News Highlights


Anthropology Assistant Professor Amy Non was one of 11 UC San Diego Faculty Members Honored with Hellman Fellowships

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Amy Non of Anthropology was among the faculty receiving Hellman Fellowships, which support the research and creative endeavors of junior faculty.  Non will use her Hellman Fellowship to investigate whether the children of Hispanic immigrants are aging faster due to stressors such as poverty or discrimination.


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“A surging movement for Catalan political independence from Spain has brought renewed urgency to questions about what it means, personally and politically, to speak or not to speak Catalan and to claim Catalan identity” begins the book description for “Singular and Plural: Ideologies of Linguistic Authority in 21st Century Catalonia,” by Kathryn “Kit” Woolard of Anthropology. Woolard has won another award for her work – this time the 2017 Edward Sapir Book Prize from the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, which is awarded to “a book that makes the most significant contribution to our understanding of language in society.”

 


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The female reproductive system and jungles of Africa face foreign invaders. In this episode, we follow San Diego scientist Pascal Gagneux through these environments, and find out more about their intruders. Check out the fascinating interview on KPBS Rad Scientist Podcast!


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Saiba Varma of Anthropology is quoted by the Associated Press: “Hair has historically symbolized sexuality and a certain excessive feminine energy,” she said. “The braid-chopping seems to be a clear example of someone trying to curtail these feminine energies.”


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Tom Levy of Anthropology traveled to India for a conference sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Archaeological Survey of India and India’s Ministry of Culture. Levy is also mentioned in a Berkeley blog post, this time for his role in a digital, UC-funded project to preserve at-risk cultural heritage sites.


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We are delighted pass on the news that the American Ethnological Society has selected Jon Bialecki as a winner of the 2017 Sharon Stephens Book Prize for a scholar's first book. Jon earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology here at UC San Diego, and is currently a popular Lecturer in the department. His book is entitled A Diagram for Fire: Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement, and is published by the University of California Press.


Gift to UC San Diego Library Enhances Its Distinguished Melanesian and Anthropology Studies Collection

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The UC San Diego Library recently received a generous gift to create the Schwartz Library Collection Endowment for Melanesian/Anthropology Studies, in honor of UC San Diego Professor Emeritus Theodore (Ted) Schwartz, a prominent figure in psychological anthropology. 


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Anthropology Professor Isabel Rivera-Collazo says that Hurricane Maria struck a sensitive archaeological site that she and other researchers were studying when the storm hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20.


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The expedition, led by UC San Diego Department of Anthropology professor Thomas E. Levy, involved a land-and-sea approach to understanding trade and exchange during Biblical times, at sites dating to the Iron Age, circa 1200 to 586 BC.


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Anthropology Ph.D. alumna Eva Bagg is the new superintendent and president of Barstow Community College.


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Anthropology graduate student Brady Liss and his classwork with the UC San Diego Big Pixel Initiative was included in a Google Earth and Earth Engine blog post.

Renaming Non-communicable Diseases

Janis Jenkins and graduate student Ellen Kozelka of Anthropology publish a letter in The Lancet.

San Diego Archaeologists are Going Underwater for a Deeper Look at Humanity's Past News - Underwater
KPBS took a look at the region’s efforts to support marine archaeology, including the recent launch of an effort co-led by the Division of Social Sciences, the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology. Thomas Levy of Anthropology is co-director. He discusses plans to explore a submerged Israeli port that might have been an important trade hub during the time of kings David and Solomon.

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The Student Technology Fund committee at UC Berkeley recently awarded Research IT a grant for the two-year project, Student 3D/Visualization Teams for Campus Museums, which will be run in collaboration with the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology (PAHMA).

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Excavations of copper mines find earliest Israeli traces of dye used for prestigious garments for skilled workers.

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Researchers excavating what was believed to be a completely looted ancient Greek tomb have discovered 15 adult and two juvenile human burials, as well as artifacts dated to a period just before the collapse of Mycenaean society during the late Bronze Age.

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It’s a laboratory that looks like a cross between a classroom and a tech pavilion at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. There are virtual-reality headsets everywhere, and large, flat-screen 3D displays. College students work at computers, while teammates wearing goggles look from side to side, occasionally ducking or recoiling, as they react and engage with the virtual environments visible in their head-mounted displays.

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Somewhere in the at-risk ruins of Khirbat en-Nahas in the Faynan region of southern Jordan lie untold stories of copper mining and smelting industries from the time of David and Solomon and the Edomite kings. Stories that, until now, could only be told in words, maps and photographs. Thanks to UC San Diego engineering and archaeology students that teamed up for the world’s first cyber-archaeology hackathon, the story of King Solomon’s copper mines now exists in virtual reality.
An Archaeologist Perspective on Humans and Climate Change 
How are modern day humans adapting to climate change? To find the answer, archaeologists are studying how human societies have responded to environmental changes in the past.Isabel Rivera-Collazofocuses on understanding human resilience and adaptation to past environmental change as a lens through which we can view the future. Finding answers involves diverse disciplines, including archeology, anthropology, geomorphology, ecosystem dynamics and climate science. Join us to learn how her work at Scripps Oceanography and in UC San Diego's Department of Archeology are changing the way we view climate change and its impacts on society.

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Manure preserved for millennia by the arid climate of Israel’s Timna Valley is adding fresh fuel toa long- simmering debate about the biblical king Solomon and the source of his legendary wealth.

 

To The Top


2016


Passing of Anthropology Professor Emeritus Roy D’Andrade

Roy D’Andrade, 84, played an important role at UC San Diego as one of the founding members of the anthropology department, as a strong advocate of research bridging traditional disciplinary boundaries, and as a founder of the field of cognitive anthropology.


Video: CAVEkiosk at UC San Diego Geisel Library Opens
The Geisel Library virtual reality CAVEkiosk is one of four planned for University of California campuses at San Diego, Berkeley, Los Angeles and Merced. All are partners in a UC collaboration led by anthropologist Thomas Levy, director of the Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability (CCAS).

 

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Four of the 2016 recipients are from the Division of Social Sciences. Co-directed by Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology, the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) will administer the research fellowships.

Experts Say Original Pyramid Found at Mayan Ruins in Mexico mayan
The Associated Press sought the expertise of Geoffrey Braswell of Anthropology about an archaeological find at Chichen Itza, where Braswell has previously conducted research. He compared the pyramid – discovered within two other structures – to a Russian nesting doll and said it might be new or it might have been detected in the 1940s. The story appeared in the New York Times (linked above), CBS News, the Huffington Post, the Daily MailVice and the San Francisco Chronicle, among many others.

New 3-D CAVEkiosk Brings Cyber-Archaeology to Geisel
The university’s iconic, futuristic spaceship of a building, Geisel Library, will unveil its first virtual-reality 3-D display system during a public reception on Monday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. The CAVEkiosk will be open to the campus community and the public at large, and it will also allow researchers to analyze and visualize 3-D data from at-risk archaeological sites in Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Greece, Morocco and Cyprus. The kiosk is part of a UC collaboration led by Tom Levy of Anthropology.

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Neurodevelopmental study on Williams Syndrome may give clues. Research on the rare genetic condition, which produces individuals with extremely sociable personalities, may also shed light on biology and behavior of persons with autism and other social disorders. Coverage of the Nature paper – by Katerina Semendeferi of Anthropology, and students Branka Hrvoj and Kari Hanson, along with colleagues at UC San Diego Health Sciences and the Salk Institute – included Live ScienceDaily Mail and Times of San Diego.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune highlights environmental archaeologist Isabel Rivera-Collazo of Anthropology, who studies coastal communities and how people respond to climate change, and Philip Guo of Cognitive Science, who researches human-computer interaction, online learning and computing education.


Ancient Mexicans May Have Raised Rabbits rabbits
“They were breeding rabbits as a form of specialized labor,” said Anthropology lecturer Andrew Somerville, who led the team of anthropologists that made the discovery. The study, co-authored by Margaret Schoeninger, garnered media attention around the world, including The Daily Mail, the New Historian and the Archaeological Institute of America.

UCSD to Explore, Digitize 100 Shipwrecks in Bermuda
Research at the Qualcomm Institute, including work by Tom Levy of Anthropology, is featured in the Union-Tribune.

Bolivia Decides It’s Time to Ditch the Gregorian Calendar
On PRI’s The World, Paul Goldstein of Anthropology weighs in on the Bolivian president’s push to resurrect an indigenous calendar. Starting in the 43rd minute, Goldstein explains the ancient Aymara calendar and the challenges of switching today.

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Kathryn Woolard of Anthropology has been recognized by the Ramon Llull International Prize for “making a notable contribution to disseminating the situation of Catalan among the academic community.” Oxford University Press, meanwhile, is publishing Woolard’s book, “Singular and Plural: Ideologies of Linguistic Authority in 21st Century Catalonia.”

 


Nitza Villapol: The Woman Who Taught Cubans to Cook With Just About Anything

Discussing “Cuba’s Julia Child” with NPR, Hanna Garth of Anthropology said the legacy of Villapol is much more than a collection of recipes.


Did a Teen Discover a Lost Mayan City? Not Exactly mayan site

The internet was abuzz with a 15-year-old “discovering” a Mayan site, leading Geoffrey Braswell of Anthropology to weigh in. “Mr. Gadoury should be praised for his work, and it is clear that he will have an exciting future,” Braswell said. “Nonetheless, the images that he has shown are not of Maya pyramids.” News organizations around the globe began to update their stories with Braswell’s comments: New York Magazine, Wired, Gizmodo and the Washington Post (linked above), among them.


 

Global Mental Health: Transdisciplinary Perspectives
Thomas Csordas and Janis Jenkins of Anthropology are among those working to move mental health from the margins to the mainstream of the global development agenda. Jenkins served as panel chair for “Conceptualizing Mental Health,” while Csordas served as a panelist for “Context and Mental Health: Culture, Poverty, and Religion,” at a meeting convened by the International Monetary Fund, the World Health Organization, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University. The meeting was held in conjunction with the World Bank’s and World Health Organization’s “Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Health Development Priority,” covered by The New York Times and Huffington Post.

‘Power of the Crowd’ to Monitor At-Risk Archaeological Sites
A team of researchers at the new Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability led by Thomas Levy of Anthropology has launched a joint online mission to monitor nearly 11,000 archaeological sites located in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

What You Need To Know About That ‘Cute’ Lemur Video lemur
Did you see or share that viral video of a lemur demanding back scratches? Marni LaFleur of Anthropology, who co-directs the nonprofit Lemur Love, explains to NPR why interacting with wild lemurs is not good for you, or the lemur. LaFleur also spoke with Slate.

California Networking Consortium to Honor UC San Diego ‘Cyber’ Archaeologist
Thomas Levy of Anthropology will receive the CENIC Innovations in Networking Award for Research Applications in recognition of developing and deploying new systems for reconstructing the archaeological record through digital technologies.

Archaeology’s Information Revolution
The Atlantic reports on what big data and technology mean to the study of ancient artifacts, including the work of Thomas Levy of Anthropology. Also, Levy’s new Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability at the Qualcomm Institute is now partnering with the Israel Antiques Authority.

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“When intolerant radical ideologies are coupled with modern bombs and bulldozers, the potential for total destruction of heritage sites is unparalleled compared with the past,” says Thomas Levy of Anthropology. A UC Newsroom feature and Forbesdetail how cyber-archaeology research headed by Levy is coming to the rescue.

Cricket Team of Maasai Warriors Goes to Bat for Women's Rights cricket team
Huffington Post and NPR report on the Maasai Cricket Warriors, the focus of a documentary film that charts the players’ journey from their Kenyan village to their first championship in London. The team was founded by Aliya Bauer as part of her work at the Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project run by Shirley Strum of Anthropology.

Feb. 23: Gun Violence in the United States – A Global Public Health Crisis
Hosted in part by the Global Health Program and co-sponsored by Department of Communication, the quarterly Conversations in Global Health event includes Janis Jenkins and Saiba Varma of Anthropology, and Brady Campaign Director Ron Marcus. The conversation starts at 3:30 p.

Tribes’ Win in Fight for Bones Clouds Hopes for DNA Studies
In addition to The New York Times, Forbes mentions Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology in reporting that the Supreme Court has declined to hear a lower-court case appeal regarding remains found on UC San Diego property.

 


Obama Administration Plans Shake-Up in Propaganda War Against ISIS

Anthropology alumnus Michael Lumpkin is appointed the new head of a State Department program on global engagement.



Archaeologists Find Captive Carnivore Remains in Mexico

Epoch Times features research analysis by Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology of puma, eagle and wolf remains found in Teotihuacan.

2015


Thomas E. Levy Among Recipients of UC President붹s Research Catalyst Award
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Anthropology professor Thomas Levy, the Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands, will lead a $1.07 million project  to curate, analyze and visualize 3D data from at-risk archaeological sites in the Middle East. Levy served as a key participant in this year붹s Digital Heritage Conference.


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The National Academy of Sciences produces a biography of Mel Spiro of Anthropology for its national archives.

 

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Janis Jenkins of Anthropology writes a guest post for the University of California Press blog and is interviewed on the 뷙Thinking Aloud뷹 radio program about her book 뷙Extraordinary Conditions: Culture and Experience in Mental Illness.뷹


Birch Aquarium Announces New Executive Director
Anthropology alumnus Harry Helling chosen to lead Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

2014


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Too many people, not enough water 븹 now and 2700 years ago. New research co-authored by doctoral candidate Adam Schneider of Anthropology suggests that drought and overpopulation helped destroy the Assyrian Empire. The Climatic Change paper draws parallels with modern Syria and Iraq, and cautions other regions also facing weather stresses today


In memoriam: Melford E. Spiro, 94, founder of UC San Diego's Department of Anthropology.

 

Congratulations to Marta Kutas of Cognitive Science, recipient of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society붹s 2015 Distinguished Career Contributions Award; to Tom Levy of Anthropology, on election to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts; and to James Fowler of Political Science 븹 on being named to the Politico 50 list of "thinkers, doers and dreamers who really matter in this age of gridlock and dysfunction.뷹


NSF highlights research by John Haviland of Anthropology. Haviland is studying the creation of a complex sign language among an extended family of Mayan Indians in an isolated community in highland Chiapas, Mexico.

2013

2012


Katerina Semendeferi of Anthropology was featured in the U-T as one of the San Diegans recently named fellows of AAAS, the nation's largest scientific organization.


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First prize: Anthropology graduate student Jordan Haug has won the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest for his collection 뷙Mormon Fundamentalism and Polygamy,뷹 which numbers nearly 100 volumes.


 

Tom Levy of Anthropology has published a free e-book: 뷙Cyber-Archaeology in the Holy Land: The Future of the Past.뷹

 


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Katerina Semendeferi of Anthropology is one of 10 UC San Diego faculty named new AAAS fellows, reported UC San Diego News.


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Geoffrey Braswell of Anthropology tells the Associated Press that the Maya did not predict an apocalyptic end of the world in 2012.

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Shirley Strum of Anthropology was cited widely in stories about baboon management in South Africa, including Fox News,Cape Times and others. 

TEDx video: Thomas Levy of Anthropology explains how new visualization technologies have enabled archaeologists to collect, manage and analyze site data.


Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology was quoted in Science on the forest foraging diet of Australopithecus sediba, a possible early member of the human family.


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Archive Renamed for Anthropologist The late Donald Tuzin of Anthropology helped build a world-class research collection at UC San Diego for the study of the peoples of Papua New Guinea and other island countries of the southwestern Pacific. Now, in honor of his leadership and legacy, the collection of materials from one of the most culturally, linguistically and geographically diverse places on earth has been renamed the Tuzin Archive for Melanesian Anthropology. Celebrating the archive붹s 30 years, an exhibit is on view at Geisel Library through June 30. 

The ScientistNature and Science reported that the 9,000-year-old skeletons found at UC San Diego붹s University House would not be reburied until a federal lawsuit against the university by three UC professors, including Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology, is settled


Making of the Modern Human Humans dominate the planet thanks largely to our unique abilities to extract calories and protein from all kinds of animal and plant material. Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology reviews how food fueled our evolution.

 


La Jolla Patch carried obituary for Marc Swartz of Anthropology


Shirley Strum of Anthropology was quoted in a PolitiFact piece debunking the chain joke email that refers to baboons as a 뷙congress"

 

2011


Two Social Scientists Among 2011 AAAS Fellows

 

Carol Padden of Communication and Dena Plemmons of Anthropology have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nation붹s largest scientific organization.

 


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Katerina Semendeferi of Anthropology is one of the leading researchers discussing uniquely human features of the brain as part of UCSD-TV붹s series on the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny, or CARTA.


 

Orange County Register ran Q&A with Anthropology alumna Stephanie Morgan, owner of Seabirds vegan food truck who participated in the Food Network붹s second season of 뷙The Great Food Truck Race뷹

 


Chronicle of Higher Education article on 뷙Academics Abroad, with Family in Tow뷹 includes at length the experience of John Haviland of Anthropology


San Diego U-T story on local intrepid explorers included Thomas Levy of Anthropology and described his research in Jordan; Levy will be honored for his work by the international Explorers Club in October

USA Today story on Max Planck Institute findings that human ancestors were 뷙mama붹s boys,뷹 with the females moving out of their birth communities and the males staying put, quoted Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology. Agence France Press story, appearing in Yahoo News, FOX and elsewhere, did too, as did Discovery News andScience News.

San Diego.com quoted Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology in story about the controversy over the ancient skeletons found in 1976 at University House



Wired reported on scientists, led by Margaret Schoeninger of Anthropology, fighting the University of California for the right to study ancient skeletons found on the grounds of UCSD붹s University House; the story follows up on a letter published in Science


San Diego.com previewed Japan tsunami discussion at Museum of Man that featured, among others, Joseph Hankins of Anthropology

2010


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A new television documentary called 뷙Quest for Solomon붹s Mines,뷹 by National Geographic/NOVA, features research by Anthropology professor Tom Levy, showing that extensive copper production took place in Jordan during what is believed to be the Biblical era of David and Solomon. Watch the full episode. See more NOVA.

2009


 Chichen Itza in 3-D

 

Anthropology Department faculty and a graduate student are using a free Google download to model the ancient Maya city.

2008


Two of Seven

 

Two social scientists, Roger Gordon of Economics and Thomas Levy of Anthropology, are among seven faculty members from UCSD to be named fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.


Tops in Teaching

Professor Emeritus David Jordan, Anthropology, has been named a top recipient in the UCSD Alumni Association붹s 30th Annual Awards for Excellence, to be held June 7.