In the Media

CALS 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 CALS 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.

March 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 & CALS Team on New Rural Leadership and Renewal Program

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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

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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 UANews

UArizona Beef Herd Undergoes Comprehensive Genetic Testing

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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 CALS website

$1M Commitment Fuels International Wildlife Conservation Programs at UA

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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 UANews

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

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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.

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UA Offers Two New Undergraduate Food Programs

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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 UANews

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 CALS

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 UANews

UA Student Film Looks at New Type of Zoo

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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 UANews

Arizona Agriculture Is Big Business, New Report Demonstrates

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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 UANews

World’s Largest Robotic Field Scanner Now in Place

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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 UANews

Faculty Senate Approves Policy to Expand Public Access to UA Research

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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

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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

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March 14, 2016

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

Read more at UANews

Documentary Wins Regional Emmy

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Nov. 16, 2015

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

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2 UA Colleges Collaborate to Form Law and Policy Center

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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 UANews

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

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Aug. 28, 2015

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

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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?

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'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.

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Ecosystem Metaphor May Apply to Humans

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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.

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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 UANews

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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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 UANews

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

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March 11, 2014

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

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UA Plans New School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences

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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.

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Award to UA, Others Marks Morrill Act 150th Anniversary

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July 2, 2012

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

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CALS Appoints Four New Associate Deans

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Feb. 23, 2012

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

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$4.5M Endowed Gift Supports UA Rangeland Research

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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.

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Arizona Senate President Honed Ranching Skills at UA

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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.

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New UA Agriculture, Life Sciences Dean Chosen

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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 UANews