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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.

EEES Graduate Program Accepting Applications

Dartmouth's new Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems & Society (EEES) graduate program is accepting applications until January 1, 2016.  There are two overlapping tracks of scholarship and training in the EEES program, with one track focusing on Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), and the other focusing on Sustainability, Ecosystems, and Environment (SEE).  Anthropologists interested in human-environmental relations from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives are invited to discuss their interests with participating faculty, including Jessie Casana, Jeremy DeSilva, Nathaniel Dominy, and Laura Ogden, EEES Associate Chair.  Information about the program can be found here:  http://sites.dartmouth.edu/EEES/

Christina Danosi '13 publishes study of Samoan flying foxes

Christina Danosi '13, a modified Anthropology-Biological Sciences major, has published the results of her reading and research courses, Anthropology 85 and 87. Christina spent two quarters in 2012-2013 working with Amanda Melin - who was then a postdoctoral fellow, and is now an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis - and Associate Professor Nathaniel Dominy. Their study, which is published in the Journal of Comparative Physiology A (link), reports on the color vision (opsin) genes of Samoan flying foxes (Pteropus samoensis), a bat species with an anomalous proclivity for diurnal soaring and foraging.

Anthropology Student Receives Scholar Award

Andres G. Mejia-Ramon ('16) was recently awarded a fellowship by the Stamps Foundation to support his project Local Hydrology in Teotihuacan: A Study of Ancient Canals and Water Basins.  Under the guidance of Professor Deborah L. Nichols, William J. Bryant Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College and in collaboration with Professors David Carballo (Boston University) and Luis Barba Pingarron (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) Andres will research hydraulic features at the ancient city of Teotihuacan, Mexico.

With permission of the Instituto Nacional de Antropolgia e Historia, Mexico, Proyecto Altica is supported by grants from the National Geographic Society (Stoner, PI), the National Science Foundation (1424132-Nichols, PI, NSF No. 424184-Stoner, PI), the Claire Garber Goodman Fund at Dartmouth and Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences (Nichols,PI).  Photo Credit: Wes Stoner.

Kes Schroer's takes her "Your Inner Chimpanzee's" class climbing

Joseph Blumberg

Students Go Climbing in the Footsteps of Chimpanzee

Dartmouth’s Kes Schroer has taken her students on an unusual adventure “in order to put themselves into the mind of a chimpanzee,” she says. “Chimpanzees provide a critical counterpoint for understanding the potential uniqueness of human behaviors.

Taking experiential learning to new heights, Schroer shepherded her class into the Daniels Climbing Gym. Enrolled in her course “Your Inner Chimpanzee,” they sought to emulate the experience of our cousins, with whom we share 98.8 percent of our DNA.

At Daniels, the students took to the climbing walls, scaling them in a manner somewhat less adroit than a chimpanzee’s. Schroer, a Neukom Institute Fellow in Computational Sciences and Anthropology, says climbing walls can help students see the world from a chimpanzee’s perspective and think about how adaptations serve these apes in their arboreal forest environments.

Student Studies Prehistoric Canals in a Mexican Metropolis

Joseph Blumberg

Adventures in Archaeology

Professor of Anthropology Deborah Nichols’ approach to education transcends the classroom. “For most students, college offers the first opportunity to take courses about archaeology,” she says. “For some, doing archaeology in the field will be a transformative experience. They learn to dig with trowels, toothbrushes, and lasers while having a legitimate excuse to get dirty.”

Nichols recently facilitated adventures in archaeology for four Dartmouth undergraduates. The students are profiled in this four-part Dartmouth Now series.

Andres Mejia-Ramon ’16 was born in Mexico, and considers Naucalpan, Mexico, and East Longmeadow, Mass., his hometowns. He says the main reason he became interested in archaeology is that he has been surrounded by the ancient Mesoamerican cultures for most of his life.

Undergraduate Searches for ‘Cultures Lost to Time’

Joseph Blumberg

Adventures in Archaeology

Professor of Anthropology Deborah Nichols’ approach to education transcends the classroom. “For most students, college offers the first opportunity to take courses about archaeology,” she says. “For some, doing archaeology in the field will be a transformative experience. They learn to dig with trowels, toothbrushes, and lasers while having a legitimate excuse to get dirty.”

Nichols recently facilitated adventures in archaeology for four Dartmouth undergraduates. The students are profiled in this four-part Dartmouth Now series.

Her first taste of archaeology came from a National Geographic article on Peru. By the time Genevieve Mifflin ’14 of Greenwich, Conn., had reached the tenth grade, she’d decided to major in anthropology in college.

“I must have been a senior in high school when I thought how amazing it must be to unveil cultures lost to time,” Mifflin says. “There was something about the mystery and intrigue of discovery that captivated me.”

Colin Quinn ’15 Digs for Clues About Ancient Nicaraguans

Joseph Blumberg

Adventures in Archaeology

Professor of Anthropology Deborah Nichols’ approach to education transcends the classroom. “For most students, college offers the first opportunity to take courses about archaeology,” she says. “For some, doing archaeology in the field will be a transformative experience. They learn to dig with trowels, toothbrushes, and lasers, while having a legitimate excuse to get dirty.”

Nichols recently facilitated adventures in archaeology for four Dartmouth undergraduates. The students are profiled in this four-part Dartmouth Now series.

It was his high school track and field coach who first got Colin Quinn ’15 hooked on archaeology. Conversations with Coach Jason Paling at Nashua (N.H.) High School South revealed the athlete’s archaeological avocation. Paling is co-principal investigator on the Chiquilistagua archaeological project with Justin Lowry, an instructor at George Mason University. The site, southwest of the Nicaragua capital city of Managua, is located on land owned by Paling’s in-laws.

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