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Congratulations to Doris Duangboudda for receiving funding for her dissertation project "Consumer Demand in Postsocialist China"

Doris Duangboudda will be receiving funding from the National Science Foundation for her dissertation entitled "Consumer Demand in Postsocialist China"

Suzana Sawyer's newest publication released

Suzana Sawyer co-edited "The Politics of Resource Extraction: Indigenous Peoples, Multinational Corporations, and the State" which was recently published by Palgrave/Macmillan this month.

Andrew Marshall awarded $10,000 grant from the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

Andrew Marshall receives funding for a project entitled "Promoting gibbon conservation in Gunung Palung National Park, West Kalimantan through training and participatory monitoring activities with Indonesian university students and citizen scientists."

Don Donham to join the University of California Humanities Research Institute Residential Research Group in Irvine

Don Donham has been selected to join the upcoming University of California Humanities Research Institute Residential Research Group in Irvine: "Imperial Legacies, Post-socialist Contexts: History, Ethics and Difference in a Neoliberal Age" to convene this fall quarter 2012.

Jeremy Till awarded $500 UC Davis Graduate Student Association Travel Award

Jeremy receives this travel award for his current project entitled "Mechanism vs. Being a Mechanic: Some Thoughts on Isabelle Stenger's 'Ecology'," which was presented and recognized at the American Anthropological Association's conference in November 2011.

2012-2013 NSF-DDIG Award granted to Amy Porter

Congratulations to Amy Porter, who receives an NSF-DDIG award for her project entitled "Cooperation and Conflict in Two Socially Monogamous Primates: Red Titi Monkeys and Equatorial Saki Monkeys."

Congratulations to David Katz, recipient of the 2012-2013 Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fellowship

David Katz receives the Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fellowship for his project "Universality and biological mechanisms of subsistence-driven craniofacial reduction"

Amy Porter awarded Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fellowship for 2012-2013

Amy receives this award for her project entitled "Cooperation and Conflict in Two Socially Monogamous Primates: Red Titi Monkeys and Equatorial Saki Monkeys"

Congratulations to Adrian Yen for receiving three awards for 2012-2013

Adrian Yen receives the Wenner Gren Dissertation Fellowship, the NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant and the SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship.

Professor Smriti Srinivas and her UCSB colleague awarded UCHRI Working Group Award for 2012-2013

Professor Srinivas and UCSB Anthropology and History Professor Mary Hancock recognized for their proposal on "Spaces for the Future: Religion in Urban Place-Making." This proposal brings together 10 scholars from the UC System to convene on this issue within the disciplines of Anthropology, African American Studies, Religious Studies, World Arts & Cultures, History and Asian American Studies.

Professor Joseph Dumit & colleagues awarded a 6 year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

The Interactive and Multi-Modal Experience Research Syndicate (IMMERSe), a collaborative initiative between the Games Institute at Canada’s University of Waterloo and the Humanities Innovation Lab at UC Davis, together with a team of researchers from several other Canadian universities (McMaster, Concordia, Carleton, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology) has won a 6-year, $2.5 million (CAD) grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to study the cultural impact of video games and immersive technologies.

The 2012 Robert E. Park Book Award presented to Professor Li Zhang for her text "In Search of Paradise"

Congratulations to Li Zhang, recipient of the 2012 Robert E. Park Book Award presented to her by the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association for her text "In Search of Paradise". Professor Zhang was also the recipient of this award for her text Strangers in the City.

Morteza Roodgar, Graduate Group in Comparative Palthology student, was awarded the 2012-2013 Clinical and Translational Science Award Fellowship

Morteza Roodgar is mentored by Professor David Glenn Smith. The 2012-2013 Clinical and Translational Science Award Fellowship is funded in part by the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies and the Howard Hughes Foundation.

Congratulations to Cristiana Giordano, the 2012-2013 UC Davis Hellman Fellow recipient

Professor Giordano will receive $20,000 in support of her research.

Ryan Schacht receives the 2012 Best Poster Prize at the Annual Meeting for Human Behavior and Evolution Society

Ryan's poster is entitled "Sex Ratio Effects on Sex Roles: Dads Replace Cads When There Are More Lads" and was honored over 140 competitors comprised of senior faculty to graduate students.

The Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures is one of the featured posts on the UC Humanities Forum

http://uchumanitiesforum.org/2012/05/21/encyclopedia-of-women-in-islamic-cultures-to-reach-larger-audience/. Check it out!

Professor Lynne Isbell's Study on Gender Bias in Science Published in PLoS One

Lynne Isbell's research on the underrepresentation of women in science has been published by the PLoS One Journal.  UCDavis News and Information has also covered the this event and more information can be found here: http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10419

Congratulations to Professor Isbell

Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship awarded to Samuel Rose

Under the supervision of Professor Jelmer Eerkens, Samuel Rose's project on Isotopic Analysis of Dental Calculus: A Possible Nondestructive Method of Diet Reconstruction is awarded $1000.

Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium: 2012 Graduate Summer Fellowship Awardees (2-slides & 5 minutes on their current research)

When Jan 14, 2013
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 273 SS&H (Basement Seminar Room)
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Biodiversity Museum Day! Come learn about the Anthropology Museum and other museums on campus: Saturday, February 2, 1-4 PM

When Feb 02, 2013
from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 2nd & 3rd floor Young Hall
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UC Davis’s second annual Biodiversity Museum Day will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 1 pm to 4 pm. This very successful event, which is held in conjunction with the Sacramento area’s Museum Day, showcases UC Davis’ impressive research collections and museums. This year’s participating museums are:  the Center for Plant Diversity, the Botanical Conservatory, the Geology Museum, the Anthropology Museum, the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology, and the Bohart Museum of Entomology.  Each museum has an impressive research collection that documents the biodiversity of life in California and all over the world whether it is plants, fossils, native cultures, insects or birds. All participating museums have active education and outreach programs, but the collections themselves are not always accessible to the public.  Biodiversity Museum Day is a special day to go behind-the-scenes to learn how research is conducted, and to see some of the curators’ favorite pieces. Visitors are invited to spend time exploring displays, talking with scientists, and participating in fun activities and crafts.

This year’s event can be alternately dubbed “Super Science Saturday,” because these are all science-based collections and the event falls the day before “Super Bowl Sunday.” It is also being held in conjunction with the popular Sacramento Association of Museums’ annual  “Museum Day,”  when all participating museums in the greater Sacramento area, including art museums, history museums and the zoo, area are free to the public.  

Families and people of all ages are encouraged to come out and discover what UC Davis has to offer. The museums are located on the main UC Davis Campus in Davis, California and parking is free. Visitors are encouraged to stroll around the campus visiting the six different collections. All these collections are located inside, so there is no rain date. Maps, signs and guides will be available to help people find their way.

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Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium: Dr. Ramon Ferrer i Cancho, Barcelona, "Statistical Linguistics: Divertimento or Real Science?"

When Feb 04, 2013
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 2203 SS&H (Andrews Conference Room)
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Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium: Dr. John Capitanio, UCD "Personality in Rhesus Monkeys: Some Proximate, Ultimate, and Practical Considerations"

When Mar 18, 2013
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 273 SS&H (Basement Seminar Room)
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Carly Whelan Awarded the 2013 James A. Bennyhoff Memorial Award

Winner of the 2013 James A. Bennyhoff Memorial Award

Congratulations to Carly Whelan (Major Professor--Jelmer Eerkens), just found out she was awarded the 2013 James A. Bennyhoff Memorial Award, from the Society for California Archaeology. One proposal is selected every year from a promising graduate student. This award provides radiocarbon dates, obsidian hydration dates, XRF analyses, and cash ($1000), to support her research on the archaeology of the southern Sierra Nevada region. Congratulations!

Caroline McKusick Awarded The 2013 Halperin Award

2013 Halperin Award

Congratulations to Caroline McKusick for her project: Contested Airwaves: The Politics of Minority Media in Turkey, has been awarded $1500 as a pre-doctoral travel fellowship to support her dissertation research.

Kristina Lyons- Awarded University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship.

University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Kristina Lyons (Major Professor-Marisol) has been awarded a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship. This is a one year non-teaching position renewable for the following year. She will be affiliated to the Anthropology Department and the Institute for Science and Justice at UCSC. She was selected among more than 500 applicants!

Warmest Congratulations to Kristina!

Kristina Lyons- Awarded a Wenner-Gren Engaged Anthropology Grant

Wenner-Gren Engaged Anthropology Grant

Kristina Lyons has been awarded a Wenner-Gren Engaged Anthropology Grant for the summer. This allows Kristina to return to Colombia to share her dissertation with the communities with whom the research was conducted as well as the larger academic/anthropological community this summer.

Warmest Congratulations to Kristina!

 

Maya Costa Pinto- Awarded UCD Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship

UCD Graduate Research Mentorship

Maya Costa Pinto (MP-Smriti Srinivas),  has been awarded a highly competitive UCD Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year! Well done Maya!

Jeremy Foin- 2013-14 Professors for the Future Program

Professors for the Future Program

Jeremy Foin was selected to participate in the 2013-14 Professors for the Future program through Office of Graduate Studies.

Congrats Jeremy!

Naomi Martisius- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Naomi Martisius who has received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GREP).

Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium: Dr. Sarah K. Brown (UCD) "Reconstructing the Evolutionary History of the Domestic Dog: From Village Dog to Ancient DNA

When Apr 22, 2013
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 2203 SS&H (Andrews Conference Room)
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Dr. Sarah K. Brown

Postdoctoral Researcher, Departments of Anthropology and Veterinary Genetics, UC Davis

Reconstructing the Evolutionary History of the Domestic Dog: From Village Dogs to Ancient DNA

In the 15,000 years since the dog (Canis lupus familaris) was domesticated, it has become the most morphologically diverse and widely spread domestic animal. Much about the early history of the dog remains undetermined; in particular, where the dog was domesticated and its subsequent geographic dispersal. This research utilizes rapidly mutating DNA markers, combined with indigenous village dogs to help elucidate where our human companion originated. Our data supports a proximate origin in East Asia with European dogs separating from East Asian stock 5,000 – 8,500 years ago. Additionally, we investigate one of the last human and dog co-migration, into the North American Arctic ~ 4,000 – 1,000 years ago. Utilizing ancient DNA from archaeological bone and modern sled dogs, we help elucidate origins of these dogs and show modern Inuit sled dogs to have retained their ancient genetic signature.

Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium: Dr. Jacob Fisher (Sac State) "Stable Isotopes, Climate and Mountain Sheep Hunting in the Great Basin"

When Apr 29, 2013
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 2203 SS&H (Andrews Conference Room)
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Dr. Jacob Fisher, Assistant Professor/NAGPRA Director, Anthropology, CSU Sacramento

Stable Isotopes, Climate, and Mountain Sheep Hunting in the Great Basin

Identifying the transportation of large game between kill sites and residential bases is necessary for the evaluation of central place foraging. Previous work using skeletal part representation has proven problematic, yet many of the known issues may be bypassed by through the use of stable isotope analysis. Results of strontium, oxygen, and carbon stable isotope analysis on mountain sheep from Five Ringer Ridge, a Fremont Period site in the eastern Great Basin, suggest that over time mountain sheep were acquired from increasingly higher altitudes. Local pollen sequence data show a corresponding elevation change in pinyon-juniper woodlands. This suggests the shift in mountain sheep hunting might be related to climate change and may have important implications for explaining the use of high elevation sites elsewhere in the Great Basin. The application of these methods to the faunal remains from White Mountains sites should further our understanding of prehistoric foraging and the

Ryan Schacht Awarded a Provost's Dissertation Year Fellowship

Schacht- Dissertation fellowship 2013-14

Congratulations to Ryan Schacht who was awarded a Provost's Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2013-14!

Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium: Dr. Gary T. Schwartz "Tales from the Crypt: Dental Development and the Evolution of Human Life History"

When May 13, 2013
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 2203 SS&H (Andrews Conference Room)
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Dr. Gary T. Schwartz

Associate Professor, Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University

 

Tales from the Crypt: Dental Development and the Evolution of Human Life History

 

For over a century, paleoanthropologists have listed the presence of prolonged periods of gestation, growth, and maturation, coupled with extremely short interbirth intervals and early weaning among the key features of life history that distinguish modern Homo sapiens from our extant ape cousins. These facets of modern human biology, in conjunction with our reliance on complex cumulative culture, cooperation, and language, have resulted in our species being described as “a spectacular evolutionary anomaly.” Exactly when this anomalous “life history profile” came to characterize our species is not entirely clear. Researchers have suggested that it appeared either at the base of the hominin radiation (ca. 6 Ma), with the origins of the genus Homo (ca. 2.5 Ma), or much later in time, perhaps only with the appearance of modern H. sapiens (ca. 200–100 Ka). In this presentation, I review evidence of the pace of growth and maturation in the various fossil hominin groups (australopiths, early and later members of Homo) to evaluate the merits of each of these scenarios. New data on the relationships among dental development, diet, ecology, neural biology, and life history in extant primates—from lemurs to gorillas, and even across non-primate mammals—will be presented within the context of general life history theory. Future directions, including new analytical tools and integrative biomechanical and developmental models of facial and dental growth, will be highlighted as they enhance our ability to accurately reconstruct life history from the fossil record.

Jane Saffitz-Awarded R.E.G Grant from NSF

Saffitz-R.E.G Grant

Jane Saffitz has been awarded an REG (Research Experience for Graduate Students) Supplemental grant from NSF to carry out preliminary research in Tanzania.

Congrats Jane!

Adam Liebman- Awarded UC Pacific Rim Graduate Fellowship

Lieban-(2013-14) Awarded UC Pacific Rim Graduate Fellowship

Adam Liebman has been awarded a UC Pacific Rim Graduate Research Fellowship (2013-14) for his dissertation project: "Turing Trash into Treasure: Waste and Environmentalism in Postsocialist China."

Congrats Adam!

Mark Grote-Awarded the Social Sciences Dean's Staff Accomplishment Award for 2013

Grote-Dean's Staff Accomplishment Award for 2013

Congratulations to Mark Grote who has been Awarded the Social Sciences Dean's Staff Accomplishment Award for 2013. This award acknowledges a staff member who has displayed exceptional leadership and accomplishment in supporting the mission of the university in research/scholarship, teaching and service.

 

Congrats again Mark!

Marisol De La Cadena-President of the Society for Cultural Anthropology

President of the Society for Cultural Anthropology

Marisol de la Cadena been elected president of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, one of the two largest AAA sections. Congratulations!

Christyann Darwent- Awarded a National Science Foundation Grant

Darwent-Awarded a National Science Foundation Grant

Christyann Darwent has been awarded a National Science Foundation Grant by the Office of Polar Programs, Arctic Social Sciences, for Genetic Analysis of Indigenous Dogs from Siberia to Greenland: Implications for Interactions among their Human Companions. PI, Christyann Darwent; co-PI Ben Sacks, Veterinary Genetics, UCD (August 1, 2013 – July 31, 2014)

 

Jelmer Eerkens- Awarded a National Science Foundation Grant

Eerkens- Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

Jelmer Eerkens has been awarded a National Science Foundation Grant for Demographic Transitions in Central California Prehistory. It is a collaborative grant with Eric Bartelink of CSU Chico.

Nicolas Zwyns- Awarded a Leakey Foundation Grant

Zwyns-Leakey Foundation Grant

Nicolas Zwyns has been awarded a Leakey Foundation Grant for his project, On the trail of the Initial Upper Paleolithic: excavation at the site of Tolbor 16 (Northern Mongolia).

Teresa Steele- Awarded a National Science Foundation Grant and a Leakey Foundation Grant

Steele- Awarded a National Science Foundation Grant and a Leakey Foundation Grant

Teresa Steele has been awarded a National Science Foundation Grant and Leakey Foundation Grant for her continuing work at Varsche Rivier 003: A New Middle Stone Age Site (southern Namaqualand, South Africa). Congratulations!!!

Kregg Hetherington-Guerilla Auditors awarded honorable mention.

Hetherington- Sharon Stevens Book Prize

Sharon Stevens book Prize has awarded Kregg Hetherington's book Guerilla Auditors an honorable mention for first books from the Ethnological Society. A prize and honorable mention will be presented at the AES business meeting at AAA in Chicago in November.

Laura Meek- NSF Dissertation Grant

NSF-Laura Meek

NSF dissertation grant was given to Laura Meek for conduct research on the uses of antibiotics in Iringa, Tanzania!

Congratulation Laura!

UC Day in D.C.: Roodgar talks up translational science

PHD Graduate Student Morteza Roodgar visits D.C talks up translational Science

Morteza Roodgar PHD Graduate Student recently visited the nation’s capital. He worked the halls of Congress as a participant in the annual UC Day in D.C. He met with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and Sacramento-area Reps. Ami Bera, John Garamendi and Doris Matsui.

His work is interdisciplinary, in the Molecular Anthropology Laboratory, where his major adviser, anthropology professor David Glenn Smith, is the principle investigator; at the California National Primate Research Center; in the Biological Safety Level 3 lab at the Center for Comparative Medicine; and in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the School of Medicine (Genome and Biomedical Science Facility). Faculty members in the Clinical and Translational Science Center are also involved in his project.

For more information regarding his visit please see attachment below.

 

http://dateline.ucdavis.edu/dl_detail.lasso?id=14574&fu=083013

Kim VanderWaal in the news.

VanderWaal- Dissertation Research on free-ranging giraffes in Kenya

Kim VanderWaal, former graduate student of Lynne Isbell, traveled to Kenya to develop ways to map disease transmission patterns in wildlife.

For more information regarding her dissertation

please follow link below.

 

http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whatsnew/article.cfm?id=2753

Lynne Isbell receives new NSF grant

Isbell- New NSF grant

Lynne Isbell has received a grant from the NSF for her new project, titled "Spatial Ecology of Predator-Prey Relationships in East Africa".  The study will investigate the risk and rate of predation by leopards on baboons and vervets by monitoring their movements using GPS collars.

Neandertals beat humans to the toolbox

Neandertals beat humans to the toolbox

UC Davis research finds Neandertals, not modern humans, made first specialized bone tools in Europe.

 

To read full article please follow link below.

 

http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10713&dn=092413

Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium: Dr. Adrian Jaeggi

When Oct 07, 2013
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Where SS&H 273 (Basement Seminar Room)
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Speaker: Dr. Adrian Jaeggi, Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Santa Barbara

 

Talk: Cooperation in Humans and Other Primates

Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium: Dr. Raven Garvey

When Oct 14, 2013
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Where SS&H 273 (Basement Seminar Room)
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Speaker: Dr. Raven Garvey, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

 

Talk: Human behavioral adaptations to environmental extremes: Evidence from prehistoric northern Patagonia

Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium: Dr. Steven Rosen

When Oct 02, 2013
from 12:10 PM to 01:30 PM
Where SS&H 2273 (Andrews Conference Room)
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Speaker: Dr. Steven Rosen, Professor of Archaeology, Ben Gurion University of Negev, Israel

 

Talk: Revolution in the Desert: The Rise of Desert Pastoralism and the Cult in Negev

Monique Borgerhoff Mulder receives new NSF grant

Monique Borgerhoff Mulder has been awarded $249,153.00 from NSF Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (IBSS) for a project called "The Nature of Wealth, Wealth Inequality, and the Polygyny Paradox", with Sam Bowles (Santa Fe Institute) and Rob Boyd (Arizona State).

Lynne Isbell has been awarded a NSF grant

Lynne Isbell- NSF Grant

Lynne Isbell has recently been awarded an NSF grant for $303,479 to conduct a field project in Kenya focusing on determining the intensity of predation by leopards on primates using GPS technology.  Title: Spatial ecology of predator-prey relationships in East Africa.

Suad Joseph's Book Published: Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures: Disciplinary Approaches and Paradigms 2003-2013

Joseph- New edited book

Suad Joseph's new edited book has been published: Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures:  Disciplinary Approaches and Paradigms 2003-2013.  (Leiden:  Brill, 2013)

Li Zhang- Appointed to 6yr term on Scientific Advisory Board for Social Anthropology

Zhang- Appointed 6 year term on Scientific Advisory Board for Social Anthropology

Li Zhang has been appointed by the President of the Max Planck Society on the scientific advisory board (on a six-year term) of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany.

Laura Meek- Received a Wenner Gren Grant

Wenner Gren Grant-Meek

Laura Meek has received a Wenner Gren grant for her research on the meanings and uses of antibiotics in Tanzania!  This is in addition to the NSF grant she received in spring.  A big congratulations in to Laura! Well done!

Adam Liebman-Awarded Wenner-Gren dissertation Grant

Liebman-Wenner Gren Dissertation Grant

Adam Liebman has received a Wenner Gren dissertation grant to support his research project, "Turning Trash into Treasure" in China.  This is in addition to his UC Pacific Rim Fellowship.

 

This is really great news and we are all very happy for Adam!

Meg Crofoot- Awarded Wenner-Gren Engaged Anthropology Grant

Wenner-Gren Engaged Anthropology Grant awarded to Crofoot

Meg Crofoot has been awarded a Wenner-Gren Engaged Anthropology Grant  for a project titled:  The Jungle in the Back Yard .  It will bring 250 Panamanian school kids on field trips to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute field station on Barro Colorado Island.  School groups will explore the rainforest with trained educators and guides from the Smithsonian's visitor's program, and get a chance to meet and talk to scientists working at the station.

Congratulations!!!

Lynne Isbell interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered on October 28, 2013.

Lynne Isbell- NPR -All Things Considered OCTOBER 28th, 2013

Lynne Isbell's recent publication of a paper in PNAS in which she and her co-authors describe neurons in the primate visual system that are highly sensitive to snakes has generated renewed media attention to her theory about snakes and how they've affected our evolution.  Among other venues, she was interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered on October 28 (http://www.capradio.org/news/npr/story?storyid=241370496).

 

Well done and congratulations!

Suad Joseph- Awarded grant by the Open Society Institute Training for Gender Research

Grant Awarded to Suad Joesph by the Open Society Institute Training for Gender Research

Suad Joseph has been awarded a grant by the Open Society Institute Training for Gender Research.  It will train junior professors in Arab  public Universities in proposal writing and research design for gender research ; it offers them seed funds for their research and mentoring over a two-year period of design, research, analysis, write-up and publishing research results.

Congratulations to Suad!

Congratulations to Andrew Marshall, who was selected as a 2013 Chancellor's Fellow

Andrew Marshall, Department of Anthropology — “He pursues questions of deep theoretical significance, and of vital applied importance, such as the conservation of great apes,” Dean George Mangun wrote in his nomination letter. “His approach is to apply the modern tools of theoretical ecology. This allows him to address issues of public importance while remaining engaged with basic research in population biology.” In his teaching, Marshall is “industrious and admired,” and in his service to the campus and the international community of science, he goes beyond what is normally expected of someone of his rank, Mangun wrote. In recommending him for a chancellor’s fellowship, the dean cited Marshall’s research productivity, ability to maintain an overseas field site (in Asia), and active service and participation in the intellectual life of UC Davis. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard (2004) and joined the UC Davis faculty in 2007.

The Title of Chancellor's Fellow is held for 5 years and comes with a $25,000 prize.

He joins previous Anthropology Chancellor's Fellows: Richard McElreath (2007) and Li Zhang (2004)

Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium: Dr. Leo Polansky (Max Planck Inst.) "Detecting cognition in movement: Elephants and chimpanzees"

When Feb 03, 2014
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 273 SS&H (Basement Seminar Room)
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Storer Lecture: Dr. Patricia Wright (SUNY Stony Brook), "Lessons from the Lemurs: Senescence in Madagascar"

When Feb 24, 2014
from 04:10 PM to 05:30 PM
Where AGR Room - Alumni Center
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Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, professor emerita of anthropology and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, has been selected to receive the academy’s 2014 Award for Scientific Reviewing, this year recognizing achievement in the category of human-biosocial in

Sarah Blaffer Hrdy received 2014 Award for Scientific Reviewing, this year recognizing achievement in the category of human-biosocial interactions.

 

Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, professor emerita of anthropology and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, has been selected to receive the academy’s 2014 Award for Scientific Reviewing, this year recognizing achievement in the category of human-biosocial interactions.

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Suad Joseph -Recipient of the 2014 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement.

2014 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement to Suad Joseph.

Saud Joseph has been awarded the 2014 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement.

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TEACHING PRIZE WINNER IS A GARDENER WHO SOWS WISDOM IN THE CLASSROOM

 

In her garden, University of California, Davis, anthropologist Suad Joseph has propagated more than 140 different varieties of fruit trees, assorted grapes, herbs and other vegetables -- many grown from her own seeds and cuttings that she has collected. She shares the bounty, and her well-known cooking, with friends, colleagues and her students.

 

In her classroom, she propagates students in much the same way as her white Kadota figs and summer savory -- urging her students to flourish by reading voluminous texts, coaxing them to look at each situation through a different lens, and teaching them what it means to be "human," her students say.

 

"There was nothing else for me but teaching; that is all I ever wanted to do," said Joseph. She is still in touch with her fifth-grade teacher and several of her undergraduate professors. She was brought up to value education, and teachers, above all things, she said. Joseph was recognized for her teaching, scholarship and service when UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi surprised Joseph's "Gender in the Arab World" class today to announce that she is the recipient of the 2014 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement.

 

Established in 1986, the prize was created to honor faculty who are both exceptional teachers and scholars. The $45,000 prize is believed to be the largest of its kind in the country and is funded through philanthropic gifts managed by the UC Davis Foundation. The winner is selected based on the nominations of other professors, research peers, representatives from the UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees, and students.

 

With the professor's students and UC Davis officials looking on, Katehi surprised Joseph and her class with a fruit-filled cake.

 

"Professor Joseph has a gift for connecting with students -- she challenges, invites, follows and leads them to thoughts and ideas they may not have encountered. In her class, students learn to think critically and solve problems, not just learn the subject matter.

This is good teaching," said Katehi, in presenting the award in front of Joseph's students.

 

"The UC Davis Foundation is honored to present this award to Professor Joseph who exemplifies the wonderful professors we have on the campus and illustrates why UC Davis is such an amazing place,"

said UC Davis Foundation Chair Bruce Edwards '60. "The UC Davis Foundation is also proud to support this award because it promotes and celebrates stellar undergraduate instruction at UC Davis."

 

Created programs, majors and courses

 

Joseph has not only taught, but created subjects to teach. She founded the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, which welcomed its first declared majors in 2008, at a time when the study of that part of the world was particularly poignant -- and it remains so today. She "put UC Davis on the map" for study of the region, said George R. Mangun, dean of the Division of Social Sciences, which includes the Department of Anthropology. Joseph also has introduced many of the two dozen courses she has taught in 38 years -- five of those in the past three years. She has introduced minors, the study of Arabic and Urdu languages, a lecture series -- and cultivated donors to fund some of those programs. She has raised nearly $5 million in research grants and over $2 million in teaching/curricular development in the past decade.

 

Born in Lebanon, the youngest of seven children -- all of whom achieved advanced degrees -- Joseph and four brothers and two sisters were taught to put schooling first by their parents who were unskilled laborers. Her mother, Rose Haddad Joseph, could not read or write. If not for the presence of State University of New York, Cortland, in the town where she grew up, she fears that she may not have been able to achieve a college education. Her conservative parents, she said, would not have allowed their daughter to go away to school. She, however, did go on to complete graduate school, studying anthropology at University of Pittsburgh and then at Columbia University, where she achieved her doctoral degree in anthropology.

 

Her early education also informed her respect and love for public education -- one she passed along to her daughter, Sara Rose Joseph Mitchell, who graduated from UC Davis in 2012 and even got married to her UC Davis graduate groom on the UC Davis campus last summer.

 

Joseph as mentor

 

Joseph came to UC Davis in 1976, when, she said, one could personally know almost all of the women faculty because there were so few. Today there are nearly 1,000, and they make up more than one-third of the faculty.

 

"There was no women's studies, no Middle East/South Asia studies.

Anthropology was half its present size," she said. "Yet there were colleagues, especially senior women scholars ... who made it their job to guide and mentor junior women faculty through the academic system."

 

Joseph has continued to mentor women students and faculty, seeing it as not only a duty but a passion. As a tribute to her dedication, she received the Consortium for Women and Research Graduate Mentorship Award, as well as the UC Davis Diversity Award, and the Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award.

 

One of the women who has looked to Joseph for guidance in her scholarship, teaching and life is Nadine Naber, an associate professor of gender and women's studies and Asian American studies at University of Illinois, Chicago. Naber achieved her doctorate in cultural anthropology at UC Davis in 2002.

 

"If one of the main problems with U.S. academia is the isolation women of color disproportionately face, Professor Joseph's role was to build a space for us to thrive, open up possibilities for us, and model for us the feminist principle 'lift while you climb.'"

 

Joseph carries on the tradition of mentorship partly as a tribute to what she has gained at UC Davis. "Davis is the place I grew up, academically, nurtured by unbelievably committed senior scholars, especially women scholars. I'm profoundly indebted to UC Davis for inviting me to make my academic 'home' here."

 

Teaching and scholarship, work in the Middle East

 

Li Zhang, department chair in anthropology, described Joseph's teaching style in a letter recommending Joseph for the teaching prize. "If one is truly open to the dialogue, one cannot predict the outcome of a give and take that aspires to be non-hierarchical and that engages students with each other as much as with the professor.

When it works well, it is magical, electrifying, unsettling and inspiring... . The impact is that students learn how to think critically, rather than just learn the 'stuff' of the course."

 

Her students call her engaging. "The best class and the best professor I have had here at UC Davis," wrote one sophomore female student in an evaluation. "If I could take every class with Professor Joseph, I would."

 

"Her lectures were excellent. They went a long way in clarifying the reading material," wrote another.

 

Joseph also excels in scholarship. She has published eight edited or co-edited books and has five edited or co-edited books in preparation. She has published six print volumes and eight online supplements of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, of which she is general editor. She has authored hundreds of articles.

 

Joseph is internationally known in the field of Middle East studies; has served as the president of the leading scholarly organization in the field, the Middle East Studies Association; and has founded scholarly organizations -- the Association for Middle East Women's Studies, the Arab Families Working Group, the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association; and co-founded the Arab American Studies Association and the Association for Middle East Anthropology.

 

In 2001, while director of the UC Education Abroad Program in Egypt, Joseph founded a consortium for graduate student and faculty research that grew to five universities. Joseph has brought together other overseas projects, and has co-organized a trip to Dubai for Katehi in March, where the presidents of the four partner universities will discuss future projects with UC Davis.

 

In one of her many book projects, undergraduate and graduate students have worked with Joseph for a decade analyzing representations of Arab and Muslim Americans, Arabs, Muslims and Islam in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. She mentored graduate and undergraduates in a book project analyzing how Muslim women and the "veil" are portrayed in the New York Times over three decades.

 

The academic achievement Joseph said she values most is her founding of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program. "It has attracted community members to campus across heritages," she said. "It has joined students, faculty, administration, and communities in a most unusual collaborative project to institutionalize academic degrees and scholarly programming whose impact will endure far beyond any one of us."

 

Editor's note: Photos of the award presentation will be available online soon at: <http://photos.ucdavis.edu/albums.php?albumId=345220>.

 

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Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium: Dr. Paul Szpak, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, "Isotopic Perspectives on Human-Animal Interactions"

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Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium Series

Winter 2013*

Monday at 4:10 pm in 273 SS&H

March 17, 2014

Dr. Paul Szpak

Post-doctoral Scholar, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

Isotopic Perspectives on Human-Animal Interactions

Zooarchaeological analyses of animal remains recovered from archaeological sites have been, and continue to be, largely focused on reconstructing the circumstances under which animals came to die and become incorporated into the archaeological record. If our goal in zooarchaeological research is to better understand human-animal and human-environment interactions, we must shift our focus away from animal deaths and towards animal lives. Stable isotope analysis of animal tissues offers one means of doing so by providing insight into how animals lived: the foods they consumed and the types of habitats in which they lived. I illustrate the potential of these techniques with two case studies from my research, one involving the interactions between humans, sea otters, and kelp forest ecosystems in coastal British Columbia, and one involving the herding of llamas and alpacas in the Peruvian Andes.


* Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, UC Davis

Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium: "The Last Neanderthals and the Middle to Upper Paleolithic Transition in Europe", Dr. Damien Flas, FNRS-ULG Belgium

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Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium: Dr. Angela Perri, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, "Dogs as Weapon Technology: Their Role in Prehistoric Hunting Groups."

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Evolutionary Anthropology Colloquium Series

Spring 2014[*]

 

Monday, April 21st

4:10 pm in 273 SS&H

 

Dr. Angela Perri

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Human Evolution - Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany)

 

Dogs as Weapon Technology:

Their Role in Prehistoric Hunting Groups



[*] Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology

Exit Seminar: "Origin and Dispersal of Rhesus Macaques with a Special Emphasis on Bangladesh", Md Kamrul Hasan, Molecular Anthropology

When May 05, 2014
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Exit Seminar: Ryan Schacht, "Reproductive Decision Making among the Makushi of Guyana (and beyond)", Anthropology, UC Davis

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Cristiana Giordano awarded a 2014-15 Faculty Development Award

Giordano- Faculty Development Award.

Cristiana Giordano has been awarded a 2014-15 Faculty Development Award.

Susana Sawyer awarded a 2014-15 DHI Faculty Research Fellowship.

Sawyer-2014-15 DHI Faculty Research Fellowship.

 

Susana Sawyer has been awarded a 2014-15 DHI Faculty Research Fellowship.

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