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Anthropologist Garcia and Students Present Papers to Society for Applied Anthropology

Amy Salsgiver and Soichiro Hatano

Dr. Victor Garcia from the Department of Anthropology, graduate student Amy Salsgiver, and undergraduate students Christina Parise and Soichiro Hatano presented papers at the seventy-first annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Seattle, Washington, March 29–April 2, 2011.

At right: Amy Salsgiver and Soichiro Hatano on the IUP Campus

Dr. Garcia presented “Teaching Ethnographic Methods Using Praxis in Local Settings: Challenges and Recommendations.”

Amy Salsgiver, laboratory director for IUP Archaeological Services and a graduate student in the M.A. in Geography and Regional Planning program, presented on the results of her thesis research: “Coal Culture: A Look Into the Lives of Rural Pennsylvanian Families.”

Undergraduate Anthropology major Christina Parise presented “Eating Abroad: Access to Food Diversity in Indiana, Pennsylvania.”

Undergraduate Soichiro Hatano presented the paper “Exploring the Relationship between Quality of Life and Grade Point Average within the Japanese Exchange Student Body at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.”

Acccording to its mission statement, “The Society for Applied Anthropology promotes interdisciplinary scientific investigation of the principles controlling the relations of human beings to one another, and the encouragement of the wide application of these principles to practical problems aspires to promote the integration of anthropological perspectives and methods in solving human problems throughout the world; to advocate for fair and just public policy based upon sound research; to promote public recognition of anthropology as a profession; and to support the continuing professionalization of the field.”

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