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Anthropology announcements

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University of Nevada, Reno anthropology students and faculty are busy presenting and publishing their work, organizing and hosting public lectures by distinguished visitors, and bringing positive attention to the department. Here are just a few accomplishments and events.

February 2023

Dr. Fulera Issaka-Toure (Bayreuth University, Germany) will be visiting our department through March 21. Dr. Issaka-Toure is an expert on Islamic legal practice in West Africa and will be working with our own Dr. Erin Stiles. 

Dr. Fatima Essop (Harvard University) will be visiting our department from March 6-9. Dr. Essop is an expert on Islamic legal practice in South Africa. 

On March 7 from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Dr. Essop and Dr. Issaka-Toure will give a Hilliard-sponsored lecture titled “Islam, Gender, and Legal Pluralism in Ghana and South Africa.” 

Dr. Richard Scott has received an Ozmen Institute for Global Studies Grant to conduct research in Argentina this coming summer. 

Dr. Richard Scott and UNR graduate students Laresa Dern, Arielle Pastore, and Mackenzie Sullivan have published an article titled “World Variation in Three-rooted Lower Second Molars and Implications for the Hominin Fossil Record” in Journal of Human Evolution. 

Graduate students Emily Smith and Nandar Yukyi have both received Ozmen Institute for Global Studies Graduate Student Research Grants. 

Ph.D. candidate Chris Wolfe is one of just 15 participants invited to a Wenner-Gren Foundation workshop titled “New approaches to studying sub-adult hominins in the fossil record.” 

Ph.D. student Alana Walls has been accepted as a Fellow in the NSF-funded Cultural Anthropology Methods Program (CAMP). 

January 2023

Ph.D. student Jeremy McFarland has received a Far Western Foundation Grant for his research project titled Radiocarbon Dating of Legacy Museum Collections and Selective Field Sampling from the King Range National Conservation Area to Assess Changes in Human Occupation, Subsistence and Trade in Northwestern California.

Ph.D. student Richie Rosencrance has been selected as UNR’s recipient of the Sam Lieberman Regents’ Award for Student Scholarship. The NSHE Board of Regents will vote to finalize the award at their March meeting. 

December 2022

Dr. Carolyn White will be a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome in January 2023.

Dr. Erin Stiles recently returned from a stint as Visiting Professor at Sciences Po Bordeaux in France.

Congratulations to our December graduates: Dr. Elaine Chu, Dr. Laura Cirillo, Dr. Stephanie Cole, Danielle Delelio (MA), and Anna Doyle (MA)!

Anthropology news stories

President Brian Sandoval and Dr. Richard Scott smile while sitting next to each other in the recording space

Sagebrushers ep. 9: Dr. Richard Scott

President Brian Sandoval talks with Foundation Professor of Anthropology Richard Scott about Scott’s research on tooth crown morphology, his recent trip to study medieval skeletons in Hungary and his favorite places on campus

Headshot image of Megha Malik, a liberal arts student.

Faces of the Pack: Megha Malik selected to present research at international conference

Liberal Arts student receives Nevada Undergraduate Research Award to study the human-elephant-conflict in Sri Lanka

Debbie Boehm

University of Nevada, Reno liberal arts faculty selected as foundation professor

College of Liberal Arts Professor Deborah Boehm earns prestigious research and teaching honor