News From Around The Department

20160205_124447The Department of Anthropology organized a visit to The Field Museum in Chicago this February to see “The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander.” The group of 36 participants included undergraduate and graduate students in Anthropology along with faculty from Anthropology and History and several History undergraduate students. (Photograph, far right: Students in the lobby of the Field Museum)

Dr. William Lovis and alumnae Dr. Marieka Brouwer-Burg released their co-edited book, “Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis in Archaeological Computational Modeling.” (photograph, below left: Dr. Lovis and Dr. Brouwer-Burg with their volume. Co-edited with Hans Peeters, not pictured.)


Dr. Jamal Hanifi (adjunct) presented his paper “The Introduction and Modernist Hegemonic Effect of European football in Afghanistan” to the Departments of Anthropology, History, and the Muslim Studies Program at MSU this April.

Grad Student Nerli Paredes received an NSF Graduate Research Pre-doctoral Fellowship to support her next three years of graduate study. Her proposed research is titled: “Changes in breast milk composition with short and prolonged lactation, and its association with infant health indicators among Maya peoples.”

Grad Student Katie Meyers Emery received the MSU Excellence-in-Teaching Citation Award for her accomplishments instructing students in multiple contexts. This past March she was also featured in Forbes magazine as one of 8 Anthropologists advancing public outreach in recognition of her notable blog, “Bones Don’t Lie.” Read more here.

Grad Student Julie Fleischman won funding from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences’ Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center to oversee a new osteological project at Krang Ta Chan (a former Khmer Rouge mass gravesite in Takeo Province). The grant will allow the Cambodian team to purchase equipment and supplies to analyze and preserve thousands of human skeletal remains from the Cambodian genocide. Julie will serve in an advisory and fiscal role. Read more here.

Grad Student Amy Michael was selected by her peers to recieve the 2016 GSA Peer Award in recognition of her contributions to the Department and Campus Archaeology, as well as her instrumental role coordinating the GSA’s water drive for Flint residents.

20151107_173941Dr. Lynne Goldstein received the Midwest Archaeological Conference Distinguished Career Award this past November (photograph, far right). She was also selected by ANP graduate students to receive this year’s Jacob C. Climo Mentorship award for her ongoing support of graduate students.

This past November Dr. Najib Hourani was invited to speak at the Harvard Arab Weekend on a panel entitled “Reconstruction and Identity” due to his expertise on issues of post-conflict reconstruction. Dr. Hourani also visited Beirut in March to deliver two lectures at the famed American University of Beirut, and is conducting follow up research toward his book project, “Glass Towers and Heritage Trails: Neoliberal Urbanism in Beirut and Amman.” Read more here.

Dr. Barbara Rose Johnston (adjunct) received the Michael Kearney award at the 2016 Society for Applied Anthropology conference in April and delivered the Distinguished Lecture: “Climate Change, Migration, and Biocultural Diversity – Emerging Trends, D/volutionary Tipping Points?” Read more here.

Grad Student Lisa Bright won the Society for California Archaeology Student Paper Competition in March for her paper titled “Differentiating Hospital Interred Individuals from the Larger Cemetery Population: The Curious Case of SCVMC’s Buttons.” She used the presence and absence of specific button types and patterns to classify the individuals interred. Read more here.

Grad Student Emily Riley won GenCen’s 2015 Rita S. Gallin Award for Best Graduate Paper on Women and Gender in Global Perspective for her paper “The Politics of Téranga: Gender, Power, and the Political Equality Movement in Senegal.” The paper is an excerpt of her dissertation. (Photograph, below: Emily Riley, center, receiving her Award at the GenCen reception this past January)

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This article appears in our Spring 2016 newsletter. Read the entire newsletter here.