This time of year is absolutely my favorite at the University of Washington. The start of Spring Quarter and the blossom of the cherry trees are but two ways this campus springs to life once again. And after two busy quarters, much has come to fruition in the Department of Anthropology as well. In this issue of AnthropoLog we highlight a number of these wonderful developments.
It is with great excitement that I share the news that two of our colleagues have received promotions.... Read more
Professor Donald K. Grayson, UW Professor of Anthropology and world-renowned archaeologist, has become the first current member of our department to be named to the National Academy of Sciences. This eminent institution, established by order of President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, is a veritable “who’s who” of top American scientists. In addition to being a great honor, membership in the NAS also carries great responsibility: the academy’s mission is to “investigate, examine, experiment, and... Read more
Depth of Field: (1) The range of object distances within a photograph that are imaged with acceptable sharpness; (2) the relative experience of fieldwork.
TTL: [Through the Lens] (1) Metering system that measures light or exposure through the taking lens of a camera; (2) manner of observation: perspective.
Nepalese medical camps, American military video games, IV drug use in Ukraine, Granada’s island archaeology, indigenous collaborative research with Pacific Northwest Native... Read more
Anthropological fieldwork rarely turns out to be the linear process a graduate student usually imagines it to be. At least that is what Professor Michael Vicente Pèrez, our newest faculty member, discovered during his recent graduate training in the field of Palestine studies.
After the outbreak of the Palestinian Intifada in 2000, he saw an opportunity to apply his anthropological research skills to this dynamic and often misunderstood part of the world. He hoped that an ethnographic account... Read more
In 1990, Professor James Pfeiffer made his first trip to Mozambique, together with his wife Professor Rachel Chapman. They were part of a delegation sponsored by the Mozambique Support Network (MSN), a U.S.-based solidarity organization that sought to raise awareness about the civil war in Mozambique and to make the U.S. government end its support for the conflict. At that time, Mozambique was considered a “frontline” state in the struggle against the apartheid regime in neighboring South... Read more
The Department of Anthropology has a new adviser, and she is someone you may have met before! Joni Marts has rejoined our advising staff after a two-year absence in the wake of a 2009 budget-cut layoff.
Although Joni has been away from the Department of Anthropology, she has not been away from the UW advising arena. Since the layoff she has spent her time advising in the Jackson School of International Studies in the mornings, and continues to do so before her current afternoon schedule in... Read more
Professor Emeritus Peter E. Nute (1938-2011) died April 14, 2011 at the age of 74. He served the University of Washington first as a post-doctoral fellow in Professor Arno Moltulsky’s medical genetics laboratory and then was hired by the Department of Anthropology. His undergraduate degree was from Yale University (1960) and his graduate training was at Duke University in physical anthropology under the geneticist John Buettner-Janusch. Most of his publications were in non-human primate... Read more
We would like to take this opportunity to thank those generous donors who contributed to our efforts this past year. We believe that anthropology makes a world of difference and we want you to know that you make a world of difference to us!
Mr. David AgoadaMr. Michael AlexanderMr. Rob AllenProfessor Ann Anagnost & Mr. John BurgeAnonymous GIfts-FriendsBank of America CorporationMr. Michael & Mrs. Patricia BarnesMs. Diane BarryMs. Denise BartlettDrs.... Read more
Recent Graduates: New Jobs and Post-Docs
Shelby Anderson, Ph.D. 2011, is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Portland State University.
Tami Blumenfield, Ph.D. 2010, has just accepted the position of James B. Duke Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at Furman University.