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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IHSFC Emerging Contaminants Analytical Resource

The IHSFC 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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Tribal Communities

Native American reservation land comprises more than 25% of the state of Arizona, which is home to 22 distinct tribes and one of the largest percentages of Native Americans in the United States.

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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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Asthma

Asthma and related allergic diseases are two conditions that plague many Americans across the Southwest. Native Americans across the desert landscape have suffered from these ailments in disproportionate amounts. Understanding how particular environments can either contribute to, or offer protection from asthma offer the promise of improving treatment for asthma and allergy patients.


Contaminated Water

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

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UV Exposure

Arizona has one of the highest incidence rates of skin cancer, the most prevalent cancer, in the United States.

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IHSFC Data Science Resource

The IHSFC Data Science Resource (IHSFC DSR) provides expertise throughout the life-cycle of a research project, from study design and sample collection planning, through the publication and dissemination of results, to data sharing and reuse through curated repositories.

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Tree Ring Analysis

Did you know tree rings can be used to reconstruct past environmental conditions?

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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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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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IHSFC Human Populations and Exposure Resource

The IHSFC Human Populations and Exposure Resource (HPER) leverages SWEHSC human studies and exposure assessment experts to provide a central resource for researchers conducting environmental health studies.

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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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Asthma

The importance of environmental exposures in the development of asthma show significant protection from asthma and allergic disease in children raised on traditional Amish farms.

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KEYS Program

​The KEYS internship provides hands-on research opportunities to talented students from diverse backgrounds. The program concludes with the KEYS Research Showcase, where students present their results to their families, UA scientists, and program sponsors.

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Dietary Arsenic

Arsenic may be found in many foods due to absorption through the soil and water. 

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  • AZ HEROES is a collaborative project between the AZ HEROS (Arizona Healthcare, Emergency Response, and Other Essental workers Surveillance) Study at the University of Arizona and Tribal Communities that are concerned for the wellbeing of their essential worker's health related to getting or re-getting COVID-19. Visit our webpage here
  • 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.
  • The SWEHSC offers Pilot Project grants twice per year. To get more information go to the Pilot Projects page. Contact Dean Billheimer, Deputy Director for more information.

Environmental Health

X Misses the Spot: Fernandez V. Keisler and the (Mis)appropriation of Brand X by the Board of Immigration Appeals 2010 209. Anonymous COMMENT: Advancing Tribal Law Through "Treatment as a State" Under the Obama Administration
Advancing Tribal Law Through "Treatment as a State" Under the Obama Administration: American Indians May Also Find Help from Their Legal Relative, Louisiana - No Blood Quantum Necessary
INDIAN GAMING REGULATORY ACT SYMPOSIUM: ARTICLE: The States As Trespassers in a Federal-Tribal Relationship: A Historical Critique of Tribal-State Compacting under IGRA
Evaluating the Consequences of Climate Change on Indian Reserved Water Rights and the PIA: The Impracticably Irrigable Acreage Standard
Dramatically Narrowing Rfra's Definition of "Substantial Burden" in the Ninth Circuit - the Vestiges of Lyng V. Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association in Navajo Nation Et Al. V. United States Forest Service Et Al.
Developing a Sustainable Hardrock Mining and Mineral Processing Industry: Environmental and Natural Resource Law for Twenty-First Century People, Prosperity, and the Planet
Urbanization and Health Planning: Challenge and Opportunity for the American Indian Community
Risks to Health Among American Indian/ Alaska Native High School Students in the United States
Concentrations of surface-dust metals in Native American jewelry-making homes in Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico. (from abstract)
Anthropogenic effects on soil quality of ancient agricultural systems of the American Southwest
CHEMICAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND PREVENTION IN INDIAN COUNTRY

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