Faculty and Graduate Student News for 2013/2014
For news from previous years, please visit our Department News Archive.
- John Hoffecker, our associate at INSTAAR, co-authored a new paper that lends credence to the Beringia Standstill idea. Recent evidence that central Beringia supported a shrub tundra region with some trees during the last glacial maximum bolsters the theory that the first Americans may have been isolated on the Bering Land Bridge for thousands of years before spreading throughout the Americas. See Jim Scott’s complete story for CU Media at http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2014/02/27/cu-boulder-led-study-says-bering-land-bridge-area-likely-long-term-refuge#sthash.HOvbPU5W.dpuf
- 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”:
- Scott Ortman,“Ancient settlements and modern cities follow same rules of development “
See it on CU’s homepage and in the Boulder Daily Camera. Get the full scoop, including an audio interview, from CU Media Services at: http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2014/02/12/ancient-settlements-and-modern-cities-follow-same-rules-development-says-cu#sthash.byMjiEcG.dpuf
- 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.
- Carole McGranahan was generously featured in the Washington Post after giving a recent guest lecture at Yale entitled, "Noth Korea is more accessible to foreign journalists than Tibet is." The complete story by Max Fischer, and a video of the presentation can be found at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/12/17/north-korea-is-more-accessible-to-foreign-journalists-than-tibet-is/
- Michelle Sauther's team in Madagascar has found the "...first evidence of primates regularly sleeping in caves." Co-authors of the new study include Associate Professor Frank Cuozzo of the University of North Dakota, Krista Fish of Colorado College, Marni LaFleur of the University of Vetrinary Medicine in Vienna as well as PhD candidate, James Millette. A video by CU news can be viewed at: http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2013/12/04/cu-boulder-led-team-finds-first-evidence-primates-regularly-sleeping-caves#sthash.B8AUTodj.dpuf
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
- Scott Ortman has an article on page 36 in the November volume of The SAA Archaeological Record on "Human Securities and Tewa Origins." Available online at: http://onlinedigeditions.com/publication/?i=184222
- Craig Lee (PhD '07) is featured in the latest Chronicle of Higher Education, "Under Melting Ice, Climate Change Reveals a New Archaeology." http://chronicle.com/article/Under-Melting-Ice-Climate/143307/
- 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.
- "Chaco's mystery exaggerated?" In an interview for the September 2013 issue of the Cortez Journal, Steve Lekson argues that Chaco was "but one town in a much larger trading network stretching to Mexico." http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20130919/LIVING/130919853/Chaco%E2%80%99s-mystery-exaggerated?-&utm_source=New+Support+of+October+Update&utm_campaign=Oct.+Update+2013&utm_medium=email
- 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.
- Christian Hammons has published a film review of Jathilan: Trance and Possession in Java in the September 2013 edition of the American Anthropological Association's online Public Journal: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/aman.12035/full?campaign=wlytk-41479.6645949074.
- 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.