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.
I am currently a junior socio-cultural anthropology major looking to focus my concentration on heritage. My experience outside of the classroom began my sophomore year as a volunteer in Dr. Mark Leone’s archaeology lab under the guidance of Tracy Jenkins. It was here where I gained experience with cleaning and cataloging artifacts. As a volunteer for Maryland Day 2016, I had the opportunity to explain to visitors how archaeologists interpret artifacts of the past and what they can tell us today. Getting this face-to-face experience made me realize why our department’s focus on practicing applied anthropology is so critical.