Anthropology Department News 2010

Anthropology Department News 2010

Dr. DeeAnne Wymer co-edited with A. Martin Byers a book entitled Hopewell Settlement Patterns, Subsistence, and Symbolic Landscapes available from University of Florida Press. Copyright 2010. More info. forthcoming.

Dr. Donna Rosh

The department of Anthropology would like to thank Dr. Donna Rosh for her years of service. She taught for us in 2006 and came back for two years of temporary teaching from 2008 to 2010. Her classroom was a comfortable, informed and calm learning environment, and she built a very nice rapport with the students, so much so, that we asked her to teach our upper-level theory course in the Spring 2010. We wish her well and want her to know she will be missed.

Dr. Ruth Maher

We would also like to thank Dr. Ruth Maher for replacing Dr. Aleto for six weeks. It was a unique opportunity for Bloomsburg to have a North Atlantic (Viking) Archaeologist on site. Dr. Maher provided a new perspective to our program. We wish her well and look forward to learning about her continued research.

Six anthropology students were honored as Outstanding Women and Leaders by the Bloomsburg University Commission on the Status of Women. Eva Yuen, Kristin Kelly, Leisl Driver, Maryam Cristillo, Michele DeLuca, and Victoria Schlieder were recognized. Liesl Driver was selected as the university’s Outstanding Woman Scholar for 2010.

Shaina E. Rae has been awarded this Spring 2010 semester the Wymer and Warner Anthropology Scholarship for her project “Bective Abbey, County Meath, Ireland: Archaeological Field Excavation 2010”. Shaina will be participating in an archaeological excavation project at this medieval abbey with the Irish Archaeological Fieldschool (IAFS) Project, under direction of the CRDS Archeological and Historical Consultants and St. Patrick’s College (Dublin City University). The Bective Abbey was established in the 12th Century and is currently in the process of becoming a National Heritage site. Shaina has submitted an independent project that has been accepted by the program directors – she will be investigating the duel-symbolism that emerged during the transitional religion phase during the late Viking Age when ‘pagan’ artforms and beliefs merged with Christian symbolism. Shaina also received a Kozloff Undergraduate Research award for the project as well. The photo is from the 2010 SSHE Anthropology Undergraduate Research Conference, hosted by California University of Pennsylvania, where Shaina presented a paper on the theoretical basis for her field project.

Angela Sterling, (Anthropology and German major) was chosen as this year’s Outstanding Anthropology Senior for her exemplary work as a student, scholar and international researcher. She was recognized the College of Liberal Arts Award Ceremony on May 2nd. She was also awarded the Pomfret International Study Abroad Scholarship, which will defray her expenses for studies in Germany and archaeological research in Poland.

Liesl Driver, (Anthropology and Spanish major /Latin American Studies and Ethnic Studies minor), was selected for a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship in Zapotec Language Studies. The fellowship is based on a national competition and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, and includes program costs at $4,000 and $2,500 to cover living expenses. Liesl's experience as a 2009 exchange student in the Bloomsburg University-Universidad Veracruzana Xalapa study abroad program helped her be selected for the FLAS Fellowship. Liesl was also awarded the Commission on the Status of Woman Outstanding Woman Scholar award.

16 students were inducted into Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society in Anthropology, Zeta Chapter of Pennsylvania at a ceremony on May 3. Giselle Marie Lara, Padraic Costello, Joseph Nebiker, Victoria Schlieder, Kristin Marie Fisher, Stephanie McGilloway, Luis Medina, Joshua Stoner, Hannah Mael, Rachel Awan, James Hill, Sherrol Browne, Cara Elizabeth Okey, Liesl Driver, Maryam Cristillo, and Laura Baker. Also, Liesl Driver received a Charles R. Jenkins Certificate of Distinguished Achievement from the Lambda Alpha Executive Council and she was a finalist for the National Lambda Alpha Senior Scholarship Award. Dr. DeeAnne Wymer was selected as the 2010 Honorary Faculty Inductee and gave a presentation entitled Mentoring Bloomsburg University Students in the House of a Million Years, Egypt to students, faculty, and family members. Dr. Faith Warner is advisor to the Bloomsburg University chapter and also serves as Member for the East, of the National Lambda Alpha Executive Council.

20 Anthropology Majors present research at the PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research Conference, at California University of Pennsylvania, April 24 & 25.
Ren A. Frattone: Traditional Clothing of Lake Atitlan: An Application of Visual Anthropology (Mentors Drs. Wymer & Warner). Shaina E. Rae: Viking Rune-Stones: Voices of Scandinavian Transition (Mentor: Dr Wymer). Maryam Cristillo: Excavating Relations of Power: Personal Reflections on Archeological Fieldwork in Egypt (Dr. Wymer). The following were mentored by Dr. Warner (Field Methods Course): Matthew Roth: Eye on Anthropology: Video Narratives from Senior Anthropologists at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings. Padraic Costello: Music as Freedom: Differences between Recreational and Professional Musicians in Improvisation Interpretation. Cara Okey: Gender, Body Image, and Body Modification Practices in an American University Population. Courtney M. Waltimyer & Laura Baker: Beauty or Brains? An Ethnographic Study in Mate Selection. Giselle Lara: Americans and the World around Them. Dalton Mitzel & Noah Jones: Wrestling and Body Image: Is there a Lasting Relationship? Victoria Schlieder: The Columbia Mall: Examining the Use of Retail Anthropology in a Local Setting. Eva Yuen: Unions and Mobilization: The Difference between the Occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Stephanie Haupt: Paranormal Phenomenon: What Makes People So Interested? Christina Rota: The Identity of a Gambler. Joshua A. Stoner: 9-1-1 What is the Nature of Your Personality? Two presentations were collaborations with Dr. Faith Warner: Liesl Driver & Kristin Fisher: Voices of Healing/Voces de recuperacion in the Coal Belt of Pennsylvania. Michele DeLuca & Kristin Kelly: Gender Equality Expectations and Assumptions in a University Population.

11 of these students from Dr. Warner’s Field Methods course also presented research posters at the BU Creative Activities and Research Poster Session on April 30. Dean Kontos and Dr. Jerrold Harris, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, congratulated the students at the opening reception. Cara Okey: Gender, Body Image, and Body Modification Practices in an American University Population. Courtney M. Waltimyer & Laura Baker: Beauty or Brains? An Ethnographic Study in Mate Selection.Victoria Schlieder: The Columbia Mall: Examining the Use of Retail Anthropology in a Local Setting. Stephanie Haupt: Paranormal Phenomenon: What Makes People So Interested? Christina Rota: The Identity of a Gambler. Joshua A. Stoner: 9-1-1, What is the Nature of Your Personality? Liesl Driver & Kristin Fisher: Voices of Healing/Voces de recuperacion in the Coal Belt of Pennsylvania. Michele DeLuca & Kristin Kelly: Gender Equality Expectations and Assumptions in a University Population

Seventeen Anthropology Students Presented Research at the 10th Annual Frederick Douglass Institute Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference, April 23 and 24 Education and Social Responsibility for the 21st Century. The student presenters were mentored by Dr. Dauria (Ethnic Identity and Socialization of the Child projects), and Dr. Warner (Field-Methods projects).

  • Liesl Driver and Kristin Fisher.
    “Voices of Healing/ Voices de Recuperacion in the Coal Belt of Pennsylvania.”
  • Giselle Lara.
    “Americans and the World around Them.”
  • Shaina Davis.
    "The Implications of American Societal Influence on the Self-Perceptions of Nudist Practitioners."
  • Jen Culeman.
    “The Child Rearing Requirements of Raising a Dutch Child.”
  • Kristy Turnbull.
    “The Socialization of the Cooper Inuit.”
  • Eric Coyne.
    “Saami Child Training: A cultural Perspective.”
  • Victoria Schlieder.
    “The Columbia Mall: Examining the Use of Retail Anthropology.”
  • Brittany Vaszlavik.
    “Irish Ethnic Identity in America.”
  • Kristin Fisher.
    “Native American Identity in the United States.”
  • James Hill.
    “The Hmong in the United States.”
  • Stephanie Mendez.
    “Race, Ethnicity, and Outdoor Recreation.”
  • Kristin Kelly and Michele DeLuca.
    “The Gender Equality Project: A Focus Group Discussion.”
  • Laura Baker and Courtney Waltimyer.
    “Beauty or Brains? An Ethnographic Study in Mate Selection.
  • Eva Yuen.
    “Union & Mobilization: Difference btw Occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Pictured below, photo top right left to right: Stephanie Mendez, James Hill, Kristin Fisher and Brittany Vaszlavik, the student panel on Ethnic Identity in the United States. Top right below is Victoria Schlieder doing her presentation on retail anthropology. Pictured bottom left, left to right: Jen Culmen, Eric Coyne and Kristy Turnbull in their student panel on child socialization around the world.

4 Anthropology students present research as part of the BU Caribbean Nations in the Trans-Atlantic World Symposium, on April 8th, in the multicultural center. The symposium was sponsored by the departments of Anthropology, Languages and Cultures, and Art. Student presenters were:

  • Shaina Rae, "Rastafarianismin Jamaican Art"
  • Tracy Burne, "Puerto Rican Identity in the US"
  • Luis Medina, " Cuban Ethnicity in American Communities"
  • Liesl Driver, "The Mexican Caribbean: Land of multiple cultures."

Dr. Quintyn Publishes two Books for 2010

1. Dr. C.B. Quintyn

Book Title: The Existence or Non-existence of Race? Forensic Anthropology, Population Admixture, and the Future of Racial Classification in the U.S. Publisher Teneo Press (in press 2010).

2. Dr. C.B. Quintyn
Book Title: Human Origins: An Introduction. Publisher Kendall/Hunt

Dr. Quintyn was also invited to give a lecture on Forensic Anthropology at the Pennsylvania State Police-Northeast Training Center’s, Basic Homicide Investigation Course (Forty-Fort, PA, April 20, 2010).

Anthropology students in national spotlight

A group of anthropology students participated in the 103rd American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings this fall, where they worked as conference volunteers, served in the press room, placement center, registration and exhibit hall.

Students also attended an all-day event that included an employer expo, graduate school fair and numerous professional development and career planning workshops. In addition, Victoria Schlieder, Eva Yuen and Kristin Kelly, who were supported by a College of Liberal Arts Student Professional Development Grant, presented individual research.

Other pictures from the AAA Conference:

From left to right, presenters
Eva Yuen, Victoria Schlieder, and Kristin Kelly.

Eva Yuen

Victoria Schlieder
Paper: THE PLIGHT OF THE RURAL SHOPPING MALL: A STUDY IN APPLIED RETAIL ANTHROPOLOGY. Session: “Moving Money” organized and peer-reviewed by the AAA Executive Program Committee

Kristin Kelly & Faith Warner
Poster: LONGITUDINAL RESEARCH ON THE IMPOVERISHMENT OF WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES: A WEAKENING HEDEMONY? Session: “Women Negotiating Gender and Sexuality” sponsored and peer-reviewed by the Association for Feminist Anthropology

BU Anthro. students out for dinner in New Orleans!

Matthew Roth, a December 2009 Anthropology graduate created a film “Eye on Anthropology” through interviews with senior anthropologists on their views of how the discipline and the annual meetings have changed over the decades. Several past presidents of the American Anthropological Association participated on the invited roundtable session at the 103rd Annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association. The video project was supported through a Bloomsburg University COLA grant and co-created with Dr. Faith Warner. The photo below shows Matt Roth and Dr. Warner participating in the Invited Roundtable Session "Conference Conventions: The Circulation of Knowledge at the AAA" sponsored by the Society for Humanistic Anthropology.

Dr. Dauria presented a paper at The American University Annual Public Anthropology Conference, in Washington DC, on October 17th. The paper entitled, “Teaching Anthropological Methods Through Community Involvement,” was coauthored with Dr. Caryn Terwilliger, assistant professor of Education, The Public Anthropology conference theme was "Revolutions! Building Emancipatory Politics and Action." Their presentation focused on the long-term collaboration that created the Bloomsburg University Migrant Community Project.

David Minderhout, professor emeritus of anthropology, was a featured speaker at the U.S. Coast Guard's Diversity Leadership Summit, April 20-21, in Washington, D.C. He spoke on, "Anthropology - The Exploration of Human Diversity" and "Native Americans in the 21st Century."

Conrad Quintyn, assistant professor of anthropology, recently published his book, "The Existence or Non-existence of Race: Forensic Anthropology, Population Admixture, and the Future of Racial Classification in the U.S." (Teneo Press, 2010). The book begins with a history of the race concept in biological anthropology and continues with current arguments within anthropology, human biology and genetics on the validity of the race concept are discussed. In the end, the future of racial classification in the U.S. is discussed in light of increasing immigration, U.S. Census, law enforcement, terrorism, civil rights, political redistricting, etc.

Faith Warner, associate professor of anthropology, had her research on refugee women's health featured in the international development sector in ”Gendered Perspectives on International Development Resource Bulletin", Volume 24:2 published by the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) at Michigan State University, the host center for the Women and International Development Program. The bulletin highlighted Warner’s article from Medical Anthropology Quarterly, “Social Support and Distress among Q’eqchi’ Refugee Women in Maya Tecún, Mexico”. Also, two graduate schools selected the article for their journal club discussions, including the Medical Anthropology Journal Club at the University of Florida and the Medical Anthropology & Public Health Journal Club at Oregon State University. The clubs serve as forums for graduate students to discuss and critically evaluate recent literature deemed as influential in the fields of medical anthropology and public health. Winona Cochran, chair of the Psychology Department, collaborated on the project as a data analysis consultant.

DeeAnne Wymer, professor of anthropology, held a book signing at the Hopewell Culture National Park museum store, Chillicothe, Ohio, in June, for her book, “Hopewell Settlement Patterns, Subsistence, and Symbolic Landscapes” published by the University of Florida Press. The book, an edited volume by A. Martin Byers and Wymer in May, brings together leading researchers to create a new theoretical approach in archaeology to integrate scientific and cognitive studies to illuminate Moundbuilder archaeology.

Student to explore Zapotec culture in Mexico

Liesl Driver, who is majoring in anthropology and Spanish, has been selected to receive a Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship in Zapotec Language Studies, where she will study in Oaxaca, Mexico, June 21 to July 30.
Driver, who is also minoring in Latin American studies and ethnic studies in the U.S., will be taught by native Isthmus Zapotec speaker and linguist, Tomás Villalobos Aquino, through the Casa de la Cultura in Juchitán. She will experience a full immersion in Zapotec culture and language.
From July and August 2010 BU Today:

Anthropology student digs into Columbia Mall

Victoria Schlieder, a senior anthropology and geography major, recently took a different approach to anthropology by researching the behavior and concerns of shoppers as opposed to researching culture or evolution.
Her work, which consisted of surveying, observing, and interviewing patrons of the Columbia Mall, will be among the featured presentations this fall at the American Anthropological Association’s national conference in New Orleans.
In her field methods study, Schlieder discovered young people, ages 18 to 25, still shop at the mall and most of the nearly 460 people surveyed want more stores, a movie theater and more special events. A native to the area, Schlieder, of Numidia, chose to study the Columbia Mall because she was interested in what residents believed needed to be done to revitalize the mall that she grew up with.
Schlieder’s research is a form of ‘applied anthropology,’ which seeks to solve everyday problems through anthropological means. She hopes to make a career out of this specialization by conducting similar ‘retail anthropology’ research throughout the country.

Luis Medina '10

Luis Medina, a recent anthropology graduate, spent part of the summer studying at a fieldschool in the Mallorca Islands, Spain, where he learned about the history and prehistory of the island through lectures and direct contact with villagers. Medina also planned projects, visited markets and other villages, toured archaeological and tourism sites, as well as integrated himself into the local life.