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UA Researcher and Colleagues Discover the Birthplace of the Chili Pepper

UANews | April 21, 2014
The chili pepper is used in cuisines around the globe, but it was born in what is now Mexico. UA researchers have discovered it was first cultivated throughout the region more than 6,500 years ago.

Mexican Culture's Endangered Whistle Speech Documented by UA's David Yetman

UANews | April 18, 2014
One of the jewels of the UA's Southwest Center is a documentary on the whistled speech of the Chinantecan people of Oaxaca, Mexico, who rely on the lifts and depressions of whistling to communicate across great distances. UA researcher David Yetman, who has devoted his career to studying and documenting the cultures of the Americas, collaborated to document the whistled speech of the last Chinantec whistlers.

National Science Foundation Invites the UA to Exhibit Linguistic Data at Annual D.C. Festival

UANews | April 17, 2014
A UA linguistics team will travel to Washington, D.C., for this month's USA Science and Engineering Festival. During the festival, the team, led by UA linguist Cecile McKee, will present in English and Spanish a range of informal, hands-on activities showcasing linguistics.

Research Proves Children Retain More Information When They've Napped After Learning

UANews | April 15, 2014
Sleep is essential in helping young children apply what they learn, according to new research by Rebecca Gómez, associate professor in the UA Department of Psychology. In this Q&A, she talks about her new work, which she presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting in Boston on April 8 as part of a symposium on sleep and memory.

UA School of Journalism Collects Notable Awards, Internships

UANews | April 11, 2014
UA journalism students recently received multiple honors, including the Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence Awards. Two UA students were first-prize winners, while several others were finalists. In addition to the SPJ honorees, other UA journalism students have received notable reporting opportunities that will take them around the world.

Searching for the Self: Morality Makes You Who You Are

UANews | April 4, 2014
The quest for what defines individual identity – the self – drives many human philosophical, scientific and religious inquiries. UA professor Shaun Nichols has co-authored a study that provides an answer: Personal moral traits are considered the most important self-defining characteristics, he finds.