In Brief: Festivus returns, newest articles on The Conversation

The Faculty/Staff Choir, shown in 2019, will perform at 3:15 p.m. during the Dec. 3 in-store sale.

The Faculty/Staff Choir, shown in 2019, will perform at 3:15 p.m. during the Dec. 3 in-store sale.

The BookStores annual faculty and staff appreciation event will be held in person and online.

The BookStores annual faculty and staff appreciation event will be held in person and online.


Festivus: Let the gifting begin

In the world of "Seinfeld," the celebration of Festivus includes feats of strength and the airing of grievances. At the University, it means big BookStores discounts – no ranting required.

The annual University BookStores faculty and staff appreciation sale returns this week after a fully online version last year. Unlike previous years, there will not be a preview day.

On Friday, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., employees can take advantage of significant in-store discounts – 40% off one item and 25% off the remainder of purchases (exclusions apply). Anyone can shop throughout the day, but a CatCard is required to receive the discount.

Shoppers also will be treated to refreshments and entertainment from 3-6 p.m., including a performance by the Faculty/Staff Choir at 3:15 p.m. There will also be door prizes available, including a pair of Ray-Ban camera glasses, Hydro Flask bundles, apparel and basketball memorabilia. Employees are automatically entered when checking out at the register and do not have to be present to win. You can also enter without making a purchase simply by going to the BookStores at the Student Union Memorial Center and having your CatCard scanned.

For those who can't make it to the bookstore, the same discounts will be available online all day on Sunday. Shoppers should use the promo code FESTIVUS at checkout. Discounts can be used only once per employee; employees who make purchases during the in-store event will not be eligible for the online discount.

See the articles published on The Conversation in November

Each month, faculty members and researchers from across the University share their expertise on The Conversation, an independent, not-for-profit news source committed to communicating the work of scholars. The Conversation makes all of its articles available at no charge to any news organization that wants to republish them. In addition, The Associated Press distributes The Conversation articles to newsrooms across the United States.

To recognize University of Arizona scholars who are contributing to The Conversation's goal of informing public debate "with knowledge-based journalism that is responsible, ethical and supported by evidence," the Office of University Communications regularly posts links to the articles that have been published on The Conversation.

Below please find the articles published in November.

Nov. 2, 2021
Women are more competitive when they’re given an option to share winnings – a research finding that may help close the gender pay gap
Some suggest women's lack of competitiveness relative to men is one reason for the persistent gap between how much men and women earn.

Mary L. Rigdon
Research Professor, Center for the Philosophy of Freedom

Nov. 6, 2021
East Coast flooding is a reminder that sea level is rising as the climate warms – here's why the ocean is pouring in more often
Climate change is making ocean levels rise in two ways. It's a problem that will endure even after the world stabilizes and slashes greenhouse gas pollution.

Jianjun Yin
Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences

Nov. 12, 2021
Nurses don't want to be hailed as 'heroes' during a pandemic – they want more resources and support
Exhausted and demoralized nurses are leaving the profession at alarming rates as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on.

Jessica Rainbow
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Claire Bethel
Adjunct Instructor, College of Nursing

Nov. 15, 2021
Curious Kids: Have we made an object that could travel 1% the speed of light?
The fastest things ever made by humans are spacecraft, and the fastest spacecraft reached 330,000 mph – only 0.05% the speed of light. But there are ways to go faster.

Chris Impey
University Distinguished Professor, Department of Astronomy

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