Erika Friedl Loefler, emerita Meader Professor of Anthropology, has written a new book titled "Warm Hearts and Sharp Tongues: Life in 555 Proverbs from the Zagros Mountains of Iran." The book was published by New Academic Press this past spring. The collection and annotation of this large body of proverbs provides an insightful ethnography of the philosophy of life of a Lur tribe in the Zagros Mountains, a fascination Persian people. Friedl Loeffler collected the sayings over the past 50 years during many visits and observed the local way of life as it changed from "the old times" to modernity.

Joshua Nowicki, alumnus, braved blizzard conditions to take striking images of frozen sand formations on the shores of Lake Michigan. They were included in the sixth episode of The Weather Channel's show "Strangest Weather on Earth."

Emily Powell, graduate student in anthropology, honors her father by volunteering.

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