Congratulations to UArizona FORGE, one of ten recipients of the 2021 Common Ground Award from the Metropolitan Pima Alliance for the renovation of FORGE at Roy Place in downtown Tucson. The award recognizes projects all over Pima County that create a prosperous community by promoting collaborative real estate development policies, building partnerships, and finding common ground.
When we think about innovative work at the University of Arizona we might think of tangible things like devices to improve agriculture or medications for cancer or new kinds of lasers or sensors. Since 2013 and the creation of Tech Launch Arizona, or TLA, the UArizona office that commercializes inventions stemming from research, the university has been growing its impact by working with faculty, researchers and staff to identify and develop inventions, and license them to companies. Those companies then make them available to the world as products to improve lives and make the world a better place. TLA also heads up licensing for mobile apps developed at the university, such as the popular science education tool, Chemistry By Design, created by Dr. Jon Njardarson, faculty with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the BIO5 Institute, which has been downloaded over 150,000 times since it was launched in 2013.
Dr. Michael Johnson, faculty with the UArizona College of Medicine-Tucson, BIO5 Institute, and assistant professor in the Department of Immunobiology, has been named one of 1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America by Cell Mentor, an online resource from Cell Press and Cell Signaling Technology that provides early-career researchers with career insights, publishing advice, and techniques on experimental processes and procedures. His work involves investigating how bacteria interact with metals during infections. Also passionate about science communication and community outreach, Dr. Johnson is cofounder of the National Summer Undergraduate Research Project.
Launched in 2007 as the brainchild of Dr. Marti Lindsey, Community Engagement Director for the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center at the UArizona College of Pharmacy, the Keep Engaging Youth in Science (KEYS) program has provided 526 gifted Arizona high school students with the research experience of a lifetime. Through this seven-week summer internship, students engage in basic bioscience and data science research and develop science literacy and presentation skills.
Like many College of Science students, Haws has been a student researcher during her time at the University of Arizona; she has been a part of Dr. Frans Tax’s lab since she arrived at UArizona. “I am so fortunate to have found Dr. Tax and been accepted into his lab, he is a huge advocate for student success. Being in his lab has given me hands-on experience and the opportunity to apply the knowledge that I am acquiring in my classes. It is much easier to understand the concepts learned in the lecture if you have opportunities to apply them. In addition to the educational benefits I also genuinely enjoy spending time in the lab, the research I do on Arabidopsis thaliana is fascinating.”
Seven graduating University of Arizona seniors will be honored for their extraordinary accomplishments during a series of graduation ceremonies to celebrate the class of 2021. Nominated by faculty and peers, this year's seven student award winners were selected based on their integrity, notable achievements and positive contributions to their families and communities. Among these honorees are Alyssa Jean Peterson, Akshay Nathan, and Daniel Weiland, successful undergraduate researchers in the labs of BIO5 faculty, and all planning to continue their studies in STEM.
By 2034, U.S. Census data show that the number of Americans age 65 and older will for the first time outnumber those under 18. By 2050, there will be an estimated 2.1 billion people in the world age 65 and older.
Emily Merritt, who is pursuing a doctorate in immunobiology, was one of the first students to participate in the Infection and Inflammation as Drivers of Aging, a program funded by a National Institutes of Health T32 training grant, which supports four graduate or post-doctoral students annually. She and four other students presented their research virtually at the inaugural Infection and Inflammation as Drivers of Aging symposium in January. The research topics ranged from chronic inflammatory response to ischemic stroke and tracking antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in aging individuals. Merritt presented on Toxoplasma gondii, a single-celled parasite she studies under the guidance of Dr. Anita Koshy, professor of neurology and BIO5 member.
Striving to achieve universal global health care, UArizona is teaming up with Amrita University in India to develop a flexible graduate program for students around the world to obtain a master’s degree in cellular and molecular medicine. Helping lead the initiative, Dr. Carol C. Gregorio, assistant vice provost of Health Science Global Affairs and BIO5 Member, has aimed the joint program to be tailored to student needs in pursuing clinical or research careers.
Dr. Marti Lindsey has served the UArizona College of Pharmacy, and helped establish the BIO5 KEYS Program in 2007 to help open pathways for developing science interest and skills in pre-college students. Pursuing her passions, Dr.
The Arizona Board of Regents confirmed the appointments of six University of Arizona faculty members as Regents Professors, including UArizona CALS and BIO5 faculty, Dr. Ian Pepper. The designation of Regents Professor serves as recognition of the highest academic merit and is awarded to faculty members who have made a unique contribution to the quality of the university through distinguished accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, research or creative work. Dr. Ian Pepper is an internationally renowned environmental microbiologist who has worked at the interface of human health and soils, potable water and municipal waste. His research addresses real-world problems. His successful efforts to identify and quantify the COVID-19 virus in waste flows from university dormitories have gained international media attention. His team's "wastewater-based epidemiology," which enabled the university to avoid a major campus outbreak, has been implemented in many other locations.