Experts on venomous creatures at the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center advise gardeners, hikers, and youngsters to be especially cautious about rattlesnakes during the summer months. 

Whether human desert dwellers are ready or not, Arizona’s rattlesnakes are welcoming offspring. Baby rattlers are born and active in July and August. The baby snakes have no rattle until they first shed their skins, so they make no warning sound before striking.

As the biggest and most comprehensive water campus in the world, the UA is discovering solutions for the state of Arizona and for arid and semi-arid regions that make up about 40 percent of the Earth’s landmass.

Water is arguably the most valuable resource in the Southwest. California is facing record-breaking heat and drought, adding to its already shrinking reservoirs, and nearly 70 percent of Arizona is classified as being in a state of severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor website.

What would motivate a Los Angeles real estate mogul to give tens of millions of dollars to the College of Fine Art’s School of Music, aspiring to see it become the finest in the world? In a word: love.  

Alan Fox and his wife, Daveen, gave $20 million to the School of Music in honor of Alan’s 100-year-old father, master teacher and legendary French horn player Fred Fox. The Foxes’ connection to the UA is through associate professor of music Daniel Katzen, who is a former student of Fred Fox’s.


University Rankings

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the UA’s graduate program in speech-language pathology fifth in the nation in its 2016 ranking of graduate schools. This continues a 31-year tradition of top-10 rankings for the program. The Doctor of Audiology Program, also in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS), was ranked 12th in the nation. 

UA geologists have discovered that Iceland’s rapidly retreating glaciers are prompting parts of the island nation’s crust to rise by a startling 1.4 inches each year. Never before have contemporary glacier melts — caused by global warming — been directly linked to what’s described as a trampoline effect.

“Iceland is the first place we can say accelerated uplift means accelerated ice mass loss,” University geosciences professor Richard Bennett told UA News.  

High-performance cyber infrastructure is crossing the Atlantic, thanks to a partnership between the UA-led iPlant Collaborative, scientists at three United Kingdom universities, and The Genome Analysis Centre in Norwich, U.K.

The initiative known as iPlant UK, which will extend into the United Kingdom the data storage and analytical platforms provided by the iPlant Collaborative, recently was funded at £1.8 million (about $2.7 million) by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.


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