Friday, October 22, 2010
"Many warm greetings from Kosovo. I have been here now for six months and some of the most transformational of my life. I currently work for a local non-profit as their educational coordinator. The non-profit, Balkan Sunflowers (www.balkansunflowers.org or www.learningcentersnetwork.org) provides educational extension and support for the minority populations here in Kosovo, namely the Roma and Ashkali. I work as advisor to four educational centers, providing daily training to the local tutoring staff of high school students, writing curriculum to be used in the centers and doing all sorts of outreach and cooperative training with local INGOs. The work is absolutely fascinating - and I am learning Albanian!"
The Anthropology Department is delighted to learn of Joanna's work and wish her all the best in the future.
Presentations given this year by undergraduate and graduate students spanned a diverse range of topics:
- The militarization of Guam and Chamoru social movements
- The genetics of a Siberian population
- Gender ideology among Asians in Vancouver
- Punk Islam
- Spiritual healing in Brazil
- Educational and employment opportunities for woman in India
- Derussification in the Ukraine
- Sugar daddy relationships in New York City
- Catholic and Muslim immigrants in Sweden
- Brain connectivity and myelin-associated proteins in human evolution
- West Coast Swing vs. Lindy Hop
- Bone structure and human locomotion
- Obstetric fistula surgery
- Fossil footprints
- Trabecular bone architecture in mammals adapted to speed and endurance
- Tracking age-related changes in endocrine function in primates
Abstracts for many past Cotlow Projects and information about the Lewis N. Cotlow Field Research Fund are available on the Anthropology Department website.
Since its establishment in 1990 by a bequest of $150,000 from the estate of Lewis Cotlow, an explorer, author, and filmmaker who attended GW. The Lewis Cotlow Fund has aided more than 150 students in conducting anthropological research throughout the world.
The faculty and staff of the Anthropology Department would like to congratulate all presenters on a job well done!
Dr. Coe, Professor of Anthropology and Curator Emeritus of the Anthropology Collection at Yale University and the Peabody Museum of Natural History, gave a lecture entitled “Collecting the Americas”. Dr. Coe explored the issue of whether scholars should study and publish research findings of objects that have ambiguous archaeological provenances.
The next lecture in the series “Looting and the Art Market in Antiquities” will be given on November 30, 2010 by Dr. Fabio Esteban Amador. Dr. Amador is an Associate Research Professor of Anthropology at The George Washington University and Program Officer at National Geographic Society.
The schedule for Spring 2011 lectures is as follows:
“Taking the Long View: Twenty Years of Repatriation at the National Museum of Natural History.”
William Billeck, Jan. 27
“A New Vision of a Past: Pueblo Origins and the Development and Depopulation of the Mesa Verde Region.”
Mark Varien, Feb. 17
“Branding the Maya: the Implication of Cultural Heritage Production in the Mayan Riviera.”
Traci Ardren, March 3
“Lower End Artifact Collections: is a practical accommodation possible among archaeologists, collectors, and museums?”
David K. Thulman, April 7
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Lambert (Boe) Titla is a talented singer, songwriter, and artist from the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. Born in Bylas, Arizona, Boe is a member of the Black Water clan. His solo performances and recordings have provided entertainment and insight for audiences in Arizona, New Mexico, and throughout the southwest. His songs and stories about Apache places and histories have made him a featured performer at numerous Native American events and Cowboy Poetry gatherings. Boe's album, Native American Balladeer is available on CDBaby.com.
The event is jointly sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology and Music, the Institute for Ethnographic Research, and the GW Anthropology Society.
Ms. Thomson is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Global Health and Population from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is hopeful that the data and methods from this report can be utilized by the DC HIV/AIDS community and beyond.
Key findings, the full report, and a list of upcoming presentations can be found at: http://dchivaids.wordpress.com/
Monday, September 13, 2010
The Society's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. All anthropology students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to join.
For more on Dr. Richmond, visit http://www.gwu.edu/~anth/who/richmond.cfm
Friday, September 3, 2010
Starting this fall, Nicholas will teach in Dade County, FL, bringing new energy and leadership to the challenge of closing the academic achievement gap for students in low-income communities. In a year where admission was more competitive than ever before, with an acceptance rate of 12 percent, Nicholas was selected from a record 46,000 individuals who applied to Teach For America and will join nearly 4,500 new corps members teaching in 39 regions across the country.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Since the publication of his book Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism in 2007, media attention has mostly focused on Grinker’s work on the epidemiology of autism spectrum disorders. However, earlier books on anthropologist Colin Turnbull and relations between North and South Korea also attracted wide notice.
The AAA is recognizing Grinker both for his books and for his publications in major media venues. These include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and New Scientist, and numerous broadcast appearances, including ABC’s 20/20 with Diane Sawyer, ABC’s World News Tonight with Charles Gibson, National Public Radio programs, and documentaries aired on PBS and distributed in movie theaters throughout North America.
Previous winners of the Anthropology in Media award are:
2009 John Noble Wilford
2008 James McKenna
2006 Eugenie Scott
2005 Meredith F. Small
2004 Melvin J. Konner
2002 John R. Rickford
1999 Donald C. Johanson
1997 Edward T. Hall
1996 Micaela di Leonardo
1995 Alan Lomax
1994 Katherine S. Newman
1993 Jonathan Benthall
1992 Jean Rouch, Jack Weatherford
1991 Ursula Le Guin
1990 Tony Hillerman
1989 Jane Goodall
1987 Stephen Jay Gould
Monday, June 14, 2010
The Minority Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to one doctoral student annually and is intended to encourage members of ethnic minorities to complete doctoral degrees in anthropology, thereby increasing diversity in the discipline and/or promoting research on issues of concern among minority populations.
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Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Maureen Moodie (M.A.-Int. Dev. 2010) is employed by the Neighborhood Farm Initiative (Washington, DC) and its sister organization, DC's Field to Fork Network. She is involved in promoting community gardens, home composting, and similar activities, and helps manage the Field to Fork Network's blog (http://fieldtoforknetwork.org/blog/).
Isaac Morrison (M.A. -Int. Dev. 2009) has joined the nonprofit group Innovation Networks (Washington, DC) as a full-time researcher. The group does research for other nonprofits on their performance, helps quantify their goals, etc. Isaac hopes to also keep teaching anthropology at Montgomery College.
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Melissa Cradic (B.A. Archaeology-honors and Classical Humanities 2010) will attend Cambridge University for M.Phil., after which she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Anthropology at UC-Berkeley.
Robin Clay Lange (B.A. Archaeology-honors and Classical Humanities 2007) has completed her master’s degree in archaeology at the University of Durham and returned to New York.
Ashley Randall (B.A. Anthropology 2009) is back in Michigan after a tour as a Peace Corps community health development volunteer in Burkina Faso.
Jessica Ring (B.A. Archaeology 2010) has entered the Anthropology M.A. program at GW.
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
As Sandra Lopez Varela, president of the Society for Archaeological Sciences, writes: "This prestigious award is named in honor of Professor Emeritus R. Ervin Taylor of the University of California at Riverside for his outstanding contributions in the development and application of radiocarbon dating in archaeological research and dedication to the founding of the Society for Archaeological Sciences. For more than a decade, receiving the Taylor R. E. award has enhanced the career of those who are now prominent young scholars and professionals." In more material terms, the winners receive a free subscription to the SAS Bulletin and a $100 bonus.
After graduating from GW, Dana went to South Africa, where she got a MSc in Archaeology from the University of Cape Town with a thesis on the technology and dating of BaTswana ceramics in northwestern South Africa. She is now a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Arizona. Her dissertation will include the construction of a master archaeomagnetic curve for the last 500 years in northeastern South Africa using optically stimulated luminescence.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Heather Dingwall, a double major in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology, has received a George Gamow Fellowship to study what ancient footprints tell about the origins of human gait. Prof. Brian Richmond is her advisor. Heather is looking forward to going to Kenya, where a team that included Dr. Richmond discovered 1.5-million-year-old hominin footprints at Ileret.
More on Gamow Fellowships: http://www.gwu.edu/~fellcent/gamow.htm
More on Ileret footprints: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/sci;323/5918/1197
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Medical Anthropology will be a 15-credit hour concentration within the 36-hour MA in Anthropology. It will be a very distinct entity within the world of anthropology graduate study, since very few schools have medical anthropology programs and those few seldom offer an M.A. degree. The program is expected to appeal to people who have earned or are working toward graduate degrees in complementary fields, such as Public Health, Public Administration, or Medicine, and who seek to add training in medical anthropology.
The concentration officially becomes available in fall 2011. Interested students should contact Prof. Barbara Miller, email@example.com.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Derek Wildman of Wayne States speaks March 31 on evolutionary genomic perspectives on human evolution
Dr. Wildman has appointments in the Wayne State Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. For more on him and his research, click here.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Location: 1957 E St., room 214
Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for Middle East Studies.
ANTH 104: Archaeology in Film & Television
This course examines archaeology as depicted in fictional and documentary films and television. The seminar setting encourages the development critical thinking skills and examination of various contemporary archaeological issues portrayed in popular culture. Prerequisite: ANTH 3
ANTH 144: Evolution of the Human Brain
Examination of how the human brain is unique in comparison to other animals, with an emphasis on understanding our species’ distinctive neurobiology in relation to the evolution of cognitive abilities such as language, social comprehension, tool making, and abstract thinking. Prerequisite: ANTH 1
This course will be taught by Prof. Chet Sherwood in the fall of 2010.
ANTH 194: Archaeology of Ritual & Religion
This course uses cross-cultural case studies to explore religious ritual practiced in the past. Special attention is given to contemporary methods and theories used to interpret religion and ritual from the archaeological record. Prerequisite: ANTH 3
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Dr. John Michael Vlach
Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, GWU
“‘Then I Went Into It Forcibly’: African-American Creativity in Arts and
Crafts Across Four Centuries”
Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m.
Goucher College’s Kelley Lecture Hall (Baltimore)
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Professor Gail Husch at 410-337-6257 or
Eric H. Cline, Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and a member of the Anthropology Department, received the 2009-10 Student Athlete Professor of the Year Award. Eric was chosen by a vote of GW student athletes and was presented with his award at a basketball game February 25 -- you can see him here on the Jumbotron.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
"Brooks’ high profile in the anthropology arena stems in part from her energy and relentless curiosity—and not a tiny bit from her daring," wrote the Arts and Sciences News Center reporter.
To read the whole feature story, click here.
The interdisciplinary team, which brought together anthropologists from George Washington University (GW) and fracture mechanics experts from NIST, has provided the first evidence that natural selection in three ape species has favored individuals whose teeth can most easily handle the “fallback foods” they choose when their preferred fare is less available.
Lead authors of the article were research scientist Paul Constantino (PhD Hominid Paleobiology 2007) and Prof. Peter Lucas.
For the GW News article, click here.
For the AJPA article, click here.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Twenty-eight GW students worked at the site last summer with Prof. Eric H Cline.
For a detailed report in GW Today, go to http://www.gwu.edu/explore/gwtoday/aroundtheworld/uncoveringanancientcivilization
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
For more, visit her Worldwatch profile.
Suzanne is Senior Anthropology Advisor in the Office of HIV/AIDS in the Global Health Bureau of USAID.
For more: Click here