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Terrestrial Ecosystems Feeling the Heat, Research Shows

Terrestrial ecosystems provide a tremendous service to humanity and the well-being of the Earth by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, acting as a "carbon sink" where carbon inputs from photosynthesis are greater than carbon losses from plant and animal respiration.  Yet, the exact processes influencing the relative strength of land carbon uptake have remained elusive and an area of debate among scientists.
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Three Receive Global Excellence Awards for Service, Education | UANews

Three Receive Global Excellence Awards for Service, Education | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The Office of Global Initiatives and the Center for English as a Second Language at the University of Arizona have announced three recipients of the annual Global Excellence Awards, presented to those in the UA community who have made an impact in international service or education. The honorees will be celebrated at a reception on Thursday as part of International Education Week activities. Student Award for Global Excellence: Global Ambassadors
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TLA Coaches 2 New Business Teams to Success | UANews

TLA Coaches 2 New Business Teams to Success | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Two companies working to commercialize technologies invented at the University of Arizona were among eight selected from a pool of 69 applicant companies to pitch to the Tucson version of ABC's "Shark Tank," the Get Started Tucson business pitch competition. Both UA-affiliated teams are working closely with the business development team at Tech Launch Arizona, the office of the UA that commercializes inventions stemming from University research, to bring their technologies from the lab to the market.
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Valley Fever: Grand Challenge for UA Research | UANews

Valley Fever: Grand Challenge for UA Research | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
After another long day at the office, Adam Buntzman headed out to his car. On his way, he paused for a few moments to breathe in the evening air and take in the outdoors, something he hadn't been able to do for weeks. Buntzman had been working under deadline on a grant proposal, so his movements had been limited to his commute from home to the University of Arizona and back again.
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'Microbial Pac-Man' May Soon Hit 'Game Over' | UANews

'Microbial Pac-Man' May Soon Hit 'Game Over' | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Remember Pac-Man? The iconic 1980s arcade video game in which a yellow dot scurries along twisted corridors, gobbling goodies and enemies along the way? Players persistent enough to finish the game all the way to Level 256 were in for a surprise: When there was nothing left for Pac-Man to gobble up, the screen froze. Game over.
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Network Makes Environmental Change Tangible | UANews

Network Makes Environmental Change Tangible | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
On a trawler combing the base of Mexico's Gulf of California for shrimp, research duo Eric Magrane and marine conservationist Maria Johnson found themselves standing before writhing masses of bycatch, described as the unwanted marine life in the nets of commercial fishers.
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UA Report: Few Studies Look at Well-Being of LGB Youth of Color | UANews

UA Report: Few Studies Look at Well-Being of LGB Youth of Color | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
While research on lesbian, gay and bisexual youth has increased in recent years, these studies often fail to look at the experiences of young people of color, according to a new report in the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health.
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UA Helps Community With Kissing-Bug Problem | UANews

UA Helps Community With Kissing-Bug Problem | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
BISBEE, Ariz. — Plant your feet on Main Street in old Bisbee and cast your eyes upward, toward the turquoise blue sky. Now, take in the view — a panorama of houses perched on narrow roads that retreat into the hills.
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ENR2 Goes Platinum, Gains Highest LEED Certification | UANews

ENR2 Goes Platinum, Gains Highest LEED Certification | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The Environment and Natural Resources 2 building at the University of Arizona has achieved LEED platinum certification, the highest possible certification and one of the most distinguished sustainability designations in the country. In the process, ENR2 simultaneously became the largest project in the state of Arizona, by square footage, to earn the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED v2009 rating system.
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Four Questions: Is a 'Short-Sale' Mentality Hurting Couponing? | UANews

Four Questions: Is a 'Short-Sale' Mentality Hurting Couponing? | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
While manufacturers have traditionally released coupons for the primary intention of coaxing new customers into trying products or brands, contemporary buyers more readily associate coupons specifically with cost savings.
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Newest Wildcats Share Why the UA Was Their First Choice | UANews

Newest Wildcats Share Why the UA Was Their First Choice | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Preliminary fall 2016 enrollment figures indicate that the University of Arizona is welcoming more state residents, more students from ethnic backgrounds and students with higher academic performance. Incoming transfer student Graciela Olivas was intent on applying to only one school: the UA. "I am very confident the UA is the best place for giving me the opportunities and support I need to succeed," said Olivas, who earned her associate's degree from Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale, Arizona.
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UA Grad Student Uses Her Disease to Fuel Arthritis Research | UANews

UA Grad Student Uses Her Disease to Fuel Arthritis Research | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
It was in April 2013 that University of Arizona student Laura Hopkins was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the body's defense system to attack itself. In rheumatoid arthritis, which disproportionately affects women, tissues around joints become inflamed, resulting in swelling, pain, joint destruction and disability. No known cure exists.
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UA Researchers Take a Closer Look at the Future of Desalination | UANews

UA Researchers Take a Closer Look at the Future of Desalination | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
As a variety of factors are expected to increase water scarcity throughout the Southwest region, several states, including Arizona, are considering plans to partner with Mexico to build binational desalination plants.
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Four Questions: Tracing the Evolution of Black Friday

Four Questions: Tracing the Evolution of Black Friday | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
For some, the day after Thanksgiving is a time to relax with family, enjoy turkey leftovers and perhaps untangle strings of Christmas lights. For others, it's a day to wake up early and hit the mall for some serious holiday shopping.
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Female Ranger Challenge Captain Concludes Her Run | UANews

Female Ranger Challenge Captain Concludes Her Run | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Following the year in which the University of Arizona Reserve Officers' Training Corps Ranger Challenge Team saw the greatest number of female cadets in its history, the team also had a female captain in Maurissa Wortham.
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UNESCO Conference at the UA to Focus on Desert Food, Water | UANews

UNESCO Conference at the UA to Focus on Desert Food, Water | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Experts panelists from Oman, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Peru and Mexico will discuss their experiences with water management and water scarcity, and their work toward just food systems and sovereignty, during an international conference to be held this week at the University of Arizona. 
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Thousands of Wildcats Ready to Party at Homecoming Festivities | UANews

Thousands of Wildcats Ready to Party at Homecoming Festivities | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the University of Arizona's Homecoming events, the biggest party of the fall for alumni, friends and families. For up-to-date information and event listings for the 102nd Homecoming, download the UA Alumni Association's Alumni Nation mobile app on the App Store and Google Play by searching "Alumni Nation."
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Spring Starting Earlier in 75% of National Parks Studied | UANews

Spring Starting Earlier in 75% of National Parks Studied | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
National parks in Arizona and across the country are seeing earlier springs driven by climate change, according to new research conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Arizona, the United States Geological Survey and the National Park Service. Compared with historical average conditions, the change is happening earlier in three out of every four parks examined, and more than half the parks included in the analysis are experiencing extreme early onsets of spring. 
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RISE Symposium to Highlight Range Research | UANews

RISE Symposium to Highlight Range Research | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Experts will share their research in natural history, environmental science and resource management in the Southwest during a forthcoming symposium to be held at the University of Arizona. The Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems, or RISE, Symposium enables the sharing of recent results of scientific research at the USDA-ARS Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed and the UA Santa Rita Experimental Range.
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32 Students + 15,000 Insects Equals One Biological Clue | UANews

32 Students + 15,000 Insects Equals One Biological Clue | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
One of biology's most challenging puzzles — how organisms change in response to the pressures of natural selection — might just have become a little easier to tease apart, thanks to research that took 32 undergraduate students and more than 15,000 caterpillars (of children's book fame) to complete. 
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Bugs to Take Center Stage at Annual Insect Festival | UANews

Bugs to Take Center Stage at Annual Insect Festival | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Why are some beetles green and others red? Does a bumble bee fall in love? Can a praying mantis remember what it ate for lunch? These are just a few of the questions University of Arizona entomology and insect science graduate students will be ready to answer at their "Ask a Scientist Café" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Arizona Insect Festival in the Student Union Memorial Center's Grand Ballroom.
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Report: Science Can Estimate Climate Change's Role

Report: Science Can Estimate Climate Change's Role | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A National Academies of Sciences committee that includes a University of Arizona professor has produced a report tackling the commonly asked question: Did human-induced climate change cause a specific flood, drought or other extreme-weather event?
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Once New to Photography, UA Grad Has Now 'Done It All' | UANews

Once New to Photography, UA Grad Has Now 'Done It All' | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
I have worked as a project manager, producer, director, script writer, client handler, camera man, editor, graphics creator, grip audio technician, designer, drone operator photographer, commercial photographer, post-production specialist, social media coordinator – you name it, I've done it. Not too shabby for someone who, just three years ago, had never really touched a camera. Ever.
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Four Questions: Hey, How About This Summer Weather? | UANews

Four Questions: Hey, How About This Summer Weather? | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Interior calls Arizona's monsoon "spellbinding." Others say it's "amazing." National Weather Service Tucson meteorologist Mic Sherwood says, "We live for this moment. We like our monsoon season."
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Quarter Century of Data Fuels UA Startup Software | UANews

Quarter Century of Data Fuels UA Startup Software | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
One of the greatest challenges facing agricultural producers this year is the ever-shifting price of commodities. To help farmers, agribusinesses and brokers reduce commodity price risks while making timely decisions about purchasing inputs and marketing output, the University of Arizona has licensed a commodity price-risk management web application to Tucson startup company HedgeSmart LLC.