In the Media

Fresh vegetable industry leader Taylor earns UA Honorary Doctorate degree

May 8, 2024

When it comes to putting farm-fresh produce on America's dining tables, Bruce Taylor may just be the salad king. He serves as chairman and CEO of Taylor Fresh, also known as Taylor Farms, the largest producer of salads and fresh-cut vegetables in North America.

Taylor was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Arizona 2024 Spring Convocation. He was nominated by the faculty of the School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness. 

Read more on the CALES website

Desert agriculture gets new leadership

May 2, 2024

Yuma native Tanya Hodges, the face of the University of Arizona in Yuma, La Paz, and Imperial Counties, has been named new YCEDA Director. She is anxious to guide efforts to provide fast-track solutions to high-priority issues within the desert agricultural industry.

Read more at Western Farm Press

UArizona announces new tripartite water research centers with international partners

April 30, 2024

The University of Arizona is expanding its global research efforts by launching tripartite water research centers in partnership with Kozybayev University in Kazakhstan and Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University (NWAFU) in China. This collaboration aims to address pressing global water concerns through a unified and innovative approach.

Read more on the Arizona International website

Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture Gets New Executive Director

Headshot of Tanya Hodges

Apr. 9, 2024

Equipped with over three decades of experience in academia and the agricultural industry, Tanya Hodges will serve as the new Executive Director of the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA). Arizona Farm Bureau congratulates the newly appointed Hodges. 

Read more at Arizona Farm Bureau website

Dialogue, collaboration matter most to Arizona's water future

Governor Hobbs, speaking with microphone, while seated on stage next to Sharon Megdal

Mar. 13, 2024

Representatives from virtually every area of water research and management gathered this week at the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center's annual conference to explore how collaboration can help solve water problems on many levels.

Read more at University of Arizona News

The University creates two new colleges and gives another one a new name

Headshot of Shane C. Burgess

Aug. 21, 2023

The new academic year brings changes to the University's college org chart. One school has been elevated to college status, one new college has been officially launched and a third has a new name. All three changes were approved by the Arizona Board of Regents during its June meeting in Flagstaff.

Read more at University of Arizona News

Tabashnik elected to National Academy of Sciences

Bruce Tabashnik

May 10, 2023

Bruce Tabashnik, University of Arizona Regents Professor of Entomology, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Tabashnik, whose discoveries have advanced understanding of insect resistance to transgenic crops and helped to eradicate the invasive pink bollworm from the United States and Mexico, was one of 120 new members elected to the academy this month, along with 23 international members, in recognition of distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Read more at University of Arizona News

Interview with Rebecca Mosher, School of Plant Sciences


Dec. 7, 2022

Dr. Rebecca Mosher, an Associate Professor of Plant Sciences and BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona, says "plants are super rad and super cool" in this conversation with Shane Burgess. Mosher is a 2022 UA Distinguished Scholar Award recipient for her research and teaching. Find out about her work in epigenetics, and more. 

Watch on ALVSCE YouTube channel

Interview with Na Zuo, Agricultural and Resource Economics

Na Zuo

Sept. 29, 2022

A conversation with Na Zuo, Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Zuo won the Gerald J. Swanson Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2022. She says her goal as a teacher is “to use authenticity in the classroom.” Hosted by Shane Burgess.

Watch on ALVSCE YouTube channel

Page receives honorary degree for sustainable aquaculture efforts

Barbara Page Honorary Degree

May 12, 2022

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences conferred an honorary degree on Barbara Page. Page's leadership in ocean conservation and longtime partnership with the college has helped move the needle in efforts to protect ecosystems and improve food security.

Read more on the CALES website

Interview with Michael Bogan, School of Natural Resources and the Environment


Feb. 24, 2022

UArizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment assistant professor Michael Bogan spoke with Shane Burgess to discuss his work in desert streams, the effects of monsoon season on the organisms that live in and around streams in the Sonoran Desert, his science storytelling on social media that’s earned him an audience of more than 8,000 Twitter followers, and his viral video of a coyote chasing a roadrunner.

Watch on ALVSCE YouTube channel

Toker offers wealth of entrepreneurial experience to CALES students and faculty

Emre Toker

Feb. 23, 2022

Emre Toker learned about entrepreneurship starting from a young age while helping his father sell produce in the Istanbul market. His journey continued in the U.S. as a successful biomedical innovator and entrepreneur, and since 2018 he has been working with students and faculty at the UArizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to help them reach their goals. 

Read more on the CALES website

Senator Sinema discusses water infrastructure in Yuma

Sen. Sinema

Feb. 23, 2022

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema visited UA's Yuma Agricultural Center and spoke with local agricultural and UA leaders to discuss several topics and had a separate meeting to focus on water infrastructure. 

More on KYMA-TV website

Giving Day offers way for alumni, supporters to impact CALES

Sandy and Fran

Feb. 10, 2022

CALES alumnus Fran Colwell and his wife, Sandy Koizumi, announced they have decided to match all gifts up to $3,000 that fund the Director’s Award in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE) for 2022 UArizona Giving Day, supporting an endowed fund they created in 2021 to help support the school’s students in perpetuity.

Read more on the CALES website

U.S. Agriculture Secretary urges colleges to expand training for meatpacking jobs

Tom Vilsack

Feb. 8, 2022

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Arizona to promote President Biden's effort to further involve higher education in training for meatpacking jobs and spur competition in the industry and promote sustainable local agriculture.

Read more in Politico

Long-time CALES Supporter Earns Honorary Doctorate

Gary Pasquinelli

Dec. 16, 2021

Gary Pasquinelli, a driving force in Yuma-area agriculture and longtime supporter of student success and research at "his adopted second university", earned an honorary Doctor of Science degree from UArizona.

Read more on the CALES website

D'Arrigo Receives Eugene G. Sander Lifetime Achievement Award


Nov. 11, 2021

John D’Arrigo, the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board for D’Arrigo California and one of the founders of the Yuma Center for Excellence in Desert Agriculture, was honored with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Eugene G. Sander Lifetime Achievement Award.

Read more in AndNowUKnow

Researchers Develop Tools to Listen, Talk to Plants with $25M from NSF

MAC Field Scanalyzer

Oct. 26, 2021

A $25 million grant from the National Science Foundation will allow researchers from the University of Arizona, Cornell University, the Boyce Thompson Institute and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to "listen" to plants to help them develop new technologies to develop sustainable agriculture and support imperiled ecosystems through the newly established Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems.

Read more at University of Arizona News

UArizona Alumnus Gives $1M to Enhance Learning Support Services for Students

College advisor shares brochure with three students.

June 23, 2021

Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will soon have access to additional and expanded services to support their academic success thanks to a $1 million gift from a University of Arizona alumnus.

Read more at University of Arizona News

Unveiling the Next Century at UA’s Learning Lab

Bird's eye view of Campus Agricultural Center with historic buildings in foreground

Apr. 12, 2021

For more than a century, the Campus Agricultural Center (CAC) has served a vital role for the university as a hub of instruction, research, and extension. University of Arizona Vice President of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension Shane Burgess knows generations of students and faculty consider the 185-acre research facility as a second home, just as important to their UA experience as any classroom or laboratory on the main campus three miles to the south.

Read more on the Arizona Farm Bureau website

UArizona Startup GenetiRate Acquired by Aquaculture Biotechnology Company

Scientist in lab with pipette in hand

Feb. 5, 2021

University of Arizona startup GenetiRate has been acquired by biotechnology company IMV Technologies.

Read more at University of Arizona News

CALES center donates 900 pounds of produce to Navajo Nation

Group of men and women holding crates of tomatoes inside greenhouse

May 15, 2020

Throughout the novel coronavirus pandemic, faculty within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have banded together to serve our local communities—from producing much-needed hand sanitizer for area healthcare workers to most recently donating 900 hundred pounds of fresh produce to Northern Arizona’s Navajo Nation. 

Read more on the CALES website

UArizona research labs produce hand sanitizer for area health care workers

A group of researchers in the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences has turned to making hand sanitizer for health care workers.

Mar. 26, 2020

Researchers in the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are working to produce much-needed hand sanitizer for health care workers in Southern Arizona hospitals.

Read more at KOLD News 13

COH & CALES Team on New Rural Leadership and Renewal Program

Signage on glass classroom door

Mar. 2, 2020

In keeping with its land-grant mission, the University of Arizona has always served the rural areas of the state, through agricultural research and education that directly impact those communities.

Read more on the College of Humanities website

Interview for The Torch, Better Business Bureau serving the Pacific Southwest

Dec. 13, 2019

Shane Burgess, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at The University of Arizona, stops by to talk about some of the compelling ways university research impacts the private sector. Also, find out how wine, sleeping tigers, and Graceland fit into this wonderful conversation about rural Arizona.

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Physical and Life Sciences Earn High Marks in Times Higher Ed Ranking

Night Sky at Kitt Peak Observatory

Nov. 26, 2019

The University of Arizona placed in the top 20 among U.S. public universities in physical and life sciences in the newest subject rankings from Times Higher Education.

Read more at University of Arizona News

UArizona Beef Herd Undergoes Comprehensive Genetic Testing

Ranch superintendent with calf outside corral

Oct. 29, 2019

The University of Arizona now has a complete genome description of its academic beef herd after completing a SNP (single nucleotide polymorphisms) typing project this past May at the V Bar V Agricultural Experiment Station in Coconino County.

Read more on the CALES website

$1M Commitment Fuels International Wildlife Conservation Programs at UA


Oct. 9, 2019

An anonymous donor's generosity will help train the next generation of wildlife conservation biologists in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment and strengthen the school's outreach opportunities abroad.

Read more at University of Arizona News

Cooperative Extensions: What are they, would you notice if they disappeared?

ALVSCE Vice President Shane Burgess

June 11, 2019

These entities operate in the shadows but play a major role providing resources to the Kingman area

Read more in the Kingman Daily Miner

Norton School Welcomes Laura Scaramella as Director

Laura Scaramella

Apr. 15, 2019

Laura Scaramella, a Tucson native and UA alumna, has been named director of the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. She begins June 1.

Read more in Lo Que Pasa

University of Arizona Receives $1.5M for Food Safety Research and Education

From left: UA President Robert C. Robbins, Vic and Karen Smith, Margarethe Cooper, Shane Burgess (Photo: Sunstreet Photo)

Feb. 1, 2019

Margarethe Cooper, an assistant professor of practice in animal and comparative biomedical sciences, is the inaugural holder of the Victor P. Smith Endowed Chair in Food Safety Education.

Read more in Quality Assurance & Food Safety magazine

New Degree Combines Professional, Cultural Skills

Five students working together at a table with pen and paper.

Sept. 12, 2018

Five UA colleges are collaborating on a bachelor of arts degree in applied humanities, an innovative interdisciplinary degree designed to give students a global focus.

Read more at University of Arizona News

UA Offers Two New Undergraduate Food Programs

Bowls of red and green peppers, carrots and cucumbers

June 26, 2018

As new food-related majors are burgeoning across the country, the new B.A. in Food Studies and B.S. in Nutrition and Food Systems offer UA students additional opportunities to explore the interdisciplinary nature of food.

Read more at University of Arizona News

Interview on Profiles in Business radio program

June 2018

With Amber Smith, president and CEO, Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce

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Endowed Dean's Chair Announced for CALES

Shane Burgess and Robert F. Charles, Jr.

May 7, 2018

The Charles-Sander Dean's Chair will serve as a perpetual fund to attract and retain outstanding deans in the college and was made possible by a gift from alumnus Robert F. Charles Jr. and his wife, Julia M. Charles.

Read more at University of Arizona News

UA Student Film Looks at New Type of Zoo

Photographer filming zookeeper working with giant anteater.

Dec. 11, 2017

"A Modern Zoo," a short documentary produced by a science journalism class of 18 students, shows how animal welfare, conservation and education are all important functions of Tucson's Reid Park Zoo.

Read more at University of Arizona News

Arizona Agriculture Is Big Business, New Report Demonstrates

Field of lettuce in arid landscape

Nov. 7, 2017

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension’s Economic Impact Analysis Team recently announced agribusiness contributes a record $23.3 billion in sales to the state's economy, as well as supporting more than 138,000 jobs.

Read more at University of Arizona News

World’s Largest Robotic Field Scanner Now in Place

Field scanner pictured over arid farm field

June 21, 2016

The UA is part of an effort led by the U.S. Department of Energy to collect and generate big data faster and develop new crops more quickly for sustainable domestic energy — and food, feed and fiber needs down the line. Creating domestic biofuels from sorghum is just the beginning.

Read more at University of Arizona News

Faculty Senate Approves Policy to Expand Public Access to UA Research

Open pages of book

April 6, 2016

UA faculty will now be asked to submit the final accepted manuscripts of their scholarly articles to the UA Campus Repository, under an Open Access policy passed by the Faculty Senate on Monday.

Read more in Lo Que Pasa

Sharon Megdal Receives Women of Influence Lifetime Achievement Award

Sharon Megdal speaking at podium

March 29, 2016

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.

Read more in Lo Que Pasa

Open Access Causes Disruption of Status Quo

Gold-tone padlock with key inserted

March 14, 2016

With each bringing a unique perspective, four open-access proponents address a contentious subject affecting scholarly publications.

Read more at University of Arizona News

Documentary Wins Regional Emmy

Man holding Emmy Award in front of brick university building

Nov. 16, 2015

A College of Agriculture and Life Sciences team has been awarded a Rocky Mountain Emmy for "Earthlight."

Read more at University of Arizona News

2 UA Colleges Collaborate to Form Law and Policy Center

Canal passing through arid landscape

Nov. 4, 2015

The new center will include a law clinic staffed by students from two UA colleges who will work directly with ranchers, farmers, miners and others.

Read more at University of Arizona News

UA Chooses Oro Valley for Vet School

Sept. 29, 2015

First-year students would take classes in Tucson before moving to a clinical training facility in a northern suburb.

Read more in Veterinary Practice News

UA Aids Myanmar's Seafood Industry

Group of men and women in formal dress cutting ceremonial ribbon

Aug. 28, 2015

The University has been awarded more than $1.7 million from USAID to help develop aquaculture in Myanmar.

Read more at University of Arizona News

Meet the Dean: Shane Burgess

Aug. 14, 2015

They're experts in their fields and essential campus leaders, but how well do you know deans across the University?

Read more in Lo Que Pasa

'Tough Phase' for Cotton Growers, UA Dean Says

June 12, 2015

Shane Burgess says they're not water wasters, noting that irrigated farmland in Arizona actually has decreased in recent decades.

Read more at University of Arizona News

Ecosystem Metaphor May Apply to Humans

Group of sea stars on a rocky ocean shore

April 9, 2015

UA researchers have attracted the attention of the Department of Defense by looking at how organizational ecology may relate to human networks — and even to terrorist organizations.

Read more at University of Arizona News

UA Dean Calls for 'Decade of Nutrition'

Pepper grinders and a bottle of olive oil with tomatoes in the foreground

Feb. 5, 2015

The Mediterranean diet is full of healthful choices, and a four-part cooking series can help in understanding its benefits.

Read more at University of Arizona News

Science doesn't lie: Forest thinning pays off

Jan. 5, 2015

The Arizona Republic recently ran several stories about efforts to thin forests in northern Arizona to protect the area from the damage, and the monetary and human cost, of wildfires.

Read more in the Arizona Republic

Paul Brierley to Lead Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture

Headshot of man in suit and tie

Oct. 7, 2014

The UA's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has named Paul Brierley the inaugural director of its recently launched Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture.

Read more in Lo Que Pasa

New Veterinary Degree Program at University of Arizona

Veterinarian and assistant administering shot to bovine

Sept. 2, 2014

The University of Arizona will soon be the home of the state's first public veterinary medical and surgical program to train doctors of veterinary medicine.

Read more at AgWeb

$9 Million Gift to Support UA's Veterinary Medical and Surgical Program

Horse in pasture with white farm buildings and mountains in background

Aug. 22, 2014

Thanks to a Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation gift, the University of Arizona will be able to launch Arizona's first public program to train Doctors of Veterinary Medicine.

Read more at University of Arizona News

Through Innovative Partnership, 'Hot Shot' Team Tackles Yuma Produce Perils

Gloved hands holding two broccoli crowns

Aug. 11, 2014

The new Center for Excellence in Desert Agriculture will aid growers with science and information to address threats to agriculture.

Read more at University of Arizona News

New UA Brand to Debut Next Week With New Ads, Website and More

April 9, 2014

The official launch of the UA’s new branding – which includes new advertising, a new UA homepage and updated design elements intended to give campus materials a more cohesive look and feel – is just around the corner.

Read more in Lo Que Pasa

GMO food is safe, labeled or not

March 14, 2014

Regarding "GMO labeling: Know what you eat" by Arizona Republic editorial writer Linda Valdez (Viewpoints, Feb. 23):

I am the dean of the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I tell all our research scientists that we aren't hired to prove our preconceptions or to advocate. We don't set policy. Our job is to do the best science and to provide unbiased data. We also use our scientific expertise to review what others have done.

Read more in the Arizona Republic

UA Faculty Present at Global Agriculture Forum in Abu Dhabi

Four men in suits standing in front of Accordion photobioreactor

March 11, 2014

The UA was the official Knowledge Partner for the event, which drew more than 3,200 participants from 62 countries.

Read more at University of Arizona News

UA Plans New School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Two horses in a pasture nuzzling each other

Sept. 28, 2012

The Arizona Board of Regents has approved a one-time funding request of $3 million would make possible the planning of an Arizona Veterinary Medical Education program. Next, the state Legislature will consider the request.

Read more at University of Arizona News

Award to UA, Others Marks Morrill Act 150th Anniversary

Gold-tone standing plaque featuring men and women in ancient dress with handful of grains and jugs

July 2, 2012

The Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862 provided federal land to the states to establish public universities and agriculture education programs.

Read more at University of Arizona News

CALES Appoints Four New Associate Deans

Headshot of man in suit and tie

Feb. 23, 2012

The UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has installed its new leadership group.

Read more in University of Arizona News

$4.5M Endowed Gift Supports UA Rangeland Research

Ranchers on horseback on wooded range

Feb. 3, 2012

The gift from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation will support work at the UA that will enhance and strengthen the ecological, economic and social viability of ranching.

Read more at University of Arizona News

Arizona Senate President Honed Ranching Skills at UA

Vintage black-and-white photo of instructor with five male and female students

Jan. 19, 2012

Born to a pioneer Arizona ranching family, Steve Pierce, a graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has become a fixture in the cattle industry.

Read more at University of Arizona News

New UA Agriculture, Life Sciences Dean Chosen

Headshot of man in suit and tie

July 18, 2011

Mississippi State University's Shane C. Burgess brings literally a world of experience in genetics and veterinary science with him to the UA.

Read more at University of Arizona News