Latest Anthropology Department News

Latest Anthropology Department News


Anthropology major wins National Honor Society Scholarship

Lacy Marbaker

Lacy Marbaker, a May 2015 graduate with a 4.0 GPA, recently received the XL National Lambda Alpha Scholarship and a Charles R. Jenkins Certificate of Distinguished Achievement from Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honor Society in anthropology. This highly competitive $5,000 award recognizes the nation’s top graduating senior in anthropology as selected by the national executive committee.

This fall, Marbaker will begin her graduate studies in biomedical anthropology at Binghamton University. In her quest to further knowledge in anthropology, she participated in a fully funded research opportunity through Bloomsburg University’s Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (URSCA) program in the areas of forensic anthropology and forensic taphonomy.

Her study, “The Effects of Susquehanna River Water Pollution on Decomposition of Sus scrofa domesticus: An Application of Forensic Anthropology,” examined the type and rate of decomposing human remains in polluted water against the same effects in purified water. This unique research marks the first scientific study of contaminated water on human remains and has been showcased at numerous conferences such as the PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research Conference.

Faculty and students inducted into National Honor Society

Anthropology Honors Students

DeeAnne Wymer and 26 anthropology students were inducted into Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honor Society in Anthropology, Zeta Chapter of Pennsylvania this spring in the Schwieker Room of Andruss Library. Faith Warner is the advisor for the Bloomsburg University chapter.

Also recognized were graduating seniors and Lacy Marbaker, who was selected as the 2015 Outstanding Senior in Anthropology and Kelly Haggerty, who received the 2015 Wymer-Warner Scholarship in Anthropology. James Brown, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, welcomed new inductees, award winners, and their friends and families to the annual end of the year reception.

Pura Vida, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Study Abroad

I recently returned home from a two week stay in Costa Rica studying primate behavior and conservation methods. For the majority of my time we stayed at the Piro Research Station located just a half mile from the Pacific Ocean in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.

The Piro Research Station is located in “the most biologically intense place on earth” claimed by National Geographic. Osa Conservation is an organization based at the Piro Research Station ( and many other research stations) with a mission to conserve the globally terrestrial and marine biology of the Osa Peninsula. This experience was one of the biggest blessings and to say the least… I discovered myself in that rainforest.

Anthropology research showcased on national stage

Anthropology Conference

To cap the fall semester, a group of anthropology majors presented original research at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings in Washington D.C. in the invited poster session “First Rites: Innovative Undergraduate Research in Anthropology” peer-reviewed by the Society for Visual Anthropology. Students were mentored by Faith Warner, professor of anthropology, in Methods in Cultural Anthropology and Applied Anthropology, and through an URSCA award in summer 2014. Their travel was supported by the College of Liberal Arts.

  • Back to the Stacks: New Methods and Questions in the Longitudinal Andruss Library Ethnography Project by Cassandra McMillen and Ian Matthew Johnson
  • Gay and Lesbian Rights in Africa: African Perspectives at U.S. Universities by Bryan Andrew Molk
  • Total Freedom on the Dark Side of the Internet: A Cyberethnography of 4Chan by Benjamin Gilbert Tice (research conducted through an URSCA award, summer 2014)
  • Anthropologists and Missionaries: A Controversial Relationship by Meghan Elizabeth Boarts