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May 19, 2010
Biweekly News


Udall Center Names Fellows for 2010-11

With financial support from the UA Institute for the Environment and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy has selected four UA faculty members as Udall Center Fellows for 2010-11.


Benedict Colombi, assistant professor of American Indian studies, and Connie Woodhouse, associate professor of geography and development, will be Udall Center Environmental Policy Fellows supported by the Institute for the Environment.
Sandy Dall'erba, assistant professor of geography and development, and Linda Green, associate professor of anthropology, will be Udall Center Fellows supported by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.


Colombi will design, test, and implement a survey of American Indian tribes in Arizona to inform the creation of a graduate certificate and joint degree program for students in the UA American Indian Studies Program interested in natural resources management.

Woodhouse will develop a graduate certificate program in communicating and co-producing science to provide UA students in the environmental sciences and other disciplines with the theory and practical experience to communicate better with diverse stakeholders.
Dall'erba will study regional economic development, public expenditures, and spillover effects to guide implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and future regional development policy.
Green will examine the reintegration of Yup'ik combat veterans into their rural communities of southwestern Alaska and will assess the effectiveness of federal, state, and tribal health care policies intended to guide social reintegration of veterans.

Since the inception of the Udall Center Fellows program in 1990, the center has named 121 fellows from 37 departments and programs across the UA.


Udall Center Faculty Members Awarded Tenure

Two of the Udall Center's jointly appointed colleagues received letters from the UA provost indicating that they have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure.

Christopher Scott is now associate professor in the School of Geography and Development and associate research professor of water resources policy at the Udall Center.

Margaret Wilder is now associate professor in the Center for Latin American Studies and associate professor of environmental policy at the Udall Center)..

"These were terrific cases and very much deserved promotions," said Stephen Cornell, director of the Udall Center. "We congratulate Chris and Margaret and wish them continued success at the UA."


Lopez-Hoffman Wins Scholarship Award

Another jointly appointed colleague, Laura Lopez-Hoffman, assistant professor of natural resources and the environment and assistant professor of environmental policy at the Udall Center, has received the Outstanding Scholarly Achievement award from the School of Natural Resources and the Environment for her recently co-edited book, Conservation of Shared Environments: Learning from the United States and Mexico, published earlier this year by the University of Arizona Press.

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Neeley Wins 2010 Fisher Prize in Environmental Law

The Udall Center announces this year's winner of the Lillian S. Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy, Jenny Neeley, a recent graduate of the UA James E. Rogers College of Law.

A faculty committee, chaired by Robert Glennon, Morris K. Udall Professor of  Law and Public Policy, selected Neeley for her paper, Over the Line: The Congressional Delegation Granting the Homeland Security Secretary Authority to Bypass All Legal Requirements When Constructing Border Fencing is Unconstitutional, and is Not Justified by Policy Interests.

The Fisher Prize  is awarded annually by the Udall Center to a student in the UA law college for an essay addressing an environmental law or public policy topic. The competition is judged each year by faculty in the law college.

The award carries a stipend provided by an endowment established at the University of Arizona Foundation by former Pima County Superior Court Judge Lillian S. Fisher.

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Established in 1987, the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy sponsors policy-relevant, interdisciplinary research and forums that link scholarship and education with decision-making. The Center specializes in issues concerning: (1) environmental policy, primarily in the Southwest and U.S.-Mexico border region; (2) immigration policy of the United States; and (3) Indigenous nations policy.


The Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI), founded in 2001 by the Morris K. Udall Foundation (now Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation) and The University of Arizona and housed at the Udall Center, serves as a self-determination, governance, and development resource for Indigenous nations in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere.

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