The Arizona Desert Lamp

White Paper: School of Animal Systems

Posted in UA Transformation Plan by Evan Lisull on 27 October 2008

This paper proposes a merger of the Department of Animal Sciences and the Department of Veterinary Science and Microbiology into the School of Animal Systems. This is akin to the merger of the women’s studies centers, in the sense that it just simply makes sense for the Judean People’s Front and the People’s Front of Judea to join forces.

Naturally, there’s some meat (pun fully intended) in here for the PETA people:

The Parker Agricultural Research Complex is a powerful and unique facility with experimental chambers large enough for 6 adult cows in which investigators can re-create any day of the year in Southern Arizona or similar environments around the world, with respect to temperature, humidity and solar radiation.  In stressful environments animal health and physiology cannot be separated, and a team that can comprehensively study biological responses to hot, arid environments will be pulled together in a single academic unit in the proposed School.

Any chance of expanding “synergies” between the Parker Complex and Cactus Grill?

As far as the Budget goes, it’s a small effect:

Marginal savings will occur.  Possible consolidation of support staff could result in small savings, but the new school cannot be consolidated into a common space, thus some duplication of support staff will continue to exist.  Potential annual savings are estimated at $49,000.


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