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Spring 2010

From the Chair

Photo of Bettina Shell-DuncanHaving shifted to an electronic format for AnthropoLog, we are now pleased to deliver another issue with an array of stories on happenings in the Department of Anthropology. This is wonderful since we have so much exciting news to share, including faculty promotions, prestigious faculty awards, and student achievements Read more from Bettina Shell-Duncan.


Swindler Fellowship Off to a Great Start

Photo of Swindler fellows, Jerusha Achterberg and Kathy WanderThe Daris Swindler Endowed Fellowship in Biocultural Anthropology supported its first two graduate students this winter, with the inaugural awards marked by a lovely reception. Recipient Jerusha Achterberg (left) examines the co-evolution of humans and infectious disease from a population-based evolutionary theory standpoint; recipient Kathy Wander (right) investigates the development of the immune system and the early life environment among children in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Read more.


Food for Thought — In Rome

Photo of Campo Market, RomeWhen Anthropology Professor Ann Anagnost and Geography Professor Lucy Jarosz led a study abroad program in Rome last fall, food topped the agenda. Through a project-based curriculum, students in “The Culture and Politics of Food in Italy” learned how Rome’s green markets and artisanal food producers are adapting to growing competition from supermarkets and industrialized agriculture. The students also used their study of Rome’s farm-to-school program to craft policy statements for improving the quality of lunch programs in the U.S. Read more.


Health Initiative Explores Men's Shorter
Life Spans

Photo of Kathy O'Connor taking blood in the labEver wonder why females live longer than males? Although researchers have uncovered partial answers, both biological and social, it is not clear which are the most important or why. A new research venture based in the Department of Anthropology seeks to start putting some of those pieces together. The project, Health Initiatives for Men, is a collaborative effort involving departmental faculty, staff, students, and alumni, in partnership with Premera Blue Cross, with study participants drawn from Premera’s staff. Read more.