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Bill Nye, The Science Guy to speak at Northern Arizona University on April 17 as part of the 2013 Interplanetary Defense Conference. 

Bill Nye, The Science Guy to speak at Northern Arizona University on April 17 as part of the 2013 Interplanetary Defense Conference. 

Commencement is officially one month away. Are you ready to finish strong?

Commencement is officially one month away. Are you ready to finish strong?

The country is changing: The demographics of the country are changing and the attitudes in the country are changing, and those same dynamics are at play here in Arizona.

Fred Solop
GOP taking stock after defeats 
The Arizona Republic

Fred Solop, professor of politics and international affairs

Whoever can figure out the formula [to get Latino votes] will dominate politics.

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Is the Latino electorate finally beginning to make its mark?

High Country News 

Fred Solop, professor of politics and international affairs

The first debate changed the course of the election, and it really saved a failing Romney candidacy at that point. It brought momentum to the Romney campaign. But this debate is not going to be changing the course of the election.

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Foreign policy takes presidential debate center stage

The Arizona Republic 

Fred Solop, professor of politics and international affairs

One of main issues is that the U.S. Constitution has a religion clause, so with polygamy there is a gray area around social practices and whether they should be protected. …In terms of religious diversity, the debate is how do you interpret your own sacred tolerance in society today with what government enforces and does that take precedent over religious liberties? It’s a tricky line to draw.

Yuma prison park examines polygamist inmates
Tucson Sentinal

Jason BeDuhn, professor of religious studies

The souvenir helps us remember the extraordinary when we have to go back to our ordinary lives. …And, at that moment, it most clearly represents what the tourist is trying to capture and remember in the fleeting touristic experience.

Toad tie? Tacky souvenirs that are better left unbought
TravelKit on NBCNews

Kristen Swanson, tourism/merchandising professor, School of Communication

It’s a very small offering to Latinos. [Obama] spent the first three years of his administration implementing the largest deportation program since Eisenhower … one-and-a-half million Latinos have already been deported under his administration policy. This is perhaps a distraction; it’s a sign of hope that perhaps in the future President Obama can change and make some immigration reform.

Stephen Nuno
Young, undocumented immigrants apply for legal status

MSNBC News Nation 

Stephen Nuno, professor of politics and international affairs

It’s not only the plants being killed but so much organic material is being burned up that the soils are really left bare. When all of the protective gathering is gone, a raindrop is like a little missile landing on the bare soil, or soil covered only with ash. It loosens it and frees it from the surface.

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Native American town in New Mexico struggling to recover from wildfire
The Guardian

Pete Fulé, professor of fire ecology

Natural communities are adapted to routine fires. But the catastrophic fires that used to be uncommon are now occurring regularly. ­Instead of burning bark and needles, the fires are killing large, well-established trees.

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Wildfires damaging ecology in the West
The Boston Globe

Scott Anderson, professor of environmental sciences