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Fall 2014 Camping Trip
Published 10/12/2014 in The UA Anthropology Club
Author jlfunkhouser
This fall the UAAC had the pleasure of camping for two nights in Joe Wheeler State Park. We toured nearby attractions including Florence Mound and the Athens Fiddlers Convention. A great trip and a glorious break from a busy semester! Thank you Ashley (and Angelica!) for organizing this for us! read more ❯
Feeling Like a Man and Behind Blue Eyes: No one knows what it’s like to feel these feelings…..
Benjamin Campbell Campell is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He obtained a B.A. in Biology and an M.A. in Zoology from Indiana University in 1982 and 1983, respectively. Campbell then went on to earn an M.A. in Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University. Studying both humans and non-human primates, Campbell has an impressive list of publications involving the brain, hormones, and human life history. His work has been mainly in African populations, including adolescent males in Zimbabwe, and the Turkana and Ariaal pastorals.   http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/anthropology/faculty/campbell.cfm   Embodiment and Vitality Embodiment is defined in several different ways in this article. In terms of anthropology, embodiment used to mean “the non-physiological experience of the body.”  Now, however, the focus is less on a mind-body dualism, as the mechanism describing how physiological information is transmitted to the right anterior insula was discovered by Bud Craig. Campbell uses embodiment as a term to... read more ❯
Behind Blue Eyes: No one knows what it’s like to feel these feelings…..
Published 10/7/2014 in The Schema
Author Greg Batchelder
Recently I read an article by Carol Worthman of Emory University entitled “Emotions: You can feel the difference.” The article can be found as a chapter in the book “Biocultural approaches to the Emotions” which was published in 1999 and edited by Alexander Laban Hinton. As I read the article I was taken back to my first year as an undergraduate student sitting in a psychology class concerned with child development. In that class I was first exposed to the work of Jerome Kagan on temperament in infants and the work of Mary Ainsworth involving various types of attachment of children to their caregivers. The more recent work by Carol Worthman builds on these ideas and outlines a process in which an individual’s relationship to the environment is mediated by emotions and how the appraisal of this relationship has an effect on the individual’s mental and physical health. Ultimately, Worthman... read more ❯
Duana Fullwiley
Published 10/5/2014 in Biology, Culture, and Evolution
Author Emily Hoskins
Duana Fullwiley is a medical anthropologist who graduated in 2002 from UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco with her Ph.D. Fullwiley has conducted a multi-sited field research in the United States about the emergent technologies that measure human genetic diversity among populations and between individuals. Her main interest is how scientists promote genetic citizenship. This was Dr. Fullwiley’s second book project and explains exactly how U.S. political concepts of diversity, usually glossed as “race,” function in genetic recruitment protocols and study designs for research on complex diseases, “tailored medicine,” ancestry tracing, and personal genomics. Dr. Fullwiley’s first book is The Encultured Gene: Sickle Cell Health Politics and Biologicalss Difference in West Africa. This book was written in 2011, and received the 2014 Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology from the American Anthropological Association, and the 2011 Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology from the Royal Anthropological... read more ❯
HI, TECH: vBookz App
Published 10/3/2014 in Bama Anthro Blog Network
Author Christopher Lynn
This new periodic column from the Anthro Dept Tech Committee will share info related to technology we think may help your research, teaching, or scholarship efforts. This first column highlights the vBookz Voice Reader app. I recall Dr. DeCaro coming into a faculty meeting a few years ago straight off the road from a road trip to discuss student comprehensive exams. He'd been pressed for time, so he'd converted them to PDF, had them read to him by some app, and recorded his comments via voice recorder. It sounded a little nuts at the time (not to mention dangerous potential listening material for sleep-deprived driving), but, since I've now joined the iPhone legion, I recently remembered that incident and tracked down an app to deal with the backlog of PDFs I needed to digest. I don't know if it's the same one he used, but I found vBookz because of its relatively... read more ❯
The Case against Biological Realism about Race: From Darwin to the Post-Genomic Era
Published 10/2/2014 in Biology, Culture, and Evolution
Author spcannon
The world as a global structure is composed of an “admixture” of genes. This “admixture” is a population whose genes consist of different inherited blood lines (i.e. European, African, Asian, and Latino).  Among these different descendants, race becomes an issue. Race is viewed throughout the Fullwiley, and Weiss and Long article as a way in distinguishing health disparities, a way of explaining Darwinism, and a crucial statistical relation to biology. Within this particular framework, population genetics and ancestral lineage plays a role in human settlement and development of the human body. This brings me to my article entitles, “The Case against Biological Realism about Race: From Darwin to the Post-Genomic Era.” In this piece, Maglo argues that race functions in contemporary human population genetics, more like a convenient instrumental concept than biological category for picking out sub specific evolutionary kinds. Evolution is a term coined by Charles Darwin. It is described... read more ❯
Culture Specific Terms for Mental Health
Published 10/1/2014 in The Schema
Author Greg Batchelder
During my time volunteering as a guide for the Estibrawpa project in the Bribri village of Yorkin, Costa Rica, the women explained that they started the project to address illness in the community. The first type of illnesses they mentioned came about as a result of the men working with pesticides and fertilizers on plantain and banana plantations. In particular they noted skin and respiratory ailments. The second form of illness they described as “depresión.” As a medical anthropologist I am acutely aware that this term may mean something totally different in this context than how it is understood in the Western medical model. The DSM-IV TR describes a major depressive episode as a period of at least two weeks in duration in which occurs a depressed mood or the loss of interest or pleasure in activities. The individual must also experience at least four additional symptoms that include changes... read more ❯
10 Things You May Not Know About Dr. Cameron Lacquement
Published 10/1/2014 in Bama Anthro Blog Network
Author camedeiros
In our latest issue of "10 Things You May Not Know About," we focus on Dr. Cameron Lacquement, our Director of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Lacquement is an archaeologist who specializes in Southeastern archaeology, ethnohistory, and prehistoric construction. His professional interests are prehistoric archaeology, Mississippian archaeology, experimental archaeology, architectural energetics, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, wood science technology, history of archaeology, marriage and kinship studies, and forensics. Dr. Lacquement is also the editor of Architectural Variability in the Southeast, published in 2007.   Here are 10 things you may not know about Dr. Lacquement: 1. Was a state champion swimmer in high school. 2. Enjoys woodworking and carpentry. 3. Is the co-founder and pitcher of the Argonauts co-rec intramural softball team (est. 2006). Go 'Nauts! 4. Resume includes gas station attendant, lifeguard, fish and reptile sales, whitewater rafting guide, carpenter, tobacco primer, and 2-year aquatic watermelon wrestling champion (Oak Ridge, NC - July 4th... read more ❯
Holistic Humor: Coping With Breast Cancer
Published 9/30/2014 in Neuroanthropology: The Course
Author Carson Patterson
About the Author Kathryn Bouskill holds both a  BA and MA in Anthropology from Notre Dame and Emory respectively. She is currently  completing a Ph.D. in Anthropology and a M.P.H. in Epidemiology at Emory. She maintains an interest in the topic of breast cancer though her current focus has shifted from ethnographic research on coping mechanisms to the globalization of typically American breast cancer awareness campaigns and their social implications in new contexts, specifically in Austria. The Big Idea Kathryn Bouskill decided to take a slightly different look at humor and illness. Traditional interest centers around humor as therapy, the idea that laughter can be a form of medicine, and/or the physiological implications of humor. However, Bouskill preferred to explore how humor was utilized in order to cognitively augment a sociocultural reality through social connection and understanding among survivors. While the fear was an unavoidable constant,... read more ❯
Emotions (Fear Faces)
Published 9/30/2014 in Neuroanthropology: The Course
Author Alexa Vicente
The Authors: The article entitled “Cultural Specificity in Amygdala Response to Fear Faces” was researched by Joan Y. Chiao, Tetsuya Iidaka, Heather L. Gordon, Junpei Nogawa, Moshe Bar, Elissa Aminoff, Norihiro Sadato, and Nalini Ambady. All of these researchers sought to study the amygdala and whether cultural specificity had an affect on the neural response to fear faces. Intro: The human amygdala is greatly activated to fear faces. It is thought that this heightened response is a reflection of an adaptive social signal to either warn or solicit help from others. Prior neuroimaging studies have only examined amygdala response to different emotional stimuli in participants within the same culture and not cross culturally, it remains unknown whether culture affects the neural response to fear faces. The researchers’ decided to test their hypotheses on two distinct cultures, native Japanese in Japan and Caucasians in the United States. Hypotheses: The authors had came up... read more ❯

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