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Watch the short film to see Karletta Chief and her research on the Gold King Mine waste disaster to find out more about the rivers and streams affected by the three million gallons of waste.
A collaborative effort by UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students called "Beyond the Mirage" aims to raise awareness about the state of Arizona's water supply. It is a call to action rendered for many audiences--demanding, challenging, and completely relevant.
Graduate student Victoria Obergh works with water samples to find where antibiotic-resistant bacteria live. The Department of Environmental Science student found many of these contaminated samples in local bodies of water and continues to research the cause of this.
The University of Arizona partnered with the University of Washington to research the relationship between certain background odors and pollinators, like moths. It was discovered that car and truck exhaust fumes also cause a problems for moths, covering up a flower's scent and inhibiting their ability to find certain plants. Leif Abrell assisted in the study, using mass spectrometry for the first time to provide information to explain the olfactory environment.
A study led by Kelly Bright concludes that a substance in oregano oil (the essence that gives pizza its distinct flavor and scent) can be helpful in curbing Norovirus, which is known as the "winter vomiting disease" and a very common food-borne illness.
The University of Arizona is partnering with Pima County to establish the Water and Energy Sustainable Technology Laboratories at Pima County's new Water Reclamation Campus. The building will be located on a new 23,000-square-foot plot of laboratory land.
Charles Gerba together with Loma Linda University in California discovered that reusable grocery bags are a serious threat to humans, many \carrying diseases like E. coli. The report explained that 97% of reusable bag owners do not regularly bleach and/or wash them. "With this knowledge, people will be in a better position to protect their health and that of their children," says Gerba.
UA Latina Scientists create CampCIENCIAS (translated to Camp Science) to provide information, instruction, and hands-on learning to a group high school students that earned their way into the the program with their essays. This is for students who are in border cities on either side of the US-Mexico border.
A UA team, including microbiologist Raina Maier, is in the process of discovering microbial life beneath the surface of Chile's Atacama desert; the same desert that is so barren that NASA uses it as a model for Mars. This desert gets rain about once every decade, so it was a massive surprise when this team found the living bacteria below the exterior of this desert.
Chuck Gerba and Ian Pepper investigated emerging pathogens as they discovered how 30-40% of AIDS patients were found to be inflicted with microsporidial infections. For a long time, this was overlooked as having a relation to environmental causes, until these two researchers looked into the matter to find that drinking water may be the cause of this infection.