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Scientists continue to investigate how COVID-19 affects our senses and changes the way we interact with society. University of Arizona Neurology professor and BIO5 member Dr. Katalin Gothard, says the isolation that comes with COVID-19 especially impacts our sense of touch. She is also studying how COVID-19 is changing our brain chemistry.
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Past BIO5 KEYS interns continue to excel in the STEM fields by achieving prestigious awards, pursuing advanced degrees and giving back to the program.
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To better understand the complexities of the immune response to the novel coronavirus and evaluate the viral immunity of essential workers in the state, scientists at the University of Arizona created the AZ HEROES research study. The team led by Dr. Jeff Burgess, associate dean for research in the UArizona College of Public Health and BIO5 member, recently expanded efforts to look at how well COVID-19 vaccines are working to provide lasting immunity for high-risk populations.
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Vertical farming startups claim they can grow hundreds of times more produce -- usually leafy greens -- per unit area than a traditional open-field farm, while cutting water use by 95% or more. And they can maintain production year-round, with no worries about crop-destroying pests and thus no pesticides, while the plants get exactly the water and nutrients they need. Driving all this is a level of automation that separates the farms, also called plant factories, from typical greenhouses. Dr. Joel Cuello, UArizona professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and BIO5 member says vertical farming is not a panacea for addressing the challenge of meeting the world's prodigiously growing food demand, but a vital component of innovations toward more sustainable farming methods.
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A $1.5 million Health Sciences grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will support research to examine how being a firefighter affects women’s stress levels, as well as their risk of cancer and reproductive health issues. The study to understand the occupational risks of these firefighters will include work from UArizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health faculty and BIO5 members, Drs. Jeff Burgess and Leslie Farland.
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On February 15, Dr. Michael Worobey presented his work on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the Precision Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 series.
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Receiving the vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 comes with a deep sense of relief. The U.S. has administered nearly 58 million doses since the COVID-19 vaccines became available in December 2020. The vaccine was developed in record time, less than a year from identification of the virus, making the vaccine a marvel of clinical and basic science. It is our best defense to end a pandemic that has claimed nearly half a million lives in the U.S. As thousands of vaccines are given each day, we have taken an important step toward the goal of ending the pandemic. Researchers discuss the steps remaining to attain this goal.
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In this episode, hosts Brooke Moreno and Sean Cadin talk with Dr. Bonnie LaFleur about her upcoming Precision Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 lecture on March 15, 2021.
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Though trained at rival institutions, Drs. Julie Ledford and Michael Johnson formed a friendship over a mutual love of science and their daughters that has led to an RO1 grant and recent publication.
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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of countries have deployed digital apps attempting to identify people exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and stop onward transmission. Evidence that these ‘contact tracing’ apps work has been hard to come by. Now, studies from a handful of nations show mounting evidence that apps can help prevent infections and are a valuable public-health tool. One way apps could improve is in how they measure exposure risk, says Dr. Joanna Masel, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Arizona, who is leading a pilot study of the COVID Watch app at the university.
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In early March 2020, the messages coming out at the time about the new COVID-19 disease were confusing. Public health officials decided not to recommend the use of masks to ensure that medical workers received sufficient PPE, which was in short supply. Dr. Purnima Madhivanan, University of Arizona epidemiologist and BIO5 member says that we are still paying for that decision. Dr. Madhivanan goes on to describe how things have changed and the lessons we’ve learned in navigating the pandemic.
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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a significant and alarming trend of increased alcohol use and abuse – especially among younger adults, males and those who have lost their jobs – according to a new study by University of Arizona researchers. The research led by professor of psychiatry in the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson, director of the Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab, and BIO5 member Dr. Scott Killgore, found that hazardous alcohol use and likely dependence increased every month for those under lockdowns compared to those not under restrictions.
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Six women representing various education and career stages openly shared their struggles, triumphs and advice with attendees at the virtual BIO5 Inspiring Women in STEM event on February 2.
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During the weekly virtual briefing on the university's COVID-19 status, it was announced that University of Arizona will become a high-capacity state vaccination site, and appointments are required and can be made through the Arizona Department of Health Services website by those eligible in Priority Phase 1B. As more people become eligible for vaccination and variants continue to spread, more questions arise. Dr. Deepta Bhattacharya, associate professor in the Department of Immunobiology and member of the university's BIO5 Institute, provided some insight on common questions related to the vaccine.
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Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a neurodegenerative disorder that affects an estimated 5.8 million Americans, disproportionately affects women. The Women's Alzheimer's Movement (WAM), a nonprofit founded by Maria Shriver, is at the forefront in taking action to help find solutions to the disease. $500,000 in grant funding for women-based Alzheimer’s disease research to many researchers including Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton, University of Arizona Center for Innovation in Brain Science director and BIO5 member, who is using her grant to study Type 2 diabetes therapies and associated risks of Alzheimer’s in women.
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In this episode of Science Talks, Brooke Moreno and Sean Cadin talk with Precision Nutrition and Wellness Director Dr. Floyd "Ski" Chilton about the upcoming Precision Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 series.
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Students' course evaluations have long been problematic, then Covid-19 hit. No doubt, many professors don't want to be judged harshly for teaching in a less-than-ideal environment. So how are colleges handling evaluations during the pandemic? Teaching-and-learning experts provide their insights, including UArizona associate vice provost for instruction and assessment and BIO5 member, Dr. Lisa Elfring.
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An eight-minute documentary, produced last fall by University of Arizona students, chronicles the university's efforts to track campus spread of coronavirus by testing wastewater from student dorms. The testing effort led by Dr. Ian Pepper, WEST Center. Director and BIO5 member, helped stop at least one COVID-19 outbreak during the first week of fall classes, and the success widely covered in national media. The documentary is part of the larger “What’s Up, Docs?” screening event, available to view for free through Feb. 17.