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Kudos to Arsalan Khan

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

It’s a pleasure to announce that PhD alumni Arsalan Khan has accepted a tenure track position in Anthropology at Union College, where he has been teaching this year as a visiting professor. 


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Kudos to China Scherz

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Assistant Professor China Scherz has won the UVa Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award for 2015-16. This University-wide award goes to an assistant professor with a "stellar teaching record" who is an "outstanding teacher". Only one award each year is made.

Congratulations China!

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VAS host Anthropology Week

Thursday, 3 March 2016

The Virginia Anthropology Society at the University organized a week full of engaging anthropology-related events, culminating in National Anthropology Day Feb. 19th.

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Editors’ Choice: The Merits of Incorporating Allahyari’s “Material Speculation” with 3D Printing

Thursday, 3 March 2016

PhD Candidate Sue Ann McCarty uses 3-D printing to teach Mid-East Archaeology in the time of Daesh (Digital Humanities Now)

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Lise Dobrin co-authors AAA response to proposed federal IRB changes

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

UVa Anthropology Professor Lise Dobrin worked with Rena Lederman (Princeton) to write the American Anthropological Association's official response to the federal government's recently proposed changes in the regulations for research ethics review implemented by IRBs.


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Kudos to Macario Garcia

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Kudos to Macario Garcia who has just been awarded a Wenner-Gren dissertation research grant.

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Kudos to Tracie Canada

Friday, 11 September 2015

Tracie Canada's book review of Lines of Descent: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity by Kwame Anthony Appiah has just been published in Transforming Anthropology, Volume 23, Issue 2 (October 2015), Pages 121–122. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/traa.2_12053/abstract

This review began as an ANTH 7010 course paper, which Tracie condensed for publication. 

Congratulations, Tracie!

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Kudos to Claire Snell-Rood

Friday, 11 September 2015

Happy to extend congratulations to recent Anthro graduate (and upcoming colloquium speaker!) Claire Snell-Rood on the publication of her article “Marital Distress and the Failure to Eat: The Expressive Dimensions of Feeding, Eating, and Self-care in Urban South Asia” in Medical Anthropology Quarterly.
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Kudos to Julia Haines

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Julia has also been awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, and a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant, for her project entitled 'Archaeology of Slavery, Indenture, and Identity on a Mauritian Sugar Plantation'.  Congratulations, Julia 

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The Parrot Talks: Complex Pueblo Society Older Than Previously Thought

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Somehow, colorful tropical scarlet macaws from tropical Mesoamerica – the term anthropologists use to refer to Mexico and parts of northern Central America – ended up hundreds of miles north in the desert ruins of an ancient civilization in what is now New Mexico.

Early scientists began excavating the large Pueblo settlements in Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico and found the birds’ remains in the late 1890s,, but only recent radiocarbon dating of the physical evidence has pushed back the time period of sophisticated Pueblo culture by at least 150 years, according to a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Museum Director Honored by Australia for Bringing ‘Down Under’ Up to U.Va.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

One of the newest honorary members of the Order of Australia is the University of Virginia’s Margo Smith, director and curator of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. Being appointed to the Order of Australia is the highest honor the Australian government bestows upon individuals who have contributed outstanding service in their field. Such appointments are usually conferred only to Australian citizens, making Smith’s honor both rare and highly esteemed. Smith is being recognized “for significant service to Australia by promoting Australian indigenous art and culture in the United States of America,” the citation reads. The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, located on Pantops Mountain and opened to the public in 1999, is the only museum in the U.S.

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Kudos to Julie Starr

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Julie Starr has accepted a one year visiting position in the anthropology department at Hamilton College in upstate New York. She will begin teaching this fall, 2015.  Congratulations, Julie!

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Kudos to Ira Bashkow

Monday, 18 May 2015

Please join me in congratulating Ira on being awarded the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching. 
Nominations come from across the University and Ira was one of three 2015 recipients. 

Bill Wilson had this to say:
"We at the JSF are looking for the very best teachers to honor, those who go the extra mile in instilling a love of learning and the virtues of scholarship. The testimonials on your behalf from your colleagues and students were simply laudatory, and we find ourselves not only in admiration of your devotion to our vocation, but thankful for it as well."

This is very well deserved!  Congratulations, Ira!!

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Congratulations to Lee Bloch

Monday, 4 May 2015

Congratulations!  to Lee Bloch who has received a National Science Foundation dissertation research improvement grant and a Wenner-Gren dissertation fieldwork grant in support of his research on Muskogee history making and living mound landscapes. 

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Congratulations to Mary Pancoast

Monday, 4 May 2015

Congratulations to Mary Pancoast for receipt of a Fulbright Grant in support of her research on refugees and asylum seekers in Jordan!

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Kudos to Abby Holeman

Friday, 1 May 2015

Kudos to Abby Holeman who has been hired as Academic Programs Manager in our College of Arts & Sciences!  Congratulations, Abby!!

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At the Crossroads of Linguistics and Anthropology

Monday, 27 April 2015

Disciplinary Perspectives on Language Documentation

Dobrin conducting fieldwork in Papua New Guinea

Dobrin conducting fieldwork in Papua New Guinea. Photo courtesy Lise Dobrin

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Kudos to Bremen Donovan

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Kudos to Bremen Donovan in winning a “Praxis Fellowship” through the Scholars Lab at the UVa Library.

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Congratulations to Lydia Rodrigues

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Warmest congratulations to Lydia Rodriguez (Ph.D. 2014)!  Lydia has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Potsdam.

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