Communicating science with illustration: A Q&A with Betsy Cantwell

Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, senior vice president for research and innovation, talks about why she enthusiastically supports the use of illustration to communicate science. "I grew up reading science fiction and comic books, and I'm still a huge fan," she says. "I love how a good illustration can rev up your imagination and send it charging off to explore new worlds and ideas."

June 1, 2021
illustration in the style of vintage comic book covers with a nod to space exploration

Women Are Laying the Groundwork for A Brighter Future: Here Are Five to Connect With

It’s important to recognize women’s work, vision, and potential. To start, here is a list of five women in STEM who contribute greatly to the University of Arizona and our Southern Arizona communities.

March 31, 2021

Clams Tell the Story of a Changing Climate

Giant clams write a “diary” of their lives in their shells. Dan Killam, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona, studies these amazing bivalves at the university’s Biosphere 2.

March 24, 2021

Resilience for Urban Ecosystems

Ph.D. student Allie Bernett studies the movements of bobcats, coyotes and javelina around Tucson; gathering data which can be used to inform policy and management decisions affecting the well-being of human and animal populations.

Feb. 4, 2021

Data Analysis Targets Food Security ‘Hot Spots’

Tom Evans and his research team at UArizona are using geographic information systems and data sets to track food insecurity “hot spots” triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dec. 11, 2020

Navajo Hydrologist Aims to Safeguard the Resources of Her People

Inspired by her family and traditional upbringing on the Navajo Nation, Ph.D. student Nikki Tulley dedicates her life to restoring balance and tackling water insecurities among Indigenous communities.

Dec. 7, 2020

Lamenting the Loss of the Arecibo Observatory

Dr. Betsy Cantwell shares her thoughts on the demise of Arecibo Observatory’s iconic radio telescope.
Nov. 23, 2020

Mobile App Soothes Pandemic Stress

As we struggle through the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are mainly staying home and limiting their social activities, which could effectively ratchet up stress and anxiety over time. A team of researchers at the University of Arizona are hoping their new creation, a mobile app called See Me Serene, will help with the aid of guided imagery.

Aug. 5, 2020
See Me Serene App

Another first for the tree-ring lab

With her recently announced promotion, Valerie Trouet will become the first female faculty member in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research to become a full professor.

June 23, 2020
Valerie Trouet

Could Copper Disable the Virus Behind COVID-19?

A team of UArizona scientists is studying whether or not certain copper-based chemical compounds could potentially stop the virus that causes COVID-19 dead in its tracks.

April 2, 2020
illustration of microscope and virus

Doctoral Students Turn to Video Conferencing to Defend Dissertations

As a precautionary measure, UArizona doctoral students are now defending their dissertations fully online. Rebecca Beadling, a PhD candidate in geosciences, is one such student.

March 27, 2020

As COVID-19 Disrupts Lives, Words Matter

From podiums and podcasts to Tweets and TikTok videos, everyone is talking about COVID-19, but not everyone is using the same words to mean the same things.

March 26, 2020

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