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Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Renkert Contributes First Essay for SBS COVID-19 Series

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is publishing a series of first-person stories on how the University of Arizona community is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic. For the inaugural contribution, Sarah Renkert, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Anthropology, shares the challenges of having to pause her research in Huaycán, Peru, and return to the U.S.... Read more

Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Alvarez on the Rituals We Have Lost to COVID-19

SoA Associate Research Professor Maribel Alvarez weighs in on the loss of social rituals due to COVID-19 in a UANews piece. “I think the first thing that we need to do is acknowledge the loss. Acknowledge the disruption. Not take it lightly,” she says. ... Read more

Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic


An archaeologist’s perspective on COVID-19

By Stephanie Martin, Ph.D. Candidate

I study disaster responses in the archaeological record, and watching this crisis unfold has brought many research themes into my daily experience. I spend a lot of time thinking about multi-scalar responses, decision-making under devastating circumstances, and resilience, and here’s how I have been viewing COVID-19 responses through the lens of... Read more

Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Opinion Piece by Carney in the Star

Assistant Professor Megan Carney contributed an opinion piece titled “Vital Lessons from Italy’s battle with COVID-19” to the April 2 issue of the Arizona Daily Star. Dr. Carney draws on information relayed by her friends and colleauges in Italy, where she has conducted research for nearly twenty years. ... Read more

Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic


Relishing Our Sonoran Home in the Time of COVID-19
(Alternate title: Love in the Time of COVID-19)

By Charla Dain

The Sonoran spring arrives
(In spite of the virus)
In waves of yellow:
Warblers, creosote, marigolds, and pollen.

It comes in a press
Of pink and violet:
Penstemon and verbena,
Fairy duster and milk vetch.

Life will go on, it says,
If only for a while,
With... Read more

More Thanks for Hard Work and Support


Another thank you goes out to everyone for all their efforts getting us through this past week!

Many thanks to those who have already donated to the COVID-19 Student Support emergency fund! The first round of applications has been reviewed and the funds are being processed. We are continuing to assess needs and will be developing additional mechanisms of support in the coming weeks.

Be sure to check out ... Read more

New SoA Page for COVID-19 Info


We have created a new page on the SoA website just for information about the COVID-19 pandemic, including links to important policy and procedure information during the University of Arizona closure and Dr. Mark Nichter’s overview of the disease (please see above). Please bookmark this page and check it often; it is being updated with... Read more

Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic


Overview of the Virus from Mark Nichter

It’s important that we all stay up to date with what is known about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. To help with that, this week’s edition of “Reflections” comes from medical anthropologist and Regents’ Professor Emeritus, Mark Nichter. Dr. Nichter recently made a presentation on “The Human Microbiome in Public Health: Laying a Foundation” at a meeting of microbiome researchers and public... Read more

Anthro Pets: Share Your Pet Pics!


While many of us work from home, our colleagues from the Laboratory for the Evolutionary Endocrinology of Primates and the Arizona Canine Cognition Center have created a platform for us to share photos of our pets helping us work (or just being goofy) with the... Read more

Congratulations and Thanks


Congratulations and heartfelt thanks go out to all the School of Anthropology faculty, students, and staff members who made this week’s transition to on-line teaching and working from home go so smoothly! Over the coming weeks (and months) we’ll explore together the idea of physical distancing and learn new ways to make social connections.

As a reward for all the hard work, we bring you ... Read more