May 2014
UA to Offer Nation's First B.A. in Law

This fall, the UA will launch the nation's first Bachelor of Arts in Law degree program. Designed to prepare undergraduates to fill jobs in which a strong knowledge of law is beneficial, the new degree is the product of a partnership between our School of Government and Public Policy and the James E. Rogers College of Law. More. To read a Q/A with the deans of SBS and Law, click here

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Professor Diana Liverman talks with local farming families in Mexico in 2002.
UA Geographer Diana Liverman Named Guggenheim Fellow

UANews | Diana Liverman is among the 178 scientists, artists and scholars from the United States and Canada to receive a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Award. Liverman, a Regents' Professor in the School of Geography and Development and the co-director of the Institute of the Environment, will use her one-year fellowship to write a book on the relationship between poverty and climate change in the Americas. More 

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How Sheep Became Livestock

ScienceNow | The domestication of plants and animals was one of the most important events in human history, but rarely have archaeologists been able to catch the process in the act. Now, research of an 11,000-year-old settlement in Turkey -- lead by UA anthropologist Mary Stiner -- shows that some early farmers kept wild sheep penned up in the middle of their village, thus setting the stage for the dramatic changes that led to today's domesticated animals. More 

Laura Cummings and Zeferino Diego Ferreira
"Life Story of a Villista"

Anthropologist Laura Cummings's work in U.S.-Mexico border studies has led her down many fascinating cultural paths, but one of her greatest academic accomplishments links back to the UA, from which she received her Ph.D. in 1994. In 1999, the Southwest Center published "Life Story of a Villista," composed of interviews with the aging Mexican revolutionary Zeferino Diego Ferreira, and the text has had a considerable impact on both the academic and popular understanding of that chapter in our collective history. More 

Leadership Through Ideas

The College of SBS worked in partnership with community leader Ann W. Lovell, as well as with the Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona, to bring a project to Tucson that trains women to share their expertise and insights and helps advance them as thought leaders in their respective fields."The Arizona Public Voices Fellowship Program can hopefully improve the diversity and quality of information and discussion, and ultimately decision-making, not only in Southern Arizona, but nationally," said SBS dean John Paul Jones III. More  

Discovering the Birthplace of the Chili Pepper

UANews | In a study of global significance, the Southwest Center's Gary Paul Nabhan and colleagues have determined that the chili pepper was first cultivated in central-east Mexico, likely in the Valley of Tehuacán. Nabhan said the research can help scientists improve crop variety, especially for hotter climates, while also improving pest repellency in granaries, where chili powder is used as rat and squirrel repellent. Such implications "will be critically important as we work to deal with climate change and provide food for a rapidly increasing global population." More 

The UA linguistics team in D.C.
Linguistics Team at National Science and Engineering Festival
UANews | A UA linguistics team received a highly coveted invitation from the National Science Foundation to participate in a science, engineering, technology and mathematics festival in Washington, D.C. in April. The team, led by UA linguist Cecile McKee, presented a range of informal, hands-on science activities designed for people of all ages. More
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* SBS is now on twitter! You can follow us at @UA_SBS. You can also review our SBS Developments magazine and Arizona Now case statement here.  

* Anthropologist Takeshi Inomata is at the Dialogues of Civilization archaeology conference this week, which is being covered by National Geographic. Daily blog posts can be found here.
David Yetman
* The Southwest Center's David Yetman produced a documentary, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, on the endangered indigenous language of Chinantec whistled speech. More

A recent report found that a large number of women who cross the U.S. border illegally are taking birth control pills amid fears they will be raped. Anna Ochoa O'Leary, a professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies, was quoted in this widely publicized story. More
David Raichlen
* Razanne Chatila, a journalism and political science student, had an op-ed about Syrian children published in the Arizona Daily Star.
* UA anthropologist David Raichlen is teaming up with UA psychologist Gene Alexander to look at physical activity and human longevity from an evolutionary perspective.
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