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Photo of Julius Doyle at work in the lab
Congratulations are in order for biocultural anthropology graduate student Julius Doyle! Mr. Doyle was recently awarded a prestigious Ford Foundation fellowship to complete his dissertation, titled “I’m Black and I’m Strong: The Health Effects of Resilience in the Face of Discrimination among Black American Men in Metropolitan Seattle.” We have all read about, seen on TV, or felt first-hand the many ways in which African-Americans still experience distrust, fear, and outright discrimination... Read more
Research Family, as it is affectionately known, is a group of Pacific Islander students at UW, primarily anthropology students, who gather at the Burke Museum each week. The students are drawn to the thousands of objects from Oceania in the ethnology collection. Research Family members decide for themselves the type of research they want to explore in a family-like atmosphere. During winter quarter this year, Research Family became interested in the depictions of Pacific Islander people and... Read more
Cooking in the Husky Den Kitchen Kathryn Steele, unidentified student, Kirsten Lirio, Diane Guerra (undergraduate advisor), Gabrielle Son, Morgan Hale (assistant undergraduate advisor), Kyla Hasenpflug Photo by Ema Simion
In Winter Quarter, a group of anthropology students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Husky Den Kitchen to cook together. The objective was to prepare a series of meals for Tent City, a self-managed community for homeless men and women that had settled into its temporary home for a three-month stay in the parking lot behind Wallace Hall on Brooklyn Avenue. The project was a service learning opportunity that emerged from Ann Anagnost’s course “The Cultural Politics of Diet and Nutrition” (ANTH... Read more
Workshop 1 Collaboration on Heritage in the Salish Sea. Panel Discussion facilitated by Sara Gonzalez. Photo credit: Sven Haakanson
We are excited to report the successful completion of a four-part seminar and workshop series, “Preserving the Past Together.” The series explored indigenous and community-based archaeology’s contribution to caring for and protecting cultural heritage interests in the Pacific Northwest’s Salish Sea. Participants included tribal representatives, heritage resource managers, educators, and archaeologists employed by universities, area tribes, CRM firms, local, federal, and state agencies.... Read more
Patricia Kramer
Each spring the University comes together to celebrate the achievements of our students as many of them graduate and leave our immediate community. With this newsletter, we attempt to do something of the same — share with you, our larger community, the accomplishments of the Department of Anthropology. Our purpose as a department is to create and disseminate knowledge about people — across diverse populations extant today, through the lens of deep time and evolutionary processes, in how we... Read more
John Cady at the Staff Awards, standing in front of gold and purple balloons
Department of Anthropology Fiscal Specialist John Cady capped ten years in the department with a nomination for the 2017 Individual Distinguished Staff Award. The official announcement was read by UW President Ana Mari Cauce at a ceremony in late February. Managing the finances of the department means addressing unusual circumstances every day.  Our faculty and students work around the world, and much of what we do does not fit neatly into existing categories. Our 30+ faculty and 75 graduate... Read more
1950's photo of two women in front of a house, with faces blurred
Each year, in the final few hours of the last day of December, many people all across North America gather with friends to raise a glass and sing Robert Burns’s famous ballad, “Auld Lang Syne.”  Standing at the brink of a New Year, arms around each other, they ask: “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?”  The question is meant to be rhetorical, of course — the answer is “No.”  The years may pass, but we should hold on to our friends. For many older adults,... Read more
An international team of scientists, including one from the UW, has announced the discovery of additional remains of a new human species. Featured on UW Today 
Marcos Llobera brings landscapes of the past to life through cutting-edge computational methods and digital archeology Featured on The Whole U 
UW study suggests that monitoring, and potentially treating, the monkeys that co-exist with humans in affected parts of the world may be part of the global strategy. Featured on UW Today