February 2014
SBS in the Community
UA sociologist Lane Kenworthy, who studies poverty and income inequality, will participate in a free panel discussion on "Poverty: The Working Poor" on Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. Neal Conan, former host of NPR's "Talk of the Nation" will moderate the discussion, the first in the Community Interactive series, produced by Arizona Public Media and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. MoreYou can also hear Kenworthy talk about his new book "Social Democratic America" here and here
SBS Features

Restoring Our Torah Scroll 

UANews | On Feb. 4, SBS's Arizona Center for Judaic Studies brought in an expert to restore its 200-year-old Torah scroll, which is the first and only Torah owned by the University of Arizona. More. Click below to watch a video about the project:

UA Witness to Restoration of 200-Year-Old Torah Scroll
UA Witness to Restoration of 200-Year-Old Torah Scroll
Who Won't Take Their Medicine?

UANews | UA anthropologist Susan Shaw and UA pharmacist Jeannie Lee have received a $1.48 million grant from the NIH to study factors that impact medication adherence and health literacy.  


"As an anthropologist I'm especially interested in how people think and feel about their medications," said Shaw. "People may have fears and anxieties about their medications that can vary depending on their cultural backgrounds." More 

Arabic Flagship
UA Arabic Flagship students
UA Expands Arabic Instruction After Being Named Flagship Program

UANews | This past spring, the UA was named an Arabic Flagship university, a prestigious designation only awarded to four other institutions of higher education in the country. The Arabic Flagship Program not only trains Flagship students to become proficient in Arabic, it elevates the Arabic program for all students. More 

Jeannine Relly and Celeste González de Bustamante 
Study Reveals Dangers to Mexican Journalists Along U.S. Border

UANews | The UA School of Journalism's Jeannine Relly and Celeste González de Bustamante interviewed Mexican journalists and found that violence and threats to many journalists reporting along the U.S. border has led to less investigative and crime reporting, a phenomenon described as "self-censorship." More 

McGuire Gibson
Sabbagh Lecture: "The Neo-Assyrian Queens' Tombs and What They Tell Us About the Elite, Diplomacy, and Dowries"
In the 22nd annual Sabbagh lecture, McGuire Gibson, a professor of Mesopotamian Archaeology at the University of Chicago, will compare the tombs of the Neo-Assyrian queens to the tombs of the Assyrian kings. The lecture, which is on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Marriott University Park,  is presented by the School of Anthropology and sponsored by Vivi and Adib Sabbagh. More
Why Sun Belters Should Resist the Winter Weather Gloat

Huffington Post | Diana Liverman, a professor in the School of Geography and Development and the co-director of the Institute of the Environment, wrote an op-ed about how extreme weather impacts all of us. "We're all in this together: Most of our food and household goods come from somewhere else, the costs of insurance, health care and energy are set well beyond our local region, and our taxes and charity contribute to disaster relief across the U.S. and abroad." More 

SBS News Briefs 
President Hart and Dean J.P. Jones
*  In January, SBS Dean John Paul Jones was in Oman and the United Arab Emirates with President Ann Weaver Hart and other UA officials to discuss  partnerships between the UA and universities and agencies in that region.   
*  UA anthropologist Benedict Colombi is leading a public-private project to help a Russian indigenous people preserve its language and cultural knowledge. More   
Chris Segrin

Communication head Chris Segrin's research was featured in the Psychology Today article "Helicopter Parenting -- It's Worse Than You Think." More


The Arizona Daily Wildcat featured our new eSociety major, which is popular with students and employers! More 



Links to Dept News
Upcoming Events
"Touring Heaven and Near Death Experiences"
Speaker: J. Edward Wright, Director of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies
Feb. 13, noon
Location: UA Hillel Foundation
"Cognitively-Based Compassion Training"

Did you attend Dr. Charles Raison's Happiness Lecture on "Compassion Training as a Path to Genuine Happiness"? Due to popular demand, the UA will host the first Cognitively-Based Compassion Training course in the Southwest! 

March 7-9 

Location: Roy Place Bldg., Downtown Tucson


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