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In memoriam

William Kimbel

The School and Human Evolution and Social Change and the Institute of Human Origins are also deeply saddened to share the news that our friend and colleague Bill Kimbel passed away on April 17 after his three year battle with cancer. Bill was a visionary paleo-anthropologist who helped shape the future of IHO through his 13 years as director of the institute. He was integral in its successes leading up to the move into its new home in ISTB-7. Bill was also a stalwart believer in SHESC as an inter-disciplinary social science school. His presence will be deeply missed. Read more

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 2:30 pm in the auditorium of the Walton Center for Planetary Health on the ASU campus.

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At the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, we seek to understand the origins and implications of our human uniqueness – such as culture, cooperation and complexity. We combine the skills and perspectives of the largest anthropology and global health programs in the nation with smaller, hand-crafted ones in environmental social science, museum studies and applied math. Our energetic collaborations within and beyond our school are redefining social science as key to solving our most pressing and immediate human challenges – like disease, conflict and declining resources. We are also very proud to be training the next generation of extraordinary leaders for academia and beyond.

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