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THE DAILY WILDCAT Printing the news, sounding the alarm, and raising hell since 1899 DAILYWILDCAT.COM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2014 SCIENCE VOLUME 107 • ISSUE 100 RELAX, WILBUR Turning blood cells into stem cells SPORTS - 6 THE GOOD AND THE BAD FROM WEDNESDAY BY AMANDA BAHE The Daily Wildcat The approach is simple: Drop a sample of blood cells into an acid bath and you get back a sample of stem cells, according to a study led by Japanese scientist Haruko Obokata and published last month in Nature. To some, the results of the study sound too good to be true. The paper is currently being reviewed by a research institution in Japan due to some of the images used in the publication. Authors of the article have since submitted a correction to Nature saying the results of their study are still authentic. Should the results of the study pass the scrutiny of the review panel, they could be groundbreaking for stem cell researchers around the world, including those here at the UA. “Stem cells are sort of the mother of all cells,” said David T. Harris, an immunobiology professor who researches how stem cells can be used to engineer biological tissue. The two most common places to collect stem cells have been from umbilical cord blood, which contains embryonic stem cells, and adipose tissue, which contains adult stem cells, Harris said. By freezing these cells, they can be saved for later use in case the donor needs treatment that STAP CELLS, 10 SPORTS - 6 MERCADO HAS FAMILY TIES TO ARIZONA SCIENCE - 10 SAVANNAH DOUGLAS/THE DAILY WILDCAT FIRST STEP TO COLONIZING MARS BRITTNEY TAYLOR, a nutrition junior, gives Wilbur a back rub on the UA Mall as part of the Stressbusters program that Campus Health Service brought to campus. The student volunteers’ objective was to help students reduce stress. Colleges looking to merge BY STEPHANIE CASANOVA The Daily Wildcat Old discussions about a possible unification of two UA colleges will resurface at a retreat this weekend. Faculty members and administrators from the College of Humanities and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will gather this Saturday to discuss the possibilities of closer collaboration between the two colleges. Because these conversations have been ongoing for a few years, UA Provost Andrew Comrie decided to organize a retreat where faculty members’ ideas could be put on the table, saying he hopes a productive conversation will come out of the workshop-style meeting. Some of the possibilities include shared degree programs and research collaboration, Comrie said. Merging the colleges is also a possibility, but Comrie said that nothing is set in stone yet. “It’s a chance to get people talking,” Comrie said. CARLOS HERRERA /THE DAILY WILDCAT UA PROVOST ANDREW COMRIE will lead a retreat this weekend to discuss merging the College of Humanities and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Reaction to the potential merger has been mixed. The retreat is invitationonly and is meant to serve as a brainstorming session for faculty members. Collaborative ideas may produce more interesting options or new majors for students, Comrie said. John Paul Jones, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, said that he’s already heard divided feedback from faculty members; some support the idea of unification while others are concerned about the potential aftermath. These conversations are happening again because some of the units and majors offered in one college are traditionally in the other college, Jones said. Philosophy, for example, is typically a program housed in the humanities. But when the UA reorganized its liberal arts about 30 years ago, it put programs such as philosophy in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Jones said there’s a tendency in academia to look at the organizational charts of colleges within a university and find the right organizational chart to preserve faculty’s interests and those of their students. “Thirty years ago, everybody said the best thing to do is to break everything up,” Jones said, “and now the pendulum has swung back.” While merging the colleges is still just one of many possibilities, Mary Wildner-Bassett, dean of the College of Humanities, said WE’RE PULLING RANK WITH OUR NEW FEATURE FIND US ONLINE ‘Lik’‘ us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Find us on Tumblr ON OUR WEBSITE For breaking news and multimedia coverage check out MERGER, 2 Student Unions to Officer set bring in local produce for court in DAILYWILDCAT.COM WEATHER HI 77 45 DUI case BY ELIZABETH EATON The Daily Wildcat The Arizona Student Unions recently partnered with the local San Xavier Cooperative Farm to provide campus with fresh, sustainable produce. San Xavier is a certified farm that grows naturally and does not use herbicides or pesticides. The farm spans roughly 1,700 acres and is operated by the Tohono O’odham tribe, said Chet Phillips, an Associated Students of the University of Arizona graduate assistant for sustainability. Michael Omo, senior executive chef of the Arizona Student Unions, said it is ideal to import foods from under a 200 mile radius. The farm is located about 15 miles south of campus, which falls within the sustainability radius. “If you’re a little bit further out than that, it doesn’t stay within what we’re trying to do,” Omo said. “That’s what makes it a little more difficult for us … to get that ripe produce.” It’s often hard to get fruits and vegetables within that range in between seasons, but Omo said he has high hopes for the food sold at the student union. “Personally, I would think that we should be OPINIONS - 4 SUNNY BY STEPHANIE CASANOVA The Daily Wildcat STEVE NGUYEN/THE DAILY WILDCAT CHET PHILLIPS, supervisor of the Compost Cats, holds up a compost sign displayed at various restaurants in the Arizona Student Unions. able to get at least 20 to 30 percent [of produce] from within that range,” Omo said. “I can’t tell you where we’re at exactly right now, but I would assume more in the 5 to 8 percent range.” The partnership with the San Xavier Cooperative LOCAL SOURCING, 3 A court date has been set for Sgt. John McGrath from the University of Arizona Police Department since he was arrested on a super-extreme DUI charge on Feb. 1. The Tucson City Court has set a date of March 24 for McGrath. McGrath was on duty heading west on Speedway Boulevard to Prince Farms, a university-owned property near Interstate 10 and Prince Road, when he collided with a 3-foot wall. The sergeant was driving at 76 mph on a 35 mph road when he tried to make a right turn northbound onto the freeway and was “cut off ” by a van, according to the report from the Tucson Police Department. DUI UPDATE, 2 LOW Bacon, Canada 30 / 21 Lettuce Lake Park, Fl. 87 / 63 Tomato, Ark. 67 / 37 QUOTE TO NOTE “ Genital piercings combine … pleasure and stimulation with stylish, badass accessorizing.” OPINIONS — 4


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