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Fall 2020 Updates
Latest updates from the Office of the Registrar on schedule of classes, class formats and more.
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.
Environmental Science Research Scientist and Professor Kevin Fitzsimmons was recently featured in an article on marine ecology and biology, discussing his thoughts on how aquaculture and sustainability intertwine.
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.
A Tucson.com article quoting Associate Professor and Researcher Mike Crimmins explains how Tucson's lack of a heavy monsoon season correlates with "doughnut hole" movement.
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.