December 2014
2015 Magellan Circle Scholars!

Congratulations to our 61 Magellan Circle scholars, who received $500 and met their patrons at a breakfast on Dec. 11! To learn more about our Magellan Circle program, click here.

SBS Features
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild spoke to students in the 2014 "Poverty in American Cities" course. Photo by Patrick McArdle.
Course on Poverty Engages Students in Finding Local Solutions

This spring, UA undergraduate students in the course "Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop" will collect, analyze, and present data on local community issues related to poverty. The course is a continuation of a collaboration between the College of SBS and the Mayor's Commission on Poverty. The course is being supported by gifts from Habitat for Humanity Tucson, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. More

Improving Access to Libraries for All

The Knowledge River Program, founded to address equity and access issues for underserved populations with a specific focus on American Indian and Hispanic communities, has  received a $500,000 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant. Since the program's launch, 158 graduates have gone on to introduce community-based programs, reopen community libraries that have closed, and lead diversity initiatives at major organizations. More 

Photo by Moses Thompson
Growing Their Own School Lunch

On Nov. 20, the UA Community and School Garden Program helped celebrate Manzo Elementary's designation as the first school in Pima County to obtain Arizona Department of Health Services certification to serve school-grown produce as part of the lunch menu. Through the garden program, hundreds of UA student interns have helped K-12 teachers develop lesson plans related to building and maintaining school gardens. More here and here.

Robin Reineke and Moses Thompson
40 Under 40

Recognizing the best, brightest, and most influential young leaders in Tucson, this year's list of "40 Under 40" winners included seven employees from the UA, including two from SBS. Robin Reineke, a graduate student and research associate in the School of Anthropology, is the co-founder and executive director of the Colibrí Center for Human Rights, a nonprofit organization that helps medical examiners along the border identify human remains. Moses Thompson, who created and runs the ecology program at Manzo Elementary, recently was named coordinator of the UA-TUSD Community and School Garden Program. More 

New Major Prepares UA Students for Health Care Professions

The School of Sociology's "Care, Health and Society" major has enrolled about 135 students in its first year. Students are prepared for careers in disciplines that include medicine, nursing, pharmacology, teaching, and physiology, providing them with the analytical, organizational, and advocacy skills needed to thrive in work settings. Sarah Mason, chose to study at the UA because of the new major. "Once I found out about it, my decision was made," Mason said. "Care, Health and Society is such a well-rounded degree that I feel like I will be prepared for virtually any career in health care." More here and here

Political Analysis: Female Fighting and Fake Independents

Samara Klar, an assistant professor in the School of Government and Public Policy, had two op-eds published recently. In "Women Fight More Than Men Over Politics," she revealed that Republican and Democratic women appear to be even more antagonistic toward each other than Republican and Democratic men are. In "Independents Didn't Decide the Midterm Election," she argued that "the Democrats did not lose because they couldn't convince independents (many of whom were likely Republicans) to vote for them. They lost in part because they could not depend on their own supporters to encourage their friends to turn out and vote Democratic."

News That Knows No Borders

UA School of Journalism students are producing news stories, in English and Spanish, for the entire region as part of the student-run Arizona Sonora News. Their content is appearing in newspapers and news sites on both sides of the border. More 

SBS News Briefs 
Toys collected by the SBS Staff Advisory Council

* On Dec. 15, representatives from the SBS Staff Advisory Council delivered food, toys, and $845 in gift cards to Peter Howell Elementary as part of their "Adopt-A-School" holiday program! More 


* In Time Out New York's 10 best books of 2014, English Professor Kate Bernheimer's "How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales" received an honorable mention of "Most likely to replace The Brothers Grimm."

Gabby Giffords and Carolyn Lukensmeyer
* The National Institute for Civil Discourse received a "Search for Common Ground Award." Executive Director Carolyn Lukensmeyer and board member Gabrielle Giffords accepted the award in Washington, D.C., in November. To watch a video, click here.

* Sociology Professor Joe Galaskiewicz received the 2014 Award for Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research.

* Journalism Associate Professor Shahira Fahmy blogged about her experience traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend a Fulbright specialist mission to assess the strategic communication skills in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. More

Liz Oglesby, an associate professor in geography and Latin American studies, was selected to receive the 2015 AAG Gilbert White Public Service Honor in recognition of her contributions to human rights research and practice. 

* The work of UA Emeritus Communication Professor Dale Kunkel was cited in a story on the impact of digital violence. More 
Dept News
Upcoming Events
"Jewish Identity & Creativity: A Symposium & Concert"
Presented by the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies
Jan. 12: symposium from 3-6 p.m. in Music 146; concert at 7 p.m. in Holsclaw Hall
Black Life Matters Conference
Presented by the Department of Gender and Women's Studies
Jan. 15-17
Location: UA Student Union Memorial Center and Dunbar Auditorium
"Labor and Leisure": 24th Annual Photography Exhibit
Presented by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Jan. 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Marshall 490
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