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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

UA Climate Adaptation Science Center receives $4.5M

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 12:38 PM

click image SOUTHWEST CLIMATE ADAPTATION SCIENCE CENTER
  • Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center

The Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, SW CASC, at the University of Arizona received a $4.5 million grant from the United States Geological Survey to support research on climate science and adaptation in the Southern Arizona region.

SW CASC was originally established in 2011 and is responsible for researching the adaptation impacts of land, water and wildlife in the southwest.

With the grant, the SW CASC will be able to continue its seven-year research in partnership with the United States Geological Survey, USGS, to assess the southwest's scientific needs. 
click image UA Climate Adaptation Science Center receives $4.5 M for research - SOUTHWEST CLIMATE ADAPTATION SCIENCE CENTER
  • Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center
  • UA Climate Adaptation Science Center receives $4.5 M for research


Researchers at the SW CASC will be able to use the funds to research topics including vegetation conversion, the theory that after destructive natural events such as wildfires and pathogen outbreaks, new species will appear in the landscapes effected. 

The center also announced that it will continue research on drought, the steady increase of summer and winter temperatures and flood risks due to increases in rainfall.

Stephen Jackson is the USGS director of the SW CASC and adjunct professor of geoscience and natural resources and environment at UA. Jackson said that the research would also be able to help other parts of the country.

"The entire world is going to be and already is facing impacts of climate change, but in the southwest, we're seeing it faster and more intensely," Jackson said. "Seeing this first puts us in a good position to tell people in other parts of the country what challenges might be coming to them and pass along information about how to adapt."

To read more about the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, click here.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Local High Schoolers Meet Molecular and Cellular Biology

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 3:38 PM

The University of Arizona department of Molecular & Cellular Biology hosted students from 10 different Phoenix, Tucson and Marana high schools on Oct. 31 for their annual “Meet MCB!” event.

“Meet MCB! is our opportunity to share the scientific research of molecular and cellular biology with Arizona high school students,” said Dr. Joyce Schroeder, Head of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. 
MICHELE VAUGHAN
  • Michele Vaughan

At the event, students toured UA research labs working on cancer research, aging and neurodegenerative disease, while also receiving information on applying to the university and the MCB major.

“Our goal through this event is to showcase the excitement of UA science and give them a glimpse of what life is like as a MCB major at the University of Arizona,” Shroeder said.

All students who attended the event were already linked to the MCB department through the decades-old BIOTECH Project. Through this project, teachers offer high-school students across Arizona hands-on biotechnology experience in professional development workshops, classroom visits, and material and equipment loans.

Dr. Andrew Lettes, biotechnology instructor at Pueblo High School, is heavily involved with the BIOTECH project and attended the Meet MCB! event with his students.

Lettes’ students are currently taking advantage of the BIOTECH project by earning college credit via biotechnology CTE courses at Pueblo High.

This option was first made available in Spring 2013, with the UA MCB department offering three units of credit for two biotechnology courses, MCB101 and MCB102, and for a fraction of the cost: $475 dollars per course. Currently, 12 schools in Pima County offer this opportunity to their students. 
MICHELE VAUGHAN
  • Michele Vaughan

“It’s different than a simple bio course,” Lettes said. “It helps apply the science that they learn to real life.”

During their lab tour with UA associate staff scientist Kimiko Della Croce and her team of university students, the Pueblo High School students walked through a series of large posters explaining why individual cells are studied and how the data is analyzed through cytometry. After, the students saw computers processing data from the cells.

Kara Dyson, the senior academic advisor for the MCB department, said in a press release, “By hosting Meet MCB!, we hope to dispel some of the stigma about big universities and show that our department is a big family of people who truly care for their students.”

The BIOTECH project is supported by the UA BIO5 Institute, the Pima County Joint Technological Education District, the Pima County One Stop Career Center, the UA MCB department and the Marshall Foundation, and continue to use their support to help underrepresented populations of students.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

UA College of Nursing and MHC Healthcare Partner to Tackle Opioid Misuse

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 2:53 PM

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With an $821,000 grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration, Rena Love will work to bring better health care to people living in rural communities.

As a clinical associate professor at the University of Arizona’s College of Nursing, Love leads the Behavioral Health Workforce and Education Training project, which works to increase the number of psychiatric nurse practitioners in rural and other underserved communities.

The grant will allow the College of Nursing to partner with MHC Healthcare in Marana. Together, the collaboration aims at better equipping MHC to treat opioid use disorder.

The overdose rate in Pima County for 2016 was 21.9 per 100,000 people which is much higher than the state average of 16.9 per 100,000. Part of the problem is that rural health care providers don't have the same opportunities to receive training in behavioral health in regards to opioid use.

This grant and partnership will be put to use to train healthcare providers in Pima county on how to better handle opioid misuse.

Learn more here.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Benjamin Wilder Named New Director at Tumamoc Hill.

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 4:39 PM

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  • Photo courtesy of the University of Arizona
What does it take to run one of the most anthropologically, ecologically, gastronomically and culturally important places in Tucson and beyond? Just ask Benjamin Wilder, the new director of Tumamoc Hill.

The area surrounding Tumamoc Hill is the longest continuously inhabited site in the United States, with evidence of maize cultivation from over 4,000 years ago. This was a leading factor in the UNESCO designation of Tucson as an international city of gastronomy.

The site was first studied by scientists from the Carnegie Institution in 1903 with the goal of learning how plants adapt to the arid environment. The area was purchased by the University of Arizona in 1956 and is one of the longest-running scientific observations in the world.

"The people that walk the hill today are only the most recent chapter in that history, the vantage point from this peak looking over the valley of Tucson continues to draw us up Tumamoc’s slopes," Wilder said. "Now, we have 115 years of science that is the baseline of knowledge of the Sonoran Desert.

Wilder described his new position as his dream job, and has come full circle since he began his journey at Tumamoc studying buffelgrass as an undergraduate student in 2004.

Wilder returned to UA in 2015 to work with the Consortium for Arizona and Mexico Arid Environments. In 2016 he was appointed the interim director of Tumamoc Hill. Since then, Wilder has helped create Tumamoc Tour, a free app that tells the history of the Sonoran desert through the hill, rainwater harvesting at the Tumamoc Laboratory and modern storage for important fossils that are kept at Tumamoc.

Now, as director, Wilder said he plans to upgrade old buildings, labs and roads, implement more science and art programs at Tumamoc, build a visitor's center at the bottom of the hill and much more. Wilder hopes that Tumamoc Tomorrow, an upcoming capital campaign, will provide the necessary funds to continue the research and outreach at the site.

Wilder is positive about the years to come for the age-old Tucson favorite, saying "the work we do here is our history, but also our future."

Learn more about Wilder here.

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Tuesday, Oct. 16

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Jen McIntosh - COURTESY OF UA
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  • Jen McIntosh
The Race for Groundwater: A Shrinking Resource. UA College of Science is hosting this fall lecture series all about Women in Science: From Pioneers to the Present. Women researchers from the University of Arizona will be talking about their research, as well as about other women researchers who inspired them. On this week’s docket: Jen McIntosh in hydrology and atmospheric sciences, who will be talking about the world’s shrinking supply of groundwater, particularly in the United States. She’ll also talk about the work of Barbara Sherwood-Lollar, a scientist from the University of Toronto who discovered deep water resources in the earth’s crust (and the microbial life that lives there). 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Magpie’s Gourmet Pizza, 605 N. Fourth Ave. Free. Details Here.

Daniel Asia - COURTESY OF UA
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  • Daniel Asia
Fred Fox Music+Festival. The Fred Fox School of Music will be hosting its eleventh Music+Festival this year to honor late poet Paul Pines. The festival will consist of seven concerts, a symposium and a major conference. Although most events are featured on the weekend, today they will be hosting the Poetry of Paul Pines set by Daniel Asia. 7:00 p.m. Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N. Olive Road. This is a free event. Details Here.

Creative Juice Spooky Starry Night. Get through the week with a little art, sipping on a glass of wine and learning how to paint like Van Gogh. With an instructor to guide you through step-by-step instructions, avoid a disaster with paint and have a great social hour at the same time. Plus, you'll be creating a masterpiece! $35 per person. 6530 E. Tanque Verde Road. Details Here.

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Events compiled by Brianna Lewis, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Zac Ogden and Jeff Gardner.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

UA College of Science presents 'The Race for Ground Water – A Shrinking Resource'

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM

click image UA College of Science will host UA Science Café at Magpies Gourmet Pizza  'The Race for Ground Water – A Shrinking Resource' on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. Science Cafés bring the community together to talk about science in a casual setting. - UA SCIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
  • UA Science at the University of Arizona
  • UA College of Science will host UA Science Café at Magpies Gourmet Pizza 'The Race for Ground Water – A Shrinking Resource' on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. Science Cafés bring the community together to talk about science in a casual setting.

On Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m., the University of Arizona College of Science will be hosting UA Science Café. This installation of the Cafe is titled ‘The Race for Ground Water-A Shrinking Resource’ and is held at Magpies Gourmet Pizza on Fourth Ave.

Presented by Jen McIntosh, associate professor for UA Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, the talk will bring the community together to talk about the competition and shrinking supply of the last deep groundwater resources in the United States.

Barbara Sherwood Lollar, a prominent scientist from the University of Toronto who discovered deep, billion-year-old water resources in the earth’s crust and the microbial life that lives there will be highlighted at the talk.

The Science Café at Magpies Gourmet Pizza series features leading female researchers from the University of Arizona who work in a variety of fields. Each presenter will reference a female researcher who came before them in their field, who inspired them at a time when few women were able to pursue a career in scientific research.

Science Cafés teach the latest research that is being conducted and allow all to come and interact with the faces behind the science. There are five different café series at five different locations in Tucson. 

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Sports Nutrition Conference: 'Fueling Practice and Play' at UA

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 10:46 AM

click image THE DEPARTMENT OF NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES- UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
  • The Department of Nutritional Sciences- University of Arizona
On Friday, Oct. 12 Sports Nutrition Conference: ‘Fueling Practice and Play’ will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The University of Arizona’s Student Union Memorial Center South Ballroom and Lowell Steven Football Facility. This event is put on by UA Department of Nutritional Sciences.

Join coaches, researchers, dietitians, athletes and educators to learn about practical sports nutrition tips and evidence-based sports and fitness nutrition practices.

The conference will include hands-on workshops on topics ranging from the role of body composition in athletic performance, to spotting and treating eating disorders, to meal planning strategies for athletes.

This conference is designed for healthcare providers including registered dietitians and nutrition professionals, cooperative extension faculty, strength conditioning coaches, professional trainers, tactical strength and conditioning professionals, physical activity researchers and educators and club sport, high school, and collegiate coaches, athletes, and trainers with an interest in sports nutrition.

The daylong conference will also feature two separate breakout sessions where participants can choose two activities from making smoothies for pre-workout and post-workout situations, making CHAMP bars, assessing body composition, touring the McKale Olympic weight room, touring the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility and hearing world class speakers. These sessions are chosen at registration on a first come, first serve basis.

Registration is $150 for professionals and $75 for students (with code). To verify your enrollment status and receive the code, you must contact Theresa Spicer at tpsicer@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-7126.

Speakers include:

- Monica Laudermilk, PhD, Senior Director, Research, EXOS
- Amanda Carlson-Phillips, MS, RD, CSSD, VP Nutrition and research, EXOS
- Amy Athey PsyD, Director of Clinical and Sports Psychology Services, The University of Arizona
- Scott Going, PhD, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, The University of Arizona
- Riley Nickols, PhD, Counseling and Sport Psychology, Director of the Victory Program
- Alicia Kendig, MS, RD, CSSD, Senior Sports Dietitian, United States Olympic Committee (USOC)
- UA Coaches and athletes will host a panel discussion

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Monday, October 1, 2018

UA Panel '1968: A Closer Look at Its Impact' to Take Place at Main Library

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 11:11 AM

click image In 1968, America was transformed through the arts, conflict and everyday life. On October 4 at the UA Main Library, there will be a panel discussion on the impact of 1968 - CLEVELAND JAZZ ORCHESTRA
  • Cleveland Jazz Orchestra
  • In 1968, America was transformed through the arts, conflict and everyday life. On October 4 at the UA Main Library, there will be a panel discussion on the impact of 1968

Special Collections at the University of Arizona Libraries will hold a panel titled ‘1968: A Closer Look at Its Impact’ on Tuesday, October 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This event will be a panel discussion where activists, musicians, teachers and writers explore the art, conflicts and everyday life of 1968. The discussion will include stories about what life was like in Tucson for women and people of color, some of the popular protest music and the impact that Edward Abbey’s autobiographic work published in 1968, “Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness” had on this country.

The panel members include Guadalupe Castillo, retired educator and community organizer, Gregory McNamee, author and adjunct lecturer for Eller College of Management, Ted Warmbrand, folk singer and storyteller and Barbea Williams, Artistic Director of Barbea Williams Performing Company and adjunct faculty for UA School of Dance.

So, what happened in 1968?

1. On January 23, North Korea captured the USS Pueblo which threatened to worsen Cold War tensions.
2. On January 30, North Vietnam launched the Tet Offensive against the United States and South Vietnam which signified the beginning of the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
3. On April 4, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
4. On June 5, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
5. On September 30, Boeing introduced the first 747 “Jumbo Jet” which was the world's largest passenger aircraft.
6. On October 16, two African American athletes took a stand at the Summer Olympics by staging a silent demonstration against racial discrimination in the United States.
7. On November 22, “Star Trek” aired American television's first interracial kiss.
8. On December 24, Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon. Jim Lovell, Bill Anders and Frank Borman became the first human beings to travel to the moon. 

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