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New Report Finds Climate Change Already Having Broad Impact | NPR

New Report Finds Climate Change Already Having Broad Impact | NPR | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A report overseen by the government finds climate change is causing more frequent heat waves, floods and droughts. The change, the study concludes, is also disrupting key parts of the economy.
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Group of 11 UA Graduate Students Named Carson Scholars

Group of 11 UA Graduate Students Named Carson Scholars | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Tamee Albrecht, a doctoral student in the University of Arizona School of Geography and Development and an Institute of the Environment fellow, is exploring interactions among groundwater, livelihoods, hydropower and climate change to better understand why springs are drying up in areas of the Himalayas.
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Wait, don’t toss those poinsettias to the curb! - San Mateo Daily Journal

Wait, don’t toss those poinsettias to the curb! - San Mateo Daily Journal | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
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Five UA events to get your science fix

Five UA events to get your science fix | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Many members of the university community may find themselves feeling overwhelmed by their new classes after winter break. To ease into the new semester, students may want to stop by some events designed to promote education and conversation within the sciences. Below is a list of upcoming science-geared events.
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Top Regional Attractions to Hit This Year in Tucson, Part Two

Top Regional Attractions to Hit This Year in Tucson, Part Two | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The wonderfully diverse, tight-knit community of Arizona’s southern city, Tucson, has such a large variety of great places to see and activities with which to take part. Be sure to check out part one of this series as well, and set out to make 2017 a year of adventure and exploration in this eccentric city.
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6 Apps for Food Professionals - Food Quality & Safety

6 Apps for Food Professionals - Food Quality & Safety | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Mobile devices are being used in food industry to efficiently perform various job functions
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As medications find way to water supply, experts eye better tracking

As medications find way to water supply, experts eye better tracking | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
By Sydney Maki, Cronkite News PHOENIX (CRONKITE) – The Arizona health community distributed 305 million pain reliever pills last year – enough to provide 24-hour medication for every adult in th
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UA Study: Golf Industry Worth $3.9B to Arizona

UA Study: Golf Industry Worth $3.9B to Arizona | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A new study by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and the UA's Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics says the Arizona golf industry contributed $3.9 billion in sales to the state's economy in 2014 while using only 1.9 percent of the state's freshwater. "I expected the numbers. But this is something we talk about on a regular basis — the impact of golf on the economy," said Lonnie Lister, general manager of Tucson's Skyline Country Club and vice president of the Club Managers Association of America, Greater Southwest Chapter.
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Top 5 ways to improve your landscape in 2017

Top 5 ways to improve your landscape in 2017 | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
This is usually the time to make resolutions for the New Year.
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Golf Drives $4B to Arizona's Economy, UA Study Says

Golf Drives $4B to Arizona's Economy, UA Study Says | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Sport was expendable and took a big hit in recession; now it has bounced back.
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How to tell if Santa's reindeer are female - Futurity

How to tell if Santa's reindeer are female - Futurity | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Experts in animal-human interaction offer some odd facts about reindeer, including their (sometimes) intoxicating pee and eye-protecting "shovels."
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For these U.A. young women, it’s not their first rodeo

For these U.A. young women, it’s not their first rodeo | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
By NATALIA V. NAVARRO

Arizona Sonora News



Tabytha Friend holds onto her hat in high winds while circling at the Wentz Point Arena in Marana, Arizons.(Photo by Rebecca Noble / Arizona Sonora News)Dust flies and cheers erupt over country music as a woman from the University of Arizona Rodeo Club enters the arena.

In 18 seconds it’s over.

The women in the UA Rodeo Club are trampling cowgirl stereotypes all year round in intense competition like the Wentz Point Arena Wednesday Night Jackpot Barrel Race early last month.

“When a lot of people think about cowgirls, they think of, like daisy dukes and tied up plaid shirts and it’s nothing like that,” said Tabytha Friend, a biology major and a transfer from Cochise College. “We probably get just as dirty as the boys if not dirtier. We do everything the guys do. We ride just as hard. We play in the mud just as hard.”

The UA hosts the oldest collegiate rodeo team in the country. The 78-year-old club consists of 14 college students who, for the most part, own, train and care for their horses by themselves.

[caption id=attachment_19416 align=alignright width=500] Shannon Torres on Sassy practices barrels at the Wentz Point Arena in Marana, Ariz. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (Photo by Rebecca Noble / Arizona Sonora News)[/caption]

There are several events that are traditionally open only to men such as bareback riding and bull riding. However, in collegiate competitive rodeo, women actually compete in a larger number of events.

“There have always been women in college rodeo because of the extra events,” said Elaine Marchello, who is the UA Rodeo Club advisor and who also boards most of the students’ horses.

In fact, women have had opportunities in rodeo since earliest days of rodeo in the late 1800s, according to the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.

“There are aspects that make it a men’s sport, but I feel like it’s for everybody, really,” said Shannon Torres, a member of the UA Rodeo Club. “Anyone who really has the heart for it.”

[caption id=attachment_19417 align=alignleft width=500] Shannon Torres leads her horse Sassy out of the trailer at the Wentz Point Arena in Marana, Ariz. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (Photo by Rebecca Noble / Arizona Sonora News)[/caption]

The barrel race is the most popular among female riders. The competitors run their horses into a large arena, making cloverleaf pattern loops around three barrels as fast as they can. The fastest can do it in about 16 seconds. 

The best parts about rodeo are “the friendships and the families you create,” Friend said. “Your horse is like your best friend. It has to be or else you’re kind of screwed. We are more like a family.”

The women joke about being strong independent cowgirls, but their dedication to their sport has made them just that, Marchello said.

“I cannot say enough about how great these kids are,” Marchello said. “They are very polite, they clean up after themselves. They’ve learned how to be responsible because they have to care for these animals. It takes a certain dedication.”

[caption id=attachment_19419 align=alignright width=500] Tabytha Friend circles the arena at the Wentz Point Arena. (Photo by Rebecca Noble / Arizona Sonora News)[/caption]

Torres, a freshman studying veterinary science, has been doing rodeo for 12 years. She spends eight hours training and caring for her horse at Marchello’s 22-acre ranch during the school week and even more hours on the weekends.

She also works almost full-time to fund her rodeoing. During the summers, she travels to a fishery in Alaska during the salmon run where she works 100 hour weeks with no days off to help pay for her expenses.

“It’s what you do to keep your horse,” Torres said.

The UA rodeo women are no friend to the idea that rodeo is a men’s sport.

[caption id=attachment_19418 align=alignleft width=500] Shannon Torres rides Sassy around the arena at the Wentz Point Arena. (Photo by Rebecca Noble / Arizona Sonora News)[/caption]

“I feel like the industry almost comes off as closed,” Torres said. “You’ve got to be tough. We’ve all been bucked off. We’ve all had bad days. I feel like more women should be involved. It’s a little intimidating for some women to get into it. People think that if you aren’t raised doing it that you can’t do it but that’s wrong.”

In the end, rodeo is about the rider’s relationship with her horse.

“My horse is exactly like my best friend or even my child,” Friend said. “I take care of her and she takes care of me. She trusts me that I’m never going to lead her into danger and she doesn’t buck me off and hurt me -- so I think it’s an equal trade.”

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An American beautyberry

An American beautyberry | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Q: This question is a shot in the dark concerning a bushy plant we saw in Alton, Illinois, this past September. The cluster berries are striking in their vibrant color.
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Getting rid of annoying gnats

Getting rid of annoying gnats | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Q: We have tiny black gnat-like bugs flying around the house. They seem to live in the dirt of my plants and though they don’t bite, they annoy us endlessly.
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UA Research, Expertise Had Global Impact in '16

UA Research, Expertise Had Global Impact in '16 | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
From unprecedented space exploration initiatives to a deeper understanding of how viruses spread to the socio-economic influence of ramen noodles, University of Arizona researchers found themselves at the forefront of some of the year's most exciting and eye-opening discoveries. Here are 10 UA-related stories that generated headlines across the globe in 2016: 1. Bound for Bennu! OSIRIS-REx Launch Was 'Perfect,' Sept. 9
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UA Community Garden offers opportunities for students to grow

UA Community Garden offers opportunities for students  to grow | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
UA students can play a vital role in justice for our planet, as well as living greener lives by getting involved in sustainability opportunities offered on campus.
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Wait, don't toss those poinsettias to the curb!

Wait, don't toss those poinsettias to the curb! | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Poinsettias have become the best-selling potted plants in the United States, and are second in popularity only to Christmas trees during the holiday season. Poinsettias don't have to be tossed to the curb with the trees and tinsel once the celebrating is over. "Poinsettias can be re-flowered for years," said Thomas Ford, a commercial horticulture instructor with Penn State Extension. "Poinsettias cannot tolerate frost or freezing temperatures, so places in southern Arizona and other parts of the South that occasionally experience cooler temperatures are not good places to grow them outside," Warren said. Poinsettia's colored leaves, or bracts, have been hybridized over the years into more than 100 varieties, from the traditional red to pink, white, cream, burgundy and variegated. "Around July 4th, cut branches back again about half their length to encourage bushy plants," Warren said.
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Assistant / Associate / Full Professor, Plant Sciences

Assistant / Associate / Full Professor, Plant Sciences | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
University of Arizona, School of Plant Sciences - Tucson, AZ - The School of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona invites applications for an
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As medications find way to water supply, experts eye better tracking - Queen Creek Independent

As medications find way to water supply, experts eye better tracking - Queen Creek Independent | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The Arizona health community distributed 305 million pain reliever pills last year – enough to provide 24-hour medication for every adult in the state for two weeks straight, according to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. As those pills, like other medications, are taken or tossed, some of the chemicals found in them can end up …
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Future of southern Arizona farming floats on water

Future of southern Arizona farming floats on water | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
GREEN VALLEY — Row after row of pecan trees stretch into the distance, their dark green reaching up to mix with the blue of the sky, like color blots on
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These 4 Weird College Majors Lead to Surprisingly Good Salaries

These 4 Weird College Majors Lead to Surprisingly Good Salaries | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Would you declare yourself a puppetry major? You might if you knew you could make $300,000 a year, like the master puppeteer who plays Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch! These weird college majors help you land seriously specialized, cool jobs -- and most of them pay well.
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CSU’s first paraplegic veterinary student presses on, overcomes challenges

CSU’s first paraplegic veterinary student presses on, overcomes challenges | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A sky-diving accident left Bernard Dime a paraplegic, but through the help of friends and mentors, as well his devoted service dog Corky, Dime is plowing headlong onto a pioneering path at Colorado…
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Maricopa RC Club flies off into the blue

Maricopa RC Club flies off into the blue | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
For those who were close enough to view, a slew of tiny aircraft could be seen soaring through the skies on the northeastern edge of town on a warm Saturday
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Four Questions: Rudolph and Those Reindeer Games

Four Questions: Rudolph and Those Reindeer Games | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Donner, Dasher, Blitzen … they're the animal stars of the holidays, but what do we know about the antlered creatures beyond their seasonal mythology? University of Arizona faculty members Netzin and Dieter Steklis discuss some of the facts and fables of reindeer life as part of their Human and Animal Interrelationships class, a popular general-education course offered to about 1,000 students every fall.
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Leaf-footed bug suspected in demise of pomegranate fruit

Leaf-footed bug suspected in demise of pomegranate fruit | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Q: The last couple of years, the fruit on my pom tree gets brown spots, and it is rotten inside. Any ideas?
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