Magellan Circle Annual Celebration Reception

Please join Dean John Paul Jones III and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences for the annual Magellan Circle reception on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Hacienda Del Sol.

You won’t want to miss this year’s reception to appreciate our Magellan Circle members! Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while mingling with fellow Magellan Circle members in the historic Hacienda Del Sol courtyard. Explore interactive displays featuring an intriguing array of SBS projects.

The cost for the Magellan Circle reception is $25 ($50 for non-Magellan Circle members.) Members can purchase tickets online here, and non-members can purchase tickets here (by April 20, please!)

For additional information, please contact Oona Feddis at 520.626.0218 or

Here’s a sneak peek at the SBS exhibits:

200-year-old Torah Scroll: You will be able to view the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies’ 200-year-old Torah scroll, a parchment containing the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, which are handwritten using a quill and specially prepared ink. This Torah is the first and only Torah owned by the UA.

Arizona Canine Cognition Center: Did you know one of our newest anthropologists studies dog cognition and behavior? Come meet Professor Evan MacLean, his students, and Sisu, his pet Labrador. The researchers will answer questions and display videos of their experiments.  

Journalism Drone Research: In the School of Journalism, students are learning new ways to tell border stories – from hundreds of feet in the air – using drone videography and 360-degree virtual reality. At this exhibit, you can meet the researchers and students and check out their drone!

The Internet of Wild Things: Bryan Heidorn, director of the School of Information, is using information technology to study endangered species, namely lesser long-nosed bats and Mexican long-tongued bats. Photo sensors, microprocessors, and WiFi chips allow researchers to track in real-time when these bats feed at hummingbird feeders in Tucson. Heidorn will bring his Bat-o-matic equipment (sorry, no actual bats) and provide software demos of his project.

Evolution and the Aging Brain: Anthropologist David Raichlen takes an evolutionary approach to studying brain aging. This exhibit will demonstrate his use of virtual reality to recreate a foraging experience that requires both physical exercise and cognitive demands, potentially tapping into ancient links between the brain and body and improving health and well-being in our aging population.

Medieval and Reformation Texts: At this exhibit, you can view rare Reformation and medieval texts from the UA Heiko Oberman Research Library. 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, and the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies has events planned throughout the year!