Archive

2005

Meredith Small, Anthropology in Media Award recipient and a Cornell University anthropologist, was mentioned in brief items in the business sections of the Ithaca Journal (Dec. 19, 2005) and the Ithaca Times (Jan. 11, 2006).

Scott Lukas, McGraw-Hill Award co-recipient and a Lake Tahoe Community College anthropologist, was featured in an education brief in the Tahoe Daily Tribune (Dec. 20, 2005).

Regna Darnell, Franz Boas Award recipient and a University of Western Ontario anthropologist, is noted on UWO’s anthropology department Web site. The department posted AAA’s press release detailing her award win

Elliot Fratkin, of Smith College in Massachusetts; Benjamin C. Campbell, of Boston University; and John G. Galaty, of McGill University in Montreal, were featured Dec. 18, 2005, in the New York Times story ‘Remote and poked: Anthropology’s dream tribe’ about Kenya’s Ariaal nomads and anthropological studies. The story was subsequently picked up by other newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle.

Eugenie Scott, a physical anthropologist and executive director of the National Center for Science Education, was the subject of a Dec. 19, 2005, article on InsideBayArea.com, an umbrella Web site for several San Francisco Bay-area newspapers. The article, ‘Evolution fight has genesis in Oakland,’ is a profile of Scott’s work with NCSE to keep creationism out of public school science classrooms and as a spokeswoman for teaching evolution.

Pam Frese, professor of anthropology at The College of Wooster in Ohio, was quoted in a recent USA Today story, ‘This is the Google side of your brain,’ about how Google is pervading and impacting our culture, including whether it is changing our notion of memory.

The American Anthropological Association and Ron Hicks, chairman of Ball State University’s anthropology department, were mentioned in a Dec. 19, 2005, story in The Star Press of Muncie, Ind., about former Ball State University associate professor Eric Lassiter, who recently won an award for the book he co-authored, ‘The Other Side of Middletown.’

Chris Stringer, a paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London, was among a team of British scientists that recently published a finding in the journal 'Nature' that suggests that ancient tools found in Britain show humans lived in northern Europe 200,000 years earlier than was previously known. Stringer was quoted in a Dec. 14 Associated Press story about the team’s discovery. Also quoted in the AP article was Alison Brooks, a professor of anthropology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., who was not involved in the study but who shared comments on the finding.

William Beeman, professor of anthropology at Brown University, published an op-ed, 'The revolution begins anew in Iran,' in November on the Agence Global Web site; Agence Global is a specialist news, opinion and feature syndication agency.

Anthony Oliver-Smith, a professor of anthropology at the University of Florida at Gainesville, was quoted in a Dec. 27, 2005, staff opinion piece in The Pretoria News, Pretoria, New Zealand. The piece, ‘Mankind mostly to blame for a changing world,’ reviewed the natural disasters of the past year and how governments’ failure to practice sustainable development contributed to the destruction.

RoseAnna Downing-Vicklund, a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Michigan State University, was featured in a small news item Dec. 27, 2005, in the Lansing State Journal (see ‘School briefs’). The Lansing-Mich.-based newspaper announced Downing-Vicklund has been named a 2005 Canada-U.S. Fulbright Fellow. As a fellow, she will travel to two cities in Ontario, Canada, to explore issues of trust and responsibility with respect to drinking water quality.

An obituary for cultural anthropologist and anthropology professor Michael Z. Salovesh, who died Dec. 7, appeared in the Dec. 26, 2005, Chicago Tribune. Salovesh had taught at Northern Illinois University for 28 years, as well as at Chicago City Colleges, Purdue University and the University of Minnesota. He was 74.

Maxine Margolis, a professor of anthropology at the University of Florida at Gainesville, was quoted in a Dec. 26, 2005, article in The New York Times. The story, ‘Trading status for a raise,’ was about Brazilian immigrants in the New York area and how many are giving up white-collar jobs in Brazil for better-paying work in service areas – such as housekeeping and limousine driving – in the United States.

An obituary for James L. Swauger, an urban archaeologist and retired associate director of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, appeared on The Associated Press wire service over Christmas weekend. KDKA, a CBS-owned and operated TV station in Pittsburgh, subsequently picked up the obituary. Swauger died Dec. 18 at age 92. He was a longtime researcher at the Carnegie Museum and led the excavation of historic Fort Pitt on the Ohio River.

Craig Colten, a professor of geography and anthropology at Louisiana State University, was quoted in a Dec. 25, 2005, story in The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, about the future of planning and development in that city during the next five years. Colten is preparing a history of the city’s levee system for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Ventura Perez, an archaeologist with the University of Massachusetts, is mentioned in the recent RedOrbit.com story ‘Madagascar’s giant lemurs no match for man.’ Perez is among a team of researchers studying what caused giant lemurs to disappear from the island. The team’s research, which appeared in the December 2005 issue of the Journal of Human Evolution (‘Evidence of early butchery of giant lemurs in Madagascar’), suggests the lemurs’ demise was related to the arrival of humans on the island. RedOrbit.com, formerly RedNova.com, is an online news site covering space, science, health and technology.

‘Nip, Tuck, Perm, Pierce, and Tattoo: Adventures With Embodied Culture,’ an Alfred University course taught by Robert A. Myers, professor of anthropology and public health at the Alfred, N.Y., university, is featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Dec. 9 Syllabus column.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports in its Dec. 6 issue (story headlined ‘UW picks book for all new students to read’) that Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Kidder’s book ‘Mountains Beyond Mountains,’ which tells the story of anthropologist/physician Dr. Paul Farmer and his work in global health, has been selected as the University of Washington’s ‘common book.’ Common books are works that the university will ask all incoming students to read before they come to campus in the fall. The introduction of the common book is part of a UW effort to improve the undergraduate experience. The Seattle university borrowed the idea from Butler University in Indianapolis.

Melissa Checker, an assistant professor with the University of Memphis Department of Anthropology, was featured on WNYC's The Leonard Lopate Show Dec. 1, 2005, regarding her book 'Polluted Promises: Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town.' A clip is available; look for the item titled 'Environmental Injustice.' WNYC is a public radio station in New York City and a National Public Radio affiliate.

The Pleasure Principle - AAA past president Walter Goldschmidt was interviewed for Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, November 20, 2005.

Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery, featured Paul W. Draper, The History Channel.

George Baca, an assistant professor of anthropology at Goucher College , Baltimore , published an op-ed in the Sept. 19, 2005, issue of the Baltimore Sun on page 9A ( editorial section). In “A steady withdrawal from responsibility,” Baca comments on the public policy failures in education, health care, transportation and urban services revealed by the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

Base Benefits Don't Add Up In the wake of recommendations by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, Catherine Lutz questions the economic benefits of military bases in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, August 25, 2005.

Campaign in Iran is lovely and real  an op-ed by William Beeman on the Iranian elections in the Providence Journal, June 17, 2005.

Even in Gay Circles, The Women Want the Ring, New York Times, Sunday, May 8, 2005 quotes Christopher Carrington

Guest Viewpoint: Women bear the brunt of an unfair tax policy. The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon. April 14, 2005. Article by Sandra Morgen and Linda Basch.

The research of Gretchen Schafft, author of From Racism to Genocide, superbly described in the Chronicle of Higher Education by David Glenn, May 13, 2005.

Lessons from the Killing Fields of Cambodia: Alex Hinton had an op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor on April 14, 2005. He discussed how on that day all civilian workers were sent out to live in the countryside, joining the peasants in one of the most radical revolutions in history. Please go to the Christian Science Monitor archives for the full story.

Alex Hinton on Lessons from the Killing Fields of Cambodia, Christian Science Monitor, April 14, 2005.

Schiavo's Legacy May Live in Debate, St. Petersburg Times, by Wes Allison, March 27, features Barbara Koenig, medical anthropologist.

Cloak and Classroom, by David Glenn, Chronicle of Higher Education, March 25, 2005. Quotes AAA issues and some members. Can secrecy coexist with academic openness?

Listen to Wisconsin Public Radio's Best of Our Knowledge; Living with cancer with Paul Stoller as  guest, March 20, 2005.

Battle of Teaching Evolution Sharpens, Washington Post, March 14, 2005 quotes Eugenie C. Scott.

George Bush -- the 13th Shi'a Imam, by William O. Beeman, The Providence Journal, March 8, 2005

Edward Green was guest on NPR's Morning Edition on Feb. 24, 2005 on Uganda AIDS Prevention Primarily Due to Condoms and can be heard online.

Toward a Collective Arab Identity, by Dan Rabinowitz, Haaretz, Feb. 16, 2005

How US Missteps Might Misfire Iraqi Elections by William Beeman, article in the San Jose Mercury, Jan. 23, 2005.