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Mimi Nichter

Obesity among youth is at epidemic levels in the United States, with one in three of America's 71.5 million children either obese or at risk of becoming obese. The School of Anthropology (Dr. Mimi Nichter and graduate students Melanie Mederios and Samantha Grace) are working with other departments on campus (Nutritional Sciences; Arid Lands) and in Arizona communities to develop innovative ways to promote healthy behaviors among youth. Funding for the project is from U.S. Department of... Read more

Mark Nichter and Mimi Nichter


Project Quit Tobacco International (QTI) is presently working in India and Indonesia to create a community wide smoke-free home movement. In both countries, over 60% of men smoke, and as a result, women and children are faced with daily exposure to secondhand smoke. Because it is culturally inappropriate to ask one's husband not to smoke in the house, women have felt powerless to implement change in their households. On World No Tobacco Day 2010 (May 31st), community leaders in... Read more

Culture and Health Literacy Study Spearheaded by Susan Shaw

Black and Latino residents of Springfield, Massachusetts, bear a disproportionate chronic disease burden, with especially large disparities in diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity compared to Massachusetts residents overall. With a population of 150,000, the western Massachusetts city of Springfield is the fourth largest in New England. Approximately half the city?s population is Black or Latino.


According to the U.S. Census, over five times as... Read more

Zedeño's Work at the Blackfeet Reservation

Maria Nieves Zedeño teamed up Blackfeet tribal members to uncover a vast and little-known former hunting complex and bison kill site along the Two Medicine River used at least 1,000 years ago. The 9-mile-long project area, containing a preserved system for driving bison over a cliff, bison bones and remnants of two campsites, could become one of the largest and most significant Blackfeet heritage sites in the region. The Two Medicine bison jump site is located in the... Read more

Professor of Practice T. J. Ferguson Collaborations with the Hopi Tribe

T. J. Ferguson and Ken Hill at the University of Arizona and Peter Whiteley at the American Museum of Natural History have received a National Science Foundation grant ($143,000) from the Documenting Endangered Languages program to collaborate with the Hopi Tribe to record toponyms (place names). While most Hopis over the age of fifty learned Hopi as their first language, and remain fluent, today less that 5% of Hopis younger than nineteen speak the language. As senior speakers pass away,... Read more

Olsen Collaborates with Statistical Research on International Heritage Plan

Regents' Professor John Olsen is a collaborator with Jeff Altschul of Statistical Research on a major project in Mongolia. Oyu Tolgoi, LLC, has awarded the design of the Oyu Tolgoi cultural heritage plan (CHP) to the Mongolian International Heritage Team (MIHT). The purpose of this study is to develop a CHP that allows Mongolia and Mongolians to define a process by which their heritage is not only preserved, but enhanced, at the same time that the country's natural resources... Read more

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program in Collaboration with the White Mountain Apache Tribe

In partnership with the White Mountain Apache Tribe's Heritage Program, the School of Anthropology is hosting a three-year, Western Apache Ethnography and GIS Research Experience for Undergraduates Field Program. Funded by a $254,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates Sites program, eight students each summer for three years will spend six weeks learning ethnographic research and Geographic Information Systems theory and methods and putting... Read more

School of Anthropology Archaeologist Collaborates on Proposal for the Parrhasian Heritage Park of the Peloponnesos, Greece

The Parrhasian Heritage Park of the Peloponnese is being proposed by the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey team, currently working at the sanctuary of Zeus on Mt. Lykaion, under the directorship of Michalis Petropolis, Ephor of Prehistoric and Classical antiquities, Tripolis, Greece; David Gilman Romano, Director of Greek Archaeological Projects, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; and Mary Voyatzis, Professor in the School of Anthropology, University of... Read more

School of Anthropology Residential Scholar

The School of Anthropology Residential Scholar Program is located at its National Register-eligible adobe home, adjacent to the University Indian Ruin (UIR). The UIR is a Classic period Hohokam archaeological site, dating to A.D. 1100-1400, which includes a platform mound and adobe compounds—one of the last platform mound communities still extant in the Tucson Basin.  Located on 13 acres of Sonoran desert in central Tucson, 10 miles from campus, the complex is owned and... Read more

Inomata and Triadan Receive Major Grant from NEH

At the beginning of July, Takeshi Inomata and co-PI Daniela Triadan were notified that they received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and will receive $220,000 to study Community-Building in the Preclassic Maya Lowlands: Archaeological Investigations at Ceibal, Guatemala. The abstract follows:




     The proposed project will explore the... Read more