Join the Department of Anthropology on Maryland Day 2016, Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., in a free, fun-filled day of learning, exploration and discovery on the campus of the University of Maryland College Park. Explore Our World of Fearless Ideas. Visit the Official Maryland Day website for additional general information.
Among the more that 400 events taking place on campus for Maryland Day, be sure to visit the ANTH & BSOS events:
Dr. Sean Downey Awarded NSF Career Grant to Study Sustainability of Traditional Farming Practice in Belize
Sean Downey, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, has been awarded a $500,000 grant through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). Through the grant, Downey, a team of graduate students and international collaborators will conduct a comprehensive study of a farming practice common in Mayan villages in Belize.
Director of Administrative Services, Sybil Paige was honored at the BSOS Faculty and Staff Recognition Reception on April 12, receiving the Outstanding Staff Award.
Learn what you can do with a degree in Anthropology and where it can lead you. Check out the new Beyond the Classroom Video from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland:
New degree is the first of its kind in the U.S.
The University of Maryland, College Park has approved the establishment of a Dual Degree Master’s Program in Applied Anthropology and Historic Preservation. A collaboration of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the new degree is a nod to the natural connections between the two disciplines and an increased demand for professionals knowledgeable in anthropology, preservation and cultural heritage. The new degree is the first of its kind in the United States.
This past fall, students in the Anth606 Qualitative Methods course conducted an ethnographic research study to understand the needs and desires of the UMD community concerning the current baseball stadium and its improvement. The research and data analysis were used to find and present the underlying themes found to the School of Architecture, which will be in charge of the redesign. It was found that the new space should be inclusive, creating an environment where the crowd and fans are increasingly integrated into the experience of the live sport.
Keeping Marylanders Safe from Fracking: Lessons from the UMD-led Marcellus Shale Public Health Study
Following their release of a state-commissioned study on the potential public health impacts of fracking in Western Maryland, University of Maryland researchers are helping to inform the conversation about the potential risks associated with unconventional natural gas development and production.
"The Maryland Dialogues on Diversity and Community are a series of events, lectures, symposia, discussions and listening sessions for faculty, staff, students and alumni to help advance discussions of identity, difference and commonality. Meaningful dialogue and critical thinking can change culture. We want to engage students, staff and faculty at UMD—in classrooms and football fields and office corridors—in a variety of events and activities that expand our knowledge of ourselves and others, and foster greater inclusion on campus and ultimately in the communities and world that we serve. UMD is well positioned to move this agenda forward.
While on sabbatical for the Spring 2016 semester, Judith Freidenberg intends to work on a continuing project. This sabbatical research will contribute to an understudied stage of the immigrant life course. How does human mobility affect intergenerational relations? Specifically how, and to what extent, does migration disrupt the role expected of grandparents; how does transnational grandparenthood vary cross-culturally, by social class and geographical location, including the nation-states where dispersed families reside? Dr.