Department of Anthropology

Blount Undergraduate Initiative Celebrates 15 Years

It’s a weighty question. What was the most important thing you did while you were in college? For a small group of students in UA’s College of Arts and Sciences, the answer is often instantaneous and simple: The Blount Undergraduate Initiative. Although the four-year liberal arts program comprises a mere 20 percent of each participating […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Students Named Fulbright Scholars

From the July 2014 Desktop News | Six recent graduates of the College were awarded Fulbright grants from the U.S. State Department to conduct research and teach abroad during the 2014-2015 school year. They were among 1,800 students chosen from a pool of 11,000 applicants nationwide. “For the College to have not one, but six […]

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Summer Reading List

What are you reading this summer? Here are eight books by College faculty — plus the latest by distinguished scientist and UA alumnus Dr. Edward O. Wilson.   These books by faculty members in the College’s humanities and social sciences departments represent a tiny sampling of the hundreds of publications produced by A&S faculty each academic year. Baptized […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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