Spring 2014 Schedule
Graduate Student Manual
FPAN Crystal River
Heritage Research Lab
CAS professor awarded Distinguished Lifetime Award [03.26.2014]
The Society for Applied Anthropology honored University of South Florida professor Alvin W. Wolfe, Ph.D. for his career and professional contributions. The society honored Wolfe on March 21, 2014, with a Distinguished Lifetime Award, the second award of its kind to be recognized in the association’s 70 years.
CAS researchers find additional bodies at Dozier School for Boys [01.28.2014]
Researchers from the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences have located and excavated the remains of 55 people in a graveyard at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys -- five more bodies than previous fieldwork had indicated might be there and 24 more burials than official records indicate should be there.
USF anthropologists help solve murder [01.23.2014]
Sumter County Sheriff’s detectives credit a facial reconstruction sketch drawn by University of South Florida forensic anthropologist Erin Kimmerle as the key piece of evidence in solving a murder case from last year.
Anthropology Celebrates Homecoming with Return
of Two Alumni
The Department helps mark USF Homecoming Week (Oct. 21-25) by welcoming home two successful alumni - Tim McKeown and Jonathan Gayles.
McKeown, a B.A. alumnus who went on for his Ph.D. at Northwestern University, will talk on Monday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. in SOC 159. His talk is titledÂ "In the Belly of the Beast: Cultural Anthropology in the Federal Bureaucracy," and addresses his career as an anthropologist with the federal government. Refreshments provided by the GSO.
Gayles, a 2002 Ph.D. alumnus, is Associate Professor at Georgia State University, and winner of the departments Distinguished Alumus Award for 2013. He presents "Fascination and Fear: American Popular Culture and the Black Masculine Fetish," Â co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute and the Anthropology Alumni Society, at 4pm in the TECO Room, College of Education, followed by a wine and cheese reception.
On Friday, Oct. 25, Gayles will join Department faculty and graduate students for the Annual Research Colloquium, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in EDU 411, which also includes a Department Awards Ceremony and Reception.
All department students, faculty, alumni, and friends are invited to celebrate Homecoming Week!
Please join in congratulating Dr. Alvin Wolfe, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Anthropology. The Board of the Society for Applied Anthropology has decided to award him a Distinguished Lifetime Award, which will be presented at the March 21 SfAA Awards Ceremony in Albuquerque this year.
Joe Evans, a doctoral student in anthropology, is featured in a USF front page story: http://news.usf.edu/article/templates/?a=5633&z=210
USF Anthropologists receive major National Institutes for Justice grant for work at Dozier School. Please see: http://www.nij.gov/
Anthropology Faculty Member speaks at TED Fellows Retreat: Visiting Assistant Professor Christine Lee, who will be teaching in the Department this year, is a current TED Fellow. She is participating in a TED retreat in Britsih Columbia. Iformation about her work is at: http://blog.ted.com/2013/08/19/online-censorship-life-on-mars-and-tiny-robots-19-ted-fellows-give-talks-in-whistler/
Costa Rica Field School Makes Front Page on USF Website. Congratulations to Dr. Himmelgreen and Dr. Romero-Daza, and their talented students.
The research led by Erin Kimmerle and Christian Wells at the Dozier school continues to garner national publicity. Some of the most recent stories:
2013 Summer field school in Costa Rica Video NSF-REU grant funded summer research field school run by David Himmelgreen, Nancy Romero-Daza, and Sarina Ergas, of the University of South Florida.
USF Anthropology's work at the Dozier School featured on National Public Radio
The most recent Anthropology News announced Kevin Yelvington's grant from the National Science Foundation, for which he was also just awarded a supplement that will provide funding for additional graduate student research. See: http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2013/05/24/kevin-yelvington/
Congratulations to Dr. Antoinette Jackson, just elected as Board Member at large for the Society for North American Anthropology (SANA). This will be a busy year for her; she is also a member of the Program Committee of SfAA, which is planning the 2014 meeting in Albuquerque, and is Co-Chair (with Ana Aparicio and Leo Chavez) of the American Anthropological Association's Public Education Initiative on Migration and Displacement, an AAA executive level committee, which also includes Lorena Madrigal. She notes that one of the committee's main initiatives is coordinating with the Smithsonian on AAA representation/participation at the 2015 Folklife Festival on the National Mall.
As always, Department faculty lead the way in national anthropological visibility!
Nancy White recently gave two Public Archaeology at the talks at the Apalachicola Maritime Museum that are available on video. The first, at the museum's Civil War celebration weekend, describes mysterious mounds deep in the lower valley swamps. Years of research finally showed they were Confederate forts built (by slaves) to attack Union boats moving upriver; and their construction even shifted the big river to new channels. The archaeology explores human manipulation of natural environments and the loss of local memory. To watch, visit: http://youtu.be/yZ81UBJECIc
In the second talk, White describes the 12,000-year human record of this northwest Florida region. The drama of discovery includes searches for lost mounds, public programs with artifact collectors and local historians, and long treks through swamps and sloughs to get information on prehistoric native hunter-fisher-gatherers, early maize farmers, historic Indians and Old-World immigrants, and early Americans. Watch at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEe130hfc48
Elaina Graham, an Honors College sophomore double majoring in cell and molecular biology and anthropology, has been awarded a Hollings scholarship. Graham is also the international projects director for Nourish International, where she works to connect with NGOâ€™s in other countries to organize and implement sustainable projects. As a high school student, she was a recipient of the Florida Holocaust Museum Anne Frank Humanitarian Award, which honors outstanding humanitarian efforts by high school students. She hopes to earn a Ph.D. in marine microbiology and research marine organisms to investigate the potential medical and industrial uses of metabolites of marine microorganisms. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include financial scholarships and internships at a NOAA facility.
Sarah Sharfstein, a sophomore with a double major in anthropology and communications, was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship to study intermediate Arabic in Morocco for nine weeks this summer. She plans to work for the U.S. Department of State with a concentration on Middle Eastern countries. A member of Chi Omega where she has served as alumnae relations chair, she has also served as Pan-Hellenic director of community service and Junior Pan-Hellenic president. The Critical Language Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, offers fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and summer language institutes for U.S. university undergraduate and graduate students to study thirteen critical foreign languages for the summer term in locations where the language is natively spoken.
The work of Christian Wells and his students documenting cultural heritage resources on Roatan Island, Honduras, was recently featured in Roatan’s “Bay Islands Voice,” a local popular magazine of tourism, history, and culture for Roatan and the Bay Islands. See the story at: http://www.bayislandsvoice.com/the-day-augusta-%E2%80%98burned%E2%80%99archaeologists-shed-new-light-on-1782-battle-201305288737
Congratulations to Isabella Chan, who was one of two 2013 winners of an Edward H. and Rosamond B. Spicer Travel Awards, given by the Society for Applied Anthropology, in support of travel to present a paper at the SFAA's annual meeting. Isabella is a dual-degree MA/MPH student; her research interests include maternal health, maternal decision-making, the political economy of health, health disparities, the Peruvian Andes, participatory action research, and social justice. For full information about her award, go to: http://www.sfaa.net/spicer/spicerwinner2013.html
Please join me in congratulating three colleagues who will be formally granted tenure at the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting:
Dr. Heide Castaneda: Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
Dr. Daniel Lende: Tenure (he is already an Associate Professor)
Dr. Rebecca Zarger: Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
Many congratulations to all three on their well-deserved recognition. We look forward to many more years with them all!