the hot summer months cost the U.S. dairy industry close to $900 million each year.

  • Most dog owners will tell you their furry friends make them feel good emotionally. But the health benefits of owning a dog may not end there.

    Researchers at the University of Arizona are recruiting participants for a study exploring whether dogs can improve human health by having a probiotic effect on the body. The research will focus specifically on dogs' effect on the health of older adults.

    "We've co-evolved with dogs over the millennia, but nobody really understands what it is about this dog-human relationship that makes us feel good about being around dogs," said Kim Kelly, an anthropology doctoral student and one of the primary investigators on the study.

  • California wildlife officials this year have been urging the public to get rid of their bird baths and feeders.

    The reason? Rising concerns that non-native pigeons are spreading an infectious disease (avian trichomoniasis) believed to be killing band-tailed pigeons, the state's only native pigeon species.

    Elsewhere, bird flu is a rising concern. The U.S. government this month confirmed a case of bird flu — the H5N2 strain — in Arkansas, noting that the disease is threatening the poultry industry in the Southeast. The H7N9 strain, which may cause illness in humans, was found in Canada earlier this year. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed H5N1 in wild duck in Washington state in January — the nation's first confirmed case in a bird. 

  • 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.