Recent CALS Spotlights

  • In July, while workers were wrapping up construction of the new University of Arizona Environment and Natural Resources Building, or ENR2, they discovered someone else wrapping up a little construction of her own. That someone was a hummingbird, and she had built her nest on a data cable dangling directly in front of a security camera.

  • There is a theory that RNA, instead of DNA, is the original building block of all life, yet many RNA molecules remain mysterious.

    Now, with an award of more than $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation's Plant Genome Research Program, three scientists are setting out to study the true nature of a class of largely understudied RNA molecules known as lncRNA.

  • Across the country, middle and high schools have begun incorporating personal financial education into their curricula to prepare young people to make good financial decisions as adults.

    The University of Arizona is helping to give teachers the tools they need to deliver these important life lessons.

  • In an era of unprecedented scientific discovery, researchers are generating more data than ever before. But do scientists have access to enough technological firepower to turn this mountain of data into tangible results?

    Many biologists worry that the future rise in genomic data will strain the computational resources of the discipline beyond its capacity to store, analyze and distribute large datasets. However, University of Arizona assistant professor and iPlant Collaborative co-principal investigator Eric Lyons is much more optimistic.

  • The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) welcomed Parker Antin as its new president on July 1. Antin is Associate Dean for Research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona.

  • The Steele Foundation officially announced today that it will award the organization’s 45-acre DK Ranch in Cornville to the University of Arizona, providing the university with a permanent footprint in Northern Arizona. The university will gain the ability to expand its programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, with a focus on the newly established Veterinary Medical and Surgical Program.

  • Based on specific criteria and methodology, the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Campus Arboretum was received among the top rankings for US University Gardens and Arboreta.

    The University of Arizona Campus Arboretum is home to over a thousand species of trees, shrubs, cacti and other plants. While some of these are native to North America, others come from all over the world. As part of the University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the arboretum has a strong educational component.

  • In a recent study published in PLoS Biology, biologists worry that the future rise in genomic data consequent to dropping genetic sequencing costs will strain the computational resources of the discipline beyond its capacity to store, analyze, and distribute large datasets.

  • Nearly $3.5 billion is spent annually in fighting wildfires that claim lives, destroy homes and scorch the land.

    Wildfires today are burning twice as many acres than they were 40 years ago, according to federal officials. Contributing to the devastation in Arizona are dense forests of spindly trees that cause fires to rage out of control.

  • Shane C. Burgess and the University of Arizona are looking to launch a hands-on curriculum in 2016 as part of the university’s veterinary medical education program. Buntain, who previously organized a veterinarian school at the University of Calgary in Canada, will apply her experience working with modern veterinarian schools to help the University of Arizona move through the accreditation process.