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By Marie Spiker What do you eat for dinner on a typical weeknight? How does that compare to what your parents might eat? And what about your children? As an undergraduate in the Medical Anthropology and Global Health Track, Marie Spiker has been exploring these questions with pairs of parents and children of Chinese descent to understand shifts in dietary behavior between generations. She feels fortunate to undertake an honors thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Rachel Chapman, and her work... Read more
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By David Giles On any given Sunday, the Pike Place Market is a busy place. At the peak of the summer, “busy” can mean almost sixty thousand visitors in a day. And in the space of a year, it may mean ten million, tourists and locals alike, most of them there to shop. The market is one of Seattle’s most iconic attractions, with a spectacular range of shops and stalls. Maybe most iconic are the post-card-perfect rows of fruit and vegetables. And from those rows, many of the visitors are here... Read more
Bettina Shell-Duncan
Undoubtedly all of you have heard about the significant cuts facing higher education in Washington State. We do not yet have specific details about how these cuts will affect the University of Washington and the Department of Anthropology, but we do know that this will be the largest budget reduction the University has ever experienced. For us, the squeeze is particularly tight, since anthropology remains the fastest growing major in our college, with now nearly 6oo undergraduate majors. Our... Read more
Professor Robert C. Dunnell taken by D.J. Meltzer in 1980
By James FeathersResearch Associate ProfessorDirector, Luminescence Dating LaboratoryPhD 1990, Dunnell advisee Robert C. Dunnell, 68, former department chair and a renowned leader in American archaeology, died December 13, 2010 of congestive heart failure near his home in Natchez, Mississippi, after several years of illness. Dr. Dunnell started in archaeology as a teenager growing up in West Virginia, his work even appearing in a local newspaper at age fourteen. He graduated from the University... Read more
Student practicing field archaeology
Professor Peter Lape has been busy these past few years. In 2006, he was awarded a prestigious five-year grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to build capacity for archaeological research and training in Southeast Asia through collaborative activities involving the UW and SE Asian Sioutheast Asain Archaeology Finstitutions. So far this has resulted in a range of events, activities and further accomplishments. The grant funded a new tenure-track faculty position in the UW archaeology program (... Read more
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Have you ever wondered why, in every society on Earth, females live longer than males? Although researchers have uncovered partial answers to this question, which include both biological and social factors, it is not clear which are the most important or why. A new research venture based in the Department of Anthropology seeks to start putting some of those pieces together. The project, called Health Initiatives for Men – or HIM for short – is a collaborative effort involving departmental... Read more
Check out Holly Barker on YouTube! Her class was the focus of a video project when she recently taught qualitative methods to undergraduate anthropology students in partnership with the Pike Place Market Senior Center and the Carlson Center. Anthropology staff member ... Read more
GRADUATE STUDENTS This summer Shelby Anderson and Adam Freeburg are leading a third and final field season of archaeological research in northern Alaska. Their goal is to understand how and why cultures of the past 5,000 years changed through time and, in particular, how past people adapted to environmental change. Their research focuses on the human occupation of the Cape Krusenstern beach ridge complex, located near Kotzebue. Click ... Read more
Campo Market, Rome
In Fall Quarter 2009, Professor Ann Anagnost took 17 undergraduate students to the University of Washington’s Rome Center for a program on “The Culture and Politics of Food in Italy” (co-taught with Lucy Jarosz in Geography). Rome’s traditional open-air markets and the presence of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) headquarters made Rome an ideal site for learning about both local food systems and global food governance. Through a project-based curriculum, students... Read more
Prof. Charles Keyes meditating
It’s not uncommon to hear a retiring faculty member say, “After I retire, I can finally get more work done.” Professor Charles Keyes, who joined the department in 1965, “retired” in 2006 to pursue an even more active schedule. In addition to returning temporarily to serve as Acting Chair of the department in 2007, Dr. Keyes has continued to teach and supervise PhD students. But today, although he still offers courses at UW, he is just as likely to teach in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, or Chiang... Read more