2004-05 Department News

  • Graduate student Joanna Mishtal has been awarded the prestigious Thomas Edwin Devaney Dissertation Fellowship and has been named a Center for Humanities and the Arts Graduate Fellow for the 2004-2005 academic year. 
  • Terry McCabe won a $300,000 grant as co-principal investigator for the project “Causes and Consequences of Parks for Livelihood Diversification and Biodiversity in East Africa”.
  • Payson Sheets and his wife will be enjoying a partial-expense-paid visit to Beijing as guests of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, for whom he is heading a committee at their international conference on remote sensing in archaeology this fall.
  • Linda Cordell received the Byron Cummings award in August, for “outstanding contributions in archaeology, anthropology or ethnology” in the Southwest. The award is given annually by the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society, which publishes the Southwest’s major peer reviewed journal. The award noted: “Linda S. Cordell is recognized for her role as a major contributor to research on ancestral Puebloans, for her influential writings, and for teaching and guiding new generations of Southwestern archaeologists.”
  • Bert Covert won a $15,000 grant to fund his research on endangered primates in Vietnam.
  • Bert Covert has been invited to Washington to conduct a seminar at the Smithsonian entitled “Unexpected Locomotor Diversity Among Vietnamese Leaf Monkeys”. He will also present a guest lecture at George Washington University on primate conservation in Vietnam.
  • Graduate student Xiaomei Chen has won third place in the Office of International Education’s photo competition. Her image of a Tibetan pilgrim garnered a $75 gift certificate and is on exhibition in Norlin.
  • Art Joyce has been awarded a CRCW Faculty Fellowship for 2005-06 for his project, “Reinterpreting the Ancient Civilizations of Southern Mexico”.
  • Terry McCabe will have his book, Cattle Bring Us to Our Enemies: Turkana Ecology, History, and Raiding in a Disequilibrium System, published by the University of Michigan Press. This work is “an in-depth look at the ecology, history, and politics of land use among the Turkana pastoral people in Northern Kenya…based on 16 years of fieldwork…McCabe examines how individuals use the land and make decisions about mobility, livestock, and the use of natural resources in an environment characterized by aridity, unpredictability, insecurity and violence…” McCabe is one of the original members of the South Turkana Ecosystem Project. His new book forms part of the series Human-Environment Interactions by the University of Michigan Press.