November 2013 
SBS Homecoming!

Please join us for two days of homecoming fun! On Friday, Nov. 8, Diana Liverman, a Regents' Professor in the School of Geography and Development, will be speaking on "Living Well on Planet Earth" as part of the UA Alumni Association's Homecoming Collegiate Showcase. Liverman's talk will be held at the lower level of the UA Bookstore at 1:30 p.m. At 3 p.m. on Friday in the Student Union Grand Ballroom, Ofelia Zepeda, Regents' Professor of Linguistics, will be honored as the SBS Alumni of the Year.


On Saturday, Nov. 9, please join us for our homecoming bash at 5:30 p.m. at The Shanty, located at 401 E. 9th St.! Our homecoming chair is Jim Meehan, General Counsel for Arrowpoint Capital and a history alumnus, and our student speaker is journalism major Amer Taleb. For details, click here
SBS Features

SBS Collaborates With City of Tucson, Nonprofits to Fight Poverty

UANews | The College of SBS is working with the City of Tucson and its nonprofit collaborators to address poverty in Tucson, which has the eighth highest poverty rate among the nation's large metropolitan areas, at 18.7 percent.  


Sociology professor Lane Kenworthy and graduate student Julia Smith will be spearheading a two-phase project: a multi-city analysis of best practices and a local survey. Undergraduate students in the "Poverty in American Cities" class will also be involved in the project! More 

The report "Conservation You Can Taste: Best Practices in Heritage Food Recovery and Successes in Restoring Agricultural Biodiversity Over the Last Quarter Century" was distributed to sustainable chefs across the country at the gathering of Chefs Collaboration in Charleston on Nov. 2.
Heritage Foods Are Coming Back!

UANews | A new report from our Southwest Center has revealed that thousands of unique fruits, vegetables and other food items are returning to American markets and tables!


"The University of Arizona is one of several universities that have helped to forge alliances between farmers, ranchers, chefs, millers, meat processors and farmers' market managers over the last quarter century to re-diversify our food system," said Gary Nabhan, the UA Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems and a pioneer in the local food movement. More

Cyber Attackers Beware!

Ronald Breiger, a professor in the School of Sociology, is a co-principal investigator on a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, which will allow the research team to study cyber attackers and attacks via social media analytics. Working with sociology Ph.D. student Meltem Odabas, Breiger will lead in the modeling of  individual and collective attributes and networks of cyber communities. More  

UA Grad's Wildlife Master's Project Adopted by State Transportation Department

Arizona Daily Wildcat | The Arizona Department of Transportation recently adopted a UA alumna's master's project to help wildlife species safely cross Interstate 10. Sara Sillars, who earned her degree from the Master's of Science in Geographic Information Systems Technology in May, used advanced geographic information systems modeling techniques to determine placement options for large, medium and small culverts to cross I-10. More here and here.

CMES_Adeli class
Stephanie Medina (right) and Arlene Medina show their medals from the National History Day competition in 2009.
Teaching High School Students About Culture

UA News | Lisa Adeli, the outreach coordinator for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, is teaching a course on the Middle East at a local high school in Tucson to expand students' knowledge about the region and also to promote a college-going culture. As part of the class, the students participate in the annual National History Day. The competition requires students to choose a historic topic and conduct extensive research. More 

Uncover the Ancient Mayan City of Ceibal! 

UA anthropology professors Takeshi Inomata's and Daniela Triadan's project at the Maya site of Ceibal in Guatemala is featured on PBS in David Yetman's series "In the Americas." Yetman is a researcher in our Southwest Center.

Two Millennia of Mayas: Guatemala's Cultural Legacy
Two Millennia of Mayas: Guatemala's Cultural Legacy

SBS News Briefs 
Hannah Palaniuk, Razanne Chatila and Casey Knox met with Savannah Guthrie (Photo by Samantha Sais). 
* Several journalism students met 1993 UA journalism graduate Savannah Guthrie, host of The Today Show, at an Oct. 18 reception launching the school's new Zenger Giving Circle. More

* Ada Wilkinson-Lee in the Department of Mexican American Studies was one of the faculty members awarded a grant to enhance health information for Hispanic women. More
Students in the field

* In the summer of 2013, students in the "HIST 495F: Current Topics in U.S. History" class took to the field. Geography graduate student Jesse Minor was interviewed about how students' educational experiences can be enhanced by stepping out of the classroom. More 


An article in The Washington Times on digital activism quotes Jennifer Earl, UA sociology professor and author of the book "Digitally Enabled Social Change: Activism in the Internet Age." More
Zombie science
* UA sociology professor Brian Mayer was featured in the Arizona Daily Wildcat article on zombies!
* Patricia Montiel-Overall, associate professor in the School of Information Resources and Library Science, has been named the 2013 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree. More
Links to Dept News
Upcoming Events
"Why Cooperate: An Interdisciplinary Panel"
Nov. 14, 11 a.m.

Location: Slonaker House

Latin American Studies Colloquium
Nov. 15, 1 p.m.

"Guatemala- From the Peace Accords to the Trial of Rios Montt"
Location: Tubac Room, Student Union

Hitchcock's Saboteur with guest speaker David Soren, UA anthropologist

(Part of UA Humanities Program) 

Nov. 20, 1 p.m.
Location: The Loft Cinema
Fun Fact: Not only is Prof. Soren a noted archaeologist, he has researched Hollywood films and was a child star in vaudeville.
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