Bio Ag: Foresight and Integrating Vision Systems
The University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is the production of plants and their products, such as vegetables and flowers, inside structures such as greenhouses. By using CEA, we can produce high value crops at maximum productivity in an efficient and environmentally friendly way. The University of Arizona's Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) supports education, research and outreach as part of the Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering and the School of Plant Sciences - both programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. CEAC also offers an innovation platform for plant physiology, sensor technology and applied computer technology.
Bio Ag: Arizona Lunar Greenhouse
The Prototype Lunar Greenhouse (LGH) is equipped as a Bioregenerative Life Support System (BLSS) through the design and construction of an innovative hydroponic plant growth chamber. Centered on using plants to sustain a continuous vegetarian diet for astronauts, a typical BLSS employs plants and crop production in addition for food, to also provide air revitalization, water recycling, and waste recycling for the crew. Fulfilling the requirement of NASA's GES and the late Mr. Steckler's dream of space colonization, the LGH aims to deliver more than supporting a sustained human presence in space. The LGH aspires to bring practical commerical-ready technology to Earth's CEA forefront.
The Greener Side of Bio
AZBio Board Chair and Co-Founder of Algae Biosciences, Glen Galster , moderates this panel discussion on the state of Arizona's green bio industry amd whwere it's going with Leif P. Christoffersen , Director of Biomass Integration, Yulex Corporation . Leif is responsible for advancing Yulex’s energy, efficiency and biomass initiatives. Prior to Yulex, Christoffersen played a key role in establishing the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation (EOWBF) with whom he maintains an active advisory role. He also spent over five years at the Diversa Corporation (Verenium Corporation and BP Biofuels), where he managed bioprospecting collaborations, as well as managed Diversa’s grants program, coordinated their scientific advisory board, and supported their international business development efforts. Christoffersen has also served as a climate change adviser to the Executive Director of UNEP at COP1 and COP2 of the Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC). At the start of his career, he worked with subsistence farmers in Costa Rica and Kenya to support and promote agroforestry practices, which included setting up exportation of organic produce. Christoffersen holds a degree from Hobart College (BA, Economics) and the University of California, San Diego (MBA, Rady School of Management). Ben Cloud , President and CEO, Phyco Biosciences, Inc ., brings over 30 years of experience as a farmer and farmland developer with operations in Arizona and Southern California. His significant experience in production agriculture including drip-micro irrigation systems and design, cropping systems, processing and marketing have contributed to the development of the Phyco production platform and business approach (To learn more, click here .) and Josh Hottenstein of the Cleantech Open
Company Presentation: Invoy Technologies, LLC
Exhaled Breath: A Portal for Pain-Free Biochemical Analysis Invoy is engaged in the development and commercialization of breath analysis devices for a broad range of applications. Invoy plans to offer patients the ability to monitor their health in the convenience of their own home – with a prescription-based breath analysis device called the Voyager. The process is pain-free and the results are quick and accurate; giving patients peace of mind and confidence in using this new-to-the-market device.
Linda Hunt of Dignity Health Arizona, 2013 Arizona Bioscience Leader of the Year
The Jon W. McGarity Arizona Bioscience Leader of the Year Award honors the person in Arizona who provided the most outstanding leadership that contributed significantly to development of the State’s bioindustry and/or recognition of the advancement of bioscience in Arizona. Recognizing that collaboration builds a stronger community, Linda Hunt has taken a leadership role to advance healthcare and the biosciences for the people of Arizona. Hunt has worked diligently with legislators, business leaders, educators, scientists and community organizations in order to identify, formulate, and support policies that will give Arizonans better healthcare and raise the bar of knowledge.Hunt has served as the head of Dignity Health in Arizona since 2012. Dignity Health includes three major hospitals in the Valley, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. A fourth hospital, St. Joseph’s Westgate, is under construction.
Honoring our AZBio Veterans
Our freedom and our opportunities have been protected and paid for by the sacrifices of our veterans. They dedicated their lives, talents and time to a common goal - protecting and serving others. Today, our AZBio veterans serve in new ways. They may have traded their uniforms for a doctor's white coat, a lab coat, or a business suit but the goal remains the same. For what they did then and where they are now...we salute them. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy once said, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." Many of America's veterans depend on us to help them as they heal and as they age. Our work matters. So does the work of organizations that support them like the Wounded Warrior Project. If you wish to honor a veteran, you can help by donating at woundedwarriorproject.org . To all of our AZBio Veterans, Thank You.
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STEM: Nadja Anderson Interview Part 2
2011 Bioscience Educator of the Year, Dr. Nadja Anderson, director of the BIOTECH Project for University of Arizona’s BIO5 Institute, shows some the materials used to demonstrate DNA extraction at science festivals and during classroom visits. Read the article Biosciences Education >>