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IUP Faculty and Students Receive Awards from the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology

Dr. Ben Ford, Applied Archaeology MA graduate student Stephanie Zellers, and Chemistry undergraduate Ethan Addicott received awards during the 91st Annual Meeting of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology.

IUP Well-Represented at Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology Meeting

Twenty-four IUP Anthropology alumni and current students attended the ninety-first Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology annual meeting. Three students presented posters, while one faculty and one graduate student presented papers.

Anthropologists at Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting

Anthropology Department students and faculty took part in several events at the recent Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting in Chicago.

IUP Applied Archaeology Makes Showing at Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference

Graduate student Andrew Malhotra and faculty member William Chadwick presented papers at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference.

IUP Anthropology Students Present at Society for Applied Anthropology National Conference

Undergraduate students Madison Britton, Olivia Dove, Jesse Gowin, and Brynn Wingard presented their original ethnographic research projects at the eighty-second annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology on March 25, 2022.

Poole Publishes Research on Horn of Africa

Amanda Poole of the Anthropology Department co-authored a chapter with Jennifer Riggan of Arcadia University titled “Multi-directional movement and the management of mobility between Ethiopia and Eritrea (1993–2020).”

Palmiotto Attains Highest Professional Certification Through American Board of Forensic Anthropology

Anthropology faculty member Andrea Palmiotto attained the highest professional certification through the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She is one of two American Board of Forensic Anthropology Diplomates currently working in Pennsylvania.

Pandenarium: Unearthing Black Settlers’ Stories

Two IUP master’s program graduates—and the only archaeologists to have excavated the Mercer County site of Pandenarium, a Pre-Civil War settlement for free African Americans—are revealing the settlers’ untold stories with help from their descendants.

Applied Archaeology Program in Top Three for Registered Professional Archaeologists

IUP’s Applied Archaeology MA program ranked in the top three registered professional archaeologist-producing schools in 2021. The program ranked as number three in the world for producing students who became registered professional archaeologists in 2021.

IUP at Society for Historical Archaeology Conference

We were happy to see so many alumni of the Anthropology BA and Applied Archaeology MA programs at the recent Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology. Former students who attended the conference are now working for the US Army Corps of Engineers, cultural resource management firms, departments of transportation, departments of natural resources, and the Student Conservation Association.

Anthropology Students Present “COVID and Rural Appalachia” Project at Symposium on Regional Economic Development

Seven IUP students participated in the twenty-first annual Appalachian Teaching Project Symposium, a regional economic development conference sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission. IUP is one of 16 Appalachian colleges and universities participating in this year’s Appalachian Teaching Project.

Anthropologist Tapped to Edit Multiple Book Series

Ben Ford has been selected to head the Society for Historical Archaeology Co-Publications Series.

Applied Archaeology Alums Publish on Thesis Research

IUP Applied Archaeology alumni publish articles on the archaeology of an antebellum, free, African American settlement based on their thesis research.

The Power of Dialogue

Anthropology students participate in a conflict resolution program in collaboration with Georgetown University, Colombia University, and Radford University.

Anthropology and Better Policing

Abigail Adams's partnership with Indiana Borough Police was featured in Police Chief Magazine.

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.

WWII Crash Site in Germany Is Field School's Focus

Nine undergraduate and two graduate students from IUP’s Anthropology Department are excavating the site of a WWII plane crash in Germany through an IUP field school. The project is part of a continuing US effort to account for missing military personnel from the nation’s past conflicts.

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.