Recent CALS Spotlights

  • USA Today has compiled a list of the majors likely to have the highest earnings for 2015 graduates, and agricultural and natural resources comes in at number five. Their analysis uses a combination of census data and survey analysis from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

  • The big border barriers used to curb the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs from Mexico are having detrimental effects on wildlife, environmentalists say.

    Advocates for a tighter border say security for Americans should trump consideration for animals.

    The issue manifests itself in Cochise County, where the San Pedro River, which originates in Sonora, Mexico, and flows into Arizona, is a route for wildlife. It's one of the few spots for animals to cross from one country to the next, and the big fence on either side of it is a problem, a Sierra Club official said.

  • University of Arizona researchers and a group of partners have developed a tool that will help utility companies better understand the long-term impact of renewable energy on the power grid and provide insight on how to integrate these resources in the future in the most cost-efficient and reliable way for consumers.

    The tool — a web portal — gathers, analyzes and displays real-time data from eight Southwestern utility companies, painting a broad picture of energy sources and use across the region. The information will help companies determine what actions to take for backup power planning over the next several years as the percentage of renewable energy usage grows.

  • Whether coping with physical ailments, contentious home lives or arduous semesters, we all have techniques to offset the hardships in our lives. But can we expand those methods and become better people in the process?

    Through a generous gift from the Arizona Friends of Tibet, the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is positioned to explore this question through the newly launched Center for Compassion Studies — the nation's first formalized collegiate center for compassion studies.

  • Beginning this month, the University of Arizona is hosting a series of events — a reception with celebrity chefs, an international conference, a workshop series and a study-abroad opportunity for students — to explore and share current research associated with the Mediterranean diet.

    "We're showcasing the foods and helping people translate dietary recommendations to actual strategies — taking science to the plate — showing people what you can do, how to do it and where to find it," said Melanie Hingle, UA assistant professor of nutritional sciences and public health.

  • The University of Arizona is among 20 land-grant universities recognized with the 2014 Experiment Station Section Excellence in Multistate Research Award from the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy.

    Researchers participating in project W-2128, “Microirrigation for Sustainable Water Use,” were honored for their efforts at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ annual meeting in fall 2014. Muluneh Yitayew, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering in the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences accepted on behalf of the Arizona portion of the project.

  • The lobby of the 100-year-old Forbes building at the University of Arizona is set to become a hub of interactivity for students, advisors, career counselors, faculty and business partners of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

    On Dec. 11 the college staged a demolition event that was webcast from the Forbes lobby for the 31 individuals and businesses around the state who donated $1.9 million for this project to “bring the building into the 21st century,” said Shane Burgess, CALS dean and vice president for Veterinary Sciences and Cooperative Extension.

  • The Mediterranean diet has seen growing global popularity as researchers find that the dietary pattern can help prevent or reduce obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

    Responsive to that popularity, the University of Arizona Department of Nutritional Sciences is hosting a series of events meant to explore and share current research related to the dietary pattern, which focuses on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts, along with lesser amounts of lean fish, meats, dairy, olive oil and red wine.

  • The year 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which created the national Cooperative Extension System, a unique partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nation’s land-grant universities that extends research-based knowledge to youth and adults through a state-by-state network of extension educators.

    The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, celebrated its centennial locally through a year-long series of commemorative events and activities during 2014. Each celebration highlighted Extension’s past while focusing on the application of UA Cooperative Extension’s educational programming into the future. The last two major events took place at the V Bar V Ranch in northern Arizona and at the Phoenix Zoo.  In addition, an exhibit at the UA Science Library on the UA campus will continue until March 11, 2015.

  • This winter, 288 students from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will be walking in the 2014 UA CALS Winter Commencement, to  be held in Centennial Hall on Saturday, December 20, 2014. Out of these 288 students, 233 are undergraduates and 55 are graduate students.

    Even though the winter commencement has siginficantly fewer graduating students than its spring counterpart, this class is still widely diverse. The fall 2014 graduating class includes students in at least one of every major offered in the college, ranging from retailing and consumer sciences to agricultural education to microbiology.