Faculty and Graduate Student News for 2013/2014

For news from previous years, please visit our Department News Archive.

  • Bert Covert just received a Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation award of $15,000 for his project in “Conservation Planning for the Endangered Indochinese Silvered langur on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam.”
  • Oliver Paine has won a full research award ($13,500) from the Leaky Foundation for his field work this July and next January in South Africa. This is a highly prestigious award. Kudos to Oliver and advisor Sponheimer.
  • Willi Lempert is our third recipient of a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant. This will round out his Fulbright Fellowship for his project on “Broadcasting Indigeneity: The Social Life of Aboriginal Media,” in the town of Broome and the remote Aboriginal community of Yungngora in Northwestern Australia. Hats off to him and to advisor Jen Shannon.
  • Guy Hepp won the Squint and Juanita Moore Scholarship from the Montrose Community Foundation in Montrose, CO, augmenting his research funding for biological analysis of faunal remains at the site of La Consentida in Oaxaca.
  • Emily Mertz (PhD ’12) has just been offered (and accepted) a full time advising position in the Dean's Office of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University.
  • Michelle Sauther is acknowledged in the latest featured article of OnlinePhDProgram.org recognizing the compelling work of professors at some of the top research universities in the United States: http://onlinephdprogram.org/notable-research-professors. The article recognizes faculty from universities across the US that are designated as having high or very high research activity on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  • Alice Hamilton Scholarships: The Colorado Archaeological Society made awards to nine scholars this year, including three PhD candidates from CU Boulder: Erin Baxter, Guy Hepp, and Pascale Meehan. The Society was so impressed by Erin Baxter’s proposal that they tripled the amount she asked for.
  • Darna Dufour is the 2014 recipient of the Franz Boas Distinguished Acheivement Award given out by the Human Biology Association. This is a most prestigious honor given to members of the Association for exemplary contributions to human biology in science, scholarship, and other professional service. More information about this award can be found at http://www.humbio.org/boas-award.
  • Alison Cool will be joining our faculty in 2015, after completing a Post-Doc at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA. She accepted one year of a Hixon-Riggs Early Career Fellowship in Science and Technology Studies at the college: www.hmc.edu/about-hmc
  • Jamie Forde has added a dissertation fellowship at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies to his list of awards. The McNeil Center is a research consortium at the University of Pennsylvania. His fellowship is for the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Willi Lempert has been selected for a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Australia. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States. He will represent the counrty as a cultural ambassador while he is overseas, helping to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and the people in Australia.
  • Magda Stawkowski has accepted a Stanton Nuclear Security Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.
  • Dani Merriman and Alison Hanson are this year’s recipients of the Goldstein Altman Awards. Dani was also awarded a Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences (CARTSS) Graduate Fellowship for her project on “Cyclical Histories of Conflict: Art and Visual Narratives of Violence in Colombia.” Alison was selected for a FLAS to take Hindi this summer at SASLI in Madison.
  • Jonathan O’Brien gave a successful defense of his doctoral dissertation and anticipates a PhD in May.
  • Alicia Hernandez passed her thesis defense and will be honored with an MA in our May ceremonies.
  • Liza Dombrowsky, Dawa Lokyitsang, and Evan Hawkins will also receive MA’s in May, each having passed their Comprehensive/Final Exams for Cultural Anthropology. Liza will be awarded two degrees, an MA and an MBA
  • Maya; Hidden Worlds Revealed - Now at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
    This extensive and uniquely interactive exhibit features the work of several members of our department, including PhD student Jeff Brzezinski’s research in Belize, academic coordination by Marc Levine (PhD ’07, now faculty-curator at University of Oklahoma) and a replica of the village at El Cerén excavated by Payson Sheets. Exhibition features: http://www.dmns.org/maya-hidden-worlds-revealed/exhibition-features/
  • Payson Sheets' latest publication on the Joya de Cerén site where he does his research was released by the University of El Salvador, translated from the Spanish by Roberto Gallardo (MA ’04): Joya de Cerén: Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad 1993-2013; ISBN 978-99923-27-81-4.
  • Guy Hepp won a Graduate Fellow Award from the Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences. Hepp plans to use the money to fund a summer laboratory study in Oaxaca, for which he will analyze faunal remains as a final component of his dissertation research.
  • Herbert Covert, our recently re-elected Chair, is lauded in the latest Arts & Science Ezine for his exceptional conservation work in Vietnam. Covert expresses “profound satisfaction working to preserve modern, endangered primates” in a region where biodiversity is particularly at risk and the habitats of five of the world’s 25 most-endangered primates are threatened. Follow Covert’s unexpected trail to conservation work from his roots in paleontology at:
    http://artsandsciences.colorado.edu/magazine/2014/03/vietnamese-primates-get-helping-hand-from-cu-prof
  • Alison Hanson was selected as a recipient for FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) for the 2014/15 academic year (contingent upon anticipated funding for the program), and selected as an alternate for summer funding.
  • Drew Zackary was selected for an Adaptation Decision-Making and Environmental Communication Summer Internship in Africa. Hope all you grad students read the details in your Grad School newsletter, along with stories about the genetics of procrastination and how “PBS Newshour wants to hear from Basic Researchers”:
    http://www.colorado.edu/GraduateSchool/resources/newsletters.html
  • Katy Putsavage received the Fred Plog Memorial Fellowship from the SAA. The $1000 fellowship supports the research of a graduate student with ABD status who is writing a dissertation on the American Souhwest.

The November issue of the journal Madagascar Conservation and Development published a paper on the subject which was printed in the Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-in-the-lemurs-call-limestone-caves-home-video-20131204,0,2485999.story#axzz2mWWfiRbs

The Science Daily also published an article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131204123746.htm

  • Willi Lempert (PhD Candidate) "'Last Night all the Synagogues in Germany were Burned': Intimacy and Ethnographic Practice in a Familial Life History" Journal of Contemporary Anthropology JCA Vol. 4 (2013) Iss. 1: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jca/vol4/iss1/5
  • Kate Fischer won a grant from the Ruth Landes Mermorial Research Fund to complete writing of her dissertation.
  • Traci Bekelman garnered two awards: a Wenner Gren Fellowship for her doctoral research proposal on "Using the Protein Leverage Hypothesis to Understand Socioeconomic Variation in Diet and Body Size amoung Urban Costa Rican Women" and a 2013 Dean's Graduate Student Research Grant to carry out her research on "Urban Poverty, Dietary Protein and Obesity among Costa Rican Women."
  • Scott Ortman was recognized for his longtime commitment to the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center with an honor award on October 19, 2013. Crow Canyon is a nonprofit research and education organization located in southwestern Colorado.
  • Donna Goldstein's work on Race, Class, Violence, and Sexuality in a Rio Shantytown, was just released with a new preface by University of California Press for their California Series in Public Anthropology. Donna's Laughter out of Place is in its second printing.
  • Steve Lekson and Jakob Sedig recently co-published a column for the Colorado Archaeological Society about, "Mimbres, Then and Now." Surveyor 11(4): 10-12.
  • Andie Ang received the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Grant which is awarded to individual species conservation initiatives and recognizes leaders in the field of species conservation. This will support Ang's PhD work on the Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys in Vietnam, which are among the 25 most endangered primates of the world.
  • A bilingual DVD tour of Payson Sheets' site in El Salvador, La Joya de Cerén, is now available through Media Services at Norlin Library.
  • Jason Scott has won a Fulbright Hays grant that will enable him to complete his doctoral research analyzing digital development projects in Brazilian shantytowns (favelas) that were recently recuperated from armed drug gangs.
  • Payson Sheets' excavations at El Cerén, El Salvador, are colorfully illustrated in the cover story of the fall edition of American Archaeologist magazine. At "the Pompeii of the Americas", as it is nicknamed, "fourteen hundred years ago a volcanic eruption simultaneously destroyed a Maya village and preserved it for posterity. The remarkable preservation is giving archaeologists new insights into Maya life."
  • As a member of the advisory board at the University Press of Colorado, Payson Sheets has launched an innovation bridging print to the internet. In Re-Creating Primordial Time, a new hardback release on Maya glyphs, footnotes have been replaced by QR codes that take you directly to the source research paper.
  • Cathy Cameron's article in the June issue of American Anthropologist is now available, "How People Moved among Ancient Societies: Broadening the View. American Anthropologist 115(2):218-231.
  • Jakob Sedig published a report on his excavations at Woodrow Ruin in the Santa Fe journal El Palacio: Sedig, Jakob. 2013. Woodrow Ruin; an Atypical Mimbres site. El Palacio 118 (3): 49-55.