Faculty News

Prof. Dominy and Dartmouth Alumni's Paper Published

The paper published in the ISME Journal (International Society for Microbial Ecology) on July 12, 2018, stems from work by two ex-Dartmouth students, Jill Britton ’14 and Katie Amato ’07, and Charles Hansen Professor of Anthropology Nathaniel J. Dominy. Some of the data in this paper was supported by the Goodman fund, when an undergrad grant was awarded to Jill Britton in 2011.

"Evolutionary trends in host physiology outweigh dietary niche in structuring primate gut microbiomes"

3-Million-Year-Old Foot Tells Tales About Our Ancestors

"3-Million-Year-Old Foot Tells Tales About Our Ancestors"

July 10, 2018  by Joseph Blumberg

Analysis of the rare fossil provides new perspectives on walking and climbing.

“For the first time, we have an amazing window into what walking was like for a 2½-year-old more than 3 million years ago,” says Associate Professor Jeremy DeSilva. “This is the most complete foot of an ancient human ancestor or extinct relative ever discovered.”

Click here to read the full article at Dartmouth News.

Quote of the Day - July 9, 2018 Jeremy DeSilva

“Every so often, we find a fragmentary piece of a kid’s mandible, or some teeth. But this discovery is just extraordinary.”

—Jeremy DeSilva, associate professor of anthropology

Click here to read the full article 'Were Our Ancestors Sleeping in Trees 3 Million Years Ago?" published on July 6, 2018 in The Atlantic.


Prof. DeSilva's study featured in National Geographic

A study by lead author, Jeremy DeSilva, published in Science Advances  ("A nearly complete foot from Dikika, Ethiopia and its implications for the ontogeny and function of Australopithecus afarensis") was featured on July 4, 2018, in National Geographic.
The article titled, "Foot of 'World's Oldest Child' Shows How Our Ancestors Moved. The exquisite, 3.3-million-year-old fossil is the only one of its kind ever found", quotes Prof. De Silva “Every fossil gives us some bit of our past, [but] when you have a child skeleton, you can ask questions about growth and development—and what the life of a kid was like three million years ago,” says lead study author Jeremy DeSilva, a paleoanthropologist at Dartmouth College. “It's a magnificent find.”

Click here to read the full article in National Geographic.com

"Virtual Office Hour"

Last October Prof. Jerry Desilva held a "Virtual Office Hour"  (information below from shindig.com)

Jeremy DeSilva, associate professor of anthropology at Dartmouth College, and Briana Pobiner, paleoanthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution, co-instructed a free online course on bipedalism. They hosted their first Shindig event to conduct a virtual office hour, sharing their research on bipedalism and taking questions from the audience.

Attendees of the online course were encouraged to attend the Shindig event, while the event itself was promoted over social media and email and to anthropology students at Dartmouth.

This was the first time the course instructors held a synchronous virtual office hour and it went really well. Attendees were very engaged, with numerous asking questions both over text and onstage to address the group over video.

Click here to see a clip of the "Virtual Office Hour" from shindig.com

Bernard Perley, visiting lecturer

Homepage image by Bernard Perley© 2018

From article of Anthropology news.org "Lewis Henry Morgan" Going Native by Bernard Perley May 23, 2018

Click here to see the article in Anthropology News website. Cite as: Perley, Bernard. 2018. “Lewis Henry Morgan.”May 23, 2018. DOI: 10.1111/AN.874

Bernard Perley is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he teaches courses in linguistic anthropology and American Indian studies. He will be a visiting lecturer during fall term 2018 and will be teaching the following courses:

Himalaya in New York experience

ANTH 32 Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalayas with Prof. Kenneth M. Bauer.

This course introduces students to the peoples and cultures of Tibet and the greater Himalayan region (Nepal, northern India, Bhutan). The cultural, ecological, political, religious, and economic interfaces that define life on the northern and southern slopes of Earth's greatest mountain range are examined. In addition to learning about Himalayan and Tibetan lifeways, students will also be learning about how these mountainous parts of Asia have figured into occidental imaginings, from the earliest adventurers to contemporary travelers.

During spring term ’18 students traveled to New York City to experience "Himalaya in New York".



ANTH 50.23: “DNA, Identity, and Power” by Rick W. A. Smith

Rick W. A. Smith is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Neukom Institute for Computational Science and the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. He is also affiliated with the Indigenous STS Lab.

Rick Smith research merges social and biological anthropology to understand the interplay between power and materiality. He is interested in the ways that social, political, historical, and molecular forces act together in the formation of both human and non-human biology. Smith is especially concerned with the bodily impacts of inequalities across class, race, gender, and ethnic divides. He draws methodological and theoretical inspiration from genomics, epigenomics, archaeology, ethnography, queer and feminist science studies, indigenous feminisms, and decolonialism.

ANTH 50.23: “DNA, Identity, and Power”

Prof. Bauer’s class explores the Connecticut River and its people

"Class Explores the Connecticut River Valley and Its People". May 30, 2018  by Bill Platt.

The students in Kenneth Bauer’s “Conservation and Development” anthropology class set out in three 10-person voyageur canoes from the Ledyard Canoe Club recently for an exploration of the culture and people of the Connecticut River watershed.

During their Saturday on the river, the students observed land-use practices and fishing and boating activities and toured the Town of Hanover wastewater treatment facility with the facility manager Kevin MacLean. Then the group canoed downriver to Kilowatt Park in Hartford, Vt., where they landed and walked to a viewing platform over the Wilder Dam...

Click here to read the full article at Dartmouth News