Steps 2 STEM

The Steps 2 STEM Summer Research Internship is a 4-week research experience for students participating in the Pima County JTED's Bioscience and Health Science programs.

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COVID-19 Resources

Here at SWEHSC, we've developed community resources to support small businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Contaminated Water

Scientists test for arsenic and other heavy metals in water collected from the Gold King Mine spill. 

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Cellular Imaging

The Cellular Imaging Resource provides SWEHSC members and their labs with access to a number of powerful microscopes and image analysis capabilities. The Resource staff provides hands-on assistance with experimental design, training, troubleshooting, and analysis.

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Indigenous Stewards Vol. 4

This magazine follows in the tradition of story-telling which our ancestors have used for generations to pass down knowledge. Stories from Indigenous students and young professionals across The University of Arizona and various other entities shared their stories with the hopes of inspiring younger generations.

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Air Pollution

Air pollution is a mixture of solid particles and gases in the air. Car emissions, chemicals from factories, dust, pollen and mold spores may be suspended as particles. Some air pollutants are poisonous, and inhaling them can increase the chance of having health problems. Air pollution isn't just outside - the air inside buildings can also be polluted and affect your health.

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Environmental Impact on Reproductive Health

The adverse effects of environmental exposures on the reproductive system have been recognized as significant threat to human health.   The center now counts with expertise in descriptive and mechanistic reproductive toxicology (Craig) and the reproductive and gynecological health epidemiology (Farland).

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Dust Storms

Monsoon storms send huge walls of dust across parts of Arizona, sometimes snarling traffic on roadways and knocking out power. There could be hidden health impacts for millions of people living in the state's dust zone as well. These dust storms carry a noxious mix of fungi, heavy metals from pollutants, chemicals and bacteria that could lead to cardiovascular and eye disease, and other illnesses.  These large dust storms are often called haboobs and in the local Native American communities they are called jegos (joo-goes).


Trichloroisocyanuric Acid (TCIC)

Trichloroisocyanuric Acid (TCIC) is used as an industrial disinfectant, bleaching agent, and reagent in organic synthesis. Although this acid is FDA-approved, SWEHSC researchers have discovered that exposure to large quantities can have a negative impact on your health. 

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Emerging Contaminants Analytical Resource

The Emerging Contaminants Analytical Resource (ECAR) leverages ALEC, an existing core analytical facility at UA, which is dedicated to providing the analytical capabilities and technical expertise required to detect and quantify small contaminant molecules (organic and inorganic) in complex matrices including biological fluids, tissue, water, air, soil, sediment, and biomass.

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UV Exposure

SWEHSC researchers have discovered some rather special properties in annatto, the natural food additive with properties that can block the development of certain skin cancer cells in mice.

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Gold King Mine

In August 2015, an estimated 3 million gallons of acid water and heavy metals spilled from the Gold King Mine into Colorado's Animas River, eventually flowing into the San Juan River, the primary source of irrigation for Navajo Nation farmers. The spill was accidentally caused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency while trying to prevent leakage of toxic materials.

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IRTH

Key functions of IRTH are to identify local government, health, cultural, or thought leaders in Southwest communities to better engage participants and to provide ‘boots on the ground’ assistance to identify, recruit, and enroll research participants through collaborations with community health centers and organizations.

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BEAMS

The BEAMS (Binational Early Asthma & Microbiome Study) goal is to determine which microbes present in the city of Nogales, Mexico cause children born there to have four times less asthma than Mexican American children born in Tucson Arizona.

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A Student's Journey

A Student's Journey is a year long program with a 5 week on campus experience at the University of Arizona for participating Tohono O'odham Community College (TOCC) students.

"Ñia, Oya G T-Ttacui Am Hab E-Ju:" "Our Dream Fulfilled"


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Smoke Exposure

Cancer is a leading cause of death among firefighters, who are exposed to cancer-causing chemicals through both inhalation and skin absorption. Measuring these exposures and determining the mechanisms by which they cause cancer are essential steps in learning how to reduce cancer risk in firefighters. 

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  • The Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC) is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research center, which is actively investigating the health effects of environmental agents and serving as a resource for the community. Welcome message from our Center Director.
  • Short summaries of the research conducted at SWEHSC can be read here
  • The SWEHSC offers Pilot Project grants twice per year. To get more information go to the Pilot Projects page. Contact Xinxin Ding, Pilot Project Director for more information.