November 2015
SBS Features
SBS Professors Offer Context on Terrorism
Recent events in Paris have prompted a number of questions, including: Why has global terrorism advanced so quickly? What part does religion play? And what actions should the United States and other countries take against the threat?

In the video below, Alex Braithwaite and Faten Ghosn, from the School of Government and Public Policy, offer some context and perspective on terrorism in light of the attacks in Paris.
UA Professors Provide Context, Perspective on Terrorism
UA Linguistics at the Children's Museum
UA linguist Cecile McKee is leading an applied research project in collaboration with Children's Museum Tucson involving children between the ages of 2 and 8. With funding from a UA 100% Engagement grant, McKee and her team designed and built a mobile exhibit with two educational games to help children learn how to develop hypotheses and explore homophones. More
100% Engagement: The Children's Museum Tucson Project
The Children's Museum Tucson Project
Students in the "Arizona in Jordan" program. Photo by Matt Horne.
Providing Arabic Training to ROTC Students
The UA has received a $500,000 grant to extend its Arabic language program for ROTC students for another year. The program is funded through Project Global Officers, known as Project GO, a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language competency, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of ROTC students. The UA is the only institution in the country funded to offer Project GO Advanced Arabic language training. More
Shaping the World Through Ideas
Over the past year, 20 women from the UA and Tucson community have played a leading role in public discourse by sharing their expertise, thanks to training from the Tucson Public Voices Fellowship Program, which is co-sponsored by the College of SBS. Building on the success of the first two years of the program, a 2015-2016 cohort has begun meeting to learn op-ed writing and to discuss ideas about leadership and public impact.  More
Tucson Public Voices Fellowship Program
Tucson Public Voices Fellowship Program
Keith James
Expanding American Indian Studies
Keith James began his job as the head of the Department of American Indian Studies this fall, and he is already working to expand the department's curriculum to better prepare students to meet the needs of tribal communities. With a focus on tribal health and indigenous entrepreneurship, James is aiming to build on existing strengths at the UA that complement workforce development priorities of Native Nations. More
Chris Segrin and Terry Badger. Photo by Kristen Hanning.
The Role of Communication in Treating Breast Cancer Patients
Chris Segrin, the Steve and Nancy Lynn Endowed Professor and the head of the Department of Communication, collaborates with UA Nursing Professor Terry Badger on studying the role of communication on the health and well-being of cancer patients and their partners. The newest grant received by the researchers will allow them to target Latinas with breast cancer who live in rural areas. More
Leila Hudson on KOLD-TV
Refusing Syrian Refugees
More than half of governors across the U.S. said they do not approve of letting Syrian refugees into the country. Professor Leila Hudson, director of the UA Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle Eastern Conflicts, said not only do they lack the authority to refuse refugees, but they're sparking fear that is unwarranted, adding that the governors' response to the refugee crisis is "a rather crude and unfortunate attempt to capitalize on the very understandable fear and alarm." More
Travis Hirschi
Professor Wins Stockholm Prize in Criminology
Travis Hirschi, an emeritus Regents' Professor in the School of Sociology, has received the prestigious Stockholm Prize in Criminology for helping to answer the question: How can parents prevent their children from committing crimes? Hirschi's research on the topic began in 1965, when he gathered data on 4,077 teenagers, testing and developing his "Social Bonding Theory" of crime. More
SBS News Briefs 
Manzo Elementary students.
Photo by Moses Thompson.
* The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice supports the school garden and ecology program at Manzo Elementary, one of the schools served by the UA Community and School Garden Program. Learn more here and here.

* Click here for five tips for becoming an activist in college by #BlackLivesMatter co-founder and UA history alum Opal Tometi.  
* The Arizona Daily Wildcat featured the School of Information's research on "dark data." More
Ofelia Zepeda
* Two of the 2016 MOCA Local Genius Awardees are from SBS: Ofelia Zepeda, Regents' Professor in the Department of Linguistics, and Mort Rosenblum, Professor of Practice in the School of Journalism!
* Kate Kenski, an associate professor in the Department of Communication, spoke with AZPM about how independent political spending works and with Al Jazeera about the media's coverage of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
Christina Ramirez
* English Professor Cristina D. Ramírez's research uncovered examples of women writing and publishing even though their voices had been silenced. More

* The Department of Mexican American Studies is hosting the 2015/2016 Corrido Contest for high school students as well as UA students and employees. Entries are due Dec. 7. More
The UA has the #1 online graduate program in Library and Information Sciences according to!
Thomas Sheridan
* Is the Phoenix area's long love affair with grass waning? Anthropology and Southwest Center Professor Tom Sheridan provides a historical perspective in this Arizona Republic article.

* UA linguist Andy Wedel spoke to KGUN-TV about new research from the University of New Mexico that shows that the way we talk could be based on our environment. More
Chris Weber
* In politics, fear is more likely to increase open-mindedness and objectivity than diminish it, according to Chris Weber, associate professor in the School of Government and Public Policy. More 
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Nov. 19, 2015-April 3, 2016
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