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Fall 2020 Updates
Latest updates from the Office of the Registrar on schedule of classes, class formats and more.
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.
Three stories created by Landmark Stories in partnership with the Department of Environmental were recognized with national Telly Awards (Tackling Environmental Challenges; The Making of a Metalhead Scientist; Next Hopi Scientist).
Channah Rock, professor and water quality extension specialist, was highlighted by the food safety media, The Packer, for her vital part in keeping our produce and water safe.
Alumnus Stefan Walston’s (MS Soil, Water Environmental Science ’13) current title is a mouthful. But as a Water Utilities Process Coordinator in the City of Tempe, he weaves microbiology and water expertise with life lessons from military service and private sector to solve water quality issues.
We sadly couldn't meet in person, but watch this short video to hear a few words from our department head, Jon Chorover, and see the Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral Degrees awarded to our students graduating in spring and summer 2020.
To slow or prevent the transmission of viruses, such as the novel coronavirus, continuously active disinfectants could provide a new line of defense, according to a recent University of Arizona study released on the health sciences preprint server MedRxiv by faculty Luisa Ikner and Charles Gerba.
ENVS alumna Kelly Reynolds, chair of the College of Public Health Department of Community, Environment, and Policy and director of Environment, Exposure Science and Risk Assessment Center, collaborates with the Tucson Fire Department to develop a training video detailing protocols for first responders for avoiding infection during the COVID-19 outbreak.