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José M. Álvarez Award Travel Grant

José M. Álvarez was awarded $472.64 for a Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) Travel Grant in the Fall 2010 to present a paper at the Association for Documentary Editing annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His research focuses on O'odham, whom Jesuits and Spanish officials knew as Pimas, sociopolitical organization in the Pimería Alta during the late seventeenth through mid-eighteenth centuries.

Kacy Hollenback Wins Award

Congratulations to Kacy Hollenback, who won the Graduate Student Paper Award at the 68th Plains Anthropological Conference of the Plains Anthropological Society in Bismarck, for the paper entitled: "Social Memory of Disaster: Exploring Historic Smallpox Epidemics among the Mandan and Hidatsa." The award carries an invitation to publish in the society's peer reviewed journal, Plains Anthropologist.


The paper abstract follows:

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Campus Events to Discourage 'Fat Talk'

UA departments and units are hosting events Wednesday, Oct. 13, to train people to avoid "fat talk" and, instead, to talk more positively about their bodies. "Fat Talk Free Day" will include a resource fair with information booths, prizes and raffles on the UA Mall.


The concept and term, "fat talk", was coined by Associate Professor Mimi Nichter and discussed in her book "Fat Talk: What Girls and Their Parents say about Dieting," which was published in 2000. Nichter's study... Read more

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Mimi Nichter

Associate Professor Mimi Nichter is an “engaged anthropologist,” whose research has an applied real world application. Her research in the US and South and Southeast Asia has led to prevention and intervention programs as she works to improve the individual and community health. Nichter, an associate professor of anthropology at the U of A, focuses on culture and health, and one of her areas of expertise has been research on tobacco use in South and Southeast Asia where over... Read more

New findings Posit Fate of Ancient Clovis People

Professor Vance Holliday and David Meltzer’s Current Anthropology article continues to received notice. One thing is clear, say the two prominent archaeologists: The mammoth hunters known as the Clovis people weren't wiped out along with the giant mammals they hunted in a fiery comet crash 12,900 years ago. When the mammoths disappeared, for whatever reason, the Clovis hunters found other prey, which led to adaptation of their spear tips, say Vance T. Holliday, a... Read more

Ann Hedlund Speaks to International Group, Publishes New Work

On October 8, Ann Hedlund (Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Ethnology, Arizona State Museum) presented a talk, “The Landscape Tapestries of Louise Nevelson, 1972-1997,” at the 12th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America (TSA), held in Lincoln, Nebraska. With attendees from over thirty countries, TSA provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about textiles worldwide, from artistic, cultural, economic, historic,... Read more

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