Recent CALS Spotlights

  • From Budweiser’s Christmastime Clydesdale commercials to in-store holiday carols, nostalgia is everywhere at this time of the year, especially when it comes to advertising, marketing and retail sales.

    But how and why does nostalgia influence consumer choices, behavior and (ultimately) spending, especially during the holiday season?

  • 2015 was another newsworthy year here in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Let's take a look back at the 10 stories last year that created the most buzz.

    #10
    Soybeans Bred With Lower Allergen Content
    A new type of soybean with low allergen content and better nutritional properties has been conventionally bred by scientists from the Universities of Arizona and Illinois.

    In the United States, nearly 15 million people and 1 in 13 children suffer from food allergy, and soybeans contain several allergenic and anti-nutritional proteins that affect soybean use as food and animal feed...

  • The wood in the monumental "great houses" built in Chaco Canyon by ancient Puebloans came from two different mountain ranges, according to new research from the University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research.

    The UA scientists are the first to report that before 1020, most of the wood came from the Zuni Mountains about 50 miles to the south. The species of tree used in the buildings did not grow nearby, so the trees must have been transported from distant mountain ranges.

  • The UA's Garden Kitchen is a "seed to table" program that teaches community members how to grow, buy, properly store and cook nutritious, low-cost food.

  • The University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has restructured the responsibilities of its management and leadership team in Yuma to place a greater emphasis on economic development.

    Kurt Nolte becomes the director of economic development for the Yuma CALS. He will retain his position as director of Yuma County Cooperative Extension.

  • The University of Arizona is known not only for its academic excellence and strong athletic program, but also for its sizable collection of unique trees.

  • With a group of fertilizers known as chelates, zinc levels can be managed in pecan trees — and that's good news for Arizona growers.

  • The $5.5 million facility, built by Pima County, will bring together industry, government and academia for the development of new technologies.

  • A global network of scientists has elected three University of Arizona faculty members American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows, a distinction awarded to those who are advancing science in ways that are considered scientifically or socially distinguished.

    Dozens of UA faculty members have been named fellows of AAAS, the largest general scientific society in the world. 

    Judith K. Brown, a plant sciences and BIO 5 Institute professor, was cited for "for pioneering international work on emergent plant viruses, and for distinguished contributions to research on plant-pathogen-vector interactions including functional genomics of vector-mediated pathogen transmission."

  • The documentary "Earthlight" follows the success of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center lunar greenhouse team in constructing a closed system that recycles all air and water and produces food that astronauts will need for extended missions to the moon and Mars.