Dennis Pogue, an adjunct associate professor in UMD’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and Katie Boyle, a graduate student pursuing a dual master’s degree in applied anthropology and historic preservation, recently started a two-year project with the National Park Service to identify and examine historic sites along Maryland’s segment of the Appalachian Trail, the 2,190-mile path that snakes through 14 states and serves as a refuge, challenge and inspiration to 3 million hikers a year. Their task is part of a national effort to create a new baseline of information about the trail and help preserve places of archaeological significance.
Undergraduate Nipun Kottage’s summer research proposal, “After the Partnership: An Impact Assessment of Engineers Without Borders Projects in Western Ghana” was recently awarded a BSOS Summer Scholars Grant through the Dean's Research Initiative. Dr. Thurka Sangaramoorthy will provide mentorship throughout the research process. Congratulations, Nipun!
'Anthropology doctoral candidate Emilia Guevara studies how female Mexican migrant workers struggle with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and depression. The work requires her to follow these women as they pick crabs or harvest produce on the Eastern Shore, and during the short months in their communities back home. The summer research fellowship that Guevara was awarded through the Graduate School gave her the freedom to fully focus on completing her comprehensive exams, then start her field research. “Most migration literature is about men, but women have different needs and social lives, so this isn’t just about a gap in the literature, but a gap in understanding.”'
Hope Loiselle was awarded The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP). She proposed a project to study past human interaction with marine ecosystems, specifically with cetaceans (which includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises). She plans to combine zooarchaeological, stable isotope, and ancient DNA analyses to better understand how humans exploited these species and impacted the ecosystems in which they lived. This data will provide baseline information that can be used to inform and evaluate marine conservation policies.
Marilyn London was selected to receive the Provost's Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty. Marilyn was recognized at the Teaching & Learning Transformation Center’s annual Awarding Ceremony and Reception held on Friday, May11th. During the ceremony, Marilyn wasnoted for her 20+ years teaching at UMD, as well as her work developing a strategic partnership with the Department of Defense through the Defense POW/MIA, and the unique teaching and mentoring opportunities it provides for the department’s students.
Earlier this year, Dr. Judith Freidenberg, Professor Emeritus, was awarded the Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificate in appreciation of her contribution to the citizens of Maryland.
Over the years, Dr. Freidenberg has contributed greatly to the UMD community and broad Prince George’s County. During her time at UMD, she established the Immigrant Life Course Research Program (ILCRP), which sought to establish effective partnerships between researchers, policy makers and community organizations to better understand the everyday lives of local Latin American immigrant populations.
Dr. Getrich was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Mentorship Award from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The award was presented to her at the Faculty Staff Recognition Reception on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018.
David Colón Cabrera is a graduate of the MAA (2010) and PhD (2015) programs in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland. As a cultural anthropologist, he has been drawn to applied and practicing environments by working in places such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University.