Faculty | Staff News 2009

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Ben Marwick co-edited a recent special issue of The Society of American Archaeology’s Archaeological Record on collaborative research in East and Southeast Asia (May 2009).

In summer 2008, Mimi Kahn led an Exploration Seminar with 15 UW students to Samoa. Next summer she will be co-leading (together with Holly Barker) a study abroad to French Polynesia, where students will learn about colonialism in this part of the Pacific.

Don Grayson has just received a substantial National Science Foundation grant to continue his biological and archaeological work in the Great Basin, and is completing the revision of his book, The Desert's Past, under contract to the University of California Press.

Adjunct faculty member and alumna Karen Posner has been appointed as the first holder of the Laura Cheney Endowed Professorship in Anesthesia Patient Safety in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the UW.

Janelle Taylor is happily researching issues related to dementia care (on which she published an essay in the Dec 2008 issue ofMedical Anthropology Quarterly), as well as the role of simulated clinical encounters in medical education.

Sareeta Amrute recently won a Royalty Research Fund Grant to study service workers and inequality in India's IT industry.

Laada Bilaniuk just returned from seven months of fieldwork in Ukraine, where she studied cultural activism and the politics of rock music, and is in the process of writing a book on the subject.

The San Juan Islands Archaeological Project, directed by Julie SteinStephanie Jolivette, and Amanda Taylor continues to build on work by University of Washington field schools from 1983-1991 to explore the prehistory of the islands. During summer field projects since 2005, the SJIAP has dated 40 shell midden sites and mapped an additional 10 sites.

Steve Goodreau has spent the last two Augusts in Kenya, co-teaching a course on disease modeling to faculty at the University of Nairobi and other local institutions. The class is part of a set of methods courses through the Kenya Free of AIDS project, a joint effort between UW and U of N to build research capacity for Kenyan scholars.