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Fall 2020 Updates
Latest updates from the Office of the Registrar on schedule of classes, class formats and more.
ENVS Professor and Department Head Jon Chorover's article focuses on the life that thrives beneath the surface of the earth and in the soil, revealing the importance of understanding the Earth's critical zone. Read the article published in Eos, Science News by the American Geophysical Union.
After water returned to the Santa Cruz River in the form of 2.8 million gallons of reclaimed water released daily, several species of dragonflies, mayflies, and caddisflies were found near the river's banks.
The University of Arizona recently created the Arizona Institutes for Resilience: Solutions for the Environment and Society (AIR) to better understand environmental challenges as well as form solutions that improve people's resilience in the wake of environmental events.
Testing wastewater from The University of Arizona dorms possibly prevented an outbreak on campus. ENVS faculty and researchers had a wastewater sample come back positive, and after testing all individuals living at the dorm, two asymptomatic individuals tested positive and were quarantined.
Alma Morales and Richelle Thomas are involved in a program that is aimed to help College of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduate students' leadership skills for the workplace. Morales is currently being mentored by Bayer Crop Sciences and Thomas is being mentored by IBM in this program to experience what it is to be a good leader in their field.
Professor Kevin Fitzsimmons was featured in an article on marine ecology and biology, discussing his thoughts on the future of aquaculture and sustainability.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced a quick adaptation to online learning, and laboratory courses are no exception. The development of a virtual laboratory course could take more than a year, so Rivka Fidel decided to create soil lab kits to send to her students all over the country for the fall 2020 semester.
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Mike Crimmins explains how Tucson's lack of a heavy monsoon season is related to the microclimates that exist in the city. Crimmins and his colleagues are looking to collect weather and rainwater data to better understand rainfall throughout the city.
Working with our faculty Malak Tfaily studying ecosystem genomics, Graf Grachet tracks carbon in soil over time to better understand carbon cycling and greenhouse gas emissions. Watch the 2 minute video to learn more about her current incubation experiments, and how she wants to integrate data analysis, bioinformatics and metabolomics (the study of small molecules produced by microorganisms) our climate.
Working to understand mine waste systems and their relationship to human and environmental health, the University of Arizona Superfund Research Center will explore the link between chronic exposure to arsenic and the development of diabetes, thanks to a $10.6 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Each year, we recognize two graduating students, one Master's and Ph.D., who have produced a thesis or dissertation that has high quality research and broad impacts. This year the Outstanding Thesis is awarded to Joy Custer researching cultivation of soil microbes, and the Outstanding Dissertation is awarded to Bryan Moravec studying critical earth zone processes.
Ian Pepper, Charles Gerba, and Walter Betancourt participate in a study researching COVID-19 in wastewater, discovering how the virus can spread and specific locations and temperatures where the virus thrives.