Steve Archer, professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, has been named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. Elected for life, fellows are members who have made outstanding contributions to advancing or applying ecological knowledge in academics, government, nonprofit organizations and other areas. Archer was recognized for his novel integration of ecological, remote sensing and the earth science theory to advance the conservation and management of the word’s grassland and savanna ecosystems.
The University of Arizona practices shared governance with its faculty, appointed personnel, staff, students, and our ultimate governing body, the Arizona Board of Regents. Faculty members share in the traditional role of recommending academic curricula and academic personnel policies, as well as strategic and financial planning and the development of policies and procedures relative to the general operations of the University.
Many things make the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences a sought-after place to work, including employee awards that are available to individuals and groups within the college. Each year at the Fall CALS Faculty/Staff meeting, these awards are presented to the winners. On Friday, November 4th, the 2016 recipients were celebrated for their dedication and achievements in the South Ballroom of the Student Union.
Joan Curry recieved this year's David E. Cox Teaching Award. Curry was born and raised near St. Louis. She graduated in the third class that included women at the US Naval Academy in 1982, served as a Naval Officer for 6 years and then went to graduate school at UC Davis, earning a PhD in Chemistry in 1992. After a postdoctoral appointment at Purdue and the Australian National University she joined the CALS faculty in Soil, Water and Environmental Science.
Matthew (“Matt”) Mars is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Leadership and Innovation in the Department of Agricultural Education in CALS. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that span the topics of entrepreneurial leadership and innovation in agricultural and community-based settings and environments. Matt is also the Director of Graduate Studies and the Coordinator of the Leadership and Communication curriculum in the Agricultural Education department.
Donald C. Slack, professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, a professor of Watershed Management and Eco-Hydrology and Cecil H. Miller, Jr., & Cecil H. Miller, Sr., Families Dean’s Chair for Excellence in Agriculture and Life Sciences was awarded the Dr. Samuel Trueba Coronel National Award of Professional Merit in Irrigation and Drainage for 2016.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences strives to provide undergraduate, graduate and professional students with a superior education, fostering growth and learning with the ultimate goal of producing employable graduates. We are proud of the contributions our alumni have made and continue to make to a wide array of fields. Nutritional Sciences graduate Ashley J. Vargas, PhD, MPH, RDN, FAND, is an exceptional example of this.
This year, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences boasts two University Fellows-- a distinction granted annually to 24 graduate students from different disciplines at the University of Arizona. The University Fellows Program—an initiative of the UA Graduate Center— fosters interdisciplinary scholars and collaborative innovation on campus and beyond.