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KU Anthropologist

Volume 26 Spring 2013

Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award to John Gurche

The department is truly honored to have John Gurche recognized with an Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award.

John is one of the best-known paleo-artists working today.

His work is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution, the American Museum of Natural History and the

Field Museum, and has been featured in ten issues of National Geographic, including three covers. Discover, Scientific American and Natural History have also featured his work.

He was chosen by Steven Spielberg to work on the film:

“Jurassic Park,” and by the Smithsonian to illustrate a major permanent exhibition hall on human origins. His work has appeared on U.S. postage stamps and his art has won many awards, including a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. John received a KU bachelor’s degree in geology in 1974 and a master’s degree in anthropology in 1979.

He thesis was directed by David Frayer and was titled Early Primate Brain Evolution.

John is one of our distinguished alumni, recognized by the College and the public as a world-renowned prehistoric artist.

pg. 2 From the Chair’s desk pg. 8 Gluten-free for all pg. 5 Anthropological perspective pg. 9 Graduate student MAs and PhDs pg. 6 On the road again pg. 10 Conference presentations pg. 7 Climate change up close pg. 11 Scenes from the May recognition ceremony from the chair’s desk I get very busy and sometimes so intensely focused on administrative chores that I fail to see the vital activities going on just outside my office door. So it was another reminder and a great pleasure this May to review the accomplishments of our students and faculty at the Department of Anthropology’s Annual Honors and Awards Ceremony. Let me share the highlights here.

We got around last year! Our faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates carried out research all over the world: in France, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Uganda, Morocco, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Croatia, Serbia, Japan, China, Italy, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, and even in the exotic Great Plains of the USA. We were represented at professional conferences across the

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Undergraduate Success Stories It is not uncommon for undergraduate majors in anthropology to shine at KU.

Joel Coon, Heather Himmelwright, Tabitha Marcotte, and Justin Miller all graduated from KU’s Honors Program. Among all the excellent seniors graduating from Dr. Jane Gibson our program are those who graduated with distinction and high distinction. This means they are in the top 10% and top 3% of their class. Joel Gilmore and Justin Miller graduated with distinction, and Fisher Adwell, Joel Coon, and Tabitha Marcotte graduated with high distinction. We also graduated these seniors with Honors in Anthropology: Jennifer Crowder, Heather Himmelwright, Justin Miller, and Chelsea Hochstetler.

Chelsea Hochstetler received Honorable Mention for her Senior Honors Thesis, and she received a prestigious Fulbright Award that will take her to Indonesia for further study.

Josie Harmon Kemp won an Undergraduate Award. Her project, to be guided by Dr. Sandra Gray, is entitled “Caring to Sell: Diabetes in the Information Age.” Gustin Bova received a FLAS, that is, a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, to study Quichua. Gustin is a double major in anthropology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Last but not least, I am happy to write that Matt Koontz graduated in May. Matt is former president of the Undergraduate Anthropology Association and a leader among his peers. In January, a van hit Matt who was bicycling to campus as he had done a thousand times before. Surgery, physical therapy, unstinting love and support from family and friends, and Matt’s unwavering determination to graduate returned him to classes after having missed weeks of school. He completed the work and his program and made us all very proud.

Graduate Student Achievements Two of Brent Metz’s students, Heather Wehr who is in our MA program, and Meghan Webb who is in our doctoral program, were awarded Latin American Graduate Field Research Grants.

Graduate students also began publishing their work. Anne Kraemer Diaz is Brent Metz’s doctoral student, researcher and program coordinator in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and director of Wuqu’ Kawoq Maya Health Alliance. She published an article in the Journal of Midwifery, “The changing role of indigenous lay midwives in Guatemala: New Frameworks for Analysis.” She also has three articles under review and two accepted, one in Practicing Anthropology, co-authored with our doctoral program graduate Chaya Spears, and a chapter on Guatemala in an edited volume, Building Partnerships in the Americas: A Guide for Global Health Workers. To cap off her productivity, she’s about to give birth to her second child.

Marwa Ghazali was named HWC (Western Civilization) “Distinguished Graduate Instructor” for the 2012-2013 academic year! To a crowded room, she delivered a distinguished lecture, “City of Death: Space, Place, and Embodiment in a Cairo Cemetery Community.” BJ Gray presented a paper to the Governor’s Water Conference. He was accepted to the NSF Summer Workshops in Research Methods at the Duke University Marine Lab. And he is first author with Jane Gibson on an article coming out in CAFÉ entitled Actor-Networks, Farmer Decisions and Identity.





Anna Weiser received funding for her dissertation research from the Association for Women Geoscientists, Osage Chapter (at KU). She will be traveling to the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Center for Afghanistan Studies to examine their Afghan map collection. She writes that she “will integrate available maps into digital formats appropriate for GIS use, and begin preliminary examination of the landscape to identify known and unknown archaeological features and their association with specific landforms.” Graduation is just the last step in a long process involving lots of work and important milestones. All our graduate students made progress toward that big goal though many have additional work and family responsibilities. In addition to publishing, some completed required coursework. Some finished field statements, and comprehensive written and oral exams. Some advanced to candidacy becoming ABD. Some carried out fieldwork, and some are writing theses and dissertations. We’re proud of all the good work our grad students do.

Faculty Recognition Here is a quick snapshot of just some of what the faculty accomplished this year.

Mary Adair published a major article in Plains Anthropologist on Woodland chronology and received her 25-year service award from the University.

Mike Crawford published a co-edited volume: Causes and Consequences of Human Migration. Many of our faculty contributed to this collection, including Bart Dean who, with Anne Justice and Mike Crawford, published a chapter on “Molecular Consequences of Migration and Urbanization in Peruvian Amazonia.” Arienne Dwyer continued work on her NSF-funded research on Uygher and documenting endangered language in Asia. She spent the spring semester at City University of New York on a visiting professorship in the Digital Humanities.

David Frayer’s work on our Neanderthal cousins received lots of attention this year. It appeared in Science News, on PBS’s Nova program, on public radio, and most recently in the International Herald Tribune/New York Times publication of his op-ed piece “Who’re you calling a Neanderthal?” Jane Gibson continued her NSF-funded work on climate change and conventional farmers’ land and water use decisions in Kansas. She has an article written with PhD student BJ Gray coming out this year in the journal Culture, Agriculture, Food, and Environment, a.k.a. CAFÉ.

Sandra Gray used her award from KU’s General Research Fund to carry out research in Uganda where she’s been working with the Karamojong, a pastoralist society, on studies of the evolutionary consequences and effects on health of cattle raiding, AK47s, and recent disarmament.

Majid Hannoum published articles in the Journal of North African Studies and in Anthropologie et Sociétiés.

Allan Hanson had a very productive year. He has two articles coming out this year and another book with the provocative title, Technology and Cultural Tectonics: Shifting Values and Meanings.

Jack Hofman used his award from KU’s General Research Fund to study Climates and Culture Change in Republic County, Kansas. He has five new articles out on his work on stone tools, stone arched ceiling caves, and other archaeological issues in the Great Plains.

John Hoopes had a great year engaged in talks, travels, and publications about the end of the world that we’re all glad did not come to pass in 2012. We are especially proud to recognize John’s promotion to full professor.

John Janzen is just back from a successful trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo where he carried out research funded by a Fulbright on the social reproduction of health in postcolonial Lower Congo. John had several book chapters and articles and other things come out in 2012 and early 2013 on epidemics, healing, Kongo-Transatlantic, and more.

Rolfe Mandel published a number of single and co-authored publications. He and co-PI John Hoopes received renewal of their Army Research Office grant to study water resources. We are especially pleased to recognize Rolfe as the recipient of the prestigious 2012 Kansas Board of Regents’ Higuchi/Irvin E.Youngberg Award for Applied Sciences Research, and for his appointment as Chair of the US. National Committee, of the International Union for Quaternary Research of the National Academy of Sciences to serve from 2012 to 2015.

Brent Metz continued his work with the Ch’ortí Maya.As a founding member of a local chapter of Engineers Without Borders, he took another group of engineering and anthropology students to Guatemala to try to better the lives of the Ch’ortí people with access to clean water and income. Brent also received a Commons Seed Grant for his proposal, “Combining Engineering, Public Health, Anthropological, Geographic, and Film Knowledge For Sustainable Development Among The Ch’orti’ Maya Of Guatemala.” And he had an article come out, The Labyrinth of Indigeneity: How does one determine who is indigenous Ch’ortí Maya?

Jim Mielke continued his leadership as Associate Dean for the Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Carlos Nash co-hosted the Co-Lang Institute with Arienne Dwyer last summer at KU. He was awarded a New Faculty Research Grant and continues his work on Ekegusii. His entry ‘Representation of Homosexuality’ will be included in Salvatore Attardo’s Encyclopedia of Humor Studies.

Ivana Radovanovic carried out NSF-funded research in Serbia on her project “Settlement and Riparian/Inland Interaction in the Iron Gates Mesolithic.” She also received the Hall Center for Humanities Revise and Resubmit Incentive Award. And she published “Stratigraphy and Settlement, Habitations, Burial Practice, Belief System, Art” in the edited Lepenski Vir Guide of the National Museum of Belgrade.

Alan Redd has several articles in preparation including a piece on his new research on ciprofloxacins.

Katie Rhine is finishing up her Hall Center Residential Fellowship during which she worked on her book manuscript, “The Unseen Things: HIV, Secrecy, and Wellbeing in Northern Nigeria. She will be leaving us for ten months in Lagos, Nigeria to take advantage of her recently awarded Core Fulbright Scholar Teaching and Research Fellowship and a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. She will conduct research on “Cultures of Collision: Road Traffic Accidents and the Politics of Trauma Care in Nigeria.” She had an article titled, “HIV, Embodied Secrets, and Intimate Labour in Northern Nigeria” accepted for publication in the journal, Ethnos.

Fred Sellet received his New Faculty Research award, has articles and a book proposal in review, and he was funded by the Bureau of Land Management to carry out work on his “North Park Cultural Landscape Project” and the “Northwestern Colorado Paleoindian Project.” Don Stull published a second revised and expanded edition of Slaughterhouse Blues. He is co-PI with Jennifer Ng on a project funded by the Spencer Foundation entitled Big Changes in Small-Town America: Understanding Diversity and Education in Immigrant New Destinations. Don was also awarded a sabbatical for next fall during which he will return to Garden City to continue his work on The Changing Geography of Immigration.

Akiko Takeyama was invited to present her work to ten different audiences in 2012 and early 2013, in addition to the conference papers she delivered. She has a book manuscript under review. Her book is entitled Affect Economy: Neoliberal Class Struggle and Gender Politics in Tokyo Host Clubs. Akiko also has a chapter under review, “Affect Economy and Commodity Self in ‘Dreaming Japan’.” Special Departmental Awards Every year, the Department of Anthropology is pleased to be able to give awards to some outstanding students.

The Dahl Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis in Anthropology Award went to Heather Himmelwright : Heather conducted original ethnographic research, developed a solid bibliography, and produced a well-written thesis. Her advisor was Katie Rhine and her thesis title is “Midwifery: An Ancient Practice in a Modern World” Honorable mention goes to Chelsea Hochstetler whose senior thesis, “Commodified History: A Study of the Legends in Kansas City, Kansas,” was overseen by Jane Gibson.

The 2013 F. Allan Hanson Excellence in Anthropological Teaching Award went to Lauren Moore for her work as a graduate teaching assistant in Akiko Takeyama’s course, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. Lauren was described by her students as someone who “did a great job of leading discussion, helping students understand the course material, and even had really great advice about navigating student life.” Another wrote, “I greatly appreciated the extra information given on study habits and research.



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