Department of Anthropology

Anthropology Graduate Student Finds Rare Research Experience on Creighton Island

From the November 2017 Desktop News | If there’s anything anthropology graduate student Cayla Colclasure has discovered in her research, it’s that studying those who have gone before us is an important part of moving forward. Alongside her mentor, Dr. Elliot Blair, Colclasure is doing just that in a revolutionary way on Creighton Island, a privately-owned… Read more »

Infant Size in the Peruvian Highlands

Despite the failed crops, drought, and climate change of recent years, infants in the Andean highlands of Peru weigh more and are taller than ever. “It’s counterintuitive,” said Dr. Kathryn Oths, a professor of anthropology who has been studying the villagers of Chugurpampa for the last 30 years. “But we think we’ve found what’s going… Read more »

To Aid Utilities, Researchers Seek Ancient Floods Near Tennessee River

From the October 2017 Desktop News | With funding from energy utilities, a team of researchers at The University of Alabama are collaborating with peers across the Southeast to understand the frequency and possible size of floods along the Tennessee River that pre-date reliable weather and streamflow records. With a better understanding of floods from the… Read more »

Anthropologist Selected As Leadership Fellow of the American Anthropological Association

From the September 2017 Desktop News | Dr. Lesley Jo Weaver, a medical anthropologist and professor in the Department of Anthropology, was selected as a fellow in the 2017-2018 American Anthropological Association Leadership Fellows program. The fellowship allows three up-and-coming anthropologists a chance to see the mechanics behind the scenes of the AAA, giving them a chance… Read more »

Emeritus Professor Receives International Service Award

From the August 2017 Desktop News | Before knocking on his door, visitors can’t help but take a second to admire the décor surrounding it. The door’s perimeter is surrounded by a collection of artifacts that could only have been collected through a lifetime of travel, including nametags from various conferences, a small shrine to the Virgin… Read more »

A&S in the News: July 16-22, 2017

Giyeon Kim Receives Award Kim earns GSA’s 2017 Baltes Foundation Award: Phys.org -July 17 The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) – the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging – has chosen Giyeon Kim, PhD, of The University of Alabama as the 2017 recipient of the Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation… Read more »

A&S in the News: July 9-15, 2017

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program COLLEGE NEWS: July 9: Tuscaloosa News – July 9 Seventeen college students from a variety of academic programs participated in the summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program in chemistry at The University of Alabama in 2017. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation. The NSF has supported the REU… Read more »

Professor Awarded for Work in Poland

From the July 2017 Desktop News | Anthropology and New College professor Dr. Marysia Galbraith recently returned from a trip to Poland, where she was awarded the Bronislaw Malinowski Social Sciences Award by The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America, or PIASA, at the organization’s annual conference. Galbraith was honored with the award for her… Read more »

A&S in the News: June 18-24, 2017

Maya People Today Dispelling myths about ancient, modern Maya peoples: Publicnow.com – June 19 Think of the word ‘Maya’ and free associate.  Does Mel Gibson’s 2006 film ‘Apocalypto’ spring to mind?  Unless you’re a Mayanist, you’re likely to think of ancient peoples who had a taste for blood and writing skills that were ahead of their… Read more »

Summer Reading List 2017

As you enjoy your summer months, read through these books written by A&S faculty (and one alumnus) from several departments: Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, by E.O. Wilson Written by one of The University of Alabama’s most distinguished alumni, Half-Earth proposes a plan to preserve our planet’s biodiversity.  In order to solve a problem… Read more »