News from Around the Department

Graduate student and PhD. Candidate Susan Kooiman received the 2016-2017 Moreau Maxwell Scholar Award. This award is given to an Anthropology graduate student for an outstanding research contribution in Anthropology. The award is named in honor of the late Professor Moreau Maxwell, who is internationally recognized for his research contributions in Arctic archaeology. This award was presented in recognition of Ms. Kooiman’s two journal articles published in 2016, and co-authoring two more in the year 2017. Congratulations Susan for your recognition.

Dr. Gabe Wrobel and his Central Belize Archaeological Survey project (CBAS) have recently published an article in Antiquity on stone panels they found depicting kings playing a ballgame. This article has been highlighted in several other news sources such as Archaeology Magazine, the UK Daily Mail, Live Science and the Archaeology Channel podcast. The CBAS project is a multidisciplinary effort and the article is authored by several people, highlighting this focus on bringing experts together from all over. Check out all the live links to explore this fascinating discovery.

Graduate student, PhD. Candidate and Graduate Student Association President Caitlin Vogelsberg was awarded one of 20 fellowships by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) for their Graduate Research Fellowship in STEM for the 2017-2018 academic year for her project “Increasing Identifications of Deceased Border Crossers: Investigating Spatial and Skeletal Attributes of Migrant Deaths”. This award will support Caitlin during her dissertation project research and writing phases. Ms. Vogelsberg hopes to complete her dissertation this spring.