It is with great sadness that the Department of Anthropology announces the passing of Bill Lachicotte. Bill was a much beloved teacher, mentor, and brilliant thinker. He lost his battle with leukemia on December 3, 2014. An online memory book has been created in his honor and we encourage people to visit and post. His warmth and friendship has left the department with many fond memories and he will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.
Dale Hutchinson is among six UNC Chapel Hill scientists (and eight anthropologists nationally) who have been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. This honor is bestowed upon association members by their peers in recognition of their distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Prof. Hutchinson was chosen for his distinguished contributions to the study of ancient disease and health, especially in understanding pathogen-host interactions from human remains from archaeological contexts.
Peter Redfield has been invited to be a member of the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the therapeutic clinical trial: “Efficacy of favipiravir in reducing mortality in adults at early stage of Eboal virus Disease in Guinea: a phase IIb Trial”, for which the French health agency Inserm is the sponsor.
Also, the media continue to consult with Peter in relation to MSF (Doctors Without Borders) and Ebola:
Ebola: Doctors Without Borders Shows How to Manage a Plague
Anthropology graduate student Cassandra Hartblay‘s work was published in a summer issue of The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies (8.2, 225–230). “Comment from the Field” is about a conference on decolonizing disability studies that was held last fall in Prague. Cassandra’s attendance at this conference was supported by a travel grant from the Graduate and Professional Student Federation at UNC Chapel Hill and by the conference organizers.
Additionally, Cassandra was featured in the Membership Spotlight section of the Association for Slavic and East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) website. Click here to read about her path and research interests.
James Peacock has been selected to receive the 2014 George Johnson Award for Distinguished Achievement from the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. The Johnson Award is given once every two years to recognize the exceptional contributions to UNC made by an IAH Fellow over the course of an entire career.
Brett Riggs, Anna Agbe-Davies, Vin Steponaitis and others from the Research Laboratories of Archaeology and Department of Anthropology have been involved in a high-profile, rapid response excavation at UNC System President Tom Ross’s house. Among the media coverage are the following reports:
- Archaeologists hit pay dirt at UNC president’s house [UNC Spotlight, 8/22/14]
- Under a Chapel Hill driveway, the university of the past emerges [News & Observer, 8/26/14]
- Driveway dig uncovers UNC history, remnants of 19th century home [Daily Tar heel, 8/25/14]
- Archaeologists Uncover Artifacts in UNC System President’s Driveway [TWC News, 8/25/14]
The Anthropology Colloquium Committee is very excited to announce our Colloquia for the 2014-2015 academic year. There may be some additional sessions scheduled in the future. Unless otherwise noted, all colloquia will take place in Alumni Hall 308 from 3:30-5pm. We look forward to many great presentations and discussions.
Sept 8: Lee Baker, Dean of Academic Affairs of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and African and African American Studies at Duke University
Sept 12: (Saunders Hall 220) Tony Fry Professor of Design, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (co-sponsored with Geography)
Oct 6: Peter Redfield, Professor of Anthropology, UNC-CH
Nov 3: Margie Scarry, Professor of Anthropology, UNC-CH
Dec 1: Ann Grodzins Gold, Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University (co-sponsored with Religious Studies and Art History)
Jan 12: Juliane Müller, Lecturer, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Munich (LMU) Visiting Scholar, Department of Anthropology, UNC-CH
Feb 2: Sasha Newell, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, NC State University
March 2: John Millhauser, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, NC State University
April 6: Steve Corbett, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, UNC-CH