BARA Graduate Awards Available

The Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology makes a call for applications for their Graduate Research Award and Graduate Travel Award. Both endowments were created from a generous contribution from A. Richard Diebold, Jr. and the Salus Mundi Foundation. Announcement forms can be found here (for ... Read more

Clara Lee Tanner Endowed Professorship

Back in November 1986 John and Clara Lee Tanner established a Pooled Income Fund and last April John notified the UA Foundation that he wished to establish the Clara Lee Tanner Endowed Professorship in Anthropology from the proceeds. John Frederic Tanner passed August 20th and the family requested that memorial contributions be made to the endowment.


The Clara Lee Tanner Endowed Professor shall be a faculty member who is anthropologically trained and who will... Read more

Altar Valley Conservation Alliance Wins Award

Each year the Quivira Coalition awards its $20,000 Clarence Burch Award to an individual or organization that embodies the Radical Center of ranchers, environmentalists,  scientists , and public land managers who “build resilience by fostering ecological, economic, and social health on Western landscapes through education, innovation, collaboration, and progressive public and private land stewardship.”


This year, the recipient of the award is the Altar Valley Conservation... Read more

Holliday Find No Evidence of Catastrophic Impact

A new study by Vance Holliday and David J. Meltzer in Current Anthropology finds no evidence to support the theory that a catastrophic comet impact 13,000 years ago led to the sudden demise of Clovis hunters in North America. Their research supports that whether or not such an extraterrestrial event occurred, nothing in the archaeological record indicates that the Clovis hunters suddenly disappeared along with the animals. The article can be found... Read more

Mendoza-Denton is SLA President-Elect

Congratulations to Associate Professor Norma Mendoza-Denton who was recently selected as the President-Elect for the Society of Linguistic Anthropology (SLA), a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). In this capacity she shall succeed to the office of President in two years.

Haynes and Holliday Take on Comet Controversy


Regents’ Professor Emeritus Vance Haynes and Professor Vance Holliday both appear in the latest issue of American Archaeology (magazine of the Archaeological Conservancy) as part of a cover story on the debate over the "Clovis Impact Hypothesis."  This is a controversial idea that some... Read more

Michael Schiffer Update

Michael Brian Schiffer just completed his fellowship at the Dibner Library, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, where he has been studying 19th century steamship technology.  "Four books on electrical technology is enough," he remarked.  "It's time for new technologies and new challenges."  Meanwhile, his most recent book, Studying Technological Change:  A Behavioral Approach, has been accepted by the University of Utah Press, where it will... Read more

Panel Discusses Immigration and Border Laws

Along with a panel of experts in education, public policy and history, Anthropology Professor Thomas Sheridan came together Monday to discuss recent actions by the state Legislature dealing with border security and immigration. The event, "Arizona at the Crossroads 2010," drew a large crowd to the Student Union Memorial Center's Gallagher Theater. It was held as part of the speaker series "Who Draws the Line? Social Justice Perspectives on Immigration," which is coordinated... Read more

Sheridan Participates in Cultural Issues Discussion

Professor Thomas Sheridan and Research Anthropologist at the Southwest Center will participate today (Monday, 9/27/10) in a Public Immigration, Cultural Issues Discussion held by the UA. UA President Robert N. Shelton will join distinguished faculty expert panel on campus to discuss the current and potential impacts of Arizona's recent laws and initiatives on immigration and cultural issues.

The panel of UA experts will discuss the Arizona laws’ potential impact on... Read more

Austin to Speak at School Lecture Series

Dr. Diane Austin, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Associate Research Anthropologist (BARA), is scheduled to speak at this week’s School of Anthropology Lecture Series to be held Wednesday, September 29th, at 4:00 PM in Haury 216. She focuses on the timely subject: the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The Lecture Series flier can be found here and her title and abstract... Read more