Archive

2006

Kendall Blanchard, a professor of business and anthropology atFort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., was named a finalist for vice president and chief executive officer for the University of South Florida at Lakeland, according to a Jan. 30, 2006, story in The (Lakeland, Fla.) Ledger. The story was headlined "Final 4 for USF post to visit area." Blanchard is also a former president of Fort Lewis College.

Chuck Darrah, an anthropology professor at San Jose State University , was quoted in a Jan. 30, 2006, column in the San Jose Mercury News. "We do not adjust our TV sets" examined why San Francisco Bay Area sports fans watch football to the exclusion of other sports, unlike other regions of the country. Darrah was among the sources asked to explain the phenomenon.

Richard Handler, an anthropology professor at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville , was quoted in a Jan. 27, 2006, article in The Cavalier Daily, U.Va.'s campus newspaper. "What is science?" explored definitions of science, its effects and its future. Handler's comments explained the scientific nature of anthropology.

Deborah Tannen, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University , was a guest on The Diane Rehm Show Jan. 24, 2006. The show airs nationally on public radio via WAMU in Washington, D.C. Tannen talked about her book "You're Wearing That?" and about her research on mother-daughter conversational dynamics. Tannen also recently had two articles published about mother-daughter conversations and relationships. "Oh, Mom. Oh, Honey" appeared on page B1 of the Jan. 22, 2006, Washington Post Outlook section; and "My mother, my hair" ran Jan. 24, 2006, in the Los Angeles Times opinion section. Text of these articles is available for reading on Tannen's Web site, www.georgetown.edu/faculty/tannend/popular.htm. Tannen's book was also featured Jan. 25, 2006, on National Public Radio's Morning Edition.

Fadwa El Guindi, a professor of anthropology at the University of Qatar (on leave from the University of Southern California) and director and research anthropologist of El Nil Research in Los Angeles, had a brief item published in the February 2006 issue of Playboy magazine. The item is in response to a November 2005 article by Phyllis Chesler about Arab and Muslim women. El Guindi is author of "Veil: Modesty, Privacy and Resistance" and co-editor-in-chief of the new journal "Contemporary Islam: Dynamics in Muslim Life." Her expertise on the Middle East has been sought out by President Bill Clinton, the U.S. Senate and the media. Chesler is an emerita professor of psychology and women's studies and a psychotherapist. She has organized human rights campaigns worldwide, including in the Middle East, and has spoken in the media about anti-Semitism and Islamic gender apartheid. The piece El Guindi submitted to Playboy stated that the "widespread ignorance about Islam, Muslim women, Arab culture and civilizational history breeds provincial attacks on women, academics, and political freedom, stereotypical claims about gender apartheid, and extremist thinking about other cultures, such as that expressed by [Chesler] in Gender Apartheid.Painting women and feminists worldwide as helpless is against international solidarity." El Guindi also was quoted as a critic of Chesler's new book, "The Death of Feminism," in a Feb. 1, 2006, Chicago Tribune article about the book; the article was headlined "A feminist's case against Islam."

The experiences of Julian Orr - an anthropologist who has worked for Xerox, researching the company's technicians and managers - were mentioned in a Jan. 23, 2006, In the Lead column in the Wall Street Journal. "Companies struggle to pass on knowledge that workers acquire" appeared on the front page (B1) of the newspaper's Marketplace section.

James Boster, an anthropology professor with the University of Connecticut, was quoted in a recent Associated Press wire story about the 1956 massacre of missionaries by the Waodani people. The story was picked up Jan. 23, 2006, by The Missoulian (Missoula, Mont.) newspaper and published in its Religion section under the headline "Killer to comrade." Other newspapers nationwide also ran the wire story, including the Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.).

Blair Rudes, a linguist with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, was featured in a Jan. 22, 2006, story in The Charlotte Observer about his work recreating Algonquin for the film "The New World." Ives Goddard, a curator for linguistics and anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution, was also mentioned in the article, "UNCC linguist Blair Rudes helps cast of movie learn the Algonquin tongue he resurrected."

Barbara Feezor Buttes, a Minnesota-based anthropologist, was quoted in a recent Associated Press wire story that appeared in the Jan. 22, 2006, issue of The Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.). "Tribal claims gain in momentum: Casino profits at stake in excluded Indians' suit" included a mention of Buttes' effort to identify "lineal descendants" of the Loyal Mdewakanton. The story was also picked up by KARE-11, a Minneapolis/St. Paul television station, and appeared on the station's Web site under the heading "Minnesota lawsuit over Indian trust land opens old wounds." A related Associated Press story, "Sioux seek identity and riches owed," was published Feb. 12, 2006, in The Miami Herald.

Michael Silverstein, a professor with the University of Chicago Department of Anthropology, was featured in a recent commentary in Education Guardian, a supplement of the British newspaper The Guardian. "Why we are as good or bad as our language" was written by Jan Blommaert, chairman of languages in education at the University of London's Institute of Education. The piece discussed a reinstated theory that "helps to explain the linguistic signals of identity.

Kimberly Simmons, an assistant professor of anthropology and African-American studies at the University of South Carolina, was quoted in a Jan. 9, 2006, Lifestyles story in The (Rock Hill, S.C.) Herald. The article, "No barriers: For white couple adopting black kids, it's been a challenge worth the rewards," was about the phenomenon of transracial adoption.

David Schutzer, professor of anthropology at Pierce College, was included in a Jan. 8, 2006, article in The (Monterey County, Calif.) Herald about "CSI"-inspired enrollments in forensic science programs. "Television pushes surge in forensic science study" discusses the realities of forensic jobs and how incoming students don't always understand what those are.

William Bright, professor emeritus of linguistics and anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles and an adjunct professor of linguistics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was cited in a Jan. 7, 2006, story in the Tucson Citizen about place names with Native American origins. "Lookin' back: Colorful Indian place names found everywhere" mentioned Bright's recent book "Native American Placenames of the United States."

Melvyn Hammarberg, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Pennysvlania, was quoted in a Jan. 7, 2006, Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) story about the expansion of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints into city neighborhoods with large African-American and Spanish-speaking populations. The story was headlined "A new direction: Mormons are growing in inner cities."  The Times Leader is a Knight Ridder newspaper, and the article also appeared to have been distributed through Knight Ridder's news service.

William Vickers, professor emeritus of anthropology at Florida International University in Miami, was quoted by The Gainesville Sun in a Jan. 7, 2006, story about the 1956 killings of five missionaries by the Waodani in Ecuador. The piece was headlined "Florida man's life featured in film on slaying of missionaries."

William Saturno, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of New Hampshire, was featured in a Jan. 5, 2006, National Geographic News online article about the recent discovery of Maya writing dating to 2,300 years ago. "Earliest Maya writing found in Guatemala, researchers say" discusses the finding by lead researcher Saturno and his colleagues. Saturno's work was also featured Jan. 23, 2006, on Seacoastonline.com in the story "UNH's Indiana Jones." Seacoastonline is a news site affiliated with Seacoast Media Group, which owns several community newspapers in coastal New Hampshire and Southern Maine.

Alex W. Barker, chairman of the Milwaukee Public Museum's Anthropology Department and vice president of its collections, research and exhibitions, published an op-ed in the Jan. 1, 2006, Crossroads Section of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  "Selling off parts of its collection is no way to save the museum" outlined the ethical arguments against selling off collections to provide operating funds for museums. 

Joan Bytheway, a forensic anthropologist and instructor with the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, was featured with other forensic specialists in an article in the January 2006 issue of National Geographic. The story, 'Genocide and the science of proof,' reports on the investigation of mass graves in Iraq. A small item on Bytheway and the mass graves work was featured Jan. 2, 2006, on ThePittsburghChannel.com, WTAE's Web site. (WTAE is a Hearst-Argyle TV station and ABC affiliate covering parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.) The item also reports that the forensics team's work was featured in the documentary 'A Case Against Saddam,' which is airing in January on the Discovery Times Channel.

Gerald Sawyer, of Central Connecticut State University's Archaeology Laboratory for African and African Diaspora Studies, was mentioned in a Jan. 17, 2006, article - "Weston cellar may have been a haven for runaway slaves" - in The (Stamford, Conn.) Advocate. The story describes archaeological and other research into a Weston, Conn., root cellar that may have served as a stop on the historic Underground Railroad.

Karenne Wood, chairwoman of the Virginia Council on Indians and a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Virginia, was quoted in a PRNewswire piece picked up Jan. 16, 2006, by Yahoo! News' financial news section, Yahoo! Finance. The item was about Virginia Indian tribal members' reaction to the portrayal of their heritage in "The New World," a New Line Cinema film being released in January 2006. Wood is a member of the Monacan Indian Nation; Bear Mountain in Amherst County, Va., has been home to the Monacan people for more than 10,000 years.

Barry Chevannes, a professor with the University of the West Indies, is being honored with a UWI-hosted three-day conference, according to a Jan. 15, 2006, report in The Jamaica Observer. The January conference, which is themed "African-Caribbean Worldview and the Making of Caribbean Society," highlights Chevannes' lifetime work and achievements in sociology and anthropology.

Ray Brassieur, a professor in the anthropology program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was quoted in a January 2006 story in The Daily World, Opelousas, La. "Traiteur is ancient tradition" examines the Cajun tradition of folk healers.

Edward Green, a medical anthropologist with Harvard University's School of Public Health, was a guest on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane Jan. 5, 2006. The program, which aired on WHYY public radio, examined Uganda's ABC HIV prevention policy. To listen to the show, go to http://www.whyy.org/91FM/radiotimes.html and search for "AIDS" in the radio archives search engine at the bottom of the page; before executing the search, set the date in the draw-down menu as Jan. 5, 2006. The search should return a page with the program featuring Green at the top; click on the link provided to listen to the show. WHYY serves the Philadelphia area, parts of Delaware and north to Princeton, N.J.