Congratulations to Erik Hanson who has been awarded the 2017 BSOS Outstanding Advisor and Administration Award. Erik has been the Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Anthropology since 2008. He has advised countless undergraduates over the years, providing guidance on classes and mentoring students about opportunities. Erik is an essential member of the department who helps our students thrive. This award acknowledges his efforts in advancing educational opportunities and enhancing the experiences and outcomes of our students. This is a very well deserved award! Congratulations, Erik!
Congratulations to Sarah Noe and Emily Colón for receiving NSF Graduate Research Fellowships! The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are at the beginning of their graduate career and pursuing a research-based master’s or doctoral degree. The fellowship provides up to three years of educational support. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers.
Join the Department of Anthropology on Maryland Day 2017, Saturday, April 29 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 events:
When Brandon Bies earned his master's degree in anthropology with a concentration in historical archaeology in 2003, he knew where he wanted to go to work full-time: The National Park Service (NPS). "I kept an open mind thinking that I could work for a contracting firm- the route that a lot of anthropology people take- but I thought that a job with the National Park Service would be a great job out of graduate school," Bies said.
Dr. Janet Chernela received funding from UM's Office of International Affairs to develop a Global Classroom project with an overseas university. Between 2014 and 2016, she worked with the administration of the University of the State of Amazonas (UEA) to develop a joint course which would focus on the indigenous languages and cultures of the state. UEA is located in Manaus, the largest city in the Amazon basin, in the north central portion of Brazil.
Between January 4-21, 2017, University of Maryland Anthropology professor Dr. Sean Downey and UAS Test Site pilot and engineer Jacob Moschler mapped over 10,000 acres of agricultural forests and community lands in around the Q’eqchi’ Maya village of Crique Sarco in the Toledo District, Belize using a pair of FireFLY6 drones fitted with Micasense Red Edge multispectral cameras. The goal of the project is to understand how short-term subsistence decisions and ecological dynamics can interact community norms to increases long-term environmental sustainability.
More than seven decades ago during the Second World War, a military aircraft carrying United States service members crashed in the Eastern Alps near the city of Linz, Austria to the west of Vienna. Like so many of their fellow WWII fighters, the crew members were never identified and their families never knew for certain what happened to them. Now, thanks to an innovative new summer program being offered through the Department of Anthropology, a small group of University of Maryland students will play an important role in providing long-awaited answers to the descendants of these fallen service members.
This project examines the health and well-being of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients living in Maryland. In June 2012, the Obama Administration announced the DACA program, which provides undocumented young adults who came to the United States as children temporaryrelief from deportation and legal work authorization. Despite these gains, DACA recipients still face exclusion in the realm of health care, as they are barred from federally-funded public insurance and may not be offered employment-based insurance.
Katie Geddes is a graduate of the M.A.A program (2016) and current Knauss Marine Policy Fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). At NOAA, Katie works in the Oceanic and Atmospheric Research division where she is a Foreign Affairs Fellow. In this role, Katie engages in international diplomacy and facilitates international collaboration and partnerships throughout NOAA and its national and international counterparts to advance oceanic, atmospheric, and climate observations research around the world.