The Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists announced five recipients for the 2017 Praxis Award in early December at the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology meeting in Washington D.C. “The Praxis Award for Excellence recognizes the significant, often groundbreaking work performed in government and industry by the discipline’s practitioners in translating anthropological knowledge into action to address their clients’ problems.”
Dr. Michael Paolisso and Graduate students at the Univeristy of Maryland were featured in TERP magazine in an article titled The Tides That Bind, authoredby Liam Farrell. The article focuses on their work on the Deal Island Peninsula and the people that deal with problems of climate change daily. The article shows the importance that BSOS and UMD can have in a local, Maryland community. Read the full article here.
UMD Anthropology faculty and students focus on challenges faced by local DACA recipients
When the Trump administration announced in early September intentions to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Christina Getrich knew her research plans for the coming year would change drastically.
Opioid overdose is now the leading cause of accidental injury death in the United States, surpassing both motor vehicle accidents and death by firearms. Specifically in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, the opioid overdose death rate nearly tripled between 1999 and 2015, claiming a cumulative 2,449 lives during that period. Figures like these led a White House commission to urge President Donald Trump to declare the U.S. opioid epidemic a national state of emergency in a report issued in late July.
If you ask Andrea López, an assistant professor in the UMD Department of Anthropology, it’s a call to action that’s long overdue.
Dr. Thurka Sangaramoorthy was featured in the Society for Medical Anthropology's Inaugural Series Edition on Improving Policy to Address Migrant Health, which was published on August 4th. Improving Policy to Address Migrant Health features policy insights from three anthropologists, including Dr. Sangaramoorthy, on border and migrant health and the relevance of medical anthropology.
Christopher Foster ('01, Applied Anthropology) is a management analyst and the inclusion officer for the All of Us Research Program. He focuses on data analysis, concept development, visualization, and dissemination. This includes the demographic analysis of the cohort populations and catchment areas located at the various performance and recruitment sites, including monitoring targeted and actual enrollment. Chris is responsible for visualizing cohort data through graphic information system (G.I.S.) mapping applications and the related statistical and spatial analysis.