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Autumn 2009

From the Chair

Photo of Bettina Shell-DuncanWelcome to our inaugural electronic issue of e-AnthropoLog. We will be mailing a printed newsletter this spring, but our hope is to transition fully to this eco-friendly, budget conscious, forward looking format in the future.

Despite budget cuts, the department has had many exciting new developments this past year. We launched a new Medical Anthropology and Global Health track in our undergraduate curriculum, contributing to a 50% increase in majors in just one year! More tracks are currently being developed, and hopefully will be launched later this year. Read more from Bettina Shell-Duncan.


Partnering with the Pacific Islander Community — In the Classroom

Photo of co-teachers of Pacific Islander courseLecturer Holly Barker, seeking Pacific Islanders to help develop and co-teach the course "Building Pacific Islander Leadership," found the perfect trio right on campus: UW staffers Ink Aleaga and Alejandro Espania, and anthropology alumna Kiana Fuega. The course, praised by students as the most useful they've taken, highlighted indigenous scholars' and local Pacific Islander leaders' efforts to address the challenges faced by their communities. Read more.


The Politics of Nepal's "Health Camps"

Photo of people in line at a "health camp" in NepalIn rural Nepal, "health camps" are short-term medical interventions, stationary or mobile, generally lasting anywhere from a day to a week. Anthropology PhD student David Citrin is studying the political implications of such camps in today's globalized world, including the ethics, limits, and benefits of short-term interventions. Read more.


Zeigler Named Program Assistant
of the Year

Photo of Catherine ZeiglerHad any contact with the Anthropology Department's graduate program over the past eight years? If so, you've probably had the pleasure of working with Program Assistant (and Anthropology alum) Catherine Zeigler. Described by graduate students as “an invaluable source of information, support, and encouragement,” Zeigler was recently named 2009 Graduate Program Assistant of the Year by the UW Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate. Read more.