Oths, Knight, Persons, Lynn, DeCaro, and Galbraith Receive Awards

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Dr. Kathryn Oths
Dr. Kathryn Oths

Dr. Kathy Oths has been selected by the College of Arts and Sciences as an A&S Distinguished Teaching Fellow for 2014-2017. This is such a wonderful honor and so richly deserved. It serves as a fabulous bookend for Prof. Oths having recently been selected as an NAA 2014 Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award recipient.

Drs. Jim Knight and Brooke Persons were part of a multi-national team recognized by a National Award of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba 2013. The team interpreted excavations at El Chorro de Maita in Cuba and identified it as a post-colonial contact indigenous community and cemetery. It is the first site of this type and has been recognized as one of the most important Cuban social sciences achievements of 2013.

Dr. Christopher Lynn was the recipient of an Arts and Sciences CARSCA (College Academy for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity) grant for a project entitled “Retention and Emotional Salience of Evolution Education via Comedy and Hip Hop.” In collaboration with Dr. William Evans of Telecommunication and Film, this project will use survey and skin conductance methods to test the impact of evolution education when delivered via hip hop playwright Baba Brinkman’s award-winning “Rap Guide to Evolution” show versus a stand lecture format.

Dr. Marysia Galbraith
Dr. Marysia Galbraith

Drs. Jason DeCaro and Marysia Galbraith were awarded Research Grants Committee support for their projects “The Culture of Child Caregiving in Mwanza, Tanzania” and “Jewish Heritage in Poland: Remembered Pasts and Imagined Futures,” respectively.

Dr. Galbraith also has the rare honor of receiving a third Fulbright award to conduct her Jewish-Polish heritage project, which will also involve documenting and recovering her own Polish heritage. There is little precedent in anthropology for projects like Dr. Galbraith’s, which document changes in self-identity and views of life from teen to adult. As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Galbraith will also be affiliated with Adam Mickiewicz University, which will enable her to connect and collaborate with Polish scholars.

Brooke Person Receives Ph.D.

Dr. Brooke Persons with her dissertation committee, (l-r) Dr. Blitz, Dr. Oths, Persons, Dr. Knight, Dr. Dressler
Dr. Brooke Persons with her dissertation committee, (l-r) Dr. Blitz, Dr. Oths, Persons, Dr. Knight, Dr. Dressler
Dr. Brooke Persons with her dissertation committee, (l-r) Dr. Blitz, Dr. Oths, Persons, Dr. Knight, Dr. Dressler
On October 11, 2013, Brooke Persons successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, “Pottery, People, and Place: Examining the Emergence of Political Authority in Late Ceramic Age Cuba.” The Graduate School and Department of Anthropology awarded a doctoral degree to Brooke Persons in December 2013.

Dr. Persons is now employed as an Instructor at UA, where she is teaching Ancient Latin America and an online introductory course. She is also spearheading the spring TMSE Partnership course, searching for an academic position, and focusing on turning her dissertation into a series of articles.

She is pursuing new research projects in the US Virgin Islands, including a project that focuses on the production of stone beads and shell pendants. Dr. Persons is looking forward to a collaborative project that will identify interaction between Cuba and the Turks and Caicos through compositional analyses of ceramics from both locales. We’re very proud of Dr. Persons and look forward to continuing to work with her as a colleague and contributor to Anthropology.