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Environmental variability and global change are discussed more and more frequently in news articles and programs as the general public becomes increasingly aware of the rapid environmental transformations taking place around the world. The Institute of the Environment produces general interest articles about current UA research relevant to the environment, spotlights that chronicle the work of IoE faculty, and other articles, including a series on drought in the Southwest. The most recent articles are listed below. Older articles and links to UA News press releases also are available in the News Archive.
December 11, 2013
Poetry and art excerpts from a forthcoming book project by Tumamoc: People and Habitats, called This Piece of Earth, highlight interactions between art and science that help build a deeper sense of place.
December 10, 2013
The UA College of Science's popular Science Cafés represent an important educational and outreach effort aimed at breaking down barriers between the scientific community and general public. This fall's slate of talks will wrap up with subjects of general community interest in the areas of behavioral sciences and environmental research.
December 6, 2013
UA faculty members Malcolm Hughes, Katrina Marie Miranda and Diana E. Wheeler have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The honor is only bestowed upon those individuals who maintain a proven record of advancing knowledge and applications determined to be scientifically or socially distinguished.
December 6, 2013
Three of the host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil are hot spots for dengue fever, a tropical disease transmitted by mosquitoes. Aedes aegypti, the mosquitoes that are dengue's primary carriers, "love human environments," says Cory Morin, a UA postdoctoral research associate in geography and development. "The more the area is urbanized, the better it is for that mosquito."
December 5, 2013
In this article about how diseases are moving into new areas due to climate shifts, UA Provost Andrew Comrie shares his insights about Valley Fever.
December 5, 2013
Arizona Daily Wildcat
University of Arizona's Ellen McMahon, Eric Magrane, and Diana Liverman discuss the role of art, poetry and other creative forms of communication in providing a unique way to connect with scientific information.
December 3, 2013
UA researcher Armin Sorooshian and his team recently conducted two aircraft field studies to investigate haze, dust and smoke – those little-understood ubiquitous aerosol particles. In studying the properties of such particles in the atmosphere, the team is working to help scientists to better understand aerosol-cloud interactions and predict climate change.
December 1, 2013
Arizona Daily Star
Kenneth L. Cummins, a research professor in the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, part of the UA Department of Atmospheric Sciences, writes about his work trying to better understand why cloud-to-ground lightning strikes occur where they do. The article is part of the UA Science special section published in the Arizona Daily Star.
November 28, 2013
A school that was on the verge of closing is now turning out future scientists in Barrio Hollywood.
November 25, 2013
Park(ing) Day – a collaboration between the Living Street Alliance, the Sustainable City Project, the Downtown Tucson Partnership and the University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture – returned to Tucson in the form of mini, temporary parks the size of parking spaces. These experimental "parklets" were designed as green space, herb gardens, seating, bike parking and a place for children and families to play.