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FACULTY Sareeta Amrute has been named Director of Research at Data and Society. Her appointment began in January 2019. Holly Barker and Luke Tornabene (UW Biology) received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for International Research Experience for Students (IRES). The grant provides scholarships to take students to American Samoa, the Marshall Islands, and Tonga over the next three years to highlight Indigenous Oceanic traditions in the STEM fields and to work with local... Read more
Photo of Denny Hall 313, on April 26th featuring tables with students and consultants in discussion
Traditionally, the University of Washington Anthropology Department hosts a guest lecturer to discuss their research at the Friday Afternoon Archaeology Lecture Series (FAALS). However, on Friday, April 26, 2019, thanks to the tireless work of Jack Johnson, UW students had the opportunity to meet with several Cultural Resource Management (CRM) companies to pursue careers or summer jobs in private archaeology. Among the invited companies were... Read more
Age old question students of anthropology are asked, is “what can you do with that?” — as an anthropologist, I’d posit (and the jury is in) that you can do just about anything your imagination can envision. Anthropologists completing degrees at every level are trained in — written communication, analytical and critical skills, the ability to gather, assess and interpret data, oral communication and presentation skills, time management, discussion and group work skills, statistical and... Read more
Photo of man in front of a microscope
By Jenna Grant In 2017, award-winning diasporic Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh came to the University of Washington as a Walker-Ames Scholar. As someone who has long admired his work, I wanted to make something for him, an offering of sorts, in honor of his visit. Panh is known for his innovative practice that includes improvisation and animation in addition to more traditional techniques of documentary and narrative cinema. His films deal with memory; genocide and its effects; French... Read more
Photo of man in front of a microscope
In 2017, award-winning diasporic Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh came to the University of Washington as a Walker-Ames Scholar. As someone who has long admired his work, I wanted to make something for him, an offering of sorts, in honor of his visit. Panh is known for his innovative practice that includes improvisation and animation in addition to more traditional techniques of documentary and narrative cinema. His films deal with memory; genocide and its effects; French colonialism; and... Read more
Screenshot of Perot Museum Tweet "Meet the Scientist" Miguel Ochoa, in English
Miguel Ochoa, who has a bachelor’s from UW Bothell, worked with the Perot Museum of Natural History in Dallas last year to translate their brand-new Homo naledi (South African hominin fossil) exhibit into Spanish. Miguel is currently a PhD student in anthropology at the UW Seattle. He is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and is studying Neandertal locomotion with Professor Patricia Ann Kramer.   By Miguel Ochoa There is a critical gap in evolutionary... Read more
Screenshot of Perot Museum Tweet "Meet the Scientist" Miguel Ochoa, in English
Miguel Ochoa, who has a bachelor’s from UW Bothell, worked with the Perot Museum of Natural History in Dallas last year to translate their brand-new Homo naledi (South African hominin fossil) exhibit into Spanish. Miguel is currently a PhD student in anthropology at the UW Seattle. He is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and is studying Neandertal locomotion with Professor Patricia Ann Kramer.   There is a critical gap in evolutionary science outreach and literacy, and the concept of human... Read more
Photo of website that documents Coast Salish Public Art Works in King County
A new resource, a website called, “Visible on Ancestral Lands: Coast Salish Public Art Works in King County,” documents the public art created by Coast Salish artists and installed in King County. That is, the art that is permanently installed in public locations for all to see. The website was created by Crisca Bierwert, an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington.   This is a collaborative project. Crisca created the website by working... Read more
Photo of a laptop showing members of the Homo naledi research team interacting with students
By Elen Feuerriegel For some, evolution can be a “hot button” issue — human evolution even more so. Public discourse in the U.S. around evolution is often polarizing and trying to create a meaningful dialogue between scientists and the public within that contentious space is frequently unproductive. Underpinning much of the debate surrounding scientific versus religious explanations of our origins is a lack of understanding about what evolution is and how it happens. Like many scientists, I... Read more
Ryan Robinson likes digging dirt. He’ll dig for hours when the dirt holds clues to the past, as it does at Ҫadır Höyük, an archaeological site in central Turkey. Robinson (BA, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, Anthropology, 2019), who graduates this month, spent two summers excavating at Ҫadır Höyük, uncovering bones and stone tools dating back 4500 years — all because of a conversation during transfer student orientation. The conversation took place two months before the start of... Read more

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