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Communicating the value of one’s research to the general public can be a difficult task. But the UA prepares graduate students to do just that.
The University of Arizona boasts many interdisciplinary and community collaborations that produce exciting, vital work. One such gem is the partnership between the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Southwest Folklife Alliance, whose work was featured in the Graduate Center’s Spring 2017 Interdisciplinary Collaborations Lecture Series. And while you’re likely familiar with Tucson Meet Yourself, you may not know about the year round-programming that celebrates the southwest.
Interdisciplinarity in action, while not always easy, is an exciting opportunity for individuals in different fields to conjoin their best assets and create projects that broaden and amplify their strengths in order to address sprawling, tangled problems that are bigger than can be fully addressed by any one discipline. One such project is Green Streets in South Tucson, a collaboration among members of both the University of Arizona and wider Tucson community.
First enrolled as a pre-med neuroscience student, University Fellow Mel Ferrara changed to Women and Gender Studies in their sophomore year and has blazed a new path of research and advocacy while remaining connected with their scientific roots. Mel was recently awarded a prestigious Point Scholarship in recognition of their accomplishments. In our feature interview, Mel talks with Terry Pitt-Brooke about their story, their research interests, and their plans for the future.
The Graduate Center’s Interdisciplinary Collaborations Lecture Series begins Friday, January 27, 4:30 to 5:30 PM, in the Student Union Kachina Lounge (all lectures to take place Fridays at the same time and place). Professor Ellen McMahon and Eric Magrane will present Creating Intersections Across Communities: Institute of the Environment’s Arts, Environment and Humanities Network. Throughout the series, attendees will share the experience and insights of participants in four initiatives that bring together diverse perspectives from the sciences, arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and communities around the globe. In addition to discussing their innovative projects and synergies, experts will address best practices for creating, building, and maintaining collaborative initiatives.
University Fellow Sarah Sutton was recently in Florida to witness the launch of the OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu. The images she creates from the data the probe will be sending back when it reaches its destination will help mission planners choose the best site to bring the probe within “arm’s reach” of the asteroid, to allow it to collect a sample that will be brought back to Earth. She talks with Terry Pitt-Brooke about how an artist ended up in Planetary Science, the power of math, mentoring, collaboration and much more.
The Graduate Center recently caught up with the University of Arizona's Brackette Williams, MacArthur Fellow Class of 1997, to find out more about her upcoming talk "Sleeping-Death Protocol in Search of Classificatory Life" this April 30, 2015, at 5:30pm in the UA Cesar Chavez Building, Room 111, as part of the MacArthur Fellows Speaker Series. Dr. Williams is a cultural anthropologist who studies cultural identity and social relationships as they relate to criminal justice, race, and class. She is the author of several books including Stains on My Name, War in My Veins: Guyana and the Politics of Cultural Struggle and Classifying to Kill. She is also the recipient of the Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Foundations in 2008 to study the impact of solitary confinement on the ability of individuals to re-enter society, family, and community.
The Graduate Center caught up with the UA Southwest Center's Research Social Scientist, Dr. Gary Nabhan, MacArthur Fellow Class of 1990, to find out more about his upcoming talk "Seeds, Sown by Hand: Conservation You Can Taste" on March 12, 2015, at 5:30pm in the UA Chavez Building, Room 111 as part of the MacArthur Fellows Speaker Series. Dr. Nabhan is a leading scientist in the fields of ethnobotany, agroecology, cultural geography, and is well known for his work with Native Seeds SEARCH and is Senior Contributing Editor for Edible Baja Arizona.
The Graduate Center caught up with UA faculty member Dr. Olivier Guyon, MacArthur Fellow Class of 2012, to find out a little more about his upcoming talk on February 26, 2015, at 5:30pm in the UA Chavez Building, Room 111 as part of the MacArthur Fellows Speaker Series. Dr. Guyon is a leading scientist in the fields of astronomy and optical sciences, pushing innovation in instrumentation and citizen science.