- Craig Lee (PhD ’07, now a research associate at INSTAAR) was interviewed about his ice patch archaeology for an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences magazine entitled “Inner Workings: Climate change frees ancient artifacts”. Ice preserves an amazing array of artifacts, but as the ice vanishes, so do clues to the past. See: http://www.pnas.org/content/112/46/14113.full. And keep an eye out for the very cool cover of the next issue of American Archaeology http://www.archaeologicalconservancy.org/american-archaeology-magazine/
- Lessons from Repatriation; Learning NAGPRA Jen Shannon will be a featured panelist for this event at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Saturday
November 21 from 11:00am – 2:00pm in Ricketson Auditorium. On November 16, 1990, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) became a U.S. federal
law. In honor of its 25th anniversary, the “Learning NAGPRA” project is hosting a public event as a space for reflection and discussion on the importance of collaborative working relationships in respecting and supporting Native American cultural traditions. A panel of invited speakers with professional NAGPRA experience will reflect on two main themes:
1) What is the importance and the meaning of NAGPRA?
2) What lessons from NAGPRA can be applied to the broader challenges of working together in a multicultural society?
- Jen Shannon’s documentary can be viewed via this link on Vimeo: Public version: https://vimeo.com/118650096, My Cry Gets up to My Throat: Reflections on Reverend Case, the Garrison Dam, and the North Dakota Oil Boom through Collaborative Anthropology with the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation As community members reflect on the role of a prominent missionary and his fight against the US Government program that dammed the Missouri River and flooded their homelands in the 1950s, they see parallels with the oil boom today.
- Art Joyce and adjunct professor Tim Webmoor launch a call for sessions for the North American Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) meetings, an annual international conference of archaeologists to be hosted by the CU Department of Anthropology in April. For details: TAG 2016
- Publication: Carla Jones is this week’s author for the Savage Minds Writers’ Workshop, with an essay on “A Case for Agitation: On Affect and Writing”— http://savageminds.org/2015/10/26/a-case-for-agitation-on-affect-and-writing/
- Publication: Alchemy in the Rain Forest: Politics, Ecology, and Resilience in a New Guinea Mining Area. Jerry K. Jacka’s newest publication from Duke University Press.
ISBN 978-0-8223-5979-1 Paperback.
In Alchemy in the Rain Forest Jerry K. Jacka explores how the indigenous population of Papua New Guinea’s highlands struggle to create meaningful lives in the midst of extreme social conflict and environmental degradation. Drawing on theories of political ecology, place, and ontology and using ethnographic, environmental, and historical data, Jacka presents a multilayered examination of the impacts large-scale commercial gold mining in the region has had on ecology and social relations. Despite the deadly interclan violence and widespread pollution brought on by mining, the uneven distribution of its financial benefits has led many Porgerans to call for further development. This desire for increased mining, Jacka points out, counters popular portrayals of indigenous people as innate conservationists who defend the environment from international neoliberal development. Jacka’s examination of the ways Porgerans search for common ground between capitalist and indigenous ways of knowing and being points to the complexity and interconnectedness of land, indigenous knowledge, and the global economy in Porgera and beyond.
- Publication: “Mobile Home Community Closures Preferred Despite Worsening Housing Crisis”
Allison Formanack (PhD Candidate) wrote this lead story for Anthropology News:
- Publication: Anthropology as Theoretical Storytelling, Carole McGranahan’s latest blog for the Writer’s Workshop Series on Savage Minds: http://savageminds.org/2015/10/19/anthropology-as-theoretical-storytelling
- Jeff Brzezinski and Jessica Hedgepeth Balkin (PhD students) were each awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement grant in support of their archaeological field research in Oaxaca, Mexico. Jeff’s site is at Cerro de la Virgen. Jessica received her grant for The Rio Verde Settlement Project (RVSP) on the coast. During the Spring semester of 2016, she will be conducting archaeological survey and soil sampling in order to investigate the relationship between environmental change, settlement patterns, and demography between 700 BCE and CE 1522.
- Art Joyce, Payson Sheets, Sarah Kurnick, and Stacy Barber made presentations at the First Annual Rocky Mountain Pre-Columbian Association Research Colloquium in Denver a couple of weeks ago. Enjoy the details at http://www.upcolorado.com/about-us/blog/item/2846-rocky-mountain-pre-columbian-research-colloquium
- Ben Joffe (PhD Candidate): Tantra and Transparency, or Cultural Contradiction and Today’s Tibetan Buddhist Wizard. Savage Minds. October 6, 2015. http://savageminds.org/2015/10/06/tantra-and-transparency-or-cultural-contradiction-and-todays-tibetan-buddhist-wizard/. From a series of reflections on Tibetan diaspora, esotericism, and the globalization of Tibetan culture.
- The BBC is featuring the village where Robin Bernstein works in Gambia in a production called “Countdown to Life.” Here is a link to the clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzX78PDF1sg. The baby in the video (that is being weighed etc) is a ‘HERO-G’ (Robin’s study acronym) baby, and the midwife is also working on her project! The epigenetics results are from the same populations, although results from Robin’s study won’t be out for a couple of years.
- Paul Sandberg (Lecturer, PhD ’12) has taken a one-year post-doctoral position at the University of Oklahoma’s Sam Noble Museum, where Marc Levine (PhD ’07) is Curator of Archaeology. He’ll be starting in January.
- Willi Lempert (PhD Candidate): Last week at the National Remote Indigenous Media Festival in Lajamanu Community, PAKAM Media received the NITV Spirit Award for a short film that Lempert made with the Kapululangu Women’s Law and Culture Centre in Balgo. The $30,000 award to PAKAM is intended to extend “Marumpu Wangka: Kukatja Hand Talk” into a half-hour prime-time production with the help of mentors from National Indigenous Television. Lempert also recently received the Lois Roth Foundation Fulbright Project Support Award for $1,750 to support creative collaborative projects with Indigenous Australians.
- “Tools of the Camel Hunters”: The Mahaffy Cache Exhibit Opens October 9 at the CU Museum You never know what you’ll find beneath the flatirons.
Landscapers came across a cache of stone tools in a Boulder yard and had the presence to ask Doug Bamforth to check them out. The tools turned out to be 13,000 years old, and their prey extinct!
Exhibit details here: http://cumuseum.colorado.edu/current-exhibits. Thirteen millennia in a Boulder backyard. Read the story on the Mahaffy Cache in the latest Coloradan magazine: http://www.coloradanmagazine.org/2015/09/01/tools-of-the-camel-hunters/
- Bert Covert has just received an NSF grant for $99,800 titled “Workshops on Research in the Lower Mekong Basin” toconvene US researchers who are already engaged in, or interested in developing research partnerships in Lower Mekong Basin (LMB), a region that includes parts of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar. The objective of this workshop series is to facilitate mechanisms and networking strategies for research partnerships between US scientists and LMB scientists that advance US and global scientific knowledge, improve data sharing and accessibility, and identify best practices.
- Matt Sponheimer has been studying a new candidate for the human family tree, Australopithecus sediba. Both will be featured in a NOVA segment on the Dawn of Humanity September 16. Professor Sponheimer is Director of the Nutritional and Isotopic Ecology Lab (NIEL) here at UCB, where several of his graduate student advisees are involved in his research. Two in particular, Oliver Paine and Jennifer Leichliter, have worked previously with Lee Berger, principal investigator in these hominid discoveries. Jen and Oliver will be directly involved in the science that attempts to unravel the mysteries of naledi and their place.
- Terry McCabe landed a $425,000 NSF grant for a new project: “Collaborative Research: Event Ecology and Extreme Events as Transformative Factors in Pastoral Social-Ecological Systems”. McCabe is PI for the 3-year research project and his team includes former advisee Alicia Davis (PhD ‘10), now associated with the University of Glasgow. CU-Boulder will contribute an additional $275.000.
- Steve Lekson is quoted in the August 21 issue of Science Magazine in the article “Big Archaeology fights Big Oil to preserve ancient landscape”. pp. 774-775. Researchers say fracking threatens hundreds of early Pueblo sites and endangers future excavations. Full article at: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/349/6250/774.summary
- Bert Covert, our departing Chair, has received a Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) Faculty Scholar Award for $50,000. This will support his research on the ecology and conservation of biodiversity with the Vietnam National University of Ho Chi Minh City – University of Science where he will work with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology during part of the upcoming academic year. VEF is a US federal government exchange program in the sciences and education with Vietnam.
- Scott Ferris Research Awards go to Richard Bender, Jen Leichliter, Oliver Paine, and Eric Schissler.
- Alison Hanson won a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh, with an additional travel grant to be used for Hindi language study at AIIS in Jaipur this summer.
- Dr. Ivy A. Rieger gave a successful defense of her doctoral thesis on Friday: Where the Clouds Descend: Fiestas and the Practice of Belonging in San Juan Mixtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico.
- Associate Professor Carole McGranahan has been chosen by a Graduate School committee as a winner of the 2014-2015 Outstanding Faculty Graduate Advising Award. The honor comes with a cash award of $750 and a dossier full of praise for the help and encouragement she gives to her graduate students.
- CU Department of Anthropology welcomes this husband and wife team to our faculty this Fall!
Associate Professor Jerry Jacka brings us his dynamism as Director of the Environmental Anthropology Lab and Faculty Fellow of the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute at UT San Antonio, where he serves on the Anthropology faculty.Professor Joanna Lambert has led a distinguished career as an integrative biological anthropologist and evolutionary ecologist. Her program centers on mammal nutritional biology and the natural selection of feeding‐related adaptations in mammals, especially African apes, Old World monkeys, and Carnivora. She has held professional service roles at a number of storied organizations, including the NSF, the Smithsonian, the AAAS, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. A very hearty welcome to both. They will each bring new depth and dimension to our program.
- Graduate Part-Time Instructor Teaching Excellence Award from the CU Grad School, Richard Bender (PhD student in Biological Anthropology).
- Goldstein-Altman Awards, Drew Zackary and Sara Stiehl have won awards from the Goldstein-Altman Research Award Fund for 2015. Stay tuned for news of their travels and research.
- Michaela Howells (PhD ’13) was awarded an Engaged Anthropology Grant from Wenner Gren. This grant provides the funds necessary for her return to American Samoa to share the results of her dissertation on Maternal Psychosocial Stress and Neonate Outcomes on the Pacific Island of Tutuila. Howells currently serves on the Anthropology faculty at UNC Wilmington.
- Screening of People's Park, a 78-minute single shot film by Libbie D. Cohn and J.P. Sniadecki
Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 pm
ATLAS 102, CU Boulder
Free and open to the public. Followed by a roundtable discussion featuring Daniel Boord (Film Studies/Critical Media Practices), Christian S. Hammons (Anthropology), and Timothy Oakes (Geography).
- Jakob Sedig gave a successful defense of his dissertation on The Mimbres Transitional Phase: Examining Social, Demographic, and Environmental Resilience and Vulnerability from AD 900-1000 in Southwest New Mexico and will be awarded the doctorate in May. This has to be a record, completing a doctorate in archaeology in a mere five years.We humbly congratulate Jakob and advisor, Cathy Cameron.
- Traci Bekelman (PhD Candidate) won the E.E. Hunt Student Award at the recent annual meeting of the Human Biology Association, March 25-26, in St. Louis, MO. The Association gives only one or two of these awards each year for outstanding student presentations. Traci’s poster presentation, which analyzes data from her recently-completed fieldwork in Costa Rica, was entitled “Using the Protein Leverage Hypothesis to understand obesity among urban Costa Rican women.” Congratulations to Traci and advisor, Darna Dufour. Info from Human Biology Association website (not yet updated to this year): http://humbio.org/eehunt
- Robin Fiore made a successful defense of her thesis and has earned the title of Master of Arts. She conducted research for A Survey of Indochinese Silvered Langurs (Trachypithecus Germaini) in Phu Quoc National Park, Vietnam with her advisor, Bert Covert. Congratulations to both.
- Katy Putsavage has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology at Eastern New Mexico University. She will be starting in the Fall of 2015 as the Southwestern Ceramicist in the department.
- Michaela Howells (PhD ’13) has accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). “I have spent the last year as a Visiting Professor at UNCW and am confident that I have found an excellent fit with both the faculty and university. This position will support my continued research on reproductive health disparities while enabling me to develop courses that address human evolution.”
- Terry Odendahl (PhD ’82) will be honored Friday in a sold-out event celebrating International Women’s Day in Denver. Terry is chief executive officer of Boulder-based Global Greengrants Fund, which has distributed more than 8,500 grants to social and environmental justice causes around the world. Her recognition of the ties between women’s rights and the environment will be praised at a luncheon in the Denver Art Museum. For more details, read the Boulder Daily Camera story at: http://www.dailycamera.com/Lifestyle/ci_27612276/Boulder-woman-works-to-make-impact-on-social-enviromental-justice
- Scott Ortman’s work on urban settlement patterns was picked up by the journal Science Advances and by CU-Boulder Today. One of the most populous metropolises on the planet, Mexico City, stands atop the ruins of the 15th century Aztec capital Tenochtitlán. The two may not appear to have much in common, but according to a new study they obeyed the same mathematical formula… http://news.sciencemag.org/archaeology/2015/02/ancient-and-modern-cities-obeyed-same-mathematical-rule
- Scott Ortman and Steve Lekson were interviewed for a PBS television segment on Cliff Dwellings sponsored by Rocky Mountain Adventure Quest Magazine.
- Doug Bamforth has been selected by his peers for a Boulder Faculty Assembly Faculty Recognition Award to honor his continued support of the CU Community through service activities. Our incoming Chair “…has done exemplary work for the students in Sewall and for the RAP community in general…His focus on CU students and their success are not only commendable but serve as an example for what the faculty at CU can accomplish.”
- Rachel Egan is featured in the February Grad Student News from the CU Grad School: http://www.colorado.edu/GraduateSchool/resources/newsletters_2015_02.html
- The Department of Anthropology and the Research Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV) of the University of Colorado-Boulder have agreed to construct and test a specialized Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for archeological applications. Gerardo Gutierrez, Eric W. Frew, James Mack and Steve Lekson are joining expertise and resources to design an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) dedicated to recording multi-spectral remote sensing and aerial photogrammetric data on geophysical, archaeological, and human landscapes. This project will promote academic cooperation between the colleges of Arts & Sciences and Engineering & Applied Science and is a response to the Grand Challenge Imagination Summit promoted by UCB.
- Le Khac Quyet, a University of Colorado Boulder alumnus who found a previously undiscovered population of critically endangered monkeys in Vietnam has won the 2014 Sabin Prize for Excellence in Primate Conservation. In 2002, Le discovered a new population of the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey, a critically endangered primate restricted to a small area of northernmost Vietnam. Full Article
- Dr. Katherine Fischer earned her doctorate with a successful defense of her dissertation entitled: The Ends of Coffee: State, Work, and Identity in Post-CAFTA Costa Rica.
- Robin Bernstein Levelling the Academic Playing Field for Women Scientists
The AAPA’s Committee on Diversity (COD) has made increasing diversity within physical anthropology a priority. We are pleased to announce that the COD Women’s Initiative Co-chairs Robin Bernstein (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Andrea Taylor (Duke University) have received a grant through the Elsevier Foundation New Scholars Program to create a self-sustaining infrastructure administered by the AAPA to improve the environment for all women physical anthropologists. This two-year grant will support career development initiatives including domestic and international career development workshops, and the creation of sustainable toolkits and webinars that can be easily accessed and widely shared in order to initiate and continue conversations about strategic career planning and work-life satisfaction. The Elsevier Foundation media release can be found at http://www.elsevier.com/connect/elsevier-foundation-awards-$600k-to-innovative-libraries-and-women-in-science/
- William Porter Bourie will defend his doctoral dissertation on Knowledge-Networks of Climate Change and Development: How God and Technoscience Influence USAID Projects in Burkina Faso. Friday, November 14 at 11:00am in Hale 450.
- Quyet Le Khac (PhD 2014) has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Annual Sabin Prize for Excellence in Primate Conservation. This prize was created by New York philanthropist Andy Sabin, and is intended to recognize outstanding contributions in the conservation of endangered primates, especially in top priority habitat countries. This prize carries with it an award of $20,000 US and all travel expenses to the award ceremony in New York on January 21.
- Oliver Paine received a Wenner Gren dissertation research grant for $19,100 to cover the analytical costs of the nutritional component of his dissertation research. The project is titled “Investigating the Nutritional and Mechanical properties of potential hominin plant foods in African savanna microhabitats”.
- “Life Back Then.” The Fall edition of American Archaeology magazine includes interviews from two of our professors, Cathy Cameron and Scott Ortman, on an emerging model of archaeological inquiry into what is was like to live in prehistoric North America.
- Carole McGranahan has an essay in ALLEGRA; a Virtual Lab of Legal Anthropology entitled, ‘ “I love polyandry, yo”: Tibetan refugee citizenship and the politics of culture”. Do Tibetans still practice polyandry? Find out here: http://allegralaboratory.net/i-love-polyandry-yo-tibetan-refugee-citizenship-and-the-politics-of-culture/
- Gerardo Gutiérrez – most recent book has just been published by INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History) in Mexico City. Title in English: Politics and Territory in the Kingdom of Tlapa-Tlachinollan ISBN: 978-607-96598-0-6 With a presentation by Miguel Leon Portilla (the author of Broken Spears).
- Andie Ang and colleagues Dr. Luu Hong Truong and Tran Van Bung of the Southern Institute of Ecology have been awarded a National Geographic Waitt grant of $11,829! This grant funds proof-of-concept projects, and will be used for constructing canopy bridges for the conservation of Indochinese silvered langurs in Vietnam. The title of the project is “Adding an extra branch: fighting genetic isolation by reconnecting endangered Indochinese silvered langur populations in Vietnam with canopy bridges”.
- Jen Ida is portrayed, along with a summary of her research in Colombia on zoonotic disease, in the October edition of Grad Student News.
- Steve Lekson was one of three leaders in the profession chosen for an ‘Exclusive Museum Anthropology Blog Interview’ for this AAA section online journal.
- Art Joyce and his PhD advisee, Jamie Forde, have a new book out, El Pueblo de la Tierra del Cielo: Arqueología de la Mixteca de la Costa Arqueología Oaxaqueña, Serie Popular 2, Centro INAH Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico (2014).
- Jen Shannon authored a recently-released book: Our Lives: Collaboration, Native Voice, and the Making of the National Museum of the American Indian (Santa Fe, NM: SAR Press). 2014. Jen also authored a chapter in an edited volume: Projectishare.com: Sharing Our Past, Collecting for the Future in Museum as Process: Translating Local and Global Knowledges, edited by Ray Silverman (New York: Routledge). 2014.
- Marnie Thomson’s essay “In Dialogue: Ethnographic Writing and Listening” was released in the weekly Savage Minds Writer’s Workshop series: http://savageminds.org/2014/09/22/in-dialogue-ethnographic-writing-and-listening/.
- Erin Baxter wins Best Digital Data Management Plans and Practices Competition on September 17, 2014. Several awards were made to those who had submitted proposals to the data management plan competition sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The winners received $2,000 in general research funds. Erin Baxter was the winner in the category of Arts and Humanities.
- Tim Webmoor co-edited a volume for the Science, Technology and Society Series for Routledge, Visualization in the Age of Computerization. The volume gathers theoretical insights with case studies from a range of disciplines to detail how computerized imagery is impacting the academy. The volume features collaborations by archaeologists, anthropologists, and science and technology studies (STS) scholars.
- Christian Hammons‘ post, “Beheaded: An Anthropology”, is featured on the cover of the latest Anthropology News.
- Steve Lekson weighed in for Science magazine with his expert opinion on the cacao trade before there was a border along the Rio Grande. In the August 29 issue, the article “A Chocolate Habit in Ancient North America” reports on presumed cacao residues found on pottery from Chaco and Cahokia, among other sites. “…cacao shows us that ancient civilizations north of the border were deeply and significantly connected to the civilizations of Mesoamerica,” observed Lekson.
- Bert Covert 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 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) was 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.
- Manioc, and the academics whose studies converged around it – including Darna Dufour and Payson Sheets – stars in a half-page feature on the science page of the April 11 Boulder Daily Camera. Also online at: http://www.dailycamera.com/News/ci_25541433/Jeff-Mitton;-CUBoulder-academics-converge-on.
- Carole McGranahan is at the center of an Arts&Sciences Ezine article featuring an unusual core of Tibetan scholars at UCB. Link to Clay Evan’s story and a video of McGranahan in her own words about Tibetans’ “arrested histories” here:
- Willi Lempert was 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 country 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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 Timeshttp://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.
- 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/” target=”_blank”
- 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 Palacio118 (3): 49-55.
- Paul Shankman and Michelle Sauther have been recognized by The Coloradan magazine with a 3-page article for their Extinction Seminar of Spring 2013. Please enjoy the story at this link: Coloradan Magazine: Extinction – What if we are our worst enemy?.
- Matt Sponheimer’s research into ancient hominin diets and evolution has made headlines again. Check out: Science on NBC News, BBC News Science & Environment, and CU Boulder News Release.
- Paul Shankman’s Margaret Mead papers are featured in the spring ezine from CU Arts and Sciences’ reporter Clint Talbott: CU-Boulder anthropologist finds stark evidence that Mead’s indefatigable critic misrepresented her work with ‘layer upon layer of error’: http://artsandsciences.colorado.edu/magazine/2013/04/margaret-meads-good-name-redeemed/.
- Lindsay Ofrias co-authored an article that has just been published on the City of Boulder’s Energy Future website. It’s a policy document that looks at ways that Boulder could further encourage distributed solar generation within city limits.
- The Institute of Behavioral Science has announced the opening on May 8th of a research exhibit featuring the work of J. Terrence McCabe, “Maintaining Pastoral Identity in a Changing World: The Turkana and Maasai People of East Africa”. The exhibit includes objects and long-term field research photography from northwest Kenya and northern Tanzania.
- Craig Lee (PhD’07) and colleagues at INSTAAR recently made a short film on the collaborative archaeological work they are conducting in Glacier National Park entitled, Alpine Archeology in the Land of the Blackfeet, Kootenai, Pend d’Orielle and Salish.
- Terry McCabe participated in the NSF’s 2012 All Scientists Meeting of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network in Estes Park last September… “to make the case for integrating more anthropologists into the study of ecosystems.” The NSF created the LTER Network in 1980 to support long-term research of ecosystems with the understanding that many ecosystem processes can only be studied through long-term research. Sites were selected to represent major ecosystem types or natural biomes across the US (there are now also a few international LTER sites). It is one of the most highly funded NSF programs.
- Steve Lekson’s KGNU radio interview about his new exhibit “Ancient Southwest: People, Pottery, Place” can be accessed here: http://www.angelicak.com/2013/03/cu-boulders-museum-of-natural-history.html?utm_source=March+Update+2013+UPDATE&utm_campaign=March+2013+Update&utm_medium=email.
- Paul Shankman’s research into a heated anthropological debate, i.e. The Trashing of Margaret Mead, has caught the attention of New Zealand’s Fairfax NZ News: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/8344079/Truth-revealed-of-fateful-hoaxing.
- Paul Shankman’s research on Margaret Mead’s legacy is featured in a February 2013 online edition of The Atlantic magazine.
- Anthropology lecturer Heather Williams (PhD 2011) will be working for the Boulder County Health Improvement Collaborative coordinating a small project designed to provide information about patients’ experiences within the local health care services system.
- Jamie Forde, PhD student, has been awarded a junior fellowship for the next academic year at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, administered by the Trustees for Harvard University, in Washington D.C. The fellowship provides lodging, an office at the facility, and a living stipend, and will support him while writing his doctoral dissertation.
- Cathy Cameron will have an article published in the June issue of American Anthropologist entitled “How People Moved Among Ancient Societies: Broadening the View”.
- The latest book authored by Gerardo Gutierrez is entitled, El Poder Compartido; ensayos sobre la arqueología de organizaciones políticas segmentarias y oligárquicas, ISBN 978-607-486-199-0. (Shared Power – Essays about the Archaeology of Segmentary and Oligarchy Political Organizations)
- Editor, Art Joyce, has just released Polity and Ecology in Formative Period Costal Oaxaca through University Press of Colorado . Chapters were authored by department alumni Stacy Barber, Marc Levine, Michelle Butler, Arion Mayes and current PhD candidate Guy Hepp.
- Steve Lekson is featured in a video produced by the CU Museum.
- A lead story in the January 23 edition of the New Yorker online refers readers to Carole McGranahan’s co-edited special issue of the journal Cultural Anthropology on the topic of the self-immolations in Tibet. Go to http://www.culanth.org/?q=node/526 to see the referenced article.
- Kira Hall, Carole McGranahan, and Jen Shannon are featured on a new ASSETT website about CU faculty teaching with technology, http://assett.colorado.edu/spotlight-on-as-faculty-teaching-with-technology.
- Guy Hepp, PhD candidate, and Stacy Barber (PhD ’05) recently published their findings at Oaxaca: “Ancient Aerophones of Coastal Oaxaca, Mexico: The Archaeological and Social Context of Music”. In Sound from the Past: The Interpretation of Musical Artifacts in an Archaeological Context, edited by R. Eichmann, F.Jianjun, and L-C. Koch, pp. 259-270.
- Matt Sponheimer, Julia A. Lee-Thorp, Kaye E. Reed and Peter Ungar will be publishing a book entitled, “Early Hominin Paleoecology” with University Press of Colorado due out May 2013. It provides a good working knowledge of the subject while also presenting a solid grounding in the sundry ways this knowledge has been constructed. The book is divided into 3 sections – climate and environment (with a particular focus on the latter), adaptation and behavior, and modern analogs and models – and features contributors from various fields of study, including archaeology, primatology, paleoclimatology, sedimentology, and geochemistry.
- PhD candidate, Ivy Hepp, recently received the Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund grant from The Reed Foundation in New York in support of her dissertation research project entitled “Where the Clouds Descend: Fiestas and the Politics of Belonging in San Juan Mixtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico.
- Gerardo Gutierrez went to Guerrero, Mexico over Winter Break to explain migrations depicted in a painting from Chiepetlán, a municipality of Tlapa, Guerrero, Mexico.
- Michaela Howells (PhD candidate) and co-authors Richard Bender (PhD student), et al. were awarded the 2012 Biological Anthropology Section student prize for outstanding presentation at the recent American Anthropological Association meeting for their presentation “You Just Have to Wait: The Impact of Marital Status on the Pregnancy Outcomes of Samoan Women”. This “high quality scholarship” research project was also co-authored by Darna Dufour.
- A front page article, “Pharmaceutical Bioprospecting and the Law: The Case of Unckaloabo in a Former Apartheid Homeland of South Africa” can be found in Anthropology News 53(10):6-7 and was authored by graduate student Chris Morris.
- Donna Goldstein has published, “Experimentalité: Pharmaceutical insights into anthropology’s epistemologically fractured self.” In: Susan Levine, ed. Medicine and the Politics of Knowledge. Cape Town, South Africa: HSRC.
- PhD Candidate Marnie Thomson has published her first article, “Black Boxes of Bureaucracy: Transparency and Opacity in the Resettlement Process of Congolese Refugees.” PoLAR: Vol. 35, No. 2. Page 186.
- Deward Walker’s wild turkeys were featured in the Science section of the Daily Camera last Friday, in a story about the forest experiment station set up on his family’s Logan Mill Ranch in collaboration with EBIO: http://www.dailycamera.com/science-columnists/ci_22047156/jeff-mitton-wild-turkeys-are-thriving?IADID=Search-www.dailycamera.com-www.dailycamera.com.
- Inga Calvin will be the resident “Maya specialist” on the Not the End of the World Cruise, December 16-23. Inga will be giving lectures in glyphs and a tour of Coba on December 21.
- An NSF grant to explore the political economy and the Sacbé at Cerén this coming summer was awarded to Payson Sheets. The excavation crew will include Zan Halmbacher, Rachel Egan, and Chris Dixon.
- Steve Leigh will be giving a presentation next week for the University of California San Diego symposium on the Evolution of Human Diet and Nutrition: http://carta.anthropogeny.org/events/the-evolution-of-human-nutrition. Leigh will contribute a paper that investigates the role of the intestinal microbiome in the evolution of human diet.
- Among the highlights of the annual American Anthropological Association Conference was a presentation, “From Sacred Baths to Stretch Limos: Tamil Puberty Celebrations in Sri Lanka and Canada” byDennis McGilvray and R. Cheran (University of Windsor, Ontario). Recent Anthropology lecturer (Currently with CU’s Residential Academic Program) Sara Jamieson organized the panel: Coming of Age in the 21st Century: Female Puberty Rites Revisited.
- PhD student, William Lempert, has published “Telling Their Own Stories: Indigenous Film as Critical Identity Discourse”, in The Applied Anthropologist 32(1):23-32.
- Carole McGranahan has an article about His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Indian magazine Outlook India at http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?282574.
- A compelling portrait of a rare Tonkin snub-nosed monkey (spotted in the rainforest of Vietnam) appears on page five of the November 2012 National Geographic Magazine. PhD student, Quyet Le’s photo, was selected as the latest winner of their “Wildlife as Canon Sees It” campaign in support of endangered wildlife.
- Gerardo Gutierrez made worldwide news for his cooperative research with the University of Malaga to simulate the possible occurrence of a tsunami wave in Lake Texcoco that affected the Island of Mexico-Tenochtitlan circa 1500 A.D. See Spanish language link at http://www.lapatria.com/descubriendo/cientificos-van-reconstruir-tsunami-en-mexico-del-ano-1500-15654.
- A major exhibition of Maya pottery opens October 19-21 at Princeton University. Several of Inga Calvin’s rollout photographs have been included in the catalogue entitled, “Dancing into Dreams: Maya Vase Painting of the Ik’ Kingdom”: http://www.princetonartmuseum.org/art/exhibitions/1384.
- Cathy Cameron co-published an article in the September Anthropology News on “Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Perspectives on Captivity and Slavery”.
- James Millette, PhD student, has received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant and a Leaky Foundation Grant to conduct his fieldwork for: “Challenging Assumptions of Dental Senescence Using a Primate Framework”. His current work is on ring-tailed lemurs at the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve in Southwestern Madagascar.
- PhD student Andie Ang recently published a paper on the genetic variability of branded leaf monkeys in Singapore, on the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology: http://rmbr.nus.edu.sg/rbz/biblio/60/60rbz589-594.pdf(August 31, 2012).
- Art Joyce was awarded a grant from the Religion and Innovation in Human Affairs Program of the Historical Society through the Templeton Foundation. His funded archaeological project is designed to examine the role of religion in the social and political innovations that led to the emergence of Mesoamerican civilization. The final product will be a co-authored book examining the relationship between religion and political centralization in Formative Mesoamerica.
- Donna Goldstein has accepted the directorship of the Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences (CARTSS).
- The June 2012 issue of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology features a series of articles on “Dental Ecology” stemming from a symposium held at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists organized by Frank Cuozzo and Michelle Sauther. CU-Boulder Anthropology affiliated authors in this volume include Frank Cuozzo (PhD ‘2000; Adjunct Associate Professor), Michelle Sauther (Associate Professor), Matt Sponheimer (Associate Professor), and James Millette (PhD candidate).
- Paul Sandberg (PhD candidate) and Matt Sponheimer published a study in the June 27 Nature online magazine, suggesting that Austalopithecus sediba was unique among our most ancient hominid relatives in yet another way: its chimp-like diet.
- Darna Dufour co-edited a second edition of her Nutritional Anthropology textbook, just released from Oxford University Press.
- PhD student, Willi Lempert, was interviewed by ABC Australia about his predissertation fieldwork in the Kimberley region of Northwestern Australia on Indigenous community media production:http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2012/07/06/3540661.htm.
- Dawa Lokyitsang, MA student, has been selected as a recipient of a Dalai Lama Trust scholarship for 2012-2013. The scholarship program is intended to further the human capital development of the Tibetan people by supporting the pursuit of excellence among Tibetan students in a specialized academic field.
- A Fulbright grant to conduct dissertation fieldwork in Burkina Faso, West Africa, has been awarded to PhD candidate Wm. Porter Bourie. Drawing from his experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo and preliminary fieldwork in Niger and Mali, Porter will be examining local environmental knowledge of desertification in the context of a water resource management project.
- Courtney Lee (MA ’06) received her PhD this May from the University of Colorado-Denver in Health & Behavioral Sciences. Her dissertation was awarded the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 2011-2012 Outstanding Graduate Student Award and was entitled, Costa Rica at a Crossroads: The Ideological Contradictions of Medical Tourism.
- Amy Harrison Levine, PhD student, has been awarded a Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation grant for her dissertation project. The award is going through the Denver Zoo where Amy is employed full-time as Conservation Biology Manager.
- The CU Center to Advance Research in the Social Sciences Board awarded Donna Goldstein Smith Scholar Funds in support of her project entitled Genetic Futures of the Nuclear Age: Anthropologist and Human Geneticist Dr. James V. Neel. Graduate student Lindsay Ofrias has been awarded CARTSS Graduate Fellow Funds in support of her project Oil Waste Cleanup in the Ecuadorian Amazon: Citizenship, the State, and Transnationalism.
- Paul Sandberg was nominated by the department and has been selected to receive a 2012 Graduate Summer Fellowship. He’ll be using it to complete Investigating Childhood Diet and Early Life History in the Archaeologicl Record Using Biogeochemical Techniques.
- Graduate students Chris Morris and Magda Stawkowski have both been selected to receive a 2012-2013 Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship. This fellowship will support them for one semester during the 2012-2013 academic year.
- Katy Putsavage was accepted for a fellowship to a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute program: “Mesoamerica and the Southwest: A New History for an Ancient Land”. This five-week Institute is held on-site in Mexico and the U.S. Southwest and will enable participants to explore the rapidly accumulating new collaborative scholarship by investigators in both Mesoamerica and the ancient Southwest.
- Graduate student Magda Stawkowski has won both the Social Science Research Council Eurasia Program Dissertation Development Award and the P.E.O. Scholar Award, which is granted by an international women’s organization.
- Carole McGranahan received a Fulbright Scholar Grant for her upcoming research in India in 2013 on her project, “Refugees and Citizenship: Tibetan Practices of Political Subjectivity in Postcolonial India”.
- The keynote lecture at the “Learning by Example: Building Arguments Ethnographically” Conference at Oxford University on April 16 will be given by Carole McGranahan.
- 2 articles will be published in March/April 2012 that were authored by Carole McGranahan: “An Anthropologist in Political Asylum Court, Part I” and “Anthropology and the Truths of Political Asylum, Part II”, both in Anthropology News.
- Matt Sponheimer’s recent Science paper on hominin diets was referenced in the cover story of the latest Scientific American, “First of Our Kind” which examines Lee Berger’s controversial interpretations of Australopithecus sediba’s place in hominin ancestry.
- Dennis McGilvray was interviewed for KGNU’s “Living Dialogs” broadcast of the Asia on Edge Symposium.
- Gerardo Gutierrez collaborated on a comprehensive study on the genetic admixture of the Latino American population. The results are on file in the Library of Congress, entitled “Development of a Panel of Genome-Wide Ancestry Informative Markers to Study Admixture Throughout the Americas”, http://www.plosgenetics.org/doi/pgen.1002554.
- Graduate student Michaela Howells made the cover of the Samoa News (the islands’ newspaper) for a community outreach effort – judging an island fafafine contest.
- Cathy Cameron is among the visiting scholars invited to Southern Illinois University at the end of March 2012 to speak at the conference on “The Archaeology of Slavery: Toward a Comparative, Global Framework”. The annual conference is sponsored by the Center for Archaeological Investigations in Carbondale.
- Graduate student, Guy Hepp, received a Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation for his research in Oaxaca, Mexico.
- A National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant was also given to Katy Putsavage for her study of “Demographic and Social Transformations in the Mimbres Region: An Investigation of the Black Mountain Site and Phase (A.D. 1130 to 1300)”.
- Jakob Sedig, graduate student, has been awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. The grant will cover the cost of field equipment, lodging, transportation and artifact analysis for his research at Woodrow Ruin, in southwest New Mexico.
- PhD candidate, Magda Stawkowski, was interviewed for CBC radio about her field work in the villages of radioactive Kazakhstan. “Six months in the life of a former nuclear test site” can be accessed at:http://www.cbc.ca/dispatches/2010season/africa/2012/02/08/february-9-12-from-cairo—kazakhstan—turkey—india—new-york/.
- Carole McGranahan was featured in STEMinist Profiles, a regular feature spotlighting Women in Science, Tech, Engineering and Math.
- PhD student Ben Joffe was interviewed as an anthropologist by students at the Logan School for Creative Learning in Denver about folklore, fairy tales and comparative mythology.
- Graduate students, Oliver Paine and Jen Leichliter, gave a well-attended talk, “Paleoecological Reconstruction: Interpreting the South African Hominin Fossil Record” in the main lecture hall at The National Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
- Jamie Forde, PhD student, recently won an NSF doctoral dissertation improvement grant and a National Geographic Society/Waitt Grant to support his proposed project “The Conquest of the Hill of the Sun: Archaeological Investigations of Indigenous Cultural Change and Persistence at Colonial Achiutla, Oaxaca, Mexico”.
- Jenna Wehr Pyle, PhD student, published a recent news article about the Lemur Biology Project and her work with the sifaka species on the Boulder Stand website. View it at:http://www.theboulderstand.org/2012/01/09/looking-out-for-lemurs-in-madagascar/.