On The Road: Tucson

  • September 20, 2019
    10:15 am - 4:30 pm

Join Tucson members of the Arizona Women’s Forum for a day of fun, friendship and unique behind-the-scene experiences in Tucson!

Friday, September 20:

The University of Arizona is world-renown for its scientific, medical, technology and astronomical research and innovations, and we will have the opportunity to experience a personal, behind-the-scenes tour at three of the most unique laboratories in the country and the world.

Arrive at BIO5 Institute (1657 East Helen Street) by 10:15 am

Parking is available in the Highland Avenue Garage, 1420 E. Helen St., one block west of the T.W. Keating (BIO5) Building ($2/hour, maximum $8/day).

10:30-11:30   BIO5 Institute: Behind-the-Scenes private tour and discussion

The BIO5 Institute was formed to harness the collaborative power of five core disciplines (agriculture, engineering, medicine, pharmacy and science) to find solutions to complex, biology-based challenges we face, such as preventing, treating and curing diseases, addressing environmental issues, and feeding people around the planet.

Our own AWF member Jennifer Barton is the Director of BIO5. She has organized and will co-lead the private tour and discussion. This is a special opportunity, because the BIO5 is not open for public tours.

11:30-12:30   Catered lunch at BIO5

1:00-2:00   Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research – private tour for our group

Founded in 1937 by A.E. Douglass, the originator of the science of tree-ring dating, the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research continues to conduct innovative research in dendrochronology.  Dendrochronology is an interdisciplinary science, and we’ll learn about the Lab’s current research and how it is being applied to better understand and address environmental issues.

3:00-4:30   Caris Mirror Lab – private tour for our group

We’ll see how a team of scientists and engineers are making giant mirrors with unprecedented power for a new generation of optical telescopes, and we’ll learn how the mirrors are built, polished and then transported down to the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.  It’s quite an amazing story!

6 pm    Optional dinner at a local restaurant (paid personally)

Cost: $60 pp (covers all three tours and lunch)
(Participants pay separately for parking and dinner.)
Open to AWF members and guests.