The Arizona Insect Festival, held in the Grand Ballroom of the University of Arizona's Student Union Memorial Center, provides a weekend-afternoon celebration of southern Arizona's bugs and the scientists who study them. The annual festival is put on by the Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
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The festival highlights insect-related research conducted by UA scientists from a range of academic departments, including entomology, ecology and evolutionary biology, and neurobiology.