Scientists applaud President Biden’s White House science team and commitment to science

President Joe Biden’s White House science team faces cascading crises as it takes command amid COVID-19, escalating climate change and crippling public doubts about science. But scientists across the country are confident the new administration is up to the challenge, especially under the leadership of science adviser Eric Lander, the pioneer who helped map the human genome.

Analysis of Alaskan Tree Rings can Help Fine-Tune Future Climate Predictions

University of Arizona researchers read between the lines of tree rings to reconstruct exactly what happened in Alaska the year that the Laki Volcano erupted half a world away in Iceland. What they learned can help fine-tune future climate predictions.

Testing for SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater

The University of Arizona began monitoring campus wastewater for evidence of SARS-CoV-2 in March of 2020. That August, a sample from one of their 20 on-campus dorms revealed a viral load—an indication that individuals living in that residence might be infected.1 The school tested each of the 311 residents in that dorm and found two positive cases—neither was yet exhibiting symptoms, suggesting they could have passed the virus silently throughout the student population had they not been found in time. Instead, they were isolated before they could infect others, and the school averted a wider outbreak.

Wastewater epidemiology used to stave off lettuce shortage

The University of Arizona is leading the charge in studying wastewater for potential diseases, including COVID-19. Now, the work of epidemiologists could help save the nation from a leafy-green shortage, starting right here in Arizona.

Arizona researchers are launching a project in Yuma County aimed at understanding the community spread of the coronavirus by studying the area’s wastewater.

The Covid-19 virus can be picked up in wastewater before it’s found in a clinical setting and researchers in a new study say this could be really useful for tracking new mutations of the virus, like the B.1.17 strain that is now widespread in the U.K. and has already been introduced in the U.S.

How Solar Panels Could Help Save Struggling Farms

Solar companies and farmers can work together to harvest sunlight for both energy and food.
 

Arizona research to study coronavirus spread in Yuma sewage

Arizona researchers are launching a project in Yuma County aimed at understanding the community spread of the coronavirus by studying the area’s wastewater.

State Awards $500K for Yuma Wastewater Testing

In an announcement made by AZ Governor Ducey’s office on January 6, 2021, an innovative partnership will receive $500K to provide early detection of COVID-19 through wastewater testing in Yuma County.

It's in the wastewater: How Arizona universities are testing for COVID-19

Northern Arizona University wanted to test campus wastewater for traces of COVID-19, a process that can serve as an early-warning system for new outbreaks.

New Campaign Empowers Moms with Climate Change Science

A group of climate scientists who are mothers are using their scientific and maternal experiences to help demystify climate change and bring scientific facts into homes across the country.

Many Overheated Forests May Soon Release More Carbon Than They Absorb

New research suggests that, sooner than expected, trees may become carbon sources rather than carbon sinks, as a feedback loop of rising temperatures drives them to release more greenhouse gases.