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Members in the News, October 2007

The debate over “human terrain teams,” or social scientists, including anthropologists, working with U.S. military/intelligence agencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, has captivated the anthropology community and news media alike in recent months. Members in the News regarding this issue include Andrew Bickford, Kerry Fosher, David Price, Roberto Gonzalez, Marcus Griffin, Hugh Gusterson, Montgomery McFate, Felix Moos, James Peacock, Brian Selmeski, and Gerald Sider.

News coverage includes articles and interviews by the New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Ed, the San Francisco Chronicle, and “The Diane Rehm Show” on WAMU 88.5 FM.

For links to member op-eds and news coverage on the issue, click here.

Nadia Abu El-Haj, assistant professor of anthropology at Barnard College, was awarded tenure on November 2 after months of debate sparked by an online petition opposing her promotion. On October 2, 2007 the AAA Executive Board issue a resolution in opposition to the use of petitions to influence Ms. Abu El-Haj's bid for tenure. Click here for the New York Times article. Click her for a draft of the AAA resolution.

William Beeman, chair of the anthropology department at the University of Minnesota, published an op-ed in the Tehrain Times-Iran. Beeman counters the notion that Iran's domestic energy program is aimed at developing nuclear weapons. He argues that US sanctions on Iran will be ineffective and will not be supported by the international community.

Keisha-Khan Perry, assistant professor of anthropology and African studies at Brown University was interviewed on NPR for a piece on the fight for social change across the African Diaspora. The piece explores parallels between African activism movements and the US Civil Rights Movement.

Tom Turrentine, a research anthropologist at UC Davis Institute of Transportation is getting media attention for his research on new plug-in hybrid sedans. The new hybrids under testing can run on both oil and gas fuel and are less expensive to run than the conventional hybrid. Read the AScribe news article.

Penny Verin-Shapiro of Fresno State University was profiled in a news story by the Fresno Bee for her research on the Wiccans of Central Valley, California. Sabina Maglioco of California State University, Northridge, also offered insight on the worldwide growth of paganism in the article.

Cathleen Willging and Elizabeth Lilliott of the PIRE Behavioral Health Research Center of the Southwest and Gilbert Quintero of the University of Montana were cited in a PR Newswire release for their research on cultural stereotypes and Latino youth substance abuse. The PIRE study shows that four cultural stereotypes-family, religion and spirituality, gender roles and socioeconomic factors impede Latino youths from seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addictions.

David Harrison, professor at Swarthmore College and Director of Research at the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, appeared on talk shows and newspaper headlines all over the world—including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, the Australian, “Good Morning America” and “The Colbert Report.” Harrison answered questions about his recent book, “When Languages Die,” which points to five “hotspots,” or geographic regions, where native languages are gravely endangered. The book grew out of Harrison’s work for the National Geographic Society’s Enduring Voices Project.

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Eugenie S. Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, was quoted in a New York Times article about a controversy over a creationist T.V. documentary hosted by Ben Stein, called “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.” According to the article, Scott, Richard Dawkins, and others were interviewed for the film, but not warned about the creationist bias of its content, or even the real title of the film.

Meredith F. Small, an anthropologist at Cornell University wrote an article for discussing a recent medical study on sleep. Small quotes James McKenna, an anthropologist at Notre Dame, on his cross-cultural research on sleep, as a challenge to research that suggests seven hours of uninterrupted sleep per night is the healthiest sleep pattern.

Janine R. Wedel, professor of public policy at George Mason University and a fellow at New American Foundation, called attention to the U.S. government’s growing use of private military contractors in a recent Op-Ed published in the Boston Globe. Wedel argues that the Blackwater scandal is just one part of a larger systemic problem that troubles U.S. military, intelligence and homeland security efforts.

"Michael Wesch, an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University who studies the impact of new media on human interaction, was quoted in a New York Times article on guerilla-style photographers hired to capture the surprise moment of marriage proposals. Wesch commented on the tensions of seeking fame and remaining authentic as it relates to archiving our lives on the Internet.


Members in the News, September 2007

Alex W. Barker, Director of the Museum of Art & Archaeology of the University of Missouri, was quoted on the significance of the settlement reached between Yale University and the government of Peru regarding collections excavated by Hiram Bingham from Machu Picchu in “Yale and Peru Reach Pact on Artifacts,” published in the September 17, 2007 issue of Inside Higher Ed.

Kate Browne of Colorado State University, aired the Post-Katrina documentary, “Still Waiting,” on PBS stations in late August to coincide with the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The one-hour documentary, which Browne produced in collaboration with two-time Emmy award winning filmmaker Ginny Martin, follows three women in a family of 150 over the course of 18 months—from their evacuation to Dallas, TX to their heartbreaking return to the New Orleans area. Many markets are broadcasting the film in September or October 2007. For a list of when and where the film is being broadcast, to view a low-resolution streaming video, or to purchase the film for home or educational use, please visit:

Elizabeth Greenspan, an anthropologist at Harvard University, and Silvia Grider, a retired professor of anthropology at Texas A&M, were quoted in a Denver Post article titled, “A Tribute Etched in Stone.” The article addressed the trend of fast-paced construction of memorial and shrines in face of tragic events. Greenspan is quoted stating, “The challenge is often bringing individual memories into some institutionalized story that every one agrees upon. That's where conflict arises."

Thomas Headland, an anthropologist at the Summer Institute of Linguistics and adjunct professor at University of North Dakota, was featured in a front page article in the Sunday Manila Times on September 2 (pp. A1 and A2) on his research among Philippine post-foraging societies. That article is titled "Negrito (Agta) languages' descent into extinction." Headland has identified over 30 endangered Philippine languages—mostly those of the Agta (or Aeta or Negrito). Today, the Negrito peoples number a mere 0.05% of the nation’s peoples.

John Tofik Karam, assistant professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, was interviewed by the Instituto de Cultura Árabe (Icárabe)—a grassroots organization promoting Arab culture and history, based out of São Paulo, Brazil. Karam’s interview and two other reports about him were posted on the Institute’s website, Karam spoke of his recent book, Another Arabesque: Syrian-Lebanese Ethnicity in Neoliberal Brazil, his own family history in Lebanon, the U.S., and Brazil, as well as post-9/11 racial politics in the Americas.

Heather Walsh-Haney of Florida Gulf Coast University was spotlighted for working to establish an outdoor research facility or “body farm” in Southwest Florida where anthropologists and criminologists could practice forensic science on donated cadavers. The article indicates that the proposed body farm would be closely modeled after the University of Tennessee's Forensic Anthropology Center.

Richard Wilk, professor of gender studies and anthropology at Indian University was featured as an expert on consumption for a Sept. 16 article in titled, “In an iPod world, the future is always now.” Wilk is currently working on a book on the history of men and consumption.


Nina Jablonski, department head and professor of anthropology at Penn State University and author of “SKIN: A Natural History,” was interviewed for a NPR Morning Edition piece on August 28, 2007. The arts & culture piece addressed a recent debate on the portrayal of King Tut’s race in the museum exhibit, “Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs,” currently stationed at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia.

Jan Timbrook of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History was featured in an article by the Santa Barbara Inquirer on her recent book, “Chumash Ethnobotany: Plant Knowledge Among the Chumash People of Southern Califronia.” The book which Timbrook has described as “my life’s work,” offers a comprehensive guide to the over 150 plant species utilized and mythologized by the Chumash People.

Richard Leakey of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Zelalem Assefa of George Washington University were quoted in a Washington Post article on the controversial transportation of Lucy, the famous 3.2 million year old bone-set discovered in Ethiopia by paleontologists Donald Johanson of Arizona State University and Tom Gray in 1974. Leakey and Assefa spoke out against the transportation of Lucy to the US for an eight-month museum tour. In an Associated Press article, Rick Potts, director of the Smithsonian’s Human Origins program, also criticized the Houston Museum for risking the safety of the irreplaceable specimen.

David Lancy, an anthropologist at Utah State University, was recently hosted on “The Brian Lehmer Show” on WNYC radio. The topic of the show was inspired by a July 15 article in The Boston Globe which critiqued the notion that the “mom-on-all-fours” approach to parenting common among upper and middle class American families is the best and only way to raise a child. The Boston Globe piece cites Lancy’s cross-cultural research on mother-child play which was published in American Anthropologist in June 2007.

Edgardos Krebs, an anthropologist living in Washington, published an eloquent appreciation of Nazario Turpo in the Washington Post. Turpo was a Peruvian paqo and activist who also worked as a consultant with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. He recently died in a bus accident in the Andes.

Paul Draper, an anthropologist, actor and magician who was last seen on the History Channel special "Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery " appeared on August 21 and August 22 on the A&E series MINDFREAK with Chris Angel. In the episode titled, “Burning Man,” Draper discussed Southwestern Native American rites of passage.

Susan Anton, associate professor of anthropology at New York University, received widespread national media attention in August for her co-authorship of a study on two Kenyan fossils, a Homo erectus skull and Homo habilis jawbone. The recent discovery, led by Meave Leakey of the famous paleontologist family, provides evidence that the two species of early human ancestors may have co-existed for at least half a million years, casting serious doubt on the theory of linear evolution. Anton is quoted in several articles discussing the surprisingly small skull of the Homo erectus fossil which may indicate sexual dimorphism in the Homo erectus species and multiple mates for the Homo erectus male. 09fossil.html?ref=world,1,2706577.story story.php?storyId=12630660&ft=1&f=17

John Brett of the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Carole Counihan of Millersville University, Miriam Chaiken of Indiana University, Crystal Patil of the University of South Florida and James Watson of Harvard University were cited in the article “How the World Eats” by Bryan Walsh in the June 11 issue of Time Magazine. The article discussed changes in eating patterns around the world resulting from industrialization, globalization and the women’s movement. The above-cited members were quoted discussing Coca-Cola availability in African villages, meat consumption in China, family-style dining in Italy and urbanization-related changes in Latin America. “How the World Eats” was featured as one article in a collection of articles relating to diet and health topics in the June 11 issue.

Jeffrey H. Cohen, professor of anthropology at Ohio State University, was featured in the article “Hopping Good” on the culture page in the June 2007 issue of National Geographic. The article, based on his research in Oaxaca Mexico, discusses the importance of chapuline (grasshoppers) in the rural Oaxacan diet. .

Helen Fisher, an evolutionary anthropologist and human behavior researcher at Rutgers University, was referenced as an expert on the science of love in two LA Times articles in July and August titled “This is your brain on love” and “Are anti-depressants taking the edge off love?” The latter article cites Fisher’s 2006 book, “Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience” in which she published fMRI brain scans of men and women in the early phases of falling in love. Fisher concluded that the brain chemistry of an infatuated lover is similar to the brain chemistry of someone addicted to drugs. Her 2006 research previously gained national attention in “Love—The Chemical Reaction” featured as the cover story in the February 2006 edition of National Geographic Magazine.

Yolanda T. Moses, vice provost for diversity and conflict resolution professor of anthropology at University of California–Riverside and the Understanding Race and Human Variation advisory board chair, was quoted in The Politico on August 13, 2007. The article titled “Calling Color Into Question” addressed the issue of race in the campaign of 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama. Moses was quoted stating, “Race is not about biology. Race is about the construction of social hierarchy.”

Shannon May, PhD candidate at UC Berkeley, was spotlighted in “China’s Green Revolution” by McKenzie Funk, an article featured in the July 2007 issue of Popular Science magazine. May’s dissertation research communicated via interviews from the field served as the basis for Funk’s analysis of the sustainable development project in Huangbaiyu, Liaoning, China, an experimental “green city” designed by Chinese architects and engineers to save the growing superpower from the environmental threats of rapid-paced urbanization.

Barbara King, a professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary, has received widespread media coverage of her new book, “Evolving God: A Provocative View on the Origins of Religion,” which explores the prehistory of religion and was released in January 2007. Several news and literary organizations have given “Evolving God” favorable reviews, including the Chronicle of Higher Education, where King's book was noted in the April 20, 2007, essay “The DNA of religious faith.” “King's touchstone is 'belongingness,' the idea that 'hominids turned to the sacred realm because they evolved to relate in deeply emotional ways with their social partners, ... and because the human brain evolved to allow an extension of this belongingness beyond the hear and now,” wrote the CHE essayist. Other reviews and discussions of the book have included:
-“Matters of faith,”,” Boston Globe, April 8, 2007
-“A conversation with Barbara J. King,”, Critical Mass (National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors' blog), April 2, 2007
-“Did religion evolve?,” On Faith (a joint online religion feature of Newsweek and the Washington Post), March 30, 2007
-“We feel; therefore, we believe,” Dallas Morning News, Feb. 18, 2007
-“God and gorillas,”, Jan. 31, 2007

Monica Schoch-Spana, chairwoman of the Working Group on Community Engagement in Health Emergency Planning for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Center for Biosecurity, appeared as a guest and a source in several news outlets' coverage of a recently released report that recommends that federal authorities make a sustained investment in local health emergency preparedness systems that collaborate with civic groups and private citizens. Schoch-Spana was interviewed on the public radio program  “Homeland Security: Inside and Out,” which aired April 17, 2007, on KAMU, Texas A&M University's campus radio station, and April 18, 2007, on WAMU radio in Washington, D.C. She was also quoted in an April 13, 2007, article in Congressional Quarterly's Homeland Security publication (“Citizen groups could be tapped as major force to mitigate death, destruction”). “Officials need to work with citizens and civic groups before disaster strikes to promote all the ways the public can contribute, including taking part in policy decisions, building volunteer networks, getting support for tax or bond measures that limit vulnerability and improve health and safety agencies, and yes, having family emergency plans, too,” Schoch-Spana was quoted as saying. Schoch-Spana was also quoted April 4, 1007, in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (“Allegheny County's emergency efforts national model of preparedness”). “Many years post-9/11, there's a call for enhanced citizen preparedness, and national polls continue to say Americans aren't prepared,” she was quoted as saying.

Eben Kirksey, an anthropologist investigating the 2002 shooting deaths of two Americans and one Indonesian in Papua Province, was named in an April 8, 2007, article in the International Herald Tribune. “New report sheds light on 2002 Papua shooting” noted Kirksey as a co-author of a new study that analyzed ballistics evidence in the shootings. The analysis found that 13 different guns were used and more than 200 shots were fired from different angles; this analysis was presented at the trial of a man who confessed to the shootings. “We are the first to publicly identify a smoking gun. In fact, we have unearthed evidence of 10 smoking guns. This means that there was another group of shooters, wielding enormous firepower,” Kirksey was quoted as saying.

A book by Richard Handler, professor and associate dean of anthropology at the University of Virginia, and Eric Gable, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Mary Washington, was cited in an April 6, 2007, article in the New York Times. “An upgrade for ye olde history park” reviewed the living history exhibition at Colonial Williamsburg. Handler and Gable's 1997 book, “The New History in an Old Museum: Creating the Past at Colonial Williamsburg,” was discussed in relation to how changing perspectives on history during the 1970s have influenced the image and symbolic character the historical village seeks to project.

Susan Brownell, an anthropologist at the University of Missouri at St. Louis and an expert on China sports, was quoted in an Associated Press story that ran March 24, 2007, in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “Despite fast start, problems plague Beijing” examined preparations for the 2008 Olympics, including questions about the Beijing Organizing Committee's shunning of foreign experts. Brownell provided cultural context for the committee's actions. “Letting Westerners organize their Olympic sports would have a bad resonance. The Olympic Games should be a stepping stone to an increasing Chinese presence in the Western-dominated institutions and cliques that underpin the world of international sports. If you give Westerners too much control, it just reinforces the Western-dominated status quo,” Brownell was quoted as saying.

An obituary remembering the life of William Sturtevant, curator emeritus of North American ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, ran March 20, 2007, in the Los Angeles Times. The obituary noted Sturtevant's half-century career at the Smithsonian, his encyclopedic knowledge of the material culture of Native Americans, and his pioneering work in ethnohistory and ethnoscience. The Times adapted the obituary from an earlier one that ran in the Washington Post.

Robert Hayden, a social anthropologist at the University of Pittsburgh, was named in a March 15, 2005, piece in The Economist. “Really loving your neighbor” focused on efforts to shift the conventional wisdom of conflict studies and race relationship from understanding xenophobia to promoting allophilia (the liking of other groups) as a policy goal. Hayden was noted for coining the terms “antagonistic tolerance” to describe how sacred sites were shared by Christians and Muslims in the Ottoman world and by Hindus and Muslims in British India. “His point? The fact that groups accept a regime or 'truce' imposed by an imperial power does not mean they will refrain from competing once they get a chance,” wrote the piece's author.

Laura McNamara, an anthropologist with the U.S. Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories, and Alan Goodman, a professor of anthropology at Hampshire College and president of AAA, were quoted in a March 13, 2007, story in the online Daily News section of the Chronicle of Higher Education. ““Anthropologists discuss where to draw ethical lines in dealing with national-security agencies” covered a panel at Brown University involving several AAA members discussing how and where anthropology should draw ethical lines in working with national security agencies. The members were from AAA's Ad Hoc Commission on the Engagement of Anthropology with the U.S. Security and Intelligence Communities. The article noted a recent essay by McNamara, paraphrasing her points as arguing that “too many conversations about anthropologists and the military tend to 'recycle the same issues' about secrecy and informed consent. Anthropologists who work with military and security issues today...often face different, more subtle ethical challenges than did Vietnam-era social scientists.” Goodman explained the commission's work was part of a larger discussion about the rise of applied anthropology, in which anthropologists work for corporations and other agencies. He said the association needs to think about the degree to which anthropologists are working for corporations who want some control over the results of their research. “And that's related to what this committee will discuss. Is working with intelligence agencies really just a continuation of the same types of things that one might be doing for a corporation, or is there really something special about working in intelligence that makes it entirely different?,” Goodman was quoted as saying.

Nina Jablonski, a professor of anthropology and department head at Pennsylvania State University, was interviewed about her new book, “Skin: A Natural History,” on National Public Radio's March 3, 2007, Weekend Edition program. A clip of the interview is available on the NPR Web site. Additionally, Jablonski was a guest on the Feb. 28, 2007, Comedy Central program The Colbert Report, where she talked about her book and how skin color evolved as an adaptation to environment and different climates.

A column by Hugh Gusterson, a professor of cultural studies at George Mason University, was published Feb. 21, 2007, in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a magazine focusing on global security and analysis. “A parent's quandary” relayed a first-person account of Gusterson's participation, with his son, in a protest against the Iraq war. “While the Pentagon gets $450 billion a year...parents at my son's school sell Christmas tress in the cold rain, organize auctions and fundraising dances after they come home from work, and beg local businesses to donate to the school, arduously raising money dollar by dollar for books and teachers' aides. This is why, far from being ashamed, I felt that I was honoring my son by taking him to the protest. And honoring Martin Luther King. He said, 'A society that spends more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death,' ” Gusterson wrote.

A commentary by Roberto Gonzalez, an associate professor of anthropology at San Jose State University, was published Feb. 2, 2007, in the Chronicle of Higher Education. “We must fight the militarization of anthropology” discussed the issues surrounding military and intelligence interest in and use of academic knowledge, particularly as an element in the “war on terror.” “Recent events have dramatically demonstrated that anthropological and other scholarly information is a potentially valuable intelligence tool. But history tells us that such information can easily be misused when put into the wrong hands. That is why we, as scholars, must make a continuing effort to speak out against the misappropriation of our work,” Gonzalez wrote.

Research by Glenn Davis Stone, a professor of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, was covered in a Jan. 31, 2007, column on “Ganesh and Brahma bow to a new god” discussed the use of hybrid cotton seed varieties by farmers in India and genetically modified crops. The column noted Stone's paper, “Agricultural deskilling and the spread of genetically modified cotton in Warangal,” which was published in the February issue of Current Anthropology. “Stone obliterates the biotechnology industry thesis that small farmers are switching because the new seeds are demonstrably superior to the old ones — in the specific case of the Warangal district...Stone's research has poked holes in what proponents of GM technology want us to believe[; however,] that does not mean Stone believes there is no place for GM technology in the developing world,” wrote the columnist.

Richard Wilk, a professor of anthropology at Indiana University, was quoted in a series of stories in the San Francisco Chronicle in January 2007. “Spin the (water) bottle” ran Jan. 17 and investigated the $11 billion-a-year U.S. bottled water market. “This is an industry that takes a free liquid that falls from the sky and sells it for as much as four times what we pay for gas. There's almost nowhere in America where the drinking water isn't adequate. Municipalities spend billions of dollars bringing clean, cheap water to people's homes. But many of us would still rather buy it in a store,” Wilk was quoted as saying. On Jan. 19, the story “How water bottlers tap into all sorts of sources” examined the sources of bottled waters, which in many cases is not mountain springs but the same pipes from which tap water originates. Meanwhile, the story compared the price per gallon of bottled water ($7.50 to $11) vs. the price per gallon of gas ($2 to $3). “It's ridiculous. Why do people spend so much to drink water from glaciers or from Iceland? What's the difference?,” Wilk was quoted as saying.

A commentary by William Peace, author of “Leslie A. White: Evolution and Revolution in Anthropology,” was published Jan. 18, 2007, online in CounterPunch, a biweekly newsletter created by journalists Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair. “Protest from a bad cripple: The Ashley treatment and the making of a pillow angel” discusses 9-year-old Ashley, a mentally and physically disabled girl subjected to surgery and hormone treatments to prevent growth, and the lack of progress made in social perceptions of disability and disability rights. “I am less concerned with medicine as science but rather with the social decision that went into the application of the Ashley Treatment. The problem Ashley's parents encounter is not within the walls of the hospital where such extreme measures were taken but in the social construction of disability in the eyes of American society,” Peace wrote.

Jane Adams, an anthropology professor with Southern Illinois University, was mentioned in a column Jan. 14, 2007, in the Los Angeles Times. “Definitions of whiteness amid the Delta blues” contemplated the concept of “whiteness” and noted Adams' research on the topic in the Mississippi Delta. “ Adams and Gorton,” the columnist wrote, “the Delta is also a regional petri dish that can be analyzed to better understand the construction of white identity in the United States. What I learned is that even in the one place where you'd expect the issue of black and white to be, well, black and white, it's a whole lot more complicated, and that it's a mistake, as Angelenos well know, to think that racial identities always obliterate ethnic and class distinctions.”

The International Herald Tribune published a commentary by Diane King, a cultural anthropologist who studies Kurdistan, is a fellow at Brown University and a researcher at Washington State University. “A 16-year cycle of treachery” reviewed the history of U.S.-Kurd alliances from 1975 through current Kurdish-American cooperation in Iraq. “Iraqi society has as its sociopolitical bedrock a patron-client system. A rich patron provides for, protects and lends identity to clients, who pledge loyalty in exchange. By participating vigorously in the American project in Iraq, many Kurds may have initially thought they were hitching their wagon to a star patron,” King wrote. Meanwhile, their relationship with the United States has not gone unnoticed by other Iraq ethnic groups, and King warned retribution will follow. In the past, when the U.S. has withdrawn support or failed to follow through with assistance, Kurds have suffered. “...America must not repeat these mistakes. It must recognize the responsibility it has taken in depending so heavily on the people of Iraqi Kurdistan for its mission in Iraq, and consider what will happen to them when it significantly scales back its military presence,” King concluded.

A letter to the editor by Dan Segal, an anthropology professor at Pitzer College, was printed in the Jan. 8, 2007, issue of the New York Times. In “Climate change: No time to debate,” Segal commented on an article covering the global warming debate that claimed to identify an intermediate position between the Bush administration and Al Gore's documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” “The notion that the truth is midway between two poles of debate is a longstanding American myth, but it does not work in this case. While neither “An Inconvenient Truth” nor the so-called middle stance is the final word on climate change, both are responsible efforts to get at the truth,” Segal wrote.

An op-ed by David Vine, a public anthropologist in residence at American University, was published Jan. 2, 2007, in the Washington Post. “Island of injustice” discussed the forced expulsions of the native population of the Chagos Archipelago by the British and U.S. governments nearly 40 years ago to make way for a U.S. military base. That base, according to Vine, has recently been used as a key launching pad for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The commentary also reported on the status of recent lawsuits brought against the U.S. and British governments; the British High Court has ruled the islanders' expulsion illegal, opening the door to resettlement in the Chagos. Meanwhile, lawsuits in the United States have been dismissed. “Forty years almost to the day after the signing of the initial Diego Garcia agreement, there should be no difficulty in assessing the responsibility of the United States: The U.S. government developed the idea for a base on Diego Garcia, demanded the removal of the islanders, paid the British for the deportations and gave the orders to complete the removals,” Vine wrote.

An opinion piece by William Beeman, a professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota, was published Dec. 22, 2006, by New America Media, a news service and collaboration of ethnic news organizations founded by Pacific News Service in California. “Democracy gets traction in Iran” analyzed recent elections and political trends in Iran, including increased participation and activism by Iranian youth and women. “If left to its own devices without foreign interference, Iran undoubtedly [would] be more democratic, more liberal, more secular and more positively disposed toward the West than ever before in the Islamic Republic,” Beeman wrote.

Theodore Schurr, North American director for the National Geographic Society's Genographic Project and an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, was mentioned in a Dec. 10, 2006, article in the New York Times. “DNA gatherers hit snag: Tribes don't trust them” covered the Genographic Project's efforts to collect 100,000 indigenous DNA samples and criticism that scientists seeking the DNA are underselling the risks to donors, such as the impact on long-held beliefs and cultural preservation. Schurr, however, is working with a review board in Alaska, sponsored by the federal Indian Health Service, to create a consent form for DNA donors that details the potential risks, including database links between DNA and tribal information. Meanwhile, early results in Schurr's work have surprised some Alaskans who have already volunteered their DNA, including one woman whose DNA linked her to a different tribe than expected, sparking her interest in further research.

Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov, an anthropologist at the University of Cambridge, was noted in an Oct. 30, 2006, article in The Times (U.K.) newspaper. “But comrade Stalin, I thought you'd like an Indian bonnet” covered the opening of a Moscow exhibit “Gifts to Soviet Leaders,” which Ssorin-Chaikov helped to compile. The exhibit featured objects presented to Soviet leaders by peasants, workers, heads of state and others. “In many ways, the scale of gift-giving is similar to that for the British monarchy. Stalin and Brezhnev received the most, but we were surprised to find so many for Krushchev,” Ssorin-Chaikov was quoted as saying.

A guest column by Josiah Heyman, an anthropology professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, was published in the El Paso Times Sept. 19, 2006. “Immigration debate has moral heart” discussed immigration in the United States and called for citizens and immigrants to work together in the society they have mutually created, where relationships are not only expressed person to person but through laws. “A comprehensive immigration reform is our collective national expression of bonds between host society and new immigrants, the sum of all our individual encounters. A legalization program for settled undocumented immigrants recognizes the ties and loyalties they have developed in America. A program supporting communities adjusting to new immigrant populations – helping with hospitals, schools, police and fire departments – acknowledges their pioneering role in the renewal of America,” wrote Heyman.

Mary Pohl, an Olmec expert at Florida State University, was featured on National Public Radio's Morning Edition Sept. 15, 2006. “Earliest New World writing discovered” discussed archaeological investigations involving hieroglyph-bearing stone blocks found in Veracruz, Mexico, which appear to be the oldest writing ever found in the Americas. “We see that the writing is very closely connected with ritual and the early religious beliefs, because they are taking the ritual carvings and putting them into glyphs and making writing out of them — and all of this is occurring in the context of the emergence of early kings and the development of a centralized power and stratified society,” Pohl was quoted as saying.

Montgomery McFate, an anthropologist and Pentagon consultant, was among those profiled in the Dec. 18, 2006, article in the New Yorker “Knowing the enemy: Can social scientists redefine the 'war on terror'?” The article discussed the relationship between the government and anthropology, as well as McFate's work with the U.S. Department of Defense, including Iraq and her Pentagon project Cultural Operations Research Human Terrain. CORHT involves social scientist teams who will serve as cultural advisers on tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pilot teams are slated to leave next spring. The article's author wrote that McFate told him she is making it her “ 'evangelical mission' to get the Department of Defense to understand the importance of 'cultural knowledge'.”

An essay by Lawrence Breitborde, a dean and professor of anthropology at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., appeared Dec. 5, 2006, in the online magazine Inside Higher Ed. The essay, “Don't tell me what I said. I know what I meant,” is an adaptation of a talk Breitborde gave during AAA's 2006 Annual Meeting. It discussed his experiences as a dean with higher education management and how principles of sociocultural anthropology play a role in those experiences.

Catherine Besteman, an anthropology professor and director of African studies at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, was noted in a Dec. 11, 2006, New Yorker article, “New in town: The Somalis of Lewiston.” The article discussed the lives and experiences of Somali refugees who have settled in Lewiston, Maine, and recounts Besteman's participation in a college panel about “Recent Shifts in Lewiston's Refugee Population.” Besteman and her husband had lived in a Somali Bantu village, Banta, in the 1980s. She later wrote a book titled “Unraveling Somalia: Race, Violence and the Legacy of Slavery.” After the Somali civil war, Besteman had tried to find some of the families she knew in the Banta area, but her efforts were unsuccessful. When she arrived at the panel to speak, other panelists recognized her. Three of her fellow panelists turned out to be men she had known as children in Banta. Later, Besteman and her husband met with the Lewiston Bantus community to share photos from Banta. “Most of those who made it over here were babies then. They never knew their parents. People in the audience were seeing their moms and dads for the first time. It was very, very moving,” Besteman was quoted as saying.

Several members were included in a Nov. 22, 2006, article in the online magazine Inside Higher Ed. “Torture and social scientists” discussed resolutions regarding Iraq and torture that were voted on during AAA's 2006 Annual Meeting, as well as the possible use of anthropological research in creating tactics used at Abu Ghraib prison. Alan Goodman, AAA president and a professor of anthropology at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, commented on the message that the vote on the resolutions sent. “I think this shows how outraged members of the association are. Anthropological knowledge has been implicated in nefarious forms of torture. It's vital to show that we are opposed,” Goodman was quoted as saying. Gerald Sider, an emeritus anthropology professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island, also commented on the efforts behind the resolutions. “We're trying to do something against mealy-mouthed policies that don't hold responsible those scum with Ph.D.s who stand beside torturers,” Sider was quoted as saying. Roberto Gonzalez, associate professor of anthropology at San Jose State University, and Kanhong Lin, a graduate student in American University's anthropology department, were noted as sponsors of the resolutions. Gonzalez and Lin expressed how they experienced increasing anger and disgust with reports of anthropology being used to shift the focus of interrogation techniques from physical to culturally based tactics. “This is a gross misuse of social science knowledge,” Gonzalez was quoted as saying. Lin also noted anthropologists' obligation to speak out because of anthropology's past ties with U.S. and British colonial governments. “We've had a closely intertwined relationship with the CIA in the past,” Lin was quoted as saying. Felix Moos, an anthropologist with the University of Kansas, was noted for urging scholars to work with the federal government and share expertise; he stressed he does not approve of torture but was unsure about the effectiveness of anthropologists' position. “The anthropological community is one that I have felt is somewhat resistant to see the real conditions in which the world unfortunately finds itself. The United States finds itself up against serious challenges today and we should do our utmost to reasonably approach those many challenges rather than rely on the rhetoric of resolutions that in practical terms simply stir up counterproductive reactions,” Moos was quoted as saying.

Mark Lewine, an anthropology professor at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, was named as a recipient of a U.S. Professors of the Year award in a Nov. 15, 2006, USA Today article. The awards are sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. “Professors honored for creativity” explained the awards and introduced the 2006 roster of recipients. Judges select national winners in four categories, and each winner receives $5,000. The categories are baccalaureate colleges, community colleges, doctoral and research universities, and master's colleges and universities. Lewine won in the community college category “for his dedication to promoting community college education.” He said the award was a high point in his teaching career. Lewine also described what he likes about the community college environment. “A community college to me is a very magical place for anyone interested in interacting with a highly diverse group of people,” he was quoted as saying.

Kerry Fosher, a security anthropologist, a research assistant professor at Dartmouth Medical School and an associate with Syracuse University's Institute for National Security and Counter-Terrorism, was quoted in two recent articles in Government Executive Magazine. “Disaster drills” (Nov. 1, 2006) explored how effective emergency and preparedness exercises are, as well as the flaws relating to preparedness tests. Fosher was quoted in a section discussing the follow-up procedures government agencies are to carry out after tests, including completion of an after-action report, which summarizes lessons learned in a drill and corrective actions. The reports, the reporter wrote, are “at last partially made public, so it's perhaps understandable that they omit some weaknesses identified in the exercise.” Fosher's quote immediately followed. “In good organizations, those things get taken care of. In bad organizations, those things get swept under the rug,” Fosher was quoted as saying. The other article, “One-hit wonders” (Oct. 1, 2006), critiques Department of Homeland Security and other agency habits of “allowing single events and their public attention to shape security policies” and allocating funding for emergency preparedness in an after-the-fact fashion. Fosher, a member of the AAA Ad Hoc Commission on the Engagegment of Anthropology with the U.S. Security and Intelligence Communities, was quoted about how the overall disaster preparedness system can suffer when solutions are focused on specific threats rather than all potential disasters. “The thing that's particularly frustrating is that many of us work very hard to develop an all-hazards approach to planning. We want to be efficient with tax dollars and effective in terms of plan sustainability. Then the press and Congress get enamored of a particular problem and all of the sudden you have mandates that locals need to generate smallpox or pandemic flu plans after you promised them that you will not make them plan for the disease of the week. Funds for planning are in very short supply and the all-hazards model tends to be a cost-saver in the long run,” Fosher was quoted as saying.

William Beeman, now with the University of Minnesota anthropology department, was quoted in an Oct. 29, 2006, story in U.S. News and World Report. “Hey, let's play ball: The insular world of intelligence reaches out for a few new ideas” covered efforts of U.S. intelligence agencies to engage experts outside of the intelligence community to help understand topics such as why people join terrorist and other groups, why extremism is spreading worldwide, and how to stop it. Included was a discussion of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's Summer Hard Problems workshop, or SHARP, which brought together specialists from the social sciences, including anthropology, to help inform analysts from the Central Intelligence Agency and several other intelligence agencies. The article also discussed concerns within anthropology over intelligence work and mentioned AAA's actions regarding a CIA ad and recent launch of a commission to investigate anthropology and U.S. Intelligence. Beeman, who has participated in seminars under every administration since Carter's, talked about the desire to lend expertise to an intelligence community asking for help. He stressed the importance of lending expertise in light of Washington's recent record of intelligence failures. “I am very disposed to doing anything I can to bring some enlightenment to these people,” Beeman was quoted as saying.

Several members were quoted in a Sept. 5, 2006, article in PC magazine. “How to build a better product — study people” explored ethnographic research and development and how they help create new products. Intel and Microsoft, both of whom employ anthropologists (including many AAA members), were used as examples in the piece. John Sherry, an Intel ethnographer, works in the company's Digital Health organization. His comments related to Intel researchers' multi-year study of the aging process in various cultures; this research contributed to several new technologies to help caregivers keep a remote eye on their loved ones. “We don't want [the elderly] to feel like they're under surveillance so we try and stay away from cameras and work more with sensors. By putting simple sensors in doors, chairs and under mattresses you can get a sense of how much a person moves around the house and you can track their activities,” Sherry was quoted as saying. Meanwhile, Ken Anderson, an anthropologist with Intel's People and Practices Research Group and an organizer of the AAA-sponsored Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference, commented about Intel's research on globalization and technology, specifically the company's studies of transnational people (those who are born in one place but live in another). “Besides the sheer value of money we're also interested in the understanding of technology. For example, a man from Ghana who was living in London went back to Ghana with his iPod and transferred music onto his cousin's hard disk. His cousin didn't have an iPod so he ended up cracking the hard disk out of his machine and taking it to parties,” Anderson was quoted as saying. The article also mentioned EPIC 2006, the American Anthropological Association and AAA's Web site. Additionally, past AAA member Tracey Lovejoy was quoted in the piece.

George Baca, an assistant professor of anthropology at Goucher College in Baltimore, was guest editor of Urbanite magazine's November 2006 issue, which featured a section on "The race thing: Why Baltimoreans don't talk about it." The section included two articles: "The elephant in the city" by Matthew Crenson, who teaches political science at Johns Hopkins University; and "Alone at the table" by R. Darryl Foxworth, a freelance journalist who grew up in Baltimore. Urbanite is a monthly magazine published in Baltimore, focusing on its cosmopolitan communities and explorations of issues behind the news. Each edition of the magazine centers on a theme and brings in a guest editor "who has demonstrated visionary thinking on that topic locally or nationally."

Alex Golub, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, published a column Nov. 2, 2006, on Inside Higher Ed, an online magazine. In "Christianity: You're soaking in it," Golub describes how he began incorporating the anthropology of Christianity into his classes after an epiphany about its pervasiveness in American society and his students' lives. Golub details how, in his introductory anthropology courses, he now uses communion and Christian ritual - rather than those from cultures foreign to his students - to explain how symbolic action reinforces worldview through culturally specific metaphors. "I begin by having students explain what communion is to members of the class not familiar with it, and we pause to consider the special fact that practices within Christianity vary greatly from one church to another. This is, literally, anthropology 101: Cultural traditions are not internally homogeneous," Golub writes. He later describes how he wraps up his course, noting that "metaphors and identifications continue to circulate in our own culture and keep us 'soaking' in Christianity."

Alex Barker, director or the University of Missouri's Museum of Art and Archaeology, was quoted in an Oct. 15, 2006, column in the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. "Rational policies keep drapes off 'nekkid' art" discussed school policies regarding class field trips where students might be exposed to nudity in art. Barker provided context about the symbolism and cultural meanings of the use of nudity in artwork. "Nudity in classical art, for example, isn't simply an aesthetic decision by the artist but has specific meanings that are fundamental to understanding both the canons of classical art and the way the classical world understood and expressed the numinous," he was quoted as saying.

Barbara King, a professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary, published a column reviewing "To Cherish the Life of the World: Selected Letters of Margaret Mead" in the October 2006 edition of The book and other readings lead King to view Mead as "a person most at home in two places at once," describing how that is demonstrated in her career and personal life. King also writes that "[a]nthrophiles will be rewarded for a close reading of these letters by references to 'Papa Franz' (Franz Boas), Alfred Kroeber, and Bronislaw Malinowski and by nuggets like this one: 'When the idea of studying what the natives do instead of what they say they do was invented, any sort of peaceful life for field workers was over.' Mead occasionally muses on specific theories in the culture-and-personality school of thought, and on the jealousy felt by others in the face of her rising fame."

Kristen Godshee, the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study and an assistant professor of gender and women's studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, was interviewed on the BBC radio program "The World" Oct. 6, 2006. She discussed her current research on Islamic revivalism in Bulgaria, especially the "tug-of-war" between conservative and secular Muslims in that country. A clip of the interview is available on The World's Web site.


Alex Golub, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, had a column published Sept. 19, 2006, by Inside Higher Ed. In "Stepping onto the tenure track," Golub relates his personal experience with the tenure process, including a resulting "strange sense of dislocation and culture shock."

U.S. News and World Report published a letter to the editor by Mark Davidheiser, an assistant professor of anthropology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Davidheiser wrote in response to a caption on a photo taken in Lebanon showing a woman gesturing. The caption referred to the gesture as a "victory sign." Davidheiser cautioned against interpreting the actions and opinions of Lebanese civilians. His letter appeared in the Sept. 11, 2006, print edition of the magazine and was posted on its Web site Sept. 3. Also during the past year, Davidheiser was interviewed on Radio France International about joking kinship, also known as joking relationships, in Africa. He spoke about how the relationships can play a role in preventing and managing conflicts from interpersonal to intergroup levels. The interview was aired in December 2005.

Barbara King, a professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary, was quoted in an Aug. 28, 2006, column in The Washington Post. "What one fewer planet means to our worldview" explored why human beings care so intensely about definitions and categories in the context of the recent debate over Pluto's planetary status. King provided the answer to the "why" question. She was paraphrased as saying that people care so much about one definition over another because definitions serve as markers of group identity.

Ken Anderson, an anthropologist and senior researcher at Intel Corp. in Oregon, was a source in an Aug. 24, 2006, story in The New York Times. "Laptop slides into bed in love triangle" covered changing trends in how people use wireless technology around their homes, including using Blackberries and other devices in bed. "The most comfortable spot in the world is in bed, and that's where people start their day and end their day," Anderson was quoted as saying. The article also mentioned his research on the role technology plays in people's daily lives, including a paper, published with other colleagues, that found more technology is ending up in the bedroom.

Jennifer Babiarz, a University of Maryland archaeologist, was quoted in a recent Associated Press story circulated to newspapers in August. The (Raleigh, N.C.) News and Observer published the AP story Aug. 20, 2006, under the headline "Digging for slaves' history." The article covered archaeological research at the site of Frederick Douglass' childhood home, a plantation near Easton, Md. Babiarz talked about the importance of uncovering the history of the people who worked on the plantation. "We were very interested in what daily life would have been like for people who were enslaved on this plantation and making sure that people knew the rich history, not just of the Lloyds [who owned the property], but of all the people who lived and worked here," she was quoted as saying.

David Koester, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, was quoted in an Associated Press story that ran Aug. 14, 2006, in the Casper (Wyo.) Star Tribune. "Humble, historic cabin reels anthropologists in" was a feature about the Rainey-Skarland cabin, which has served as home to anthropologists (including Frederica de Laguna, a past AAA president) since 1936 and a center for researchers studying the history of Alaska's indigenous populations. The university's anthropology department decides who lives in the cabin, and typically, it's faculty. "These are all the people who developed the understanding of Eskimo prehistory…Anybody who gets to live there, in the Anthropology Department, really feels the historical weight that goes with living there," Koester was quoted as saying. He lived in the cabin for more than two years, shortly after moving to Fairbanks.

Jack Rossen, an anthropology professor at Ithaca College and a Frontenac Historical Society member, was mentioned in an Aug. 14, 2006, story in The (Auburn, N.Y.) Citizen. "Union Springs unveils history" covers efforts to study and preserve the history of the Union Springs, N.Y., area, including Rossen's work with the Frontenac Historical Society and Museum to establish "What's in Your Backyard?," a program discussing Native American history and remnants in New York's Cayuga Lake region. Many of the remnants include Cayuga fishing camps and settlements. "We have to preserve and respect these sites. I work with [Native American representatives] and respect what they believe; digging up burial grounds is the greatest disrespect to their culture and beliefs. By respecting these beliefs, I have been able to be guided to important sites and have some great finds. History is a story and archaeologists are the conduits of that story. All we can do is look for the pieces and let them tell us their story and try to put it together," Rossen was quoted as saying.

John Bryan Page, chairman of the University of Miami's anthropology department, was quoted toward the end of an Aug. 13, 2006, story in the Miami Herald. "Area sees middle class exodus" is an investigative news piece exploring an outbound migration of South Florida's middle class driven by declining quality of life, such as increased traffic congestion and rising costs of housing and windstorm insurance. Page commented on the compromises people make - such as having roommates or commuting longer - in response to climbing housing costs. "To look at what kinds of adaptations take place, you need to look at places like San Francisco and New York City where people have been living [in over-priced markets] for a long time," he was quoted as saying. "People are opting for living down in Homestead [a community in Florida's Miami-Dade County] and places they can afford. If I had that kind of commute, I would slash my wrists."

The Washington Post published an op-ed by Alex Hinton, an associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers University, Aug. 4, 2006. "We can't let the Khmer Rouge escape" discusses the recent death of Ta Mok, a former Khmer Rouge military commander; the recent swearing in of legal personnel in a long-awaited, United Nations-sponsored trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders; and how "Ta Mok's death underscores the urgency of pressing forward with the tribunal as quickly as possible" to give Cambodians a chance to see those responsible for genocide held accountable.

Harold Dibble, a curator at the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and John Relethford, an anthropologist at the State University of New York at Oneonta, were included in a July 31, 2006, story in The Philadelphia Inquirer. "Love with a certain Neanderthal? It could have happened" explores the idea of interbreeding between early Homo sapiens and H.  neanderthalensis (aka Neanderthals), following an announcement of pending research to seek clues from Neanderthal DNA. The piece approaches questions about Neanderthals' physical and intellectual attractiveness to our known ancestors. On the physical side, the story dispels the pop culture misrepresentation of Neanderthals as stooped, hairy, apemen (and women). Dibble was paraphrased as saying there is no evidence suggesting Neanderthals were hairier than modern people. In terms of intellect, the article also talks about archaeological evidence suggesting our cousins could control fire and create complex tools. "No matter how you cut it, they were not the Stone Age idiots they were portrayed as in bad movies," Relethford was quoted as saying.

Paul Shackel, a University of Maryland anthropology professor, and Christopher Fennell, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, were featured in a recent Los Angeles Times story, which was subsequently picked up by other newspapers. An abridged version appeared July 31, 2006, in the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat. "Dig seeks history of racially diverse town" talks about archaeology research and preservation (including National Register listing) at the site of New Philadelphia, the first U.S. town planned and legally founded by an African-American. Shackel called the project unusual because many archaeological projects studying African-American culture before the Civil War focus on excavating slave quarters. "By looking at the remains of a free community, it's helping us fill important gaps we have about America's past," he was quoted as saying. Fennell also was quoted in the story's original version, which is available in the pay-per-view section of the Times' archives (search for the headline "A land of racial harmony?"). He described the strong involvement of descendants and local community members in the project. "It was clear that this was a community grass-roots project, which is unusual in [archaeology]. Normally, the public doesn't get this involved. Who comes out to walk through a plowed field, looking for shards of glass?," Fennell was quoted as saying. More information on the New Philadelphia project is available here, or you can find a link to it under the archaeology section of AAA's anthropology links online.

John Tofik Karam, assistant professor of the Latin American and Latino studies at DePaul University, was interviewed June 28, 2006, on Latino USA radio. Karam spoke with host Maria Hinojosa about Arab history in Latin America, including a more than 100-year migration history. He also discussed the Lebanese-Brazilian community and the current Israel-Lebanon conflict. Thousands of Lebanese-Brazilians vacationing in Lebanon, he said, were caught in recent Israeli bombing attacks.

Kathleen Dahl, an associate professor of anthropology at Eastern Oregon University, was included in a story July 24, 2006, in the Billings (Mont.) Gazette. "Modern explorers have it easier than Lewis, Clark" contrasts the "camping" experience of 19th-century explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark with modern travelers' adventures in "roughing it." Dahl was interviewed about her blog project, Lewis and Clark Trail Watch, an academic blog that explores the interpretation of the Lewis and Clark expedition and bicentennial celebrations in museums, historic sites, interpretive centers and the mainstream media. Dahl has done previous research about "how regional culture and history, particularly native culture and history, have been portrayed in museums and historic sites throughout the Pacific Northwest," according to the blog. The Gazette story describes some of her experiences while working on her current research, including traveling some 40,000 miles, often camping along the way. So far, Dahl said she has found a decidely patriotic undertone to Lewis and Clark bicentennial celebrations. "There's a lot of spin being put on it. I'm debating how to handle that it was so patriotic. Yet for the Indians, it was the beginning of the end," she was quoted as saying.

Anne Kirah, a senior design anthropologist at Microsoft, was quoted in an Associated Press story that appeared in the Houston Chronicle July 19, 2006, as well as numerous other newspapers nationwide. "E-mail is so last millenium, young communicators say" discusses how e-mail has become " 'the new snail mail,' " losing favor against instant and text messaging and blog chatter. Kirah, who studies people's high-tech habits for Microsoft, talked about the advantages of different communications methods and the appeal of newer tools to young people. She suggested young people's brains may work differently and make them more adept at using new technology because they've grown up with instant messaging (IM). As such, Kirah said employers should be responsive to how people work and communicate , whether it be e-mail or IM, and focus more on the outcome. "Nine to 5 has been replaced with 'Give me a deadline and I will meet your deadline.' [Young people are] saying 'I might work until 2 a.m. that night. But I will do it all on my terms.' "

Chris Kovats-Bernat, an anthropologist with Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., was quoted July 17, 2006, in a news piece in The Philadelphia Inquirer. "Clothing optional may not be way of historical human" discussed "humanity's deep connection to clothes" and how there is evidence early in human evolution for the ability to make clothing. Kovats-Bernat commented on the cultural tendency to forgo much clothing in hot, humid climates. "The vast majority of populations that have gone naked or mostly naked have done so because climatically it makes sense. If you're in the jungle or the South Pacific your sweat needs to be evaporated," he was quoted as saying.

Rosalind Shaw, an associate professor of anthropology at Tufts University, was included in a story July 16, 2006, in The Boston Globe. "Community builders: Project tells a new generation how black middle class came to Medfortd" covers "The West Medford Afro-American Project," which draws on oral histories, photographs and archival research to tell the story of the West Medford, Mass., community. The project's work is now on exhibit at the Medford Public Library. Shaw included aspects of the project in an undergraduate course at Tufts, and her students helped with project research. "It's quite a remarkable history, with many details that are virtually unknown outside West Medford and even to the newcomers who are moving in today," she was quoted as saying. Information about the project is also available on the Medford Historical Society Web site.

John Bryan Page, chairman of the University of Miami's anthropology department, was quoted July 15, 2006, in an Associated Press story that appeared in the (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Sun-Sentinel. "Release of  'Miami Vice' film conjures images of city's cocaine past"  reflects on the drug trade in Miami and past violence among drug traffickers. Page commented on the city's "cocaine cowboy period," which began in the 1970s. "The violence that was taking place was essentially Colombians taking over Cuban territory. They were very bold. People would get shot up sitting at traffic lights. It was that kind of Wild West atmosphere that attracted the attention of the people putting together Miami Vice," he was quoted as saying. Page has done extensive sociocultural research on drug use among a variety of groups, including Miami's Cuban population.

Lee Baker, an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University, provided context in a July 16, 2006, story in The Herald-Sun. "Reunions inscribe values, kinship" explores the significance of family reunions and lessons that can be learned at them. "Family reunions are important on a variety of different levels, least of which is the actual ritual which symbolically both describes and inscribes family history, values and kinship," Baker was quoted as saying.

The New York Times recently published a letter to the editor by William Beeman, now a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo. "Negotiating with Iran" responded to a June 13, 2006, op-ed by Warren Christopher, former U.S. secretary of state. Of the op-ed, Beeman wrote that Christopher "presents a small mystery that is easy to explain when Iranian cultural interaction practice is understood." Beeman explained how, in Iran, a mediator is needed to help reconcile estranged parties. The letter ran June 20.

Helen Rountree, a Virginia anthropologist helping to authenticate Jamestown 2007, was part of a recent Associated Press story that ran in Virginia newspapers, including the Culpeper Star-Exponent. Jamestown 2007 is a commemorative celebration for America's first permanent English colony. The AP article discusses a trip that representatives of Virginia's eight recognized tribes will make to tour England and speak about their history and culture. Rountree was paraphrased about the physical size of the Powhatan Nation and the size of Virginia's tribal population in 1607, when Englishmen arrived in what is now Virginia. She said that at that time, the population was as high as 20,000. The story reports that today there are 17,613 Native Americans in Virginia, according to the U.S. Census. The AP story appeared July 9, 2006, in the Culpepper newspaper under the headline "Reconciling the past."

Lawrence Todd, a Colorado State University archaeologist, and David Rapson, an Iowa State University archaeologist, were mentioned in the July 4, 2006, Rocky Mountain News (Denver) story "Tackling 10,000-year-old mystery." The article detailed research on faunal remains at the Hudson-Meng Bison Kill on the Oglala National Grassland, northeast of Denver, including investigations into who or what killed the bison. The cause of death has been debated for decades, with some researchers espousing a "stamped-'em-and-spear-'em" theory that attributes the cause to Paleoindian hunting. Others advocate a natural cause, such as a lightening strike or grass fire-asphyxiation scenario. Among the natural cause theorists are Todd and Rapson, who was quoted about their interpretations in the story. "We're in kind of a funny situation here. We feel our research has brought into question the original [hunting] interpretation. But if it's natural mortality, we're unable to provide a strong interpretive answer for what did happen. This dispute will go on for years and will be seriously, acrimoniously debated," he was quoted as saying. The story outlines the site's history and background of both theories.

J. Mark Kenoyer, a University of Wisconsin anthropology professor, was quoted in a July 4, 2006, story in the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News. "Group guarding world's heritage" covers the work of a California-based conservancy group that aims to preserve ancient architecture worldwide, especially in regions most plagued by poverty and war. Kenoyer is working with the group, Global Heritage Fund, to build a museum and research center on the Indus civilization in Pakistan. He commented on how the organization is working to improve local and global appreciation of our common global cultural heritage. Preservation workers worldwide must contend with threats to resources that include looting, erosion and encroachment by urban sprawl. "When you rip up archaeology, it's gone forever. You can't bring it back," Kenoyer was quoted as saying.

Two members were included in a Washington Post feature July 5, 2006, about the donation of Grover Krantz's skeleton to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. JoAllyn Archambault, director of the NMNH Division of Ethnology's American Indian program, and Don Tyler, a University of Idaho anthropology professor, were among anthropologists who remembered Krantz's life and work in the story, "Using his cranium." Krantz was a longtime Northwest anthropologist better known to the public for his hobby research on Sasquatch. Before his death in 2002, he arranged to donate his skeleton and those of his beloved dogs to the Smithsonian.

Helen Fisher, a Rutgers University anthropologist, was quoted July 5, 2006, in a Maureen Dowd column in The New York Times. "How to train a woman" talked about a recent Times column by Amy Sutherland in which she detailed how she used animal training techniques to shift her husband's behavior. Dowd posed the question of whether it would work the other way around - men training women. Fisher provided the answer and explained how differing gender roles in evolution make men and women react differently to nagging or requests to change behavior. "If I were a man rewarding a woman, I'd do it in the format women find intimate, which is face to face. I'd go straight up to her, while she was doing the dishes, I'd turn her around face to face, and I'd say: 'Thanks so much for being on time last night. It meant a lot to me.' "

Allan Ainsworth, a medical anthropologist in Utah, was featured in a June 26, 2006, story in the Desert Morning News, Salt Lake City. "Homeless find respect at clinic" discussed the work of Salt Lake City's Fourth Street Clinic, which Ainsworth founded and continues to direct. The clinic provides free-health care services to the city's homeless population. Ainsworth is also the new president of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, which is promoting a housing-first approach to addressing homelessness and the idea that housing and health care are inseparable. "We consider that housing is health care.We don't want health care to be a reason for people to stay homeless," he was quoted as saying.


Bay News 9's Web site ran a piece ("A grave situation") June 26, 2006, about the discovery of unmarked human graves at an elementary school in Palmetto, Fla. Uzi Baram, a professor of anthropology at New College of Florida, was quoted about the importance of preserving unmarked graves. "If there's no immediate danger to anything from the past, it's best just to leave them," Baram was quoted as saying. The graves were found by engineers using radar to test a possible site for a new building; officials subsequently decided not to build on any location  with known graves. Bay News 9 covers Tampa Bay, Fla., and surrounding communities.


Ken Anderson - an anthropologist with Intel Corp. and a co-organizer of the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference, which is sponsored by AAA's National Association for the Practice of Anthropology - was mentioned in a BusinessWeek online feature June 19, 2006. "Ethnography is the new core competence" was a blog conversation hosted by the magazine about Intel's use of ethnography to identify customer needs and inform product development. Anderson, who manages Intel's people and practice research, was quoted as saying he's using anthropology to "develop a deep understanding of how people live and work."


Elizabeth Stone, an anthropology professor with the State University of New York at Stony Brook, was a guest on Talk of the Nation's Science Friday program on National Public Radio June 23, 2006. Stone discussed how science fits into reconstruction efforts in Iraq in the segment "Rebuilding Iraqi science."


James McKenna, chairman of the anthropology department at Notre Dame University, was quoted in a June 27, 2006, pop culture story in the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune. McKenna provided context in the article "Young males like 'The Axe Effect,' " which discusses trends in "masculine primping" and the marketing and sales performance of Unilever's Axe body spray. McKenna commented on how the industry may be succeeding by tapping into the young-male market's need for "spray-on confidence." "If young guys have a psychological edge and believe they will be more successful (romantically), my guess is they will be," he was quoted as saying.

The work of Alan Sandstrom, chairman of the anthropology department at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, and wife Pamela Effrein Sandstrom, head of reference and information services at IPFW, was the focus of an article in The (Fort Wayne) News-Sentinel June 26, 2006. "A fertile field for couple's research" covers the Sandstroms' studies of Nahua culture in Mexico, including plans to return to that country in August 2006 to research slash-and-burn agriculture.

Richard Leventhal, director of the University of Pennsylvania museum, was quoted in an Associated Press story that circulated recently in newspapers. It ran in the Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) June 18, 2006, as "Preservation or plunder?", as well as in the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal. The story provided an overview of the current debate among museum directors, archaeologists, collectors and others over antiquities. Leventhal commented on his wish to see museums be more open about antiquities purchases, about shifting the burden of proof in the antiquities trade to the buyer and about the need for museums to be more creative in how they interact with countries with cultural resources. "The bottom line goal has to be to stop the looting.We can reach that goal by turning off the spigot, which is the desire on the part of large museums and collectors to purchase more and more objects," he was quoted as saying.


Matt Palus, a doctoral student in anthropology at Columbia University, and Mark Leone, an archaeologist and anthropology professor at the University of Maryland at College Park, were included in a June 18, 2006, Baltimore Sun article. "City history in a hurry" covered an archaeological excavation and open house at the Chambers family homestead in Parole, an Annapolis, Md., neighborhood. Parole was a center of African-American life after the Civil War, during which it was used as a camp for war prisoners. A census in 1930 showed that the community later included residents working as domestic employees, laborers, barbers, oyster shuckers, farmers, porters, laundresses and teachers. Palus is associate director of the Parole project and spoke about the choices researchers made in how to study the site. "Do you do the Civil War history, even though nobody knows exactly where Camp Parole was? Here we made an explicit decision to look at the African-American community that continues to this day," he was quoted as saying. Meanwhile, Leone was identified as being in charge of the lab that artifacts from the excavation will go to for analysis.


Richard Burger, an anthropology professor with Yale University, was quoted in an Associated Press story picked up by various media around June 17, 2006. "Disputed collection holds keys to Machu Picchu's secrets" discussed Incan artifacts housed at Yale University and its Peabody Museum since 1911. The government of Peru has said it never relinquished ownership of the items and wants them returned. A compromise was reached but broke down, and Peruvian officials have said they would sue. No lawsuits have yet been file, and Yale administrators said they remain hopeful of working out a deal to resolve the dispute amicably. Burger commented on how the artifacts on display at the Peabody are of scientific rather than aesthetic value. "It's not a collection of art objects. If you want to see the most beautiful Incan art objects, you go to the Inca Museum in Cusco," he was quoted as saying. Among media that picked up the story were Eyewitness News 3 in Hartford, Conn., and (click on either link to view the story).


Ericka Roberts, a doctoral student at the University of Florida, and James Davidson, a professor of anthropology and African-American studies at the university, were featured in a June 19, 2006, story in The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun. "UF students dig chance to explore plantation" covered a summer field school at Kingsley Plantation in Jacksonville. Davidson was quoted throughout the article, including comments on the opportunity the excavation offers him and Roberts. "If what we're doing has worth, it's because [we] give a voice to people who have little in the way of written records, whose histories are expressed mainly through their artifacts. There's very little documentation about the lives of African slaves. Doing this can mean giving a voice to the common people and preserving a history that otherwise would be lost," he was quoted as saying.


A workshop taught by Nathan Strong, an anthropology professor at the College of Alameda in California, was the focus of an article in the June 11, 2006, San Francisco Chronicle. "DNA workshop upends notion of race for many" explains Strong's class, in which participants can have their DNA tested for comparison to mutations or markers that occur in certain regional subpopulations; the outcome is a percentage breakdown yielding clues to possible ancestry. The article points out that Strong, "like most people in the field, insists that race and racial differences are a social construct that is not backed up by genetics - rather, the field of genetics shows that under the skin, we're more closely related than we ever imagined." The DNA testing, meanwhile, has led to surprises about race, ancestry and family myths for some participants and slight identity crises for others. "Some people have had psychoanalysis because their identity was called into question," Strong was quoted as saying.


Josiah Heyman, an anthropology professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, was quoted in a recent Chicago Tribune story about the U.S. Border Patrol's "catch and release" policy, in which suspected illegal immigrants are arrested, given a "notice to appear" before an immigration judge and released due to a lack of jail beds to hold them pending court hearings. Critics say many of those caught and released do not return for hearings. The story reports that U.S. Department of Homeland Security figures show an increase in the number of non-Mexican immigrants processed under the policy since 2001, with 70 percent released into American society in the last fiscal year. Heyman noted that non-Mexican immigrants aren't pervasive, however, accounting for only 10 percent of total arrests. Most were released. "There's been a long history of disturbances at detention centers because Homeland Security often contracts out to private prisons and state and local prisons and jails to hold people. Holding a lot of people is not necessarily good. It sounds good - that it will deter people from coming to the country - but it's not clear that deterrence works," Heyman was quoted as saying. The story was picked up by The (Monterey County) Herald June 9, 2006, under the headline "Catch-and-release policy hamstrings Border Patrol."


Noel Salazar, a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, is filing reports for the University of Pennsylvania Museum Web site about natural disasters in a region of Indonesia where he has been conducting fieldwork. The reports began June 4, 2006, with a piece on a small eruption of Indonesia's most active volcano, Merapi, and a subsequent earthquake, both in May. Several updates follow and touch on relief aid and other topics. Salazar analyzes the unfolding situation from an anthropological perspective. His reports are available through the museum's Web site.


Leo Chavez, a professor of anthropology and director of Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California at Irvine, was mentioned in a June 5, 2006, story in New University, UC Irvine's campus newspaper. "Immigration discussion panel brings ethnic diversity to debate" covered a recent event at UC Irvine that focused on the current political attitudes of immigrants from diverse backgrounds. Chavez noted that while Latino immigrants have been at the center of the immigration debate, many other groups are also involved. "This is one of the first times that we get to see different communities in the immigration debate. I like to see different groups that express and establish concern for the immigration issue," Chavez was quoted as saying.


Frederic Gleach, a lecturer and curator of anthropology collections at Cornell University, was noted in a June 4, 2006, story in the Las Vegas Sun. "Latina legend Costello to take stage again" discussed the rediscovery of Diosa Costello, also known as the "Latin bombshell," a popular musical performer of the 1930s and 1940s. Gleach researched Costello and created a DVD documentary about her life after hearing a vintage recording of her work. He began an initiative that has lead to Costello's story being archived at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives. (Other anthropologists who worked on the project but were not mentioned in the article include Vilma Santiago-Irizarry, a member of AAA's Committee for Human Rights and a professor of anthropology and Latino studies at Cornell.)


Christine Yano, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, was quoted in a June 4, 2006, story in The Honolulu Advertiser. "Drumbeat rises on bon dance" discusses the Japanese dance tradition of bon odori and its growing popularity among Hawaii's Japanese-American population. Yano, who wrote her master's thesis on bon odori in Hawaii, spoke about how dancing practices in Hawaii have not seen the changes they have in Japan and how World War II affected the practice of Japanese traditions. "Immigrants want to keep it the same. They have a real reason - it's tied to their cultural identity.They can surround themselves with an ethnic enclave, but outside that, it's a whole other world. They are carving out a space," she was quoted as saying.


Jonathan Reyman, curator of anthropology at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, was featured in a short news item June 3, 2006, in The (Decatur, Ill.) Herald & Review. "American Indian traditions helped by Scovill Zoo eagles" details a project, founded by Reyman, that collects feathers shed by bald eagles and macaws at the zoo in Decatur; those feathers are then forwarded to Zuni Pueblo and Sandia Pueblo Indians in New Mexico and Arizona via the National Eagle and Wildlife Property Repository in Colorado. The feathers are considered sacred objects by the tribes and used in making ceremonial headdresses and fans. "It has been part of their religious tradition for more than a thousand years and are used to decorate clothing and ritual objects," Reyman was quoted as saying. While federal law prohibits the possession of eagle feathers or parts, an exemption exists for tribal members who keep them for sacred and religious purposes.


Roderick Sprague, a retired University of Idaho anthropologist, was included in an Associate Press story that moved May 31, 2006. "American Indian remains to be reburied" covered the repatriation of remains from 150 individuals studied and stored at the University of Idaho and Washington State University. The remains were exhumed, under Sprague's direction, in 1964 to make way for flooding behind a Snake River dam. Sprague was paraphrased as saying that at the time of the dig, getting answers to scientific questions took precedence over offending descendants of the deceased. "We took the position that we weren't going to keep any more Indian burials. It was 1967 when we really started asking questions," he was quoted as saying. Former AAA member Mark Warner, an archaeologist with UI, described Sprague as being at the beginning of a trend to question grave excavations. "There's been an unfortunate history of archaeologists digging up remains. Rick Sprague was way ahead of the curve in repatriating those remains," Warner was quoted as saying.


Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist, was quoted in an entertainment feature about Hollywood hookups that ran May 30, 2006, on the Associated Press wire. "Movie sets: Hotbeds of hot beds" talked about high-profile romances among actors. Fisher added context about the factors in attraction that might make actors prone to what is, in essence, workplace romances. "Any kind of novelty or excitement drives up dopamine in the brain, and dopamine is associated with romantic love. I wouldn't be surprised if movie sets literally set the stage for romantic love," Fisher was quoted as saying.


Matthew Kohrman, a medical anthropologist and an assistant professor of cultural and social anthropology at Stanford University, was featured in a May 31, 2006, story in the Stanford Report, the university's campus newspaper. "Professor aids China's nascent anti-smoking efforts" covers Chinese habits and beliefs involving smoking. It also reports on Kohrman's work on the first smoking-cessation manual published in China based on anthropological research. "This is a health project, but deeply informed by my ethnographic work. I feel strongly that while doing ethnographic study, anthropologists can't just sit back and be flies on the wall and write papers about suffering. They have to do things to mitigate that suffering," Kohrman was quoted in the story as saying.


Phil Walker, a professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, was mentioned in a May 31, 2006, story in The Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal. "Detective work through DNA" covers efforts to identify the remains of a woman found near Mammoth Lakes, Calif., more than three years ago. The police detective on the case enlisted the help of Walker, who re-autopsied the mostly skeletonized remains. Walker was quoted about efforts to extract DNA to help identify the woman. "It would have been extremely difficult to do 10 or 15 years ago. [Today,] we're breaking the boundaries of the traditional limits of physical anthropology," he was quoted as saying. As well as being a AAA member, Walker is a past president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.


Alex Hinton,  an associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers University, had an op-ed published May 31, 2006, in the International Herald Tribune. "Seeking justice for the killing fields" discusses the forthcoming Cambodian tribunal that will convene to try Khmer Rouge leaders. He explains several hurdles the tribunal faces - aging defendants, insufficient funding, how to inform Cambodian citizens about the tribunal and the training of the Cambodian judiciary. Hinton is also the author of "Why Did They Kill?: Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide."


Kyeyoung Park, an anthropology professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, was quoted in a short article in the May 31, 2006, Los Angeles Times. "Landing in an O.C. Court, this IOU was red all over" covers the legal case surrounding an IOU written in blood by a Korean businessman. Park's comments countered lawyers' assertions that the blood promise stems from Korean culture. "I don't think so. Even in the past, a blood contract was pretty rare [in Korea]," Park was quoted as saying.


The work of Denis Blanton, curator of Native American archaeology at Atlanta's Fernbank Museum of Natural History, was featured May 23, 2006, in an Associated Press story. "Archaeologists to search for lost mission" details a June exploration of Georgia's Santa Isabel de Utinahica planned by the museum and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Historic Preservation Division. The search will include the help of the public as amateur archaeologists, with Blanton supervising. The effort is aimed at giving adults and students an opportunity to participate in an excavation and develop an appreciation for the state's history and archaeological resources. "We want to put people in the crucible and be a part of this educational experience," Blanton was quoted as saying.


Former AAA president George M. Foster Jr., 92, diedMay 18, 2006, in Berkeley, Calif., the San Francisco Chronicle has reported. Foster was an anthropologist at the University of California at Berkeley for more than 30 years, conducting pioneering studies on social change in peasant communities in Mexico and founding the field of medical anthropology. He served as AAA president in 1970 and as director of the Smithsonian's Institute of Social Anthropology from 1946 to 1952. An obituary appeared in the Chronicle May 22.


Dennis Van Gerven, an anthropologist with the University of Colorado, was quoted in a May 22, 2006, story in the Rocky Mountain News. "Bones back in Kansas" covers a forensics case involving the 1879 death of John Wesley Hillmon and allegations of insurance fraud. Van Gerven and a student assistant examined bones in Hillmon's grave and prepared a sample for DNA testing to identify the remains.


Dru Gladney, a professor of Asian studies and anthropology at the University of Hawaii, was a source in a Reuters feature that appeared May 22, 2006, on Yahoo! News. "Religion, politics mix awkwardly for China's Muslims" included a quote from Gladney about government tolerance in China. "In places like Qinhai and Gansu, where Islam is less politicized, the government is more open and more relaxed.Particularly in very poor areas, there is a lot more flexibility," Gladney was quoted as saying.


Daniel Lieberman, a professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University, commented on new research into human-chimpanzee speciation in an Associated Press story released on the wire service May 17, 2006. Lieberman was quoted about a study by Eric Lander and others that concluded the emergence of human and chimp species was a long and complicated affair. The research findings go something like this: The human-chimp break got its first start about 10 million years ago, with divergent evolution occurring for 4 million years. Before the species split was complete, however, our ancestors got back together briefly to produce a hybrid population whose offspring would make the final break later into two species. Lieberman, who provided reaction to the research, was quoted as saying, "It's a totally cool and extremely clever analysis. My problem is imagining what it would be like to have a bipedal hominid and a chimpanzee viewing each other as appropriate mates - not to put it too crudely."


Janet Chernela, an anthropologist with the University of Maryland, was featured on ABC's Good Morning America May 15, 2006, speaking about the Nukak-Maku tribe of southeastern Colombia and the recent exodus of 80 members from their Amazon jungle home to the San Jose del Guaviare area. Chernela was also mentioned in a New York Times article, "Leaving the wild, and rather liking the change," on the same subject May 11. A version of the story also was posted on Good Morning America's Web site.


Clementine Fujimura, a professor with the U.S. Naval Academy, was quoted in a May 15, 2006, Baltimore Sun article. "Mids examine cultures" discussed the newly expanded curriculum at the U.S. Naval Academy, including focuses on history, politics and culture. Fujimura began teaching the academy's inaugural anthropology class during spring semester. The Sun first reported on her class in March ("Professor opens window to Islamic culture for Mids," March 31).


A recent article in the Los Angeles Times focused on the research of Robert Benfer, a University of Missouri archaeologist and professor emeritus of anthropology, in the Peruvian Andes. The story covers Benfer's discovery of a 4,200-year-old celestial observatory, the Temple of the Fox, in 2004. Richard Burger, an archaeologist with Yale University's Peabody Museum of Natural History, was also quoted in the story. The piece subsequently was picked up by The Kansas City (Mo.) Star (see "Ancient find shocks scientists") May 15, 2006, and, which covers science, technology, physics and space news.


Peggy Reeves Sanday, an anthropology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a Knight Ridder article about the decline in rapes and attempted rapes in the United States that ran recently in several newspapers nationwide. It appeared May 14, 2006, in The State, a newspaper in Columbia, S.C., under the headline "Rape, sexual violence declining." Sanday discussed how sex abuse rates remain high or steady for young women on college campuses, despite a 30-year decline nationwide. The story also was picked up by The Kansas City Star and The (Bradenton, Fla.) Herald.


Stanford Carpenter, an anthropologist with Johns Hopkins University, was featured in a May 10, 2006, column in the Baltimore Sun. "Faster than a pedagogue, more powerful than a provost" discussed his work as part of a project called Critical Front, which researches identity politics and economics. The story also described reaction to a custom-made action figure that relates to Carpenter's work.


Kyeyoung Park, an anthropology professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, was quoted in story that appeared May 1, 2006, on, a Web site featuring news from The (Hackensack) Record and (West Paterson) Herald News. "Painful quest for respect" discusses the discrimination experienced by Korean women who have married American soldiers. Park commented on interracial marriage emerging from the Korean War and the distinct discrimination experienced by military brides, as opposed to couples with other class and occupational statuses.


Mark Nichter, a professor of anthropology and public health at the University of Arizona, was awarded the title of regents' professor by the Arizona Board of Regents, according to a story April 29, 2006, in the (Tucson) Arizona Daily Star. Nichter's award was included in reporting on other action taken by the board April 28 in "Regents add degree programs in education at two UA sites."


Peter Ellison, a Harvard University professor of anthropology, was among a group of 72 scholars recently inducted as members of the National Academy of Sciences. The university newspaper, the Harvard Crimson, reported the news April 28, 2006, in "Six Harvard professors join academy." The story included a paraphrase of comments by Ellison in which he said "he looked forward to the role that academy members often play in providing scientific advice to the government." NAS elects up to 72 new members into its ranks each year. The recent election brings the academy's total active membership to 2,013.


Stacy Schaefer, an associate professor of anthropology at California State University at Chico, was quoted in an April 11, 2006, article in Architecture magazine. "Portable light"discussed an alternative power source aimed at addressing the needs of "a seminomadic, indigenous Mexican culture." Schaefer commented on Wixarika, a group of Mezo-American weavers. Production and travel for the Wixaritari (the plural form of Wixarika) to sell their wares often compete with other labor-intensive practices for time during daylight hours. Portable Light aims to provide the Wixaritari with flexibility to weave, cook, etc., by day or night. Portable Light technology was developed by Boston-based Kennedy & Violich Architecture through a three-year collaboration with anthropologists, nonprofit nongovernmental organizations, and architecture and engineering students from the University of Michigan and Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. The article explains that the technology "borrows high-brightness LEDs from applications such as pedestrian walk signs, amasses them together with flexible photovoltaic power panels, and embeds them in textiles produced and worn by the users during their everyday pursuits. The sunlight absorbed by the exposed panels on these shoulder bags and shawls may be stored in a single large capacity battery (such as that used for a car) or directed to the equivalent of several rechargeable cell phone batteries that power smaller, detachable light 'candles.' The lightweight units are unbreakable and use just two watts of power."


Ives Goddard, a senior linguist with the Smithsonian Institution, was featured in a March 7, 2006, New York Times story about the restoration of extinct Native American languages, such as the Powhatan language used in Terrance Malick's 2005 film, "The New World." The story, "Linguists find the words, and Pocahontas speaks again,"can be accessed through the Times' paid archives service. Goddard and the article were also mentioned in the People in the News section of The Torch's May 2006 issue. The Torch is the monthly newspaper for Smithsonian staff and volunteers.


The work of Mark Leone, a University of Maryland anthropology professor, was featured April 23, 2006, in the Baltimore Sun. "Professor explores foundations of liberty" covered Leone's book "The Archaeology of Liberty in an American Capital: Excavations in Annapolis" and his 25 years of archaeological research in Maryland's capital.


Richard Robbins, an anthropology professor at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, was included in an April 23, 2006, story in the (Plattsburgh) Press-Republican. In "Hundreds march for peace," Robbins was quoted in relation to his book "Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism" and government spending in times of war.


Linda Giles, a retired professor of anthropology from Illinois State University who specialized in African studies, was featured in an April 22, 2006, Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star article. "State museum to return Kenyan artifact" reported on the pending repatriation of a kigango, a hand-carved memorial post indigenous to Kenya that is erected after a member of the Gohu Society of male elders dies. The artifact is one of 38 vigango (the plural version of kigango) housed at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. Giles was a catalyst in preserving the vigango. The story was subsequently picked up by the Journal Star's sister paper, the State Journal-Register in Springfield.


Don Stull, a University of Kansas anthropology professor, was cited in an Associated Press story that moved on the wire service April 18, 2006. "Meatpacking a new jungle?" discussed the state of the meatpacking industry in 2006, 100 years after the publication of Upton Sinclair's exposé, "The Jungle." The story included a paraphrase of comments from Stull, an industry expert, about the decline of meatpacking wages between 1960 and 1990. The AP story was subsequently picked up by media outlets nationwide, including The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer; the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, Calif.; and WFTV sChannel 9 in Orlando, Fla.


Christine Yano, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, was quoted in The Honolulu Advertiser April 16, 2006. In the story "The cute quotient,"  Yano discussed her work in exploring what people in various cultures do with concepts such as "cuteness." She is writing a book about Japan's "cute culture" and popular Hello Kitty products, including the different symbolism attributed to Hello Kitty by different groups worldwide.


Anna Ochoa O'Leary, an adjunct lecturer at the University of Arizona's Mexican American Studies and Research Center, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study how female undocumented immigrants are treated when they are arrested and detained inside the United States. The (Tucson) Arizona Daily Star reported on O'Leary's award in its April 11, 2006, issue; see "UA instructor will study treatment of women entrants."


The (Colorado Springs) Independent newsweekly, dated April 6-12, 2006, mentioned two members in the feature "Digging deep." The article recognized Mesa Verde National Park's centennial this year, as well as archaeological research involving the Mesa Verde region. Carla Van West, who works for a historic preservation firm in Albuquerque, N.M., was quoted about her doctoral work, which challenged a drought theory used to explain the demise of ancestral Pueblo culture in the region. Kurt Dongoske, an archaeologist for the Hopi tribe, was mentioned in reference to criticism he offered in a 1996 National Geographic article about theories of cannibalism in the region.


Jasmine Gartner, an adjunct professor of anthropology at the State University of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, wrote a nonfiction book review for the April 9, 2006, issue of the Miami Herald. "Muslim women reveal their personal choices" examined "The Face Behind the Veil: The Extraordinary Lives of Muslim Women in America," written by Herald reporter Donna Gehrke-White. Gartner's discussion of the book covers cultural fallacies that the book helps to correct, as well as criticism of its weaker points, such as the "rose-colored spin" with which Gehrke-White approaches the subject.


Michael Oldani, of the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater's sociology and anthropology program, was featured in "The Drug Pushers," an article in the April 2006 issue of The Atlantic Monthly (pages 82 to 93). Oldani's experiences while working as a Pfizer pharmaceutical sales representative during the late 1980s and 1990s were covered. Oldani spoke about changes the pharmaceutical industry underwent during that era as the result of new information technology, market research and script tracking. The story also included an ethnographic case from Oldani's dissertation to highlight the fate of psychiatry in the pharmaceutical era.


Clementine Fujimura, a professor with the U.S. Naval Academy, was featured in a March 31, 2006, Baltimore Sun article. "Professor opens window to Islamic culture for Mids" covers the introduction of the academy's first-ever anthropology courses and Fujimura's role in teaching them.


The work of several members was highlighted in the Feb. 1, 2006, issue of Marketing News, a publication of the American Marketing Association. The creation of a visual database - called the Visual Survey of Domestic Space - by California-based research firm Social Solutions Inc. and New York market research giant GfK NOP was covered in the article "In one's element: Global household pix yield consumer insights." The database pairs nearly 13,000 photographs, taken by ethnographers around the world, with consumer responses to related questions from Roper Reports Worldwide, an international survey conducted every year. Patricia Sachs, Gerald Lombardi, Simon Pulman-Jones and Rick E. Robinson worked on the database project for Social Solutions and GfK. They also were quoted and credited in a companion piece to the article, "Visual survey marks new trend in research."


Bonnie Glass-Coffin, an anthropology professor at Utah State University, was extensively quoted in a March 28, 2006, story about the creation of a new Latin American studies program at the university. "Utah State University adds Latin American studies track" appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune, which reports that the track is aimed at helping students expand their language skills and knowledge of the peoples and cultures from that region.


Greg Reck, an Appalachian State University anthropology professor, was featured in a story March 28, 2006, in The Appalachian, the university's student newspaper. In "9-11 course set to host high profile speaker," Reck spoke about a course he will teach with a political science professor. The class will examine Sept. 11 events, its repercussions, and its political and cultural context.


Martin Gallivan, an assistant professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary, was quoted in a recent Associated Press wire story about the listing of Werowocomoco on the National Register of Historic Places. Werowocomoco, located in Virginia's Gloucester County, was a village site of chief Powhatan, father of Matoaka, who is known historically as Pocahontas. It is also the site where Powhatan met Jamestown leader John Smith. Gallivan is a member of the Werowocomoco Research Group, which is studying the site. The AP article was picked up March 27, 2006, by news agencies that included the (Minneapolis-St. Paul) Star-Tribune and WBZ News Radio 1030 in Boston (see "Site of Powahatan's village approved for National Register of Historic Places").


Donald Pollock, anthropology department chairman for the State University of New York at Buffalo, was quoted in a recent Washington Post story about the trend of micromanaging parents and their impact on schools and teachers. Pollock spoke about the symbolic value of children and parental status. The story was picked up by other newspapers, including the Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune and The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, which ran the article March 26, 2006, under the headline "Go stand in a corner, schools tell intrusive parents."


Anthony Balzano, a professor of anthropology and sociology at Sussex County Community College, was included in two stories that ran March 26, 2006, in The New Jersey Herald. In "Affirmative action's future addressed at SCCC forum," Balzano's participation on a panel discussing the future of affirmative action was covered. The story included: ".Balzano argued that the nation needs to 'finish the job we've started' by allowing for the continued benefits of affirmative action, including the emergence of more heterogeneous elite and middle classes." Meanwhile, the story "Can shelter still be a safe harbor?" focused on legal changes that will result in a Sussex County, N.J., youth shelter being required to house low-level juvenile offenders with at-risk children that need housing, including the impact on the youth shelter kids and security and staffing issues. "The big issue is the employees of the shelter versus the employees of the detention center. They're not equipped to deal with that sort of element. Social workers will now have to deal with people charged with crimes," Balzano was quoted as saying.


The work of Igor Krupnik, an anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History and curator of a new exhibition on global warming's effects on Arctic peoples, was featured in an Around the Mall item in Smithsonian magazine's April 2006 issue, which was released shortly before its issue date. The piece was subsequently picked up by the Associated Press wire service March 20, 2006. Krupnik discussed his research involving Shishmaref, an Eskimo village on an island in northwestern Alaska. Until a few years ago, villagers have relied on the formation of sea ice to buffer their home from fall storms. With the advent of global warming, the ice no longer freezes reliably, allowing giant storm surges to batter the site and wash away land, houses and even a school playground. "When they lose a piece of their land, they aren't just losing a certain number of square miles. They are losing a part of their history and their memory. They are losing childhood events and grandparents' tales," Krupnik was quoted as saying. Villagers voted in 2002 to leave their ancestral home for a site on the mainland. William Fitzhugh, an anthropologist and director of the Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center, also was quoted in that piece. Krupnik subsequently was mentioned in an Associated Press wire story that moved April 11, 2006. In "Effects of climate change on Arctic observed," Krupnik was quoted in relation to two new exhibits about the effects of climate change on Arctic peoples. The exhibits are on display in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.


Josiah Heyman, a professor in the sociology and anthropology department at the University of Texas at El Paso, was included in a March 19, 2006, story in the El Paso Times. "Talk features border experts" offered a preview of a conference slated for March 27-30, 2006, at UTEP. The conference, "Linnae Terrarum," was expected to feature more than 300 border experts from around the world speaking in panel discussions about border security, border health, immigration and other topics. Heyman commented on how the conference was "returning El Paso and Juarez to the forefront of border study."


Lisa Patel Stevens, an associate professor in Boston College's Education Department, was quoted in a Feb. 23, 2006, story in The Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat (front page). "Do you know what's on your kid's blog?" discussed teen blog use and safety issues. Stevens provided comments about childrens' technical savvy and why they use blogs. (Stevens was recommended to the reporter as a source by the AAA Media Relations office.)


A talk given by Marshall Becker, a retired anthropology professor from West Chester University, was the focus of a March 13, 2006, story in The Intelligencer, a newspaper covering Eastern Montgomery County, Pa. "Anthropologist clears up myths about Lenape" discusses his work and the culture of a Native American tribe from the Delaware River and Chester County, Pa., areas.


"Anthropology course to teach everything 'Star Trek,' " a March 13, 2006, article in the Tahoe Daily Tribune, reports on a class to be offered spring quarter 2006 at Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The story quotes a course description as: "Using select television episodes and feature films, this course will examine the significance of the cultural, historical, social and evolutionary nature of the human condition within the context of a futuristic setting, along with the underlying perspectives on politics, philosophy, ethics science and (the) future of humanity." Scott Lukas, the college's anthropology chairman, was quoted in the story about the prospects of other classes on pop culture. Lukas was a recipient of AAA's 2005 McGraw-Hill Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology.


Robert Myers, who teaches cultural anthropology at Alfred University in New York, had a commentary published in the March 7, 2006, USA Today. "What, me worry about college costs?" talks about the challenges of financial aid and finding scholarships. Myers also was mentioned in the opening of a March 31, 2006, story in The Chronicle of Higher Education, "When faculty kids apply to college, egos and emotions come into play." His experience in asking a fellow academic questions about his son's prospective college was given as an example of one way in which professors have an inside track when it comes to their children's college decisions. In addition, Myers had two earlier commentaries published in newspapers. "Ads R U.S." appeared in the Jan. 27, 2005, edition of The Providence (R.I.) Journal (page B5); the piece suggested that, in our ad-driven world, some relief for the huge national debt problem might be possible if government would lease ad space on federal properties, vehicles, departments and Web sites. "Deer strike fear in hearts of drivers" was published by The Buffalo (N.Y.) News Jan. 24, 2006, (page A6) and describes the problem of anxiety experienced while driving in rural roads at night and worrying about deer as a matter of "cervine terrorism," which leads to about 150 human deaths in the United States a year, 1.5 million deer deaths and $1 billion in vehicular damage.


The Financial Times, an international business newspaper, plans to publish an op-ed by Wilhelm Meya, a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Indiana University and director of the Lakota Language Consortium, March 11, 2006. In "America's other eagle: Endangered Native American Languages," Meya suggests that the bald eagle's rescue is symbolic of America's redemption and ability to come back from a moral brink. He also discusses the looming crisis of  mass linguistic extinction of Native American languages and the value of language preservation. He further offers a comparison of endangered languages today and endangered species 40 years ago.


Edwin Segal, a professor of anthropology at the Univesity of Louisville in Kentucky, was quoted in a March 5, 2006, story in The (Louisville) Courier-Journal. "Art theory moves outside the cave" discusses a new theory - based on ancient living conditions and the physical phenomenon of camera obscura - that aims to explain the origins of Paleolithic representational art; the theory is the brainchild of Louisville artist Matt Gatton. Segal was among the scholars and experts who helped vet Gatton's conclusions and was quoted about the value of Gatton's theory and the new debate it opens.


A book by Jack Weatherford, a professor of anthropology at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., was cited in a recent Washington Post story, subsequently picked up by The Philadelphia Inquirer March 5, 2006. "Unearthing secret of Genghis Khan's tomb" discussed the search for the Mongolian conqueror's tomb and the discovery of graves that have experts wondering whether they are part of a Genghis Khan family burial site. Weatherford's book, "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World," was referenced regarding the history of Mongolian invasion in Afghanistan.


News coverage of a recent conference in Doha, Qatar, included members Gwendolyn Mikell and Fadwa El Guindi. The conference, "Arab Women: Past and Present, Participation and Democratization," was held in early March 2006 and presented a wide range of views and observations on the role of Arab women. Mikell, a Georgetown University anthropology professor, was the lead focus of "Colonialism blamed for gender inequality," a March 5, 2006, story in The Peninsula, Qatar's English-language daily newspaper. Presentations by Mikell and El Guindi, Qatar University's professor of anthropology, were also discussed in another article in the newspaper the same day, "Arab world urged not to borrow ideads"; the presentations were part of a session on public and private spheres. Both were further noted March 4, 2006, in The Gulf Times, another daily Qatar newspaper. "Focus on Arab women's role and rights in society" mentioned their paper presentations on public-private spheres and paradigms. Meanwhile, El Guindi was featured in other media coverage in March, appearing on a Qatar state television show, Zawaya (or Corners), March 7 and on the Aljazeera program Min Wara' al-Kahbar: Yawmul al-Mar'a al-'Alami (or Behind the News: International Woman's Day) March 8.


Setha Low - president-elect of AAA, a professor of environmental psychology and anthropology, and director of the Public Space Research Group at the City University of New York - was featured in a March 3, 2006, article in the University of California at Irvine's campus newspaper, New University. "Gates don't lead to security" covered a February lecture given by Low at the California university. She discussed how migration by Americans into gated communities is a growing trend that does more harm than good. "This retreat to walls, gates and guards materially and symbolically contradicts aspects of an idealized American ethos and values, threatens democratic spatial values, such as access to public space, and creates . another barrier to social interaction, the building of social networks, as well as tolerance of diverse, racial, cultural and social groups in a period that is already marked by homeland security," Low was quoted as saying.


Anthony Oliver-Smith, a professor of anthropology at the University of Florida, was quoted March 3, 2006, in "Experts: Racism, status hurt disaster-aid efforts," a story in the Idaho State Journal. Oliver-Smith was participating in a symposium of humanitarian aid experts that addressed the cultural boundaries that reduce help to people after disasters. He spoke about examples where aid and donors' aims fall short of the recipient-community's expectations. Oliver-Smith was also featured March 3 on an Earth & Sky Human World radio program, "Poor are most vulnerable to natural disasters." He discussed what constitutes a natural disaster. Earth & Sky programs are carried on 1,000 commercial and public radio stations across the United States.


Kendall Thu, an anthropology professor at Northern Illinois University, was quoted in a (Peoria, Ill.) Journal Star story Feb. 28, 2006. "New farm lawsuit bill rankles covers the dispute over an Illinois farm bill aimed at restricting nuisance lawsuits regarding agriculture. Bill supporters say it will encourage livestock development in the state; opponents say it will stifle the rights of rural citizens. Thu, who has researched large-scale farming operations for 12 years, commented on the effects of the bill, saying it "strips away the rights of rural people. It says we don't trust you to do what's right.We think producers and neighbors should be able to iron out their differences before construction begins." The story was picked up by, an online news site covering space, science, health and technology.


Comments by Gene Ammarell, an associate professor of anthropology and sociology at Ohio University, were included in a Feb. 27, 2006, story in The Athens (Ohio) News. "Faculty group raises concerns about OU 'Vision' plan" discusses a resolution passed by the group that questions the degree of budget cuts called for in the university's "Vision Ohio" plan. Ammarell was quoted about the impacts of the possible cuts, which he said may result in larger classes and more classes being taught by part-time instructors.


Science News reported on new analysis of a 260,000-year-old partial skeleton by a research team including Karen Rosenberg, of the University of Delaware's anthropology department. "Big woman with a distant past: Stone Age gal embodies humanity's cold shifts" ran in the magazine the week of Feb. 25, 2006 (Vol. 169, No. 8, p. 116). It discusses the team's finding that the specimen represents our largest known female ancestor and that the size was the result of cold-climate adaptation. The story includes: "The fossil individual's large size and the apparent adaptation of her body to cold conditions are 'consistent with the idea that patterns of human anatomical variation that we see today have deep evolutionary roots,' Rosenberg asserts."


A book co-authored by Donna Hart, of the University of Missouri at St. Louis, was featured Feb. 24, 2006, in Discovery News, the Discover Channel's online news site. "Early humans were often eaten" discusses Hart's book "Man the Hunted: Primates, Predators and Human Evolution" and its main theory, which was recently presented at an American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences conference. The theory argues that our ancestors between 7 million and 60,000 years ago were more likely to be prey than hunters with killer instincts.


Research by Agustin Fuentes, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, was featured in a February 2006 story on "Early humans on the menu" presented a general overview of Fuentes' and others' work that suggests human ancestors were driven to evolve increased levels of cooperation due to the pressure they experienced from numerous and larger predators.


David Sutton, an associate professor of sociocultural anthropology at Southern Illinois University,was quoted in a Feb. 21, 2006, Lifestyle feature in the San Antonio Express-News. "Cooking vs. carryout a hot topic for scholars" covered the trend away from homemade meals in American homes. Sutton talked about how cultural anthropologists are looking at which practices are changing and which are not, including the differing interpretations of the changes.


"Manners matter," a Feb. 20, 2006, article in The (Lynchburg, Va.) News & Advance, featured Deborah Durham, a professor of anthropology at Sweet Briar College, commenting on the global decline in manners. Durham was quoted about the reasons behind the decline.


Recent research by Pablo Nepomnaschy, a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and scientists at the University of Michigan was covered in a short news item Feb. 20, 2006, distributed by United Press International news service. Nepomnaschy and his colleagues found that women showing signs of stress were three times more likely to miscarry than the first three weeks of pregnancy, based on a study conducted in a rural Guatemalan community.


The Wall Street Journal Asia published an op-ed by Sara "Meg" Davis, a New York-based writer and author of "Song and Silence," Feb. 20, 2006. "A system 'rotting from the ground up' " discusses the violence and intimidation some local officials in China are using to silence citizen complaints of official abuse committed by local governments. The citizens are mostly rural Chinese who petition senior government officials in Beijing to intercede in the complaints. The op-ed gives examples of local officials allegedly hiring gangsters to enforce their will and suppress opposition.


J. Lorand Matory, a professor of anthropology and African and African-American studies at Harvard University, was quoted Feb. 17, 2006, in a story in The Harvard Crimson, the campus newspaper. "Scholars defend Black History Month" examines recent criticism surrounding the annual February recognition of African-American contributions to American history. (The recognition was the invention of a Harvard alum.) Matory defended Black History Month as one of several factors that brings more attention to black history.


Eugenie Scott, director of the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, Calif., was mentioned in a brief news item picked up Feb. 17, 2006, by the Northern Iowan, the University of Northern Iowa's campus newspaper. "Science teachers discuss how to teach evolution in the classroom" covered a recent symposium at Rutgers University. Scott was quoted from a keynote speech in which she talked about evolution and its place in scientific thought.


William Beeman, a professor of anthropology and Middle East studies at Brown University, had op-eds published recently in print and online newspapers. Versions of  "U.S. instigated Iran's nuclear policy" ran in The Providence Journal Feb. 14, 2006, an in The Palestine Chronicle Feb. 17, 2006. Beeman also published "No easy way out of dangerous face off: Iran decided long ago on nuclear future" in the Feb. 19, 2006, San Jose Mercury News.


"Suburban Shaman: Tales from Medicine's Frontline" - a newly published book by Cecil Helman, a professor of medical anthropology at Brunel University at Uxbirdge, U.K. - was recently featured by various BBC programs and other media. BBC Radio 4 has selected "Suburban Shaman" as an upcoming Book of the Week for March 6 to 10, 2006; information on the book will eventually appear on Radio 4's Web site. Helman's other BBC appearances include an interview on Radio 4's Midweek program Jan. 25, 2006. A review of his book also ran Feb. 3, 2006, in The Independent.


Kristen Ghodsee, an assistant professor of gender and women's studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and a fellow with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., has been interviewed for Wilson Center's TV and radio program Dialogue. The interview is regarding her new book "The Red Riviera: Gender, Tourism and Postsocialism on the Black Sea." It is tentatively set to air at 8 p.m. March 8, 2006, and 8 a.m. March 11, 2006, on MHz Networks; see the MHz's Web site to search program listings. Her book also was reviewed in the Dec. 2, 2005, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education's Research and Books section.


Pam Frese, a professor of anthropology at The College of Wooster in Ohio, was quoted in a Feb. 13, 2006, question-and-answer article in the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. "Folklore relates day of love to symbols of coming spring" discussed the history and culture surrounding Valentine's Day.


Robert Daniels, an anthropology professor with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was quoted in a Feb. 13, 2006, Jacksonville (N.C.) Daily News story about visual language translator cards. "Cards help deployed troops bridge language gap" covered the use of the cards by soldiers in Iraq. Daniels discussed the advantages the cards have over live translators.


Jack Broughton, a University of Utah archaeologist and associate professor of anthropology, was featured in "Early California: A killing field," a story published in the spring 2006 issue of Continuum, the university's magazine. The article was about Broughton's faunal research involving 5,736 bird bones found at an archaeological site near San Francisco Bay and about his findings regarding the site's 1,900-year period of resource exploitation by native peoples.


Robert Foster, a University of Rochester anthropology professor, was quoted in a short item that ran in the Feb. 13, 2006, issue of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in New York. "Love, international style, offers an idea or two" was a list of how love-and-romance-based holidays, like Valentine's Day in the United States, are celebrated in other countries. Foster discussed traditions in the Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea.


Monica Udvardy,  an anthropology professor at the University of Kentucky and a specialist in East African tribal customs, was included in a Feb. 13,

2006, story on, which is published, along with several Telegraph newspapers, by the Telegraph Group Ltd. in the United Kingdom. "Tribes mourn theft of burial statues for Western collectors" discussed the looting of vigango totems from rural homesteads near Kenya's coast. Udvardy commented on the impact the thefts have had on the tribes whose cultural objects have been stolen.


Mark Tveskov, a professor of archaeology and anthropology at Southern Oregon University, commented in a recent Mail Tribune (Medford, Ore.) story about a human skull discovered by construction crews working on a historic home in Medford. Tveskov was paraphrased about the discussion that would need to occur between government representatives, the property owner and tribal officials if the skull is determined to be that of an American Indian girl; a preliminary examination has determined the skull belonged to an adolescent female and was possibly more than 100 years old. The Mail Tribune story was subsequently picked up by the Associated Press Feb. 11, 2006.


Richard Leventhal, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia, was quoted in an article that appeared in several news outlets nationwide between Feb. 9 and 12, 2006. The story was about celebrations in honor of Charles Darwin's birthday, including those at the museum. It was carried by the Associated Press wire service Feb. 9 under the headline "Rallying behind Darwin" and subsequently appeared in newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times and Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. Leventhal was quoted as saying, "The people who believe in evolution.really just sort of need to stand up and be counted. Evolution is the model that drives science. It's time to recognize that."


Dr. Paul Farmer, of Harvard Medical School's Department of Social Medicine, was interviewed Feb. 7, 2006, on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Farmer discussed the impact of Haiti's political violence on health care; he is the executive vice president of Partners in Health, which created a medical center in a Haitian settlement.


Montgomery McFate, a research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, was featured in a Feb. 1, 2006, United Press International wire story. "Experts apply anthropology to Iraq " discussed McFate's speech at a recent Women in International Security Conference and the application of anthropology to understanding the Iraq insurgency and the tribal nature of Iraqi society. "McFate has suggested that knowledge of Iraqi tribal groups is useful because it can provide an insight into the reasons for insurgency," wrote Lucy Stallworthy, UPI correspondent.


William Beeman, a professor of anthropology at Brown University , was quoted about improving Middle Eastern language instruction both at Brown and nationwide in a Feb. 6, 2006, story in The Brown Daily Herald, an independent campus newspaper. The story was headlined " 'Critical need' language proposal has undetermined impact on University."


Brent Weisman, a professor with the University of South Florida's anthropology department, was mentioned in a Feb. 5, 2006, column in The (Bradenton, Fla.) Herald. "Lithuania construction a grave matter" discussed a15th-century cemetery in Lithuania that's being paved over for an apartment complex and similar situations in the United States. The column included paraphrases of comments by Weisman about Native American burials in downtown Tampa, Fla.


Setha Low, a professor of environmental psychology at the City University of New York and president-elect of the American Anthropological Association, was quoted in a Feb. 2, 2006, story in the New York Times. "Living ever larger: Estates in the sky" is about development trends toward supersized apartments, or "McCondos." Low commented on the psychology of jumbo condominium buyers.


Kenneth Broad, an environmental anthropologist and assistant professor with the University of Miami , was recently selected as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for 2006. A double-page spread on this year's Emerging Explorers is included in the February 2006 of National Geographic magazine. Information on past Explorers is available on National Geographic's Web site, which swill be updated shortly with the 2006 class.


Barbara King, professor of anthropology with the College of William & Mary, recently had commentaries on director Peter Jackson's "King Kong" film appear in several media outlets, including a book review Web zine. "Reading King Kong (and pitching Peter Jackson)" combined commentary and a discussion of the novel "Heart of Darkness." It appeared in January 2006 on King's commentary was also published by Scoop, an independent news site in New Zealand ( Jackson is from New Zealand ). Her item appeared in Scoop's Feedback section Dec. 31, 2005. Finally, King was quoted in a Dec. 12, 2005, Forbes article on "The biology of King Kong."


Kendall Blanchard, a professor of business and anthropology atFort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., was named a finalist for vice president and chief executive officer for the University of South Florida at Lakeland, according to a Jan. 30, 2006, story in The (Lakeland, Fla.) Ledger. The story was headlined "Final 4 for USF post to visit area." Blanchard is also a former president of Fort Lewis College.


Chuck Darrah, an anthropology professor at San Jose State University , was quoted in a Jan. 30, 2006, column in the San Jose Mercury News. "We do not adjust our TV sets" examined why San Francisco Bay Area sports fans watch football to the exclusion of other sports, unlike other regions of the country. Darrah was among the sources asked to explain the phenomenon.


Richard Handler, an anthropology professor at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville , was quoted in a Jan. 27, 2006, article in The Cavalier Daily, U.Va.'s campus newspaper. "What is science?" explored definitions of science, its effects and its future. Handler's comments explained the scientific nature of anthropology.


Deborah Tannen, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University , was a guest on The Diane Rehm Show Jan. 24, 2006. The show airs nationally on public radio via WAMU in Washington, D.C. Tannen talked about her book "You're Wearing That?" and about her research on mother-daughter conversational dynamics. Tannen also recently had two articles published about mother-daughter conversations and relationships. "Oh, Mom. Oh, Honey" appeared on page B1 of the Jan. 22, 2006, Washington Post Outlook section; and "My mother, my hair" ran Jan. 24, 2006, in the Los Angeles Times opinion section. Text of these articles is available for reading on Tannen's Web site, Tannen's book was also featured Jan. 25, 2006, on National Public Radio's Morning Edition.


Fadwa El Guindi, a professor of anthropology at the University of Qatar (on leave from the University of Southern California) and director and research anthropologist of El Nil Research in Los Angeles, had a brief item published in the February 2006 issue of Playboy magazine. The item is in response to a November 2005 article by Phyllis Chesler about Arab and Muslim women. El Guindi is author of "Veil: Modesty, Privacy and Resistance" and co-editor-in-chief of the new journal "Contemporary Islam: Dynamics in Muslim Life." Her expertise on the Middle East has been sought out by President Bill Clinton, the U.S. Senate and the media. Chesler is an emerita professor of psychology and women's studies and a psychotherapist. She has organized human rights campaigns worldwide, including in the Middle East, and has spoken in the media about anti-Semitism and Islamic gender apartheid. The piece El Guindi submitted to Playboy stated that the "widespread ignorance about Islam, Muslim women, Arab culture and civilizational history breeds provincial attacks on women, academics, and political freedom, stereotypical claims about gender apartheid, and extremist thinking about other cultures, such as that expressed by [Chesler] in Gender Apartheid.Painting women and feminists worldwide as helpless is against international solidarity." El Guindi also was quoted as a critic of Chesler's new book, "The Death of Feminism," in a Feb. 1, 2006, Chicago Tribune article about the book; the article was headlined "A feminist's case against Islam."


The experiences of Julian Orr - an anthropologist who has worked for Xerox, researching the company's technicians and managers - were mentioned in a Jan. 23, 2006, In the Lead column in the Wall Street Journal. "Companies struggle to pass on knowledge that workers acquire" appeared on the front page (B1) of the newspaper's Marketplace section.

James Boster, an anthropology professor with the University of Connecticut, was quoted in a recent Associated Press wire story about the 1956 massacre of missionaries by the Waodani people. The story was picked up Jan. 23, 2006, by The Missoulian (Missoula, Mont.) newspaper and published in its Religion section under the headline "Killer to comrade." Other newspapers nationwide also ran the wire story, including the Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.).

Blair Rudes, a linguist with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, was featured in a Jan. 22, 2006, story in The Charlotte Observer about his work recreating Algonquin for the film "The New World." Ives Goddard, a curator for linguistics and anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution, was also mentioned in the article, "UNCC linguist Blair Rudes helps cast of movie learn the Algonquin tongue he resurrected."

Barbara Feezor Buttes, a Minnesota-based anthropologist, was quoted in a recent Associated Press wire story that appeared in the Jan. 22, 2006, issue of The Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.). "Tribal claims gain in momentum: Casino profits at stake in excluded Indians' suit" included a mention of Buttes' effort to identify "lineal descendants" of the Loyal Mdewakanton. The story was also picked up by KARE-11, a Minneapolis/St. Paul television station, and appeared on the station's Web site under the heading "Minnesota lawsuit over Indian trust land opens old wounds." A related Associated Press story, "Sioux seek identity and riches owed," was published Feb. 12, 2006, in The Miami Herald.

Michael Silverstein, a professor with the University of Chicago Department of Anthropology, was featured in a recent commentary in Education Guardian, a supplement of the British newspaper The Guardian. "Why we are as good or bad as our language" was written by Jan Blommaert, chairman of languages in education at the University of London's Institute of Education. The piece discussed a reinstated theory that "helps to explain the linguistic signals of identity.

Kimberly Simmons, an assistant professor of anthropology and African-American studies at the University of South Carolina, was quoted in a Jan. 9, 2006, Lifestyles story in The (Rock Hill, S.C.) Herald. The article, "No barriers: For white couple adopting black kids, it's been a challenge worth the rewards," was about the phenomenon of transracial adoption.

David Schutzer, professor of anthropology at Pierce College, was included in a Jan. 8, 2006, article in The (Monterey County, Calif.) Herald about "CSI"-inspired enrollments in forensic science programs. "Television pushes surge in forensic science study" discusses the realities of forensic jobs and how incoming students don't always understand what those are.

William Bright, professor emeritus of linguistics and anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles and an adjunct professor of linguistics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was cited in a Jan. 7, 2006, story in the Tucson Citizen about place names with Native American origins. "Lookin' back: Colorful Indian place names found everywhere" mentioned Bright's recent book "Native American Placenames of the United States."

Melvyn Hammarberg, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Pennysvlania, was quoted in a Jan. 7, 2006, Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) story about the expansion of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints into city neighborhoods with large African-American and Spanish-speaking populations. The story was headlined "A new direction: Mormons are growing in inner cities."  The Times Leader is a Knight Ridder newspaper, and the article also appeared to have been distributed through Knight Ridder's news service.

William Vickers, professor emeritus of anthropology at Florida International University in Miami, was quoted by The Gainesville Sun in a Jan. 7, 2006, story about the 1956 killings of five missionaries by the Waodani in Ecuador. The piece was headlined "Florida man's life featured in film on slaying of missionaries."

William Saturno, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of New Hampshire, was featured in a Jan. 5, 2006, National Geographic News online article about the recent discovery of Maya writing dating to 2,300 years ago. "Earliest Maya writing found in Guatemala, researchers say" discusses the finding by lead researcher Saturno and his colleagues. Saturno's work was also featured Jan. 23, 2006, on in the story "UNH's Indiana Jones." Seacoastonline is a news site affiliated with Seacoast Media Group, which owns several community newspapers in coastal New Hampshire and Southern Maine.

Alex W. Barker, chairman of the Milwaukee Public Museum's Anthropology Department and vice president of its collections, research and exhibitions, published an op-ed in the Jan. 1, 2006, Crossroads Section of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  "Selling off parts of its collection is no way to save the museum" outlined the ethical arguments against selling off collections to provide operating funds for museums. 

Joan Bytheway, a forensic anthropologist and instructor with the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, was featured with other forensic specialists in an article in the January 2006 issue of National Geographic. The story, 'Genocide and the science of proof,' reports on the investigation of mass graves in Iraq. A small item on Bytheway and the mass graves work was featured Jan. 2, 2006, on, WTAE's Web site. (WTAE is a Hearst-Argyle TV station and ABC affiliate covering parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.) The item also reports that the forensics team's work was featured in the documentary 'A Case Against Saddam,' which is airing in January on the Discovery Times Channel.

Gerald Sawyer, of Central Connecticut State University's Archaeology Laboratory for African and African Diaspora Studies, was mentioned in a Jan. 17, 2006, article - "Weston cellar may have been a haven for runaway slaves" - in The (Stamford, Conn.) Advocate. The story describes archaeological and other research into a Weston, Conn., root cellar that may have served as a stop on the historic Underground Railroad.

Karenne Wood, chairwoman of the Virginia Council on Indians and a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Virginia, was quoted in a PRNewswire piece picked up Jan. 16, 2006, by Yahoo! News' financial news section, Yahoo! Finance. The item was about Virginia Indian tribal members' reaction to the portrayal of their heritage in "The New World," a New Line Cinema film being released in January 2006. Wood is a member of the Monacan Indian Nation; Bear Mountain in Amherst County, Va., has been home to the Monacan people for more than 10,000 years.

Barry Chevannes, a professor with the University of the West Indies, is being honored with a UWI-hosted three-day conference, according to a Jan. 15, 2006, report in The Jamaica Observer. The January conference, which is themed "African-Caribbean Worldview and the Making of Caribbean Society," highlights Chevannes' lifetime work and achievements in sociology and anthropology.

Ray Brassieur, a professor in the anthropology program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was quoted in a January 2006 story in The Daily World, Opelousas, La. "Traiteur is ancient tradition" examines the Cajun tradition of folk healers.

Edward Green, a medical anthropologist with Harvard University's School of Public Health, was a guest on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane Jan. 5, 2006. The program, which aired on WHYY public radio, examined Uganda's ABC HIV prevention policy. To listen to the show, go to and search for "AIDS" in the radio archives search engine at the bottom of the page; before executing the search, set the date in the draw-down menu as Jan. 5, 2006. The search should return a page with the program featuring Green at the top; click on the link provided to listen to the show. WHYY serves the Philadelphia area, parts of Delaware and north to Princeton, N.J.

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