2009 Department News

  • Mark Mitchell, PhD candidate, is co-editor of a newly published volume from the University of Arizona Press entitled Across a Great Divide; Continuity and Change in Native North American Societies, 1400-1900. Richard Wilshusen (PhD '91) is a contributing author.
  • Cathy Cameron's Chaco and After book was chosen by the Pima County Public Library as a "Southwest Book of the Year". Her book was among 5 chosen from a list of 250. Pima County has an extensive library system that includes Tucson.
  • The CU College Scholar Award has recently been presented to Art Joyce. The College Professors of Distinction recommended Art for this award based on Art's meritorious scholarship and creative accomplishments and promise.
  • Russ McGoodwin was the keynote speaker at, "Anthropology of Biodiversity and Human Life Worlds," which took place in Jevnaker, Norway, December 1-3. The workshop explored how anthropology could play a greater role in research regarding worldwide biodiversity loss and environmental degradation.
  • A new book hot off the press: Mixtecs, Zapotecs, and Chatinos; Ancient Peoples of Southern Mexico, by Art Joyce, " . . . examines the origins, history, and interrelationships of the civilizations that arose and flourished in Oaxaca . . . with compelling illustrations, photographs, and line drawings of various archaeological sites and artifacts." Released December 2009.
  • Art Joyce has been awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation for the project Collaborative Research: Reconstructing Prehistoric Land use Patterns in the Lower Río Verde Valley, Oaxaca,Mexico; Project RVEAL. The project involves collaborations with scholars from Cornell University and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
  • Warren Hern, Professor Adjunct, has authored a paper entitled, "Shipibo hunting and the overkill hypothesis," published in the latest issue of Tipiti, Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA). (2007)5(2):122-136. Dr. Hern's photo of a Shipibo hunter appears on the cover of the new issue.
  • Art Joyce gave the keynote address on October 29 at the First Coloquio Internacional sobre la Mixteca (International Colloquium on the Mixteca) sponsored by the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS). His talk was entitled El Posclásico en la Mixteca de la Costa. De la caída de Río Viejo hasta la Conquista española (The Postclassic in the Mixteca de la Costa from the Fall of Río Viejo to the Spanish Conquest).
  • The Tibet Film Festival sponsored by Carole McGranahan's ANTH 1105 class is featured with a video clip and story in the Colorado Daily.
  • Shannon Gray (MBA/MA '06) has been hired as the Director of Research for North Star Destination Strategies. North Star Destination Strategies specializes in Community and City Branding. Shannon will facilitate North Star's recent expansion of research services by improving current offerings and developing new research products that fill community needs.
  • Russ McGoodwin has been invited to participate in a conference in Norway sponsored by the Department of Social Anthropology at the University in Oslo this December. The focus is to explore ways of promoting anthropological studies related to biological diversity as a prioritized field of research.
  • Marc Levine (PhD '07, Instructor UCB Anthropology) is curator of the Genghis Khan exhibit now showing at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and running through February 7, 2010. In an interview with the Denver Post, he revealed some surprising cultural facts about the infamous Mongol's empire.
  • At the Fall Convocation Awards Ceremony on October 14, Carole McGranahan was one of the recipients of the 2009 Provost Faculty Achievement Award for her article, "Truth, Fear, and Lies: Exile Politics and Arrested Histories of the Tibetan Resistance," published in the Cultural Anthropology Journal.
  • Arthur Joyce gave a keynote talk on September 2 at the fifth Mesa Redonda de Monte Albán entitled Monte Albán como encrucijada simbólica y material en la Antigua Oaxaca. The talk included a new theory concerning the collapse of the Monte Albán polity that received press coverage in Mexico.
  • Preliminary research by a University of Colorado at Boulder archaeology team, led by Steve Lekson, suggests that elite priests living in a spiritual outpost built high on a southwestern Colorado mountain ridge a thousand years ago, likely had their meals catered by commoners living in the valley below. To read more: http://colorado.edu/news/r/d8e411224278f6967ab333307e9a3fde.html .
  • The Hillmon Case: Associate Professor of Film Studies Ernesto Acevedo-Munoz, Marianne "Mimi" Wesson from the School of Law and Dennis Van Gerven of Anthropology, were recently on site at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence Kansas to film the exhumation of 19th century remains and perhaps solve a mystery over a century old. For more exciting details: http://www.colorado.edu/insidecu/editions/2009/7-14/story3.html.
  • U.S. Rep. John Salazar recently visited with the CU team at the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area. Salazar helped to secure federal funding to preserve the Chimney Rock site. The CU-Boulder team of five graduate students is led by Steve Lekson and doctoral student Brenda Todd. For more details about the visit, see colorado.edu/news. For more information about the CU team's excavation project at Chimney Rock, see an article in the Pagosa Springs Sun Newspaper.
  • Bert Covert and Dr. Hoang Minh Duc of the Center for Biodiversity and Development received an International Research Collaboration Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Their project is titled: "Behavioral Ecology of Sympatric Colobines: Niche Partitioning at Ta Kou and Nui Ong Nature Reserves"!
  • The Association for Asian Studies conference panel on "Crucible of Conflict: Ethnic and Religious Tensions in Eastern Sri Lanka" was organized by Dennis McGilvray in Chicago on March 28, 2009. Members included Timmo Gaasbeek (Wangeningen University, Netherlands), K. Tudor Silva (Peradeniya University, Sri Lanka), Dennis McGilvray (University of Colorado at Boulder), Jonathan Spencer (Edinburgh University, Scotland), Shahul Hasbullah (Peradeniya University, Sri Lanka), and Bart Klem (University of Zurich, Switzerland).
  • The Alexander von Humboldt Research Award has been given to Terry McCabe. This award is "granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date . . . who have had significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievments in the future." It is one of the most prestigious research awards given by the German government. This award will allow him to collaborate with researchers at Cologne on a project examining complexity in the African savannas.
  • CU Ethnographers study the Global Ummah. Carla Jones and Dennis McGilvray are members of an interdisciplinary research team exploring the cultural diversity of Muslim communities and their conceptions of global Islamic identity.
  • Anthropology Professor Douglas Bamforth led a study that is the first to identify protein residue from extinct camels on North American stone tools and only the second to identify horse protein residue on a Clovis-age tool. More on the biochemical analysis of a rare Clovis-era stone tool cache recently unearthed in the city limits of Boulder can be found by visiting http://www.colorado.edu/news/r/1124c0243883c267a7759da4bc4a2902.html .
  • Doctoral student Mark Mitchell has another publication to his credit: “A Unique Northern Plains Ceramic Vessel in the Museum’s Lewis and Clark Collection”, Expedition 50:3, 45-47.