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Anthropology Alumna Wasilko Publishes on Public Health

Rachael Wasilko ’19 and colleagues published “Perspectives on the Gamification of an Interactive Health Technology for Postoperative Rehabilitation of Pediatric Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: User-Centered Design Approach” in JMIR Serious Games.

Digital Textbook Grant to Make Anthropology Course More Affordable

The faculty of the Anthropology Department were awarded a $10,700 PA GOAL OER Development grant to assist in efforts to create a free digital textbook for introductory anthropology courses, such as ANTH 110 (Contemporary Anthropology). Anthropology is a four-field discipline that studies humanity in terms of culture, archaeology, biology, and linguistics.

Summer of Field Schools

Anthropology is something you do, not just something you study. This summer, IUP Anthropology is offering three field schools so students can learn to get out and do anthropology.

Garcia Co-publishes on Northern Californian Anexos

Victor Garcia and the research team at the Prevention Research Center at Berkeley published “La cultura cura: Latino culture and recovery in Northern Californian anexos” in Alcohol Treatment Quarterly (2020). 

Garcia Publishes Public Health Research Findings with Current and Former Students

Victor Garcia and his team published two journal articles and a book chapter on findings from an NIH-funded research project examining juramento use—a Catholic religious practice—among Mexican immigrants in southeastern Pennsylvania. 

Anthropology Student Scholars Win Awards

Anthropology students Nikki Wilcox, Marissa Willson, and Gage Huey participated in the 2021 IUP Scholars Forum, taking home three awards.

Garcia and Anthropology Alumna Publish in Practicing Anthropology

The article makes recommendations for overcoming difficulties that Garcia and Fox encountered while conducting ethnographic research with Latinx populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Anthropology Well-Represented at Annual IUP Research Awards

The Anthropology Department took home seven awards from the recent IUP Research Appreciation Ceremony. The awards included Research on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice;  High Impact Teaching Practice;  and Graduate Student Research.

Anthropology Major Selected for Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience Fellowship

Marissa Willson, a senior anthropology major in the Cook Honors College, is the first IUP student selected for a PULSE Fellowship. PULSE’s mission is to cultivate a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh through a year of service to nonprofit organizations.

Poole Interviewed on Pandemic Job Market Trends

Amanda Poole of the Department of Anthropology was interviewed for a story on about how the pandemic is shaping the job market for anthropology graduates.

Anthropology Faculty and Graduate Student Submit Report on Pennsylvania Burial Legislation

The report represents the culmination of research completed through a grant from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

Poole Publishes on Refugee Education

Amanda Poole co-authored “Why Eritrean refugees choose risky migration to Europe” to address the question: Why do so many refugees engage in irregular onward movement despite grave risks and the presence of programs intended to stop them from migrating?

Poole Publishes on Refugee Education in Anthropological Quarterly

Amanda Poole of the Department of Anthropology co-authored an article with Jennifer Riggan of Arcadia University, titled “Time with/out Telos: Eritrean Refugees’ Precarious Choice of Im/possible Futures in Ethiopia and Beyond.”

Applied Archaeology MA Student Receives 2021 Paul Goldberg Award for Geoarchaeology

Rachael Smith is the 2021 recipient of the Paul Goldberg Award, presented by the Society for American Archaeology. Her thesis, “The Use of Portable X-Ray Fluorescence to Distinguish Individuals in a Commingled Assemblage of Human Remains,” was selected by the Geoarchaeology Awards Committee on behalf of the entire Society.

Students Present on Community Vulnerability and Resilience at Symposium on Appalachian Regional Economic Development

On November 13 and 14, a cross-disciplinary team of IUP student researchers participated in the 20th annual Appalachian Teaching Project virtual symposium, a regional economic development conference sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Anthropologist Publishes on Maritime Archaeology in Global Archaeology Handbook

Ben Ford, Anthropology, recently published a chapter on Maritime Archaeology in The Routledge Handbook of Global Archaeology.

Adams Participates in Diversity Forum

Anthropology professor Abigail Adams was an invited speaker at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering Diversity Forum, held virtually on October 13, 2020. Adams presented on implicit bias, critically compassionate intellectualism, and social justice and equity within higher education.

Anthropologist Poole Presents Paper at International Conference on Refugee Education

Anthropology professor Amanda Poole presented “Teleological Violence: Disjuncture between Refugee Aspirations and Structural Constraints on Progress among Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia” at the ReBuild (Refugee Education: Building Durable Futures) Conference, hosted by the Peace Research Institute Oslo.

Anthropology Faculty “Is Race Real?” Panel Discussion Recording Available

More than 100 students, faculty, staff, and community members attended the October 7 “Is Race Real?” panel discussion with IUP anthropology faculty members Abigail Adams, a medical anthropologist; Ben Ford, an archaeologist; and Andrea Palmiotto, a forensic anthropologist.

Anthropology Faculty Assists with National Accreditation of Forensic Laboratories

Andrea Palmiotto worked with a team of ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board technical assessors to review the forensic science procedures and standards used at the the FBI Forensic Laboratory. The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board provides accreditation services that adhere to the requirements of the International Organization for Standardization.

Adams Presents Anti-racism in the Classroom Workshop at Pitt's 2020 Diversity Conference

On July 29, 2020, Abbie Adams (Anthropology) and co-presenter Candice Bolger (master’s student in higher education management, University of Pittsburgh) presented a workshop during Pitt’s virtual conference, “Advancing Social Justice: A Call to Action.”  

Ford and Colleagues Publish Maritime Archaeology Textbook

Ben Ford (Anthropology), Jessi Halligan (Florida State University), and Alexis Catsambis (US Naval History and Heritage Command) recently published Our Blue Planet, a first-of-its-kind maritime and underwater archaeology textbook.

Anthropology Department Receives Grant to Expand Photogrammetry Capabilities

Professor Ben Ford was recently awarded an IUP Academic Computing Policy Advisory Committee Innovation Grant to purchase photogrammetry software and hardware. Photogrammetry is the construction of three-dimensional digital models from digital photographs.

Anthropology Professor Allard Appointed Editor-in-Chief of Asian Perspectives Journal

Francis Allard has been appointed editor-in-chief of the journal Asian Perspectives: The Journal of Archaeology for Asia and the Pacific.