Five science events not to miss during the Festival of Books

It seems all of Tucson is getting ready for the annual Tucson Festival of Books. This celebration of literature brings dozens of authors from around the world to the UA campus to share their work with the community. While the festival provides an excellent opportunity for those with artistic aspirations, the event also features several unique and interesting opportunities to learn about science. Here are five can’t-miss science attractions for this weekend’s Festival of Books:  Read more

Animal mascots: claws for a cause

The Tucson Festival of Books is dominating the UA campus once again. Authors come from all over the country to talk about topics ranging from diversity and economics to the paranormal and the rewriting of history. One particular topic authors will be discussing is the impact that animals have on people. Several authors will broach this subject using their own experience and literature as a touchstone. Read more

Peering inside the big box: the science of retail

It isn’t very often we think about what we buy after we leave the checkout line, but in reality consumers and retailers weave a complex dance since before—and long after—the doors of the supermarket ever open. Before leaving for home or your spring break vacation, get the inside story on the science of retailing. Read more

Bird is the word: Tucson's Year of the Hummingbird

While 2017 might be the Year of the Rooster according to the Chinese zodiac, the Tucson Audobon Society has dubbed it the “Year of the Hummingbird.” These local bird conservationists work in the community to engage and educate Tucsonans in order to promote the protection of bird habitats. Read more

NASA reveals nearby planets that could support life

In 2002, on the big island of Hawaii, two astronomers, using the Gemini North infrared telescope, gazed in the direction of the Aquarius constellation. The two men, UA professor of astronomy Laird M. Close and then-UA graduate student Nick Siegler, were looking for binary star systems—solar systems which orbit around two stars instead of one. Read more

Food for bees: Foraging patterns in bumblebees

An experiment focusing on the actions of foragers—bees that leave the hive in search of pollen or nectar—was recently conducted through UA’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology by former entomology doctoral student Avery Russell. Read more

Water equity a focus at science diplomacy con

Discussion of equity in water policy took center stage during the “Water Sustainability Challenges for the Americas and Role of Science Diplomacy” panel on the third day of the Science Diplomacy and Policy with Focus on the Americas conference in Tucson from Wednesday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 24. Read more

The science of stress

Stress is a common feeling in all of our lives, and it's brought about by feelings of anxiety, urgency and danger. Stress begins with the diagnosis of an issue, which then kicks off stress responses in the body, leading us to a state of panic and confusion. To counter this, humans have developed ways to calm down and release stress. Read more