Art and science rendezvous at Tumamoc

A local landmark aims to merge the arts with the science in a collaboration from the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill and the University of Arizona’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. Tumamoc Hill, an 860-acre ecological preserve, is pairing art and science through the Tumamoc Transdisciplinary Arts Program, a project that aims to broaden the understanding to the public of what science-based research goes on at the hill. This program opens up the hill for artists to engage with the desert and science community, according to Benjamin Wilder, Interim Director of Tumamoc Hill. “The goal of this program is to really go back to the initial points of inspiration — how do we better communicate the results of research,” Wilder said.  “We can tell the story in so many different ways and model ways to truly make all our users more appreciative of what a special site this is.” Read more

Soy may help prevent breast cancer

Researchers from the University of Arizona Cancer Center are studying the impact soy has on breast cancer, testing if compounds in soy could have any effect on breast cancer. Read more

Many ways to use a mushroom

The MycoCats organization recycle and grow mushrooms with a focus on sustainability, as well as make spawn and fruiting bags to sell to local growers. According to Pryor, the funds from these sales support two to three student employee's half time at the lab.   Read more

Intergalactic Probiotics

Researchers have put the entire microenvironment of the human gastrointestinal system on a microchip the size of an SD card -- and it will help humans survive on Mars. Read more

Green grads

Here are three recent UA graduates who are putting their degrees to work in green ways. Read more

Sustaining the future of food

 Sustainability, or the capability to support a population, is a hot topic right now, and for good reason. With rapidly expanding urban areas and fluctuating climate patterns, scientists are striving to develop a blueprint for a sustainable future. But what does sustainability look like in real life?  Read more

'Marriage' of ideas: Husband and wife team-up to combat opioid epidemic

The current opioid crisis has led some to call for the elimination, or at the very least reduction, in opioid prescriptions. Yet, without an alternative treatment method, doctors cannot afford to lose this critical tool in the fight against chronic pain and more. A group of researchers and inventors at the University of Arizona believe it has this missing replacement for opioids — a non-addictive pain relief drug.  Read more

Immunity boost

A coalition of researchers, including several from the University of Arizona, have received a $10 million grant over five years to conduct research on the human immune system and aging.  Read more

Is it normal to feel this stressed?

We’ve all experienced it before — that one week in the semester that makes the rest of the year seem like a joyride. Between caffeine-crazed study sessions and emotional breakdowns in the library, no one would blame you for feeling like you’re on the brink of insanity. Stress is a generally accepted part of the college experience. Some might even say college wouldn’t be the same without it.  Read more

Long-distance discovery: Tracing the origins of Turquoise in Arizona

The Killick Lab at the University of Arizona has been studying Canyon Creek Mine in east-central Arizona for information on historical mining in Native American history. The results? The turquoise mined from Canyon Creek had been traded by the tribes farther than previously thought, after the lab had investigated the properties of the gemstone. Read more

Restoration efforts bring the All Souls procession to the Santa Cruz

Historically, the All Souls Procession route has been downtown starting on 6th Ave and continuing onto Congress St. This year, with the help of the Sonoran Institute, the procession ran parallel to the Santa Cruz from Speedway to Congress. The Sonoran Institute built a float in honor of the river for Sunday's procession. Read more