UA students modeled clothing by entertainer Thalia Sodi (third from right) in a fashion show during the Global Retailing Conference(Photo: Kris Hanning/AHSC BioCommunications)

Advances in technology have had a major impact on the way consumers shop. But even with all the retail websites and apps at shoppers' fingertips today, physical stores remain at the center of the retail experience.

That was one of the major take-home messages from last week's Global Retailing Conference, which focused on the theme of retail being "everywhere at once."

The two-day conference, hosted by the University of Arizona's Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, drew more than 100 UA students and about 300 industry professionals to the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa to discuss where the retail industry is headed.

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(Photo by Briana Sanchez/ Arizona Sonora News Service)

Mosquitoes could carry new troubles to Arizona.

Dengue Fever and a second disease, Chikungunya, have started to crop up in areas surrounding Arizona, putting researchers on high alert about the looming threat the diseases could pose to the state.

Both of these viruses are known as vector-borne diseases, carried and passed by mosquitoes. One particular type of mosquito, known as the Aedes Aegypti is a known carrier for both Dengue Fever and Chikungunya, and southern Arizona happens to be within this insect’s habitat.

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Bruce Tabashnik is head of the UA's Department of Entomology and one of the world's leading experts on how pests are able to develop a resistance to genetically engineered crops. (Photo: Beatriz Verdugo/UANews)

Bruce Tabashnik, professor and head of entomology in the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been awarded the Henry and Phyllis Koffler Prize for Research/Scholarship/Creative Activity.

The award was presented at the annual Awards of Distinction Ceremony luncheon recently at the Student Union Memorial Center on campus.

Sponsored by the UA provost, the prize was established through the generosity of Henry and Phyllis Koffler in 2000 and consists of a one-time award of $10,000, a medallion and a certificate.

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Patrons at Rillito Park Race Track in northwest Tucson may have noticed a new presence during the recently completed spring race meet: young adults, dressed in navy shirts, on the TV screens, in the admissions booths and in the racing office. 

Students from the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program in the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, had the opportunity to learn about the industry firsthand through a collaboration with the local track. They worked in different capacities at the track and in the classroom on projects related to the track’s operations.

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Daniel Vezie, Integrated Pest Management coordinator at Maricopa Unified School District, looks at bug traps at Maricopa Wells Middle School(Photo by Rebecca Marie Sasnett /Arizona Sonora News Service)

Some are vacuumed. Some are swept. Others are crushed, baited or trapped. The rest are kept out with caulk, window screens, door sweeps or, as a last resort, sprayed with chemicals.

In some schools, the spray comes first.

“We have a season that never stops,” said University of Arizona entomologist Dawn Gouge, about school pests in the state. “We have pest issues all year round.”

Many school districts have their schools sprayed with pesticides at least once a month to prevent or kill pests such as cockroaches and ants, Gouge said.

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UA Master of Fine Art student Kejun Li relied on Chinese brush painting methods to produce his works for "Marking Time to a Changing Climate," a new collaborative exhibition on display at the UA's Bryant Bannister Tree-Ring Building. (Photo courtesy of Ellen McMahon)

Kejun Li asks a question: What does a credit card have in common with tree rings?

The answer is in Li's art — spiraling, archival digital-art prints he created by smearing an expired credit card in the style of Chinese brush paintings. The prints directly mimic the cross section of a tree and its rings in a way that is so striking and precise that people have asked Li, a graduating University of Arizona Master of Fine Art student, whether his works are actually X-rays.

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Joan Sweeney (Photo by Beatriz Verdugo)

When people hear the word "retail," they might automatically think of a brick-and-mortar store with a clerk behind the counter. But retail today is more than that – much more – says Joan Sweeney, interim director of the UA's Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing.

"Retail is everywhere," Sweeney says. "Retail is the engine of American business. We're a consumer society, and two-thirds of the U.S. GDP flows through retail.

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The rocky intertidal, shown here, is one of the ecosystems that ecologists have been studying for decades to learn about how different species interact. (Photo: Judith Bronstein)

The world today is more intimate and tightly wound together than ever before. Organizations are linked together in a variety of ways, allowing relationships to form and resources to be exchanged.

Matt Mars of the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Judith Bronstein from the UA College of Science have teamed up to better understand the natural properties of the networks that tie together human actors and organizations. The U.S. Department of Defense is interested in their research as a way to analyze terrorist networks.

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Peder Cuneo, a UA Cooperative Extension veterinarian, teaches a small class of veterinary science majors about calving management. (Photo: Lynn Ketchum)

A veterinary medical education program unlike any other in North America is being created at the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, with an innovative curriculum that will create jobs, student opportunity and build the state’s economic prosperity.

"We’re going to break the mold and create the first of a (new) generation of veterinary education programs designed for the 21st century," said Dr. Bonnie Buntain, the new coordinator of the UA’s Veterinary Medical and Surgical Program.

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See Me Smoke-Free, the first multibehavioral mobile health (mHealth) app designed to help women quit smoking, eat well and get moving, is now available for free at the Google Play Store.

The Android phone app, officially released March 30, uses guided imagery to help women resist the urge to smoke, while encouraging them to make healthful food choices and increase their physical activity. The app can be downloaded at

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The "Beyond the Mirage" team included (from left): J.D. Gibbs, Kerry Schwartz, John Booth, Susanna Eden, Cody Sheehy, Jatta Sheehy, Brittany Xiu, Dave Bogner, Sharon Megdal and Meg Hagyard. (Photo: Arizona Community Foundation)

"Beyond the Mirage," an entry from the University of Arizona, was selected Wednesday as the winner of the New Arizona Prize: Water Consciousness Challenge, receiving the competition’s $100,000 grand prize.

"Beyond the Mirage" aims to raise awareness and understanding about Arizona's water supplies, demands and challenges. It was developed collaboratively by a creative team from the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which includes the Communications and Cyber Technologies Unit and Water Resources Research Center, along with Arizona Public Media and marketing professionals.

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GlycoSurf team member Cliff Coss works with the company’s test reactor at the UA Tech Park. (Photo: GlycoSurf, LLC)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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UA-CALS scientist Pedro Andrade-Sanchez explains concepts of field phenotyping to workshop participants at the UA Maricopa Agricultural Center. The vehicle carries multiple sets of sensors to measure crop height, temperature and canopy color and uses GPS to allow measurements to be associated with specific locations in the experiment. (Photo by Jeff White, Plant Physiologist, ALARC USDA ARS.)

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.

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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.

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