Magrane, Marple a Science-Poetry TeamMay 1, 2015
IE's Carson Scholar Eric Magrane speaks about the connection between creative writing and the natural environment. As the Desert Museums's poet-in-residence, Magrane does poetry resding and performances with Miss Marple, the Musuem's ringtail cat. He is scheduled to do a reading on May 1 at Antigone Books.
UA Helps Bring Seed Library Forum to TucsonMay 1, 2015
Ensuring community access to seeds remains a vital issue, and the UA is among those hosting the first International Seed Library Forum, a four-day event that kicks off on Sunday.
Meet the Beetle That Packs a Machine GunApril 30, 2015
If you thought that a beetle with a machine gun built into its rear end was something that only exists in sci-fi movies, you should talk to Wendy Moore at the University of Arizona.
Many beetles secrete foul-smelling or bad-tasting chemicals from their abdomens to ward off predators, but bombardier beetles take it a step further. When threatened, they combine chemicals in an explosive chemical reaction chamber in their abdomen to simultaneously synthesize, heat and propel their defensive load as a boiling hot spray, complete with "gun smoke." They can even precisely aim the nozzle at the attacker.
UA's Alison Deming Named Guggenheim FellowApril 28, 2015
University of Arizona professor Alison Hawthorne Deming is among the 175 scientists, artists and scholars from the United States and Canada to receive a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship Award.
Deming, a professor in the Department of English in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, will use her one-year fellowship to work on a new book of essays. Her research will take her from the fishing villages along the Canadian coast to the fashion parlors of Paris and New York City during the Gilded Age.
"I was astonished and totally thrilled," Deming said about hearing the news. "It's dream to be recognized by the Guggenheim Foundation and to be given the gift of time to do your work."
Navigating Rough WaterApril 23, 2015
by Paulina Jenney
Randy Gimblett is a mediator for the natural world.
After the Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in Washington was removed in 2011, several different groups, humans and piscine, began vying for the recently opened section of the river. Within a month, the endangered Chinook salmon returned to a 15-mile stretch of spawning habitat that had been closed off to them for nearly 100 years. In addition, the Yakama Nation, which holds rights to net the salmon, and the boating community, whose livelihoods and recreation depend on the river, began settling in to the new stretch of water.