NSF Picks 17 from Dartmouth for Research Fellowships

Seventeen Dartmouth students and alumni have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF) for 2016, and another nine received honorable mentions. The Dartmouth winners were among the 2,000 selected from 17,000 applicants nationwide.

Aylin Woodward ’15, left, and Nina Maksimova ’15 were on campus when they received the news from the National Science Foundation (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Q&A with Andres Mejia-Ramon '16: Stamps Scholar and Seeker of Ancient Canals

Andrés Mejía-Ramón '16, one of the inaugural Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps IV Leadership Scholar Awards recipients, will soon find out if the archaeological council of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico has granted permission to Agustín Ortiz Butrón, Luis Barba, and himself to excavate features he has been analyzing since 2013. "You'd be surprised", says Mejía-Ramón, "how hard it is obtaining permission to dig. As of late, a lot of the work has been being patient in waiting."

The Stamps Scholar Award has allowed Mejía-Ramón, a physics and anthropology double major, to finance a study of the paleohydrology of the Teotihuacán Valley. Teotihuacán is an ancient Mesoamerican city in Mexico that Mejía-Ramón believes thrived agriculturally through its own intricate system of canals. Using satellite imagery and geophysical prospection, Mejía-Ramón has spent the last two years studying the region to locate these canals. He has worked with Deborah Nichols, the William J. Bryant 1925 Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth, and other faculty from Boston University and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

"Last on the Warpath": The Spirit and Intent of Action Anthropology

On Thursday, April 14 at 4:30 pm (in Rm 315 Silsby) there will be a joint Anthropology/NAS-sponsored colloquium by Joshua Smith entitled:

'Last on the Warpath': The Spirit and Intent of Action Anthropology 

Joshua Smith received his Ph.D. in anthropology last year from the University of Western Ontario and is currently a Post-doctoral Fellow in American Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Smith's dissertation, bearing the same title as his colloquium talk, dealt with the history of American anthropology and its engagement with Native American activism as exemplified by a well-known US anthropologist Sol Tax (1907-1995).

Biological Anthropology—A Series in Five Parts

Dartmouth's Department of Anthropology Presents: Biological Anthropology—A Series in Five Parts

Dr. Jacinta Beehner
Assoc. Professor of Anthropology and Psychology
University of Michigan

Reproductive Suppression in Response to Novel Males: A Physiological Trifecta?

2:00 p.m.
April 29th, 2016
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Nepal Summit Transforms Students Into Anthropologists

A Dartmouth Now article by Bill Platt:

Dartmouth students got a taste of professional anthropology fieldwork when international leaders of government, NGOs, academia, and the Nepali diaspora convened at the College for the Nepal Earthquake Summit last month.

As part of Kenneth Bauer’s class “Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalayas,” the students took detailed anthropological field notes from the summit proceedings, interviewed Nepali participants, and produced a collaborative ethnography of the three-day event.

Professor Casana on BBC Radio

Associate Professor of Anthropology Jesse Casana was featured on BBC Radio earlier this week. Professor Casana talked about archeology and looting in Syria, and his work with villagers who are now internally displaced, living in a camp on the border with Turkey. The interview is an episode in a BBC series called The Museum of Lost Objects.

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"The Museum of Lost Objects traces the histories of 10 antiquities or cultural sites that have been destroyed or looted in Iraq and Syria.

New Evidence of Early Human Activity in the Siberian Arctic

New evidence of early human activity in the Siberian Arctic suggests that humans may have migrated to North America far earlier than scientists first postulated!

Paleolithic records of humans in the Eurasian Arctic (above 66°N) are scarce, stretching back to 30,000 to 35,000 years ago at most. Vladimir Pitulko and the team investigating these sites have found evidence of human occupation 45,000 years ago at 72°N, well within the Siberian Arctic. The evidence is in the form of a frozen mammoth carcass bearing many signs of weapon-inflicted injuries. The remains of a hunted wolf from a separate location of similar age indicate that humans may have spread widely across northern Siberia at least 10 millennia earlier than previously thought.

Please join the faculty of the Department of Anthropology and the Dartmouth Archaeology Working Group when they welcome archaeologist Vladimir Pitulko to campus to describe the incredible discoveries in Arctic Siberia. The lecture will take place on March 4th, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. in Rockefeller 001. 

Professor Kan's Book Wins Joan Paterson Kerr Award

Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies Sergei Kan published A Russian American Photographer in Tlingit Country: Vincent Soboleff in Alaska in 2013. His book recently won the Joan Paterson Kerr Award for the best illustrated book on the American West by the Western History Association. 

Quoted: Kenneth Bauer on the Nepal Earthquake Summit

“One objective for Dartmouth is to walk our walk in terms of being multidisciplinary, spanning boundaries, and getting a full representation of disciplines and approaches to the problem of disaster relief and redevelopment,” says Kenneth Bauer in an Associated Press story, published by The Washington Times and other publications, about the upcoming Nepal Earthquake Summit at Dartmouth.

Bauer is the program manager of human development at the Dickey Center for International Understanding and a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and at the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.

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Conservation after Conflict in Swat, Pakistan: An Italy‑Pakistan Model for Collaborative Archaeology

Luca Olivieri
Feb 3, 2016

Dr. Luca M. Olivieri is the current Director of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan. Since 2011 he has also served as the Director of the ACT-Field School project in Swat (Pakistan) co-implemented by the Mission and the Pakistani archaeological authorities. During his 28 years of field research in Swat he has conducted 23 excavation campaign in seven sites (17 campaigns in the historic settlement of Barikot) and 15 survey campaigns. The results of his field activity have been published in dozens of research papers as well as in several books and reports. His main fields of interest are urban settlements, landscape archaeology, and rock-art.