Students | Alumni News 2022

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Yoli Ngandali received the Wenner-Gren's Engaged Research Grant for 2022. The award will support Yoli's dissertation research and collaborative partnership, "Meaning is in the Making: (Re)connecting with Museum Collections for Indigenous Art Revitalization." Yoli's collaboration with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and Columbia River carvers and artists is part of the first cohort of grantees for the WG Engaged Research Grant, a new grant program that WG established in 2021 to support research partnerships that empower those who have historically been among those researched in anthropology, rather than researchers themselves. 

Delaney Glass received STARTS pilot funding for her work on investigating temporal variability of cortisol, testosterone, and C-peptide in puberty among Indigenous Qom girls. For the pilot study, she assayed cortisol in 800+ urine samples from the girls who participated in research at the Chaco Area Reproductive Ecology Program. She was also awarded third place best poster presentation at the Northwest Evolution, Ecology, and Human Behavior Symposium for her poster entitled "Simultaneous consideration of energetic and psychosocial factors on human female pubertal timing," which she worked on with Melanie Martin and UW undergraduate alum Joy Geerkens, who is now at Brunel University doing her Ph.D. In Summer 2021 she was awarded the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship through eScience where she worked full time as a data scientist looking at the effects of Seattle's $15 minimum wage ( Additionally, Delaney successfully executed a webinar series (Hacks for Success in Academia Webinar Series) with Dr. Chris Lynn based on the American Journal of Human Biology's special issue on #Hackademics with the American Association of Biological Anthropologists and The Human Biology Association. 

Hope Loiselle has been awarded an NSF dissertation fellowship for her proposal, Human-Pinniped Relationships & Marine Historical Ecology

Hollis Miller accepted a tenure-track job as assistant professor of anthropology to teach archaeology in the Sociology/Anthropology Department at SUNY-Cortland in upstate New York.


Catherine Ting Chia, a student majoring in Biochemistry, Neuroscience, and Anthropology was awarded the 2020-21 Freshman Medalist for High Scholarship. 

Gabriela Claravall, a student majoring in Public Health-Global Health, Medical Anthropology & Global Health, and Anthropology of Globalization was recognized as a member of the Husky 100, 2022 cohort. 

Jillian Fuss, a student majoring in Microbiology and Medical Anthropology & Global Health was recognized as a member of the Husky 100, 2022 cohort. 

Noah Ben-Chaim Greco, a student majoring in Human Evolutionary Biology and Medical Anthropology & Global Health was recognized as a member of the Husky 100, 2022 cohort. 

Angela Muñoz was awarded an Undergraduate Research Symposium Population Health Recognition Award for her work in osteoarthritis development: Spinal Osteoarthritis Prevalence by Occupation.  Her ultimate goal is to study the role of manual labor in deteriorating osteological health.  Angela will present her work at this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Hailey Starr, a student majoring in Medical Anthropology & Global Health was recognized as a member of the Husky 100, 2022 cohort. 


Steven Lautzenheiser (PhD 2019) accepted an assistant professor position in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He will teach biomechanics, osteology, and paleoanthropology in a vibrant department, and continue his research into the functional morphology and evolution of the bipedal foot.

Khathaleeya Liamdee (PhD 2020) accepted a research position at the Mekong Study Centre, Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University. She will continue her study of Thai-Cambodian migration, with a new focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic and state responses to it affect migrant trajectories.

Taiwan Indigenous scholars, Sasala Taiban (PhD 2006) of National Sun Yat-sen University, and Lenglengman Rovaniyaw (PhD 2017) of National Dong Hwa University, speak with Emeritus Anthropology Professor Stevan Harrell about their personal journeys and about the state of Indigenous research and education in Taiwan: 

Leonard Forsman (BA 1987) was appointed to the UW Board of Regents. Forsman is the first native person to serve as a UW regent. He is chairman of the Suquamish Tribe, where he has served on the tribal council for more than 30 years.

David Boarder Giles’s (PhD 2013) book, A Mass Conspiracy to Feed People: Food Not Bombs and the World-Class Waste of Global Cities, was published by Duke University Press (2021).  In the words of Robin Nagle, author of Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City: “Chronicling the work of the urban justice organization Food Not Bombs, David Boarder Giles analyzes urgent and overlapping social, economic, and political concerns common in today’s global cities. Giles engages with a range of scholarly disciplines and theoretical arguments eloquently and elegantly, while offering ethnographic details that are both vivid and convincing.”

A new book by Marlaine Figueroa Gray (PhD 2015) will be released June 15. Based on her dissertation research, Creating Care: Art and Medicine in US Hospitals is “an ethnographic study of the creative, expressive, and art-making activities occurring in hospitals across the United States.” Figueroa Gray explores how these programs model care from the perspectives of both “those in need of healing and those who heal.” Jack Coulehan, author of The Talking Cure, describes the book as “a seminal work in understanding the therapeutic value of creative art.”  Dr. Figueroa Gray is currently an Assistant Investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, and an affiliate assistant professor in our department.