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Anthropology In Review - TMSE
By Annakate Faulk Since last week was the final lesson for the UA Outreach program at Tuscaloosa Magnet Elementary School Rob and I taught a review lesson to our students. This week was an emotional one for myself and my fellow UA student-instructors as we have all gotten close with each of the students. . We did a brief review of each of the semesters lessons starting with the first lesson: Culture and Clans all the way through to the final lesson from the previous week’s body modification lecture from Megan. For each week’s topic I created an individual slide on the PowerPoint and listed facts which I felt were particularly important that the students remember. Things such as what a clan is, what an archaeologist does and does not do, which creatures fall into the category of primates and what adornments are considered body modification? Once we had gone over each... read more ❯
Dr. Alison Brough - Forensic Anthropology and Computed Post-Mortem Tomography
Published 12/7/2015 in Confessions of a Hockey Anthropologist
Author dascott
Biography: Dr. Alison Brough is Post-Doctorate Research Associate in the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Her areas of research interest include forensic anthropology, post-mortem computed tomography, imaging, forensic radiology and the applications of forensic technologies to disaster victim identification. Dr. Brough is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of London and recently attained Level 3 Forensic Anthropology certification. Dr. Brough graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) from the University of University of Dundee in Forensic Anthropology in 2009. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2014 at the University of Leicester. Dr. Brough’s research project during her dissertation was ‘ Computed Tomography Assessment of Bone and Teeth of the Developing Child’ undertaken under the supervision of Professor Bruno Morgan, Consultant Radiologist, and Professor Guy Rutty, Home Office registered Forensic Pathologist. She is an active member of the International Society... read more ❯
Biography: Bruce Latimer
Dr. Bruce Latimer is a paleoanthropologist at Case Western Reserve University. He received his Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Arizona at Tuscon, his MA in Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Kent State University in 1988. Dr. C. Owen Lovejoy was his advisor. Dr. Latimer is currently Professor of Anthropology, Anatomy, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University, and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Origins at Case Western Reserve University. He has also been the Director of the Biological Program in the Department of Anatomy at Case Western Reserve University, the Curator of Physical Anthropology and the Executive Director of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Cleveland State University, Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Kent State University, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medical Illustration at the Cleveland... read more ❯
Parents Night and the Final Day at Arcadia
Published 11/25/2015 in UA Outreach: Anthropology Partnership
Author jmfriel
Last day of Anthropology is Elementary 2015 We did not have an official lesson for the last day. Instead, we had an overview of the semester and discussed key aspects of anthropology learned. Click to see details Click to see details Click to see details Click to see details Click to see details Click to see details Click to see details   Click to see details Ending thoughts Thank you to the parents, faculty, and students at Arcadia Elementary. We had an amazing time. This semester entailed weekly 45 minute sessions with rotating lesson plans that focused on a specific aspect of anthropology: cultural, linguistics, physical, and archaeology. The program combined lecture based learning and lab setting activities to facilitate retention of material. The semester was overseen by my professor and another PhD student, but individual lectures were designed and taught by myself (a graduate student enrolled in a class focusing on developing detailed lesson plans, plan creative academic exercises, and see plan to completion). The... read more ❯
The Origin of Sibö
Published 11/21/2015 in The Schema
Author Greg Batchelder
Sibö (the Bribrí god) made the first indigenous people from seeds of corn. He brought the seeds from a place called SuLa’kaska, which means the Place of Destiny. At the time the earth was only rock, and Sibö knew he had to create soil in order to plant his corn seeds. On another planet there lived a tapir family. Sibö asked a bat to fly to that place and suck the blood of a little girl tapir. The bat did as he was told and when he returned to the earth he defecated on the rocks. A few days later the first trees began to sprout from that place. Sibö realized that his experiment to make soil was working, so he sent the bat again to suck the blood of the little girl tapir. The bat returned and again defecated upon the rocks and more trees grew. Sibö then made... read more ❯
What Do You Like About Anthropology? at Arcadia
Published 11/16/2015 in UA Outreach: Anthropology Partnership
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Body Adornment at Arcadia
Published 11/13/2015 in UA Outreach: Anthropology Partnership
Author jmfriel
Week 9: Body Adornment Lecture Body Adornment is “Decorating your body to show your social status, to express your individuality, as a rite of passage, or to chow your membership to a group like a clan or community.” There are many different forms of body adornment. Body adornment is what you wear or how you cut and style your hair. It is also piercing your body, or tattooing your body or doing body paint. All forms of body adornment aim to make the wearer look more attractive, show individuality, and represent status. Hair: The people of West Africa often intricately braid their hair. In other cultures, covering your hair shows respect for  the wearer's religion. In our culture, dying your hair is a fun way to express your individuality. In many cultures cutting your hair is an important ritual. Piercings: In Africa some women add discs to their lower lips, because it is considered beautiful in their culture.... read more ❯
Human Osteology - TMSE
By Rob Barlow This week I led the lesson on human osteology, which is the study of human bones. Osteology is valuable to anthropologists and can tell us many things about individual humans or a certain group of people. By studying osteology we can determine sex, genealogy, diet and even disease pathology. Faced with such a broad subject, I felt it would be best to simplify it and just compare human osteology to primate osteology. In particular, I focused on the western chimpanzee, who is native to West Africa and is a great specimen to highlight differences between humans and primates skeletons. The main areas I focused on were skull structure, teeth, pelvis, spine, femora, and feet. The reason I focused on these areas is because they highlight various evolutionary differences and differences in the way sex presents itself in the skeletons. To begin I gave a very detailed PowerPoint presentation on... read more ❯
Does Race Exist? Not Like You May Think. A Response to Gill (2000).
For class this week one of the required readings was “Does Race Exist” by George W. Gill, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming. As a physical and forensic anthropologist, he attempts to deconstruct the “reality of race” debate, and identifies himself as a proponent of the reality of biological race. However, I’ve found many of his arguments problematic, and I’m devoting this post to their analysis. In the first section of his argument, Gill makes the argument that “the “reality of race” therefore depends more on the definition of reality than on the definition of race [emphasis added].” And truly his entire argument rests on this assumption. However, it’s inherently problematic—because as any philosopher or debater worth his salt will tell you—until all terms are defined and agreed upon, no argument is valid. To argue for the existence and utility of the race concept while dismissing his responsibility to... read more ❯
Food at Arcadia
Published 11/8/2015 in UA Outreach: Anthropology Partnership
Author jmfriel
Week 8: Food Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. Cuisine is about the style of cooking the food. There are two distinct categories that all foods fit into - junk (or processed) foods and healthy foods. Processed foods are foods that are prepared in mass numbers at factories to make it easier to make and eat meals. These include sodas, cookies, and chips. Healthy foods are food prepared in a kitchen for individual consumption. They include fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meats, and beans.   Anthropologists study food because it tells us a great deal about the people in a culture. The level of technology people have, the types of environment people live in, and the level of nutrition and health are all things that can be better understood by studying the food of a culture. Pictured are traditional meals from West Africa, including squash stew and cooked bananas with beans. Students... read more ❯
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