Dr. Bryce Carlson has authored a paper on diurnal variation in nutrient consumption appearing in this month's issue of the American Journal of Primatology. With co-authors Dr. Jessica Rothman and Dr. John Mitani, Dr. Carlson showed that wild chimpanzees at Kibale National Park, Uganda preferentially consumed 2 common dietary resources late in the day when their nutritional quality was highest. This study suggests chimpanzees may be capable of tracking changes in nutritional composition on the order of hours, not just weeks or months. For more information please click here.
The Anthropology Department is pleased to invite students to submit papers for the 2013 Brazil Abroad scholarship competition. Check out the flyer and find out more information about the program here.
Franco Lai has won the 2013 Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion Graduate Student Award for Research Excellence! Her award-winning paper is titled "Sexualities in Transnational Migrant Circuits: Female same-sex relations among female domestic migrant workers in Hong Kong." For further information about the award click here.
Professor Evelyn Blackwood was recently awarded a Title IX service award as a pioneer, advocate, and mentor in the area of gender equity. Congratulations Dr. Blackwood! Click here for Purdue Today's feature of Dr. Blackwood's accomplishments.
Are you planning on applying to the Anthropology Graduate Program for Fall 2013? Please join us for a visitation day on Monday, October 22 to learn about graduate study at Purdue! For more information and to RSVP, please contact Talin Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Graduate Student Diana Steele has won the 2012 Central States Anthropological Society student paper competition (graduate division) for her paper, "Punarunas and Llamativos: Place-Based Identities of Amazonian Migrant Tour Guides in Cusco, Peru." The award comes with a $300 cash prize. Congratulations to Diana!
High school student, Brooke Benner, a senior at Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, worked with Dr. Michele Buzon, Associate Professor of Anthropology, and MS student, Andrew Baker, on the analysis of muscle markers on bone using a 3-D scanner. This project is part of the Research Seminar Program at Catholic Central where students choose to learn how to conduct scientific research with a research mentor in their area of interest.
The Anthropology Department has lost a colleague. On July 1, 2012, retired professor O. Michael Watson, passed away at the age of 76, from cancer of the esophagus. He died peacefully at home, and his beloved daughters were with him.
He was born in 1936 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Colorado. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he studied anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and earned a BA and Ph.D. In 1967 joined the Purdue University faculty as one of the founders of the Anthropology Department. Professor Watson’s early research focused on proxemic analysis, which he published in Proxemic Behavior: A Cross-Cultural Study (Mouton, 1970). He subsequently turned to visual anthropology, which led to a number of publications and graduate seminars, as well as his production of the classic film Spirit of Ethnography.
Professor Watson devoted his career to the growth of the discipline of anthropology and the department. A renowned teacher and beloved professor, he won numerous teaching awards during his 40 years at Purdue. Generations of students took his love of anthropology and enthusiasm for human cultural diversity along with them as they pursued their many directions. When Professor Watson retired a few years ago, the Department of Anthropology decided to honor him by naming our annual student award the “O. Michael Watson Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.”
Known for his energy and amazing ability to find humor everywhere, he will be remembered for the joy and laughter he brought to so many lives.
Jennifer Studebaker (M.S. May 2012) has just started a new position as Office Coordinator at the Society for Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. She reports that she really likes the position and will be learning a lot about non-profit organization management. Congratulations, Jennifer!
A publication based on MS research by PhD student, Sarah Schrader, is now available online in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology: “Activity patterns in New Kingdom Nubia: An examination of entheseal remodeling and osteoarthritis at Tombos”
Doctoral student Ryan Plis and Dr. Evelyn Blackwood received the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion 2012 award for the best paper in the category of Faculty research. The paper is entitled: Trans Technologies and Identities in the United States. It will be published in Technologies of Sexuality and Sexual Health, Lenore Manderson, editor, Routledge, 2012.
The Spring issue of THiNK magazine features the work of several anthropology faculty members and students. We invite you to check out the news here.
Graduate student Jonas Ecke received the Human Rights Defender Award from the Society of Applied Anthropology (SfAA) for his efforts of combining his research on West African refugees with activism work.
The 2012 Walter Hirsch Award winner is doctoral student Sarah Schrader.
Doctoral student Kyle Jones is the 2012 recipient of the Committee for the Education of Teaching Assistants Award (CETA).
Dr. Evelyn Blackwood and PhD Candidate Ryan Plis recently received an award from the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion.
Verity Whalen received an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant for her upcoming doctoral research in Peru.
Congratulations to undergraduate Emilie Fleagle, the recipient of the 2012 O. Michael Watson Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior.
Congratulations to all seniors who are graduating this year majoring in anthropology and also to those students who are graduating with honors in anthropology—Kevin Jones, Emilie Fleagle, and Maria Rooijakkers.
Left to right-Ellen Gruenbaum, Emilie Fleagle, Dean Irwin Weiser, Maria Rooijakkers
Doctoral student Elizabeth Wirtz was recently awarded a Purdue Research Foundation Grant for her dissertation work "Measuring the Impact of Physical and Structural Violence on Somali Refugee Women's Perceptions of Fertility and Motherhood in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya”
Dr. Evelyn Blackwood and Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer presented papers at the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion's Spring Symposium on March 29, 2012. Papers presented focused on cultural marginalization (Abdul Khabeer) and Trans Embodiment (Blackwood).
Ian Lindsay recently presented a talk at the 2011 Chicago Humanities Festival entitled "Can you Dig It?: Technology in the Archaeological Record." Read more...
The American Anthropological Association’s Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA, formerly the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists, SOLGA) is very pleased to announce that Evelyn Blackwood has been awarded the 2011 Ruth Benedict Book Prize in the category “Outstanding Monograph” for Falling into the Lesbi World: Desire and Difference in Indonesia (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2010). For more information please see the full press release here.
Andrew Buckser has been named an American Council on Education Fellow for 2011-2012. The fellowship involves a placement at another university to study key issues in higher education administration. Dr. Buckser is spending the year in the Provost's Office at Cornell University, where he is focusing on the administrative dynamics of interdisciplinary programs.
Andrew Buckser recently presented a paper on The Anthropology of Tourette Syndrome at the Cornell University Anthropology Colloquium Series in Ithaca, New York.
Join us at the Anthropology Fall Open House on Friday, November 11 to learn about graduate study at Purdue! The event will begin at 10:00am in Stone Hall Room B2 and will include a chance to learn about our MS and PhD graduate degree programs, funding options and faculty research projects. Take a stroll through campus on a guided tour and enjoy lunch with us. For more information, please contact Talin Lindsay (email@example.com). RSVPs requested by October 28.
Wiping Away the Tears Symposium: The Battle of Tippecanoe in History and Memory. Free and open to the public. November 3 - 5, 2011 Purdue University. This symposium marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Tippecanoe by creating an opportunity for multiple stakeholders to share what they know about the history of battle and the events which have taken place in Tippecanoe County over the last 200 years. This symposium will shed light on: the circumstances leading up to the Battle of Tippecanoe, its role in the War of 1812, and the experiences of Native participants, as well as providing an opportunity to discuss how these events are interpreted today.
For more information: http://www.purdue.edu/naecc/wipingawaythetears.html
Dr. Evelyn Blackwood was recently interviewed by The Daily Beast about her research among the Minangkabau in West Sumatra, Indonesia. You can find the full article here:
Dr. Cooper was recently awarded a $512,950 grant from the National Science Foundation's Arctic Social Sciences Program for a 3-year program of research titled "Prehistoric Native Copper Technology in Northwest North America: Innovation, Diffusion, and Heritage."
Dr. Laura Zanotti recently returned from Brazilian Amazon, where she co-taught a study abroad course on indigenous peoples and conservation. Purdue anthropology major Alexandra Furman (pictured here) was among the select number of students that joined the course this year.
Kyle Jones has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Master's Thesis Award. His thesis on hip-hop artists in Peru is titled, "Hip Hop Huancayo: Youth Identities, Performative Sites, and the Politics of Legitimation". Kyle is supervised by Dr. Brian Kelly. Congratulations.
PhD student, Sarah Schrader (with advisor Dr. Michele Buzon), was awarded a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant entitled, “Bioarchaeological Analysis of Diet and Activity Patterns in the Nile Valley."
Don Pattee was the recipient of this year's O. Michael Watson Award for the Outstanding Senior in the Department of Anthropology. He was honored at the College of Liberal Arts Dintinguished Alumni and Outstanding Seniors Banquet on April 8. Congratulations!
This year's recipient of the Ethnographic Essay Award was Jaime Kruis, who wrote about her participant observation of a shabbat service on campus. Her award was presented at the annual Literary Awards Banquet on April 21, 2011
At the Graduate School's annual event honoring graduate student teaching award winners on April 26, 2011, Ryan Plis was honored as the Anthropology Department winner, with Dr. Evelyn Blackwood in attendance.
Dr. Blackwood's exciting new "Community Engagement" course (Anth 392, F '11), which offers students hands-on engagement with Latino communities in Indiana, is featured in the Spring2011 CLA Think magazine
PhD student, Sarah Schrader, was featured in an article about her recent Sudan fieldwork in the Purdue Exponent (article link: http://www.purdueexponent.org/features/article_32f683b4-6949-11e0-bc16-001a4bcf6878.html)
Dr. Laura Zanotti was awarded a Kinley Trust grant to carry out ethnographic research in Barrow, Alaska, an Inupiat whaling community. Dr. Zanotti will work with women in the community to better understand well-being and natural resource management.
Dr. Laura Zanotti presented a talk entitled, "Amazonian Landscapes" as part of Eastern Illinois University's Redden lecture series. Zanotti was hosted by Dr. Donald Holly.
Anthropology Students at Purdue Spring Fest 2011.
Left to right - Patty Glen, Andrea Ochab, Rachel Duttlinger, Anjali Bhardwaj, and Sirisha Kandukuri
Saturday and Sunday April 9th & 10th was Spring Fest. This annual event provides an opportunity for families in the community to learn about a range of topics being studied at Purdue through games and other activities. Members of the Anthropology Graduate Student Organization and Purdue Anthropology Society (undergraduate) organized mask-making activities and were on hand to talk to the public about Anthropology and its sub-fields.
At the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Seattle recently, Elizabeth Wirtz's poster was selected as the second place winner in a large field of presenters.
The Walter Hirsch Award winner for 2011 is Franco Lai. She will receive $1,500 for her research expenses for the project "Sexualities in Travel: Women's Same-sex Relationships among Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong."
Three students along with their faculty mentors received PRF fellowships for next year: Diana Howell, Anjali Bhardwaj, and Jeremy Beach.
We are very pleased to announce the hiring of two new faculty members who will join us in August 2011.
Su'ad Abdul Khabeer is joining us from Princeton University, where her dissertation was on "Hip Hop is Islam: Race, Self-Making and Young Muslims in Chicago." She has also worked in Puerto Rico, Egypt, and Syria, and has a varied background in Spanish, Islamic Studies, Arabic, and international Politics. This fall she will introduce a new course, "Anthropology and Blackness."
Bryce Carlson will be joining us from Emory University. He is a biological anthropologist with interests in nutritional ecology. His dissertation research on on primate nutrition was in Kibale National Park in Uganda, and he has also done research in Kenya. He has expertise on isotopic analysis and will be teaching courses on biological anthropology, hominin/human evolution, and nutritional issues.
Dr. Sharon Williams was featured at "Science on Tap" Series in Lafayette. Recent research suggests that there are significant differences in how humans age across the globe. Dr. Sharon Williams is working with the World Health Organization to examine how the process of aging works in several countries across the globe. She recently presented some of the preliminary results along with research from the U.S. to the community at "Science on Tap."