See the articles published on The Conversation in October


Each month, faculty members and researchers from across the University share their expertise on The Conversation, an independent, not-for-profit news source committed to communicating the work of scholars. The Conversation makes all of its articles available at no charge to any news organization that wants to republish them. In addition, The Associated Press distributes The Conversation articles to newsrooms across the United States.

To recognize University of Arizona scholars who are contributing to The Conversation's goal of informing public debate "with knowledge-based journalism that is responsible, ethical and supported by evidence," the Office of University Communications regularly posts links to the articles that have been published on The Conversation.

Below please find the articles published in October. Faculty and researchers who were unable to attend the in-person and online workshops held with Conversation editors last week and would like to learn more can contact the Office of University Communications at

Oct. 1, 2021
Monsoons make deserts bloom in the US Southwest, but climate change is making these summer rainfalls more extreme and erratic
Monsoons are weather patterns that bring thunderstorms and heavy rains to hot, dry areas when warm, moist ocean air moves inland. They're challenging to forecast, especially in a changing climate.

Diana Zamora-Reyes
Doctoral candidate, Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

Christopher L. Castro
Professor, Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

Oct. 12, 2021
The most powerful space telescope ever built will look back in time to the Dark Ages of the universe
The James Webb Space Telescope is set to launch into orbit in December 2021. Its mission is to search for the first light to ever shine in the universe.

Chris Impey
University Distinguished Professor, Department of Astronomy

Oct. 20, 2021
Short-sleepers are more likely to suffer from irregular and heavy periods
Menstruating women who sleep less than six hours a night suffer worse periods. But leading treatments for insomnia rarely look at menstrual health.

Kat Kennedy
Doctoral candidate, Department of Physiology

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