March 2015
SBS Features
Leonard Nimoy. Photo by Beth Madison
Spock's Humanity Was Nimoy's Gift

Cecile McKee, associate dean for research in SBS and professor of linguistics, and Elly Zimmer a graduate student in linguistics, wrote about Leonard Nimoy and his appreciation of language. Nimoy was instrumental in commissioning the development of the structurally complex Klingon language. And through the character of Spock, Nimoy explored what makes us human. More 

David Schmidtz
Center for Philosophy of Freedom Receives $2.9M Grant
The Center for the Philosophy of Freedom received a $2.9 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The gift will allow the center to hire a postdoctoral fellow with the Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law undergraduate program, as well as help the center build a network of philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) programs spanning several universities and four continents. The center will also create new hybrid online and traditional PPE degree programs, including a program in ethics, economy, and entrepreneurship for high school teachers. More
Mt. Lykaion excavation in Greece
Mediterranean Archaeology and the Environment

An Arizona Daily Star article discusses the new Center for Mediterranean Archaeology and the Environment, directed by Anthropology Professor Steve Kuhn. The center involves researchers from the School of Anthropology, the Tree-Ring Lab, the Radiocarbon Lab, and the Department of Geosciences. By combining their different perspectives and methodologies for reconstructing the past, the researchers aim to gain a greater and more highly resolved picture of past human experience in the cradle of Old World civilizations. More 

Ander Monson's new book
Love for Libraries
Ander Monson, an assistant professor in the Department of English, has a new book out, titled "Letters to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries." A review from NPR says the book "is a breathtakingly original, thoughtful consideration of what it means to be a reader--or a writer, or a human being." The review goes on to call the book a "masterpiece," and Monson "one of America's best living authors." More
UA linguists Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini, Tom Bever, and Simin Karimi with Noam Chomsky
Chomsky's UA Connections
After his session at the Tucson Festival of Books on March 15, Chomsky will spend time with the faculty and students in the Department of Linguistics. Chomsky's connections to the UA are deep and long-standing, mostly stemming from the various sojourns of UA linguists at MIT, where Chomsky worked for more than 50 years.


"We're thrilled, of course," said Simin Karimi, head of the Department of Linguistics. "Many of the faculty, myself included, maintain professional relationships with Chomsky. And for our students, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the man who is widely considered to be the father of modern linguistics." More 

SBS News Briefs 
Eddie Redmayne in his new movie. Credit: Universal Pictures

*Susan Stryker, a UA professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies and the director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, is a consultant on a new movie about a transgender woman played by Eddie Redmayne. Stryker is quoted widely in this story on the movie.


* Carla Stoffle, senior associate dean for the College of SBS and a professor in the School of Information Resources and Library Science, will be honored later this month at the Association of College and Research Libraries' national conference for writing one of the seven "landmark" articles in the 75-year history of the organization's scholarly journal. More 
Cecile McKee helps a child use the finger tapper.

* On Feb. 14-15, a UA team of linguists, lead by Cecile McKee, participated in Family Science Days, which was hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. More 


* The recent panel "Reporting in a More Dangerous World," featuring the parents of James Foley, received extensive media coverage in outlets such as The New York Times. For a write-up of the event, click here. To watch a video of the panel, click here.

Kate Kenski

* Kate Kenski, an associate professor in the Department of Communication, wrote an op-ed titled "Incivility Gets Noticed, But It Doesn't Get Things Done." More

* Suzanne Dovi, an associate professor in the School of Government and Public Policy, published an op-ed titled "We Spend Billions On Democracy-Building Abroad. What If We Matched That At Home?" More 

* Anna Ochoa O'Leary, an associate professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies, wrote an op-ed titled "Women's History Month Must Honor Latinas." More 


* Cecile McKee, associate dean for research in SBS and a professor of linguistics, wrote an op-ed titled "Lying is Everyday Occurrence for Famous, Rest of Us." More
Rosi Andrade

* Rosi Andrade, an associate research professor at the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, wrote an op-ed titled "A Crisis in Vision." More 


* Jennifer Cyr, an assistant professor of political science and Latin American studies, was quoted in the story "China is a Key Banker for Latin America." More 

Dept News
Upcoming Events
SBS at Tucson Festival of Books
March 14-15
Location: UA campus
"A Conversation with Noam Chomsky"
Presented by the College of SBS, the Tucson Festival of Books, and The Nation
March 15, 4 p.m.
Location: Centennial Hall
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" with Commentary by Prof. David Soren
Presented by Science on Screen/The Loft Cinema
March 16, 7 p.m.
Location: The Loft Cinema

A special introduction by archaeologist, film scholar, and UA Regents' Professor of Anthropology David Soren. Soren will discuss "real archaeology" vs. "movie archaeology" as seen in the movie.

"Do Happy Today"
Presented by Community Renaissance

March 20

Events are scheduled throughout the day in recognition of International Happiness Day.


Presented by the UA Center for Border & Global Journalism
March 20-22
Location: UA Science and Engineering Library
A free hackathon on the topic of immigration
Taleghani Lecture: "The 1953 Coup Revisited"
Presented by the Department of Linguistics
March 26, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Student Union, Santa Rita Room
Speaker: Ervand Abrahamian, Baruch College
"Demons and Evil Spirits in Early Judaism and Christianity"
Presented by Arizona Center for Judaic Studies
March 30, 4 p.m.
Location: UA Hillel Center
Speaker: Matthias Henze, Rice University
Celebrating Excellence: Women in UA Anthropology

Presented by UA Special Collections
March 31, 6 p.m.
Location: UA Special Collection
Anthropology Professors Jennifer Roth-Gordon, Stacey Tecot, Marcela Vasquez, and Mary Voyatzis will share their research.

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