Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The accomplishments of our current and former faculty members

Patty Kelly, a former faculty member studying sex work, has edited Policing Pleasure: Sex Work, Policy, and the State in Global Perspective, a book concerning sex work and policy across the world, and contributed to Nevada Rose, the culmination of a multi-year photography project.

Jeffrey Blomster, archaeology professor, published an article in the May 7, 2012 Proceedings in the National Academies of Science (PNAS) about ballplayers and the ballgame in the Mixteca Alta region of Oaxaca, Mexico. The article, Early evidence of the ballgame in Oaxaca, Mexico, showcases Prof. Blomster’s research into an area not previously studied by archaeologists.

Stephen Lubkemann, a sociocultural anthropologist and maritime archaeologist, was featured in an article about his research in the GW Hatchet in January. He is working along with the Smithsonian Institution on a project focusing on wrecks that occurred during the 18th-century Atlantic slave trade. He hopes that finding and exploring these wrecks will reveal details previously unknown about the slave trade.

Chet Sherwood, a biological anthropology faculty member, recently published an article with GW Speech and Hearing Prof. Francys Subiaul, and Kimberley Phillips, a psychology professor at Trinity University. The article, Curious monkeys have increased gray matter density in the precuneus, was published in Neuroscience Letters. The researchers had capuchin monkeys play with infant toys; after determining the monkeys’ curiosity the researchers measured the monkeys’ gray matter. They found that curious capuchin monkeys have a higher density of gray matter in their brain than their less curious peers. For the entire article see http://www.subiaul.com/pdf/phillips_subiaul_sherwood.pdf

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