Spare Parts: Brock U Art Exhibit Based on Ethnographic Research of Prof. Monir Moniruzzaman (PhD, U of T 2010)
Spare Parts is a new collaboration between curator Camille Turner, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg and medical anthropologist Monir Moniruzzaman with consultation by Jim Ruxton. In this installation exploring the illegal global organ trade, the viewer is confronted with life sized video projections of a Bangladeshi kidney seller and a Canadian transplant recipient facing each other and sitting in silence. The exhibit highlights the ethics of techno-medicine, the economy of the global marketplace, the intimacy of spare parts, and what is means to be human in the 21st century. Spare parts will be presented in conjunction with the Consuming Intimacies Symposium at Brock University’s Rodman Hall Art Centre at 109 St Paul Crescent in St Catharines October 6-19, 2015.
PhD Alumna Karyne Rabey Accepts Tenure Track Position at Midwestern University
Congratulations to Karyne Rabey, now an Assistant Professor at Midwestern University. Karyne completed her PhD with us in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. David Begun. She leaves her position as a Postdoctoral Associate in Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University to join the faculty at Midwestern. We wish Karyne all the best in this new leg of her career!
PhD Alumna Seçil Daǧtaș Receives Sakip Sabanci International Research Award
Congratulations to PhD Alumna Seçil Daǧtaș , recipient of the 2015 Sakip Sabanci International Research Award! The annual prize is awarded to recognize distinguished contributions to research on all aspects of Turkish culture, society and politics. Further details at http://award.sabanciuniv.edu/
Seçil defended her PhD in June, 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Janice Boddy, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Waterloo.
Adam Allentuck Publishes Papers in Journal of Social Archaeology and Cambridge Archaeological Journal
Adam Allentuck (PhD, 2013) has published an article appearing in the Journal of Social Archaeology (2015, Vol. 15(1), pp 94–115) on “Temporalities of human– livestock relationships in the late prehistory of the southern Levant.” The paper can be read on Adam’s academia.edu page here. He’s also published in the Cambridge Archaeological Journal (V. 25(1): 45-62) The title of that paper is “An Acquired Taste: Emulation and Indigenization of Cattle Forelimbs in the Southern Levant”. Adam is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
PhD Alumni Lisa Maher, Danielle Macdonald, and Jay Stock Co-Author Paper in Paléorient
Together with current PhD student Aleksa Alaica and Prof. Edward Banning, PhD Alumni Lisa Maher, Danielle Macdonald, and Jay Stock have co-authored Two Early Epipalaeolithic Sites in Wadi Taiyiba, Northern Jordan, appearing in Paléorient 40(1): 73-97. The paper contributes to understanding of site diversity and settlement patterns in the relatively poorly known Early Epipalaeolithic period.
Jayne Wilkins Co-Authors Articles in PloS ONE
and Quaternary International
Jayne Wilkins, who completed her PhD in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Michael Chazan, has co-authored “An Experimental Investigation of the Functional Hypothesis and Evolutionary Advantage of Stone-Tipped Spears” with B.J. Schoville and K.S. Brown. The article appears in PLoS ONE 9(8) and is available on Jayne’s academia.edu profile here. She has also co-authored a paper appearing in Quaternary International titled A Middle Stone Age Paleoscape near the Pinnacle Point caves, Vleesbaai, South Africa. Jayne is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Arizona State University in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.
Laura Bolt Publishes Paper in Folia Primatologica
PhD graduate Laura Bolt has authored a paper titled “Male-specific use of the purr in the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta),” published in the online issue of Folia Primatologica. Although mammals usually purr in affiliative contexts, such as grooming and nursing, this paper presents evidence that ring-tailed lemur males purr primarily in an unexpected context: during male-male agonism, such as fights. Laura was co-supervised by Profs. Joyce Parga and Shawn Lehman. Her full article can be read online at: http://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/363057
M.Sc Alumna Michelle Cameron Receives PAST Student Paper Award
Recent M.Sc. Graduate Michelle Cameron (now on a SSHRC doctoral scholarship at the University of Cambridge) was awarded the Palaeoanthropological Scientific Trust (PAST) Student Paper award at the Pan African Archaeological Association/Society of Africanist Archaeologists joint meeting, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 14-18 July, 2014. The paper, entitled “Later Stone Age foragers’ long bone cross-sectional geometric properties compared: fynbos, forest and Lower Orange River Valley,” is a synopsis of her master’s research. Prof. Susan Pfeiffer is co-author. The work will also be appearing in the South African Journal of Science.
MSc Graduate Cadell Last Publishes in World Future Review and Current Aging Science
Congratulations to MSc Graduate Cadell Last for recently publishing two articles. “Global Brain and the Future of Human Society” was published in the June 2014 (vol. 6, no. 2: 143-150) edition of World Future Review (see http://wfr.sagepub.com/content/6/2/143). “Human Evolution, Life History Theory, and the End of Biological Reproduction” was published in Vol. 7, Issue 1 of Current Aging Science (see http://eurekaselect.com/122291/article).
Cadell is currently a graduate student at the Global Brain Institute (GBI) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. He completed his MSc in Evolutionary Anthropology here at U of T in 2013. Follow Cadell on Academic.edu, where you can also download his latest publications, at https://vub.academia.edu/CadellLast
Recent PhD Alumna Danielle Macdonald Co-Authors Paper in Microscopy Today
Recent PhD Graduate Danielle Macdonald, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis in France, has just published a paper with co-author Adrian A Evans. Entitled “Evaluating Surface Cleaning Techniques of Stone Tools Using Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy.” The article appears in the May 2014 edition of Microscopy Today (Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 22-27). You can download a copy of the paper from Danielle’s academia.edu website at https://landaverde.academia.edu/DanielleMacdonald or click here. Danielle completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Michael Chazan in April 2013.
Zoë H. Wool (PhD 2011, supervised by Prof. Todd Sanders), currently a Fellow in Theory and Writing in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University, will take up a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University starting in 2015. Read more about Zoë’s recent research here.
PhD Alumnus Christopher Watts Hired at University of Waterloo
Congratulations to Christopher Watts (PhD 2006) for his recent tenure-stream appointment at the University of Waterloo! Chris completed his PhD in 2006 under the supervision of Prof. David G. Smith. In addition to teaching several archaeology courses for us over the years, Chris is in the process of completing a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Western University.
PhD Alumna Emily Holland Hired at Brandon University
Emily Holland (PhD 2013) recently signed a contract for a tenure-stream appointment in Physical Anthropology at Brandon University. Emily completed her PhD just last year under the supervision of Prof. Tracy Rogers. Emily will be joining a department that has another U of T Anthropology PhD Grad among its ranks, Assistant Professor Emma Varley (PhD 2008).
After a long process, due to the truly amazing pool of applicants, it was recently announced that Trevor Orchard will be joining UTM Anthropology as their new laboratory technician, as of April 1, 2014. This position includes dedicated support to the curation, use and development of the extensive UTM faunal collection.
Trevor replaces Deborah Berg, who will be officially retiring as of March 31. We hope that after a well-deserved break, we will see her on frequent occasions as a research specialist using the faunal collection she has spent so much time and effort to develop
Trevor is a dedicated zooarchaeologist with a biology and anthropology background in BC, capped by a doctorate here at U of T with Prof. Gary Coupland on archaeological faunal resource use in the Northwest Coast, focusing especially on marine ecosystems. Since then, he has held post-docs and taught a range of archaeology and environment/biology courses at several universities in the area, including a successful three years at McMaster where he updated their faunal collection to aid in teaching.
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