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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dietary Arsenic

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

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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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Contaminated Water

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

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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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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 participanting Tohono O'odham Community College (TOCC) students. 

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

Tree Ring Analysis

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

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Cellular Imaging

The Cellular Imaging Facility Core provides SWEHSC members and their labs with access to a number of powerful microscopes and image analysis capabilities. The Core 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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Welcome

  • 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. 
  • SWEHSC offers Pilot Project grants twice per year. To get more information go to the Pilot Projects page. Contact Clark Lantz, Deputy Director for more information.