Alumni News

Jessica Munson (Ph.D. Arizona, 2012) and Jonathan Scholnick (Ph.D. Arizona, 2010) are co-PIs on a new three-year $829,086 project supported by the Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Sciences program at NSF. The collaborative project, titled “Cultural Evolution of Human Communication Systems: Investigating Linguistic Diversity and Social Change with Maya Hieroglyphic Writing,” focuses on the impacts of linguistic variation and social factors in the... Read more

Post date: Fri, 09/20/2013 - 11:19

Kerstin Reinschmidt (Ph.D. Arizona, 2010) is one of three UA researchers studying how culture contributes to resilience. Kerstin and Agnes Attakai, both at the UA Center for American Indian Resilience, have joined with the Tucson Indian Center to gather stories from Navajo and Hopi elders that show how traditions create a foundation of strength. Read more in this... Read more

Post date: Fri, 09/20/2013 - 11:17

Gordon Bronitsky (Ph.D. Arizona, 1977) has been invited to be a key facilitator at the Drum Cafe 2013 Arts Festival, October 17–18, Lake Nakuru National Park Educational Centre. The Conference theme is “New Models for Cultural Development.” Additional information about the Conference and Drum Cafe can be found here. Gordon previously visited Kenya in 2010 under the auspices of a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant awarded to Moi... Read more

Post date: Fri, 09/13/2013 - 11:25

An article currently on the BBC News Magazine website includes a picture of, and brief comment by, Hortensia Caballero (Ph.D. Arizona, 2003). The piece, “Return to the Rainforest: A Son’s Search for His Amazonian Mother,” tells about the journey of David Good, son of the well-known anthropologist Kenneth Good, to be reunited with his Yanomami mother in the Venezuelan Amazon. Dr. Caballero’s dissertation work with the Yanomami was supervised by Professor Emerita Ellen... Read more

Post date: Fri, 09/13/2013 - 11:14

Earlier this week Asthmapolis, co-founded by David Van Sickle (Ph.D., Arizona 2004), announced that it was the recipient of the 2013 Horizon Award in the TripleTree iAwards for Connected Health. Asthmapolis combines sensors and mobile phone technology to improve the management of asthma and COPD. Read more about the award here.

Post date: Fri, 06/07/2013 - 11:24

Emiliano Gallaga (Ph.D. Arizona, 2006) has just published A Landscape of Interactions During the Late Prehistoric Period in the Onavas Valley, Sonora, Mexico in the Arizona State Museum Archaeological Series. The book is reports on Emiliano’s dissertation work, including the interactions of local prehistoric peoples with... Read more

Post date: Fri, 05/03/2013 - 10:53

Congratulations to Dale Brenneman (Ph.D. Arizona, 2004) for achieving “continuing status and promotion” (tenure) this week at the Arizona State Museum Office of Ethnohistorical Research. Dr. Brenneman’s new title is Associate Curator of Documentary History.

Post date: Fri, 05/03/2013 - 10:50

Alumna Stephanie Reyes was recently awarded a highly competitive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Stephanie received a B.S. in Anthropology and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Arizona in 2011. Her Honors thesis in the School of Anthropology was co-advised by Dr. Barnet Pavao-... Read more

Post date: Fri, 05/03/2013 - 10:48

Edwin Wilmsen received his Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology in 1967 and is now 82 years old, but is still very active in research. He was just awarded another research grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. This will support two months of fieldwork this summer in Botswana and a visit to Tucson for a couple of weeks... Read more

Post date: Fri, 04/19/2013 - 10:07

David Van Sickle (Ph.D. Arizona, 2004) is the co-founder and CEO of Asthmapolis, a company that uses sensors on asthma inhalers to monitor and improve their use. Asthmapolis recently announced that it has raised $5 million in venture capital, as described in this story on

Post date: Fri, 04/12/2013 - 10:55