Faculty | Staff News 2012

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Faculty and Alums: New Books

Stevan Harrell, co-edited volume
Explorers and Scientists in China's Borderlands, 1880-1950
University of Washington Press, 2011

Ben Marwick, co-edited volume
Keeping your Edge: Recent Approaches to the Organisation of Stone Artefact Technology. British Archaeological Reports International Series S2273, Oxford, 2011

Denise M. Glover, co-edited volume
Explorers and Scientists in China's Borderlands, 1880-1950
University of Washington Press, 2011

Denise M. Glover, co-edited special issue of the journal Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity titled, “Conservation, Cultivation, and Commodification of Medicinal Plants in the Greater Himalayan-Tibetan Plateau” (vol. 5, issue 2), 2009

Faculty: Grants

Ben Fitzhugh is a co-PI (one of four) on a NSF Research Coordination Network grant, Global Long-term Human Ecodynamics Research Coordination Network: Assessing Sustainability on the Millennial Scale Summary. Through this RCN, an international, multi-disciplinary team of scientists and educators aims to aid national and global efforts to develop effective future sustainable development.

Faculty: Awards

Holly Barker (and her collaborator Barbara Rose Johnston) received the Millenium Book Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association for their book, Consequential Damages of Nuclear War: The Rongelap Report. This award is given every other year to authors “whose work is judged to be the most significant and potentially influential contribution to medical anthropology.” The book traces the long-term physical and financial costs to individuals, and the cultural and psychosocial damages to communities, in the Marshall Islands, following testing of the hydrogen bomb Bravo in 1954.

Rachel Chapman was the recipient of the first faculty award ever given by The Equal Opportunity Program of the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity. The award is in recognition and appreciation for her commitment, energy and dedicated service to students in the Educational Opportunity Program.

Rachel was also one of five mentors honored for the 2010-11 year with an Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. Every year, students who are presenting their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium are invited to nominate their mentor for special recognition. A committee then selects a few awardees from those nominated to honor at the symposium.


Faculty: Community Outreach

Miriam Kahn offered docent training to 120 docents at the Seattle Art Museum for SAM’s exhibit on “Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise.”

Peter Lape, together with Amir Sheikh (M.A. 2012), contributed to aWashington State Department of Transportation exhibit at Pioneer Square. The exhibit component is on the waterlines project, which is part of the tunnel/viaduct project.

Janelle Taylor delivered keynote addresses at a symposium on "Art, Creativity, and Living with Dementia" at the Frye Art Museum, as well as at a conference on "Cultural Competence in Israeli Healthcare and Beyond" at the University of Haifa.

Faculty: Research, Curriculum Development, and Conferences

Alison Wylie is coordinating a two-year program of research and curriculum development, Biological Futures in a Globalized World, just funded by the Center for Biological Futures at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and hosted by the Simpson Center. The focus is on urgent and emerging issues raised by dramatic increases in biological knowledge that make it possible to manipulate and build living systems. The goal is to foster better thinking about the impact of these developments. Key elements of this pilot project include: summer faculty research consortia (the first convened this past summer), a biweekly colloquium series now under way, and a research ethics / research integrity curriculum project. 

Clark Sorensen, Andrea Arai (Jackson School), and two other (non-UW) Japan and Korea anthropologists are engaged in a new collaborative research project that will begin with a group fieldwork trip to Korea and Japan this summer. When they return there will be a conference at the UW in Fall 2012, called “Spaces of Possibility: Korea and Japan."

Alison Wylie (joint with Philosophy) gave the Presidential Address at the annual Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Seattle this April 4-7. She spoke on feminist standpoint theory, a first for the division! Her address will be published in the Proceedings of the APA, and a podcast will be posted on the website of the journal Hypatia, which is currently hosted at the UW with Wylie as editor.