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IUP Students Attend Appalachian Teaching Project Symposium

Students from Indiana University of Pennsylvania participated in the 22nd annual Appalachian Teaching Project Symposium and presented on two experiential walking trails in our Northern Appalachian community designed during course-based research.

Applied Archaeology Recognized by American Cultural Resources Association

IUP Applied Archaeology MA Program was the first academic program recognized for preparing students for cultural resource management careers by the American Cultural Resources Association.

Anthropology Partners with Friends of Midland and Pennsylvania Archaeological Council to Record Cemetery

IUP Anthropology faculty, alumni, and students partnered with the Pennsylvania Archaeology Council and Friends of Midland to record graves within the historic African American Midland Cemetery

Palmiotto Named ALPA Affordable Learning Champion

Andrea Palmiotto was named an ALPA Affordable Learning Champion for her work developing the Open Education Resource (OER) "Introduction to Anthropology: Holistic and Applied Research on Being Human."

Walk in White's Woods for Native American Awareness Month

Join the Native American Awareness Council for a walk in White's Woods to honor the heritage of Indigenous America on Saturday, November 19.

IUP Anthropology Department Holding Opening House

The Anthropology Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will hold its annual Archaeology Open House on October 15 from noon to 3:00 p.m.

Poole Publishes on Nationalism and Citizenship in the Horn of Africa

Amanda Poole of the Department of Anthropology co-published an article with Jennifer Riggan of Arcadia University in the journal Modern Africa: Politics, History, and Society, titled “Oscillating Imaginaries: War, Peace, and the Precarious Relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia.” 

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.