AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE:
GUATEMALAN COFFEE FARMERS AND A CHANGING CLIMATE
Coffee and climate come together on the mountainous slopes of Guatemala, where fields — and the livelihoods of indigenous farmers — are threatened by changing rainfall, rising temperature, and a fungus called “coffee rust.” Read more here and check it out on National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase.
GUARDABOSQUES - GUARDIANS OF THE FOREST
In Guatemala, half the population lives in impoverished rural areas. Their livelihoods depend on growing maize or potatoes, as well as cash crops like sugar, bananas, and coffee—all of which depend on rain. But climate models predict higher temperatures and decreased rainfall in Guatemala’s future, making the survival of these communities even more precarious. University of Arizona scientists are using hundreds of years of tree-ring data to empower Guatemalan farmers. Learn more here.
DREAM DELIVERY SERVICE
Poet Mathias Svalina travels the country oh his bike delivering daily dreams to his subscribers.
AFGHAN GIRLS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FUND (AGFAF)
Through education AGFAF empowers young Afghan women who are committed to working for gender equality and improving life in Afghanistan. Fatima shares her poignant story about how the opportunities she has been allotted in the United States has transformed her life.
INDIGE-FEWSS: RESTORING HARMONY & RESOURCES
A National Science Foundation-funded collaboration between the University of Arizona and Dine Community College, the Indige-FEWSS program has enabled students to build an off-the-grid water filtration system with the ability to serve 50 families on the far-flung Navajo Nation. The goal of Indige-FEWSS is to teach the next generation of STEM professionals how to confront food, energy and water challenges in indigenous communities while letting traditional Navajo values and knowledge guide their work.
UARIZONA PARTNERS WITH TUCSON POLICE TO
TELL OPIOID USERS, "YOU MATTER"
When opioids are misused or abused, individuals, families, and whole communities are at risk. Deflection programs designed to identify individuals with substance use issues and get them connected to appropriate treatment and services can save lives, help people get back on their feet, and make neighborhoods safer. That’s why the University of Arizona is partnering with the Tucson Police Department, CODAC Health, Wellness & Recovery, and Pima County in a three-year, $1.47 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant to route people with opioid use disorders toward treatment instead of jail. Called U-MATTER, or Unified Medication Assisted Treatment Targeted Engagement Response, the program is designed to address opioid use head-on and prevent drug-related deaths. In Tucson this new approach is making a positive impact, and the opioid users, police officers, and case workers are seeing what a difference two simple words—You Matter—can make.
WOMEN IN THE WILD
Hear from female instructors and participants on NW Outward Bound’s first female only mountaineering course.
WOMAN-OCHRE'S RETURN TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
The treasured painting, part of a series by celebrated abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning, is back home after being stolen from the UA Museum of Art over thirty years ago.
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George Ruyle has been interested in farming and ranching since he was a young boy in Illinois. At the UA, he helps Arizona’s ranching community work with state and federal government to act as stewards of the land.
For decades, radiocarbon dating has been a way for scientists to get a picture of when once-living stuff lived. The method has been revolutionary and remains one of the most commonly used dating methods to study the past. However, according to UA researcher Charlotte Pearson, it’s ready for a makeover. By developing new ways to use radiocarbon in tree rings, she builds on the legacies of scientists before her.
As climate change continues to have an impact on the ecology of landscapes across the world, wildfires in the American southwest have become more frequent and intense over time. University of Arizona fire ecologist Don Falk considers whether our forests will recover from these high severity, increasingly common wildfires in the coming century.
Donors help senior Benjamin Gouveia's work towards his lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut.
SAN JUAN RIVER TRIP
NAU environmental students take their learning out of the classroom and onto the river for an immersive field experience.