Alumni News and Anthropologists IN the News

ECU anthropology professor Dr. Blakely Brooks leads an ECU Global Understanding class.
ECU anthropology professor Dr. Blakely Brooks leads an ECU Global Understanding class.

Dr. Blakely Brooks, Teaching Assistant Professor at East Carolina University, who received his Ph.D. from UA in 2011, is in the news (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/globalclassroom.cfm)for shattering stereotypes and promoting global understanding. Says Brooks, “The stereotypes our students have, they find out they just aren’t correct. And the foreign students find out their ideas of Americans often aren’t correct.”

Jonathan Belanich, who received his BA in 2014 in Anthropology and Biology and is currently enrolled in the MA program at Mississippi State, received Honorable Mention for his National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program application. This program is highly competitive, and our faculty wrote letters of recommendation for his proposal, so we consider this an honor that reflects on our preparation of him.

Dr. Chris Lynn was considered “Worth Quoting” in the January and February UA Dialog. From January (http://dialog.ua.edu/2015/01/dialog-extra-for-jan-5-2015/): “Stress can kill you, literally, and having means of reducing stress is going to be critical for the survival of species,” as quoted in Men’s Health. Lynn is the author of a study that suggests that sitting by a fire can lower people’s blood pressure and help them relax. From February (http://dialog.ua.edu/2015/02/dialog-extra-for-feb-5-2015/): “When we aren’t used to having down time, it results in anxiety … (a)nd we reach for the smartphone. It’s our omnipresent relief from that,” as quoted in the Aberdeen (South Dakota) News. The March UA Dialog (http://dialog.ua.edu/2015/03/accolades-for-march-2-2015/) recognized Dr. Lisa LeCount for being awarded a National Geographic Research and Exploration grant and Dr. Jason DeCaro (http://dialog.ua.edu/2015/03/uas-first-faculty-research-day-set-for-april-8/) for being selected for the President’s Faculty Research Award. In April, the UA Dialog (http://dialog.ua.edu/2015/04/accolades-for-april-13-2015/) also recognized Achsah Dorsey and her adviser Jason DeCaro for her receipt of the University’s Outstanding Research by a Master’s Student award. In May, recent Anthropology BA Maryanne Mobley was recognized with 13 other UA graduates in UA Dialog (http://dialog.ua.edu/2015/05/14-ua-graduates-receive-fulbright-awards-for-2015-16/) for being honored with a Fulbright Award. Maryanne will be traveling to teach in South Korea.

The Biocultural Medical Anthropology faculty were asked to contribute a guest column for the Anthropology News online this year based on their “Biocultural Systematics” blog. Three columns have appeared so far by Bill Dressler, Jason DeCaro (http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2015/03/02/whats-biological-about-biocultural-research-part-1/), and Jo Weaver (http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2015/04/14/challenges-of-mixed-method-research/); and Dr. Dressler’s column “‘Culture’…Again” (http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2015/01/30/culture-again/)received enough page views to merit publication in the May print edition of Anthropology News.

Our colleague, Dr. John Blitz, is cited heavily in this recent American Archaeology article (http://www.archaeologicalconservancy.org/atlatls-arrows/, vol. 19, No. 1, 2015), “From Atlatls to Arrows.” Congratulations John—Good stuff!

The Crimson White profiled Dr. Chris Lynn‘s efforts to develop the Evolutionary Studies program this semester (http://www.cw.ua.edu/article/2015/02/lynn-grows-evolutionary-studies-at-alabama). Congrats to Dr. Lynn for his hard work on the EvoS program, and please contact him at cdlynn@ua.edu to enroll or for more information. The Crimson White also published a piece (http://www.cw.ua.edu/article/2015/01/campfires-aid-blood-pressure-study-says) on Dr. Lynn Fireside Relaxation Study, the Evolutionary Psychology article that came out at the end of 2014, and the efforts of students like Melinda Carr and Lauren Pratt and alumnus Meghan Steel in this ongoing study.

Finally, Dr. Lynn provided ideas for UA News‘ “UA Matters” column in February for an atypical Valentine’s Day (http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/02/ua-matters-happy-atypical-valentines-day/) and in April for those considering online dating (http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/04/ua-matters-thinking-of-online-dating-a-few-items-to-consider/).

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