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Goodman and Honors Presentations 2014

Wednesday, May 14

Presentations will be held on May 14 in 41 Haldeman from 2:00 untol 4:45 PM

Wednesday May 14, 41 Haldeman

2:00 - 2: 30 PM - Archana Ramanujam: Race, Gender and Markedness: Identity Construction at Dartmouth College

This thesis explores how women construct their identities at Dartmouth College around the concepts of race and gender. From narratives of senior women, I discuss how a spectrum of 'markedness' emerges around women's race and gender. I show that at one end of the spectrum, gender becomes the primary identity or 'master status', at the other end race becomes 'master status,' and a more intersectional identity falls in between these two extremes. Advisor: Lauren Gulbas

Wednesday May 14, 41 Haldeman

2:30 - 3:00 PM - Gillian Britton: Microbial adaptations facilitate non-ruminant Theropithecus gelada grazing behavior in northern Ethiopia

Microbiomes refer to microbial communities, including their genomes and environmental contexts and associations. My work examined effects of inheritance and diet on the gut microbial communities of three baboon populations-Papio hamadryas, P. anubis, P. hamadryas x anubis-in Awash, Ethiopia and a population of Theropithecus gelada in Guassa, Ethiopia. Over the summer of 2011 I travelled to Ethiopia and spent a month camping in national parks, following baboon populations and collecting fecal samples for DNA extraction. Advisor: Nathaniel Dominy

Wednesday May 14, 41 Haldeman

3:00 - 3:30 PM - Vivek Venkataraman: Dental Ecology of a Grass-Eating Primate

Chewing efficiency has been associated with fitness in several mammals, yet little is known about the behavioral, ecological, and morphological factors that influence chewing efficiency in wild animals. In northern Ethiopia we measured chewing efficiency in gelada baboons, the only extant grass-eating primate. Chewing efficiency varied according to the toughness of consumed foods and the degree of tooth wear. Despite consuming tough diets, geladas have the highest chewing efficiencies thus measured in primates. Advisor: Nathaniel Dominy

Wednesday May 14, 41 Haldeman

3:45 - 4:15 PM - Adam Kraus: Exclusion and Incorporation: The Changing Healthscapes of the Rural Highland Indigenous in Peru's Sacred Valley of the Inca

How do sociocultural, historical, and political factors shape healthcare opportunities available to and utilized by individuals? After characterizing these individualized health landscapes, this thesis deconstructs perceived dichotomies and explores race, indigeneity, and the "modern" to elucidate a discursive relationship between inclusion and exclusion from larger systems. Ultimately, this analysis informs potential solutions to improve healthcare for the highland indigenous people in the Sacred Valley of the Inca in Peru. Advisors: Alan Covey, Sienna Craig

Wednesday May 14, 41 Haldeman

4:15 - 4:45 PM - Christine Ryu: Maintaining Cosmic Order: Mexica Offerings from Maize to Humans

The Mexica, the dominant ruling group of the Aztec Empire, believed in cosmic cycles of creation and destruction which would lead to the end of their world. In order to delay this end, the Mexica dedicated offerings to their deities, who were capable of maintaining the cosmic order. My thesis integrates the wide variety of offerings across rituals and deities to explore the connections between items and with other aspects of Mexica life. Advisor: Deborah Nichols

Thursday May 15, 317 Silsby Hall

2:00 - 2:30 PM - Ben Nguyen: Self-Ethnography of a Marshallese Health Crisis: An Anthropological Study in Health Education

Over the course of ten weeks, Ben's project involved the processes of ethnography, film, and survey in the hopes of developing better understandings of Marshallese people living in the capital of the Marshall Islands, Majuro. With the use of local research assistants and key contacts of all backgrounds around the coral atoll, Ben was able to develop findings into the Marshallese culture in regards to structures and relationships regarding food, land, social relationships, diet, and health. This project culminated with the production of research reports that were sent around the atoll to local Marshallese as well as facilitators for development in the Marshall Islands. Additionally Ben was able to complete a short film by the name of 'Jouj Eo, Mour Eo' (meaning Kindness is Life). Advisor: John Watanabe

Thursday May 15, 317 Silsby Hall

2:30 - 3:00 PM - Victoria Trump Redd: Cultural Health and the Emerging Middle Class in Carabayllo, Peru

This thesis focuses on members of the emerging middle class in Carabayllo, Lima, Peru. I explore how the struggle for upward socioeconomic mobility, and the new social, economic, and moral dilemmas this brings, have affected them in terms of their "cultural health". This reflects the linkages between individual, family, and community, and affects people's mental, physical, and social health. Aspects of cultural health are seen in consumerism, individualism, insecurity, health effects of stress, and goals of educated youth. Advisor: John Watanabe.

Thursday May 15, 317 Silsby Hall

3:00 - 3:30 PM - Karolina Krelinova: Challenging the mythical nation: Liberal Youth Activism in Belgrade, Serbia

This thesis examines the role of youth in the ongoing struggle between nationalism and socio-cultural Westernization in the post-Socialist world. Specifically, it explores how Serbian liberal youth oppose and strategically reconstruct the dominant national(ist) narratives to promote their agendas within the transitioning society. Based on ethnographic research conducted among the Belgrade-based liberal youth activists in 2013, this thesis explores the activists' deeply personal as well as collective struggles to reframe history, conflict, myth, and nation. Advisors: Sergei Kan, Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera