Tag: anthropology


Student explores Louisiana salt trade with archeological dig

You’d think that spending the summer at the site of Louisiana’s oldest French settlement would be nothing short of grand. But Paul Eubanks, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, tells a different story. Eubanks’s six-week stay in Natchitoches involved daily ventures into the swamps of northwestern Louisiana and ample amounts of digging as he conducted research for his dissertation, which will focus on the history of salt production in the area. Though he describes Natchitoches as a town […]

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Researchers Collaborate with Head Start

Can what you teach preschool students have lasting effects on them and on their family’s health and well-being? That’s what a group of University of Alabama researchers, in collaboration with Community Service Programs of West Alabama, hopes to determine. With a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, the researchers have the potential to impact national policy on early childhood education. Their study will involve implementing a new curriculum and […]

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Anthropologist Awarded Fulbright Grant

From the June 2014 Desktop News | A UA researcher will spend the next year examining the resurgence of interest in Jewish culture in Poland with the goal of understanding the space Jews fill in Polish history. Dr. Marysia Galbraith, associate professor in New College and the Department of Anthropology, will spend the 2014-2015 school year teaching and conducting research in Poland as a Fulbright scholar. The grant supports nine months of research and teaching in Poland, though Galbraith will remain in […]

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UA Researchers Earn National Cuban Award

From the May 2014 Desktop News | Dr. Vernon James Knight’s archaeological research in Cuba has earned him the National Prize from the Cuba Academy of Sciences, a major national award in that country. Knight, a professor in the Department of Anthropology and curator of southeastern archaeology at UA, received the award for research he conducted at the archaeological site of El Chorro de Maíta in eastern Cuba. The international collaborative research project lasted from 2006 to 2012 and involved […]

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NSF Grant Funds Study of Salt Trade

From the May 2014 Desktop News | What impact did the salt trade have on northwestern Louisiana during the 18th century? Paul Eubanks, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, is on a mission to find out. Eubanks recently received an $18,000 Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation to explore the topic. His project, “Caddo Salt Production in Northwestern Louisiana,” focuses on the role of Caddo Indian salt makers in the development of Louisiana’s history in the […]

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Primatology Class Gets Crunchy

Anthropology students use interactive activities to learn about primate behavior The problem with eating crickets is getting their legs stuck in your teeth. Karl Bennett, a senior majoring in anthropology, ate crickets with his classmates in ANT 312 Non-Human Primates, an introductory primatology course. “They tasted like sunflower seeds with shells,” Bennett said. “The weirdest thing with the crickets was feeling the legs on my tongue and picking them out from my teeth.” Jordan Cooper, a senior majoring in French, […]

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Anthropology Student Wins NSF Grant

From the August 2013 Desktop News | Martina Thomas, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, was awarded a $16,000 Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation for her work in determining the social factors that influence a person’s knowledge and behavior regarding HIV risk. She was chosen from 218 applicants nationwide. According to the NSF, fewer than 15 percent of students were awarded the prestigious grant this year. Thomas’s project, “An Anthropological Study of the Social Ecology of Health […]

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ALLELE Lecturer to Discuss Ancient Man’s Relationship with Evolution

Dr. John Hawks, a paleoanthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will visit The University of Alabama campus to give a lecture titled, “Neandertime: How Ancient Genomes are Transforming Our Past and Present” on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 127 of the Biology Building. The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture is part of the Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution (ALLELE) lecture series. Hawks studies ancient humans as found in fossil evidence around the world. […]

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Anthropology Student Wins Boren Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State

Lauren Marsh, a senior in the Department of Anthropology, was awarded a prestigious Boren Scholarship, given by the U.S. Department of State to provide college students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to U.S. security. Marsh, of Prattville, Ala. is a rising senior majoring in anthropology with minors in Chinese and public health. She will study in Chengdu, in the Sichuan province of China. She plans to complete the service requirement of the award by […]

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