The University of Arizona

UA Sociologist to Participate in Panel on Poverty

UANews | February 5, 2014
UA sociologist Lane Kenworthy, who studies poverty and income inequality, will participate in a panel discussion on "Poverty: The Working Poor." The discussion is the first in the Community Interactive series, designed to address pressing matters facing Southern Arizona. Tucson has the eighth highest poverty rate in the country among mid-size and large metropolitan areas.

UA Expands Arabic Instruction After Being Named Flagship Program

UANews | February 4, 2014
The UA is one of five universities in the U.S. to be named a Language Flagship in Arabic by the National Security Education Program. The designation has resulted in the launch of the UA Arabic Flagship Program, which will prepare undergraduates to reach superior-level fluency in Arabic, enabling them to engage with academic, business and political partners in the Arabic-speaking world upon graduation.

Lives Threatened, Lost: UA Study Reveals Dangers to Mexican Journalists Along U.S. Border

UANews | January 27, 2014
From intimidation threats to assassinations, the daily danger faced by many Mexican journalists is the focus of a newly published University of Arizona research study. The study finds that Mexico is one of the most dangerous places in the world for reporters to work, especially along the border where organized crime violence has surged.

Vampires & Shades of Grey: How Media Shapes Who We Are

UANews | January 7, 2014
You may think of watching television shows, like "The Simpsons" or "Dexter," going to the movies or reading a new best-seller as entertainment, pure and simple. But there's nothing simple about it. For Hope Schau, a UA associate professor of marketing, popular media is a complex interplay of ideas and information about who we are and who we want our heroes and heroines to be.

Walking the Walk: What Sharks, Honeybees and Humans Have in Common

UANews | December 23, 2013
In the first study of human hunter-gatherer movement patterns, a team led by UA anthropologist David Raichlen has found that the tribe’s movements while foraging can be described by a mathematical pattern called a Lévy walk – a pattern that also is found in the movements of many other animals, from sharks to honey bees.

Death and Dying in the Movies

UANews | December 11, 2013
A new book co-edited by two UA psychology faculty members explores how death – and fear of death – is portrayed in film. "Death in Classic and Contemporary Film: Fade to Black" features essays by psychologists, philosophers, film critics, screenwriters and academics. They look at how "the end" as it is depicted in dramas, comedies, horror movies and even superhero flicks.