Recent CALS Spotlights

  • 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.

  • EarthWeek 2016, a showcase of research by undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, or SEES, at the University of Arizona, will be held Thursday and Friday on the UA campus.

  • UA professor Sharon B. Megdal received this year's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th annual Women of Influence event for her outstanding achievements and contributions in water policy and water resources management.

    Presented by Inside Tucson Business and Tucson Local Media, the Women of Influence awards honor the strong leadership of women in the community and the workplace. On March 22, more than 600 people from across Pima County celebrated this year's 47 finalists, who were chosen from more than 120 nominees in 18 categories.

  • A UA-led team intends for EPIC Kids to serve as a model for community-based and youth-focused diabetes prevention, hoping that it will be implemented at YMCA locations across the country.

  • The Plant Reproduction 2016 (a joint meeting of the Frontiers in Sexual Plant Reproduction IV and the 24th International Congress on Sexual Plant Reproduction), held March 18 - 23, brought over 200 participants from 26 countries to Tucson, Arizona to collectively learn about research advances and discuss grand challenges in the field of plant reproductive biology.