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Social sciences/Anthropology/Archeology

More than four decades ago, Henry Kelly (Senior Advisor to the Director, Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, Department of Energy and 1974-75 AAAS Congressional Fellow) was ushered in as a member of the second-ever fellowship class. Last year his daughter, archaeologist Sophia Kelly, began her fellowship at the Department of State. In true fellow form, they worked collaboratively to respond to some questions Fellowship Focus had for them. Read about their impressions and experiences below.

The annual meeting of the AAAS Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division will explore a broad range of topics ranging from Western archaeology and the Great Plains’ changing ecology to stem cell research, novel uses for the MRI, and education, when it convenes 31 March to 4 April in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

An analysis of language from around the world suggests that human speech originated—just once—in central and southern Africa. This verbal communication then likely spread around the globe, evolving alongside migrating human populations, according to the new research.