USF student to bike for veterans
Kiersten Downs is a veteran, activist and athlete and her passion for encouraging and inspiring fellow student veterans is a powerful force in her next mission: pedaling her road bike across the country, from San Francisco to Washington D.C., in a momentous effort to support the veteran transition from military to university life.
CAS faculty recognized
20 University of South Florida faculty members were honored on Monday, April 15, with a dinner and formal awards ceremony in Lifsey House on the USF campus in acknowledgment of their recent professional recognitions by a number of the world’s top scholarly and research organizations. Nine of the 20 honorees are College of Arts and Sciences faculty.
Sen. Nelson tours Dozier site
During a visit Wednesday to the shuttered Dozier School for Boys, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson praised the work of University of South Florida researchers who are trying to find answers to some of the questions surrounding the deaths of children at the school. More than a dozen reporters and state officials gathered near rusted crosses at the Boot Hill cemetery to see first hand what the report issued by USF researchers confirms.
Darwin Day speaker to address evolutionary roots of altruism
Ground squirrels stand upright and squeal to warn others of predators, even though it puts them at risk. Humans risk their own lives and safety to save others. Such altruistic behaviors have long fascinated scientists like Lee Dugatkin, who ponders the evolutionary roots of caring -- perhaps fittingly on St. Valentine’s Day!
At 6 p.m. on Feb. 14, in the TECO Room in the Education building, Dugatkin will address “The Evolution of Altruism: From Darwin to Today.”
USF research at closed school praised
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is supporting the work of University of South Florida researchers to locate and identify gravesites at a closed reform school in Florida’s Panhandle. On Friday, Nelson was briefed on the project by Erin Kimmerle, a forensic anthropologist at USF and one of the lead researchers on the project examining burial sites at the former Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla. Nelson had asked Gov. Rick Scott to grant the researchers’ request to remain on the state-owned land until their work is concluded.
Bridging the Immigration Divide
An anthropology research project leads to a book, a website and a job for a recent USF graduate. Recent immigrants and people descended from earlier immigrants -- whether voluntary or forced -- often eye each other warily, sometimes finding them at odds.
15 USF faculty named AAAS Fellows
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named 15 faculty at the University of South Florida as AAAS Fellows this year. With expertise that ranges from stem cells, climate change and toxicology to graduate education, computer science and blueberries, USF’s 2012 AAAS Fellows are an outstanding example of the high level of teaching, research and scholarship at USF.
Prominent Norwegian academic to speak at USF
The effects of globalization are widely debated, but the perspectives from local communities worldwide are often overlooked. On Thursday, Nov. 8, University of Oslo anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen will address that neglect. Eriksen will speak on “Overheating: The Three Crises of Globalization,” using an anthropological perspective to address these crises: finance/the economy; climate/the environment; and identity/culture. His talk begins at 7 p.m. in CWY 202 (Military Science Building), with a wine and cheese reception continuing after the talk.
CAS professor appointed to regional ethnographer
A prestigious appointment will have the University of South Florida’s Associate Professor Antoinette Jackson spending a lot more time at national parks over the next couple of years.
New technology innovates the field and the classroom
Lori Collins and Travis Doering, research assistant professors at the University of South Florida and co-directors for the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technology, stand at the front of a banquet room in one of the high-rises in downtown Tampa. On the projector, a digital 3-D image of a huge stone sculpture, dating back to the late Preclassic era, spins 360 degrees, vertical and horizontal, in front of the audience.
USF grad student receives Fulbright Award
Anne Pfister of the University of South Florida has been awarded a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Research Grant to Mexico. Pfister is one of 18 students awarded Garcia Robles Research grants to Mexico. The Fulbright grant will cover the costs of round-trip transportation to Mexico, and maintenance for the academic year.
Last Lecture Series to feature CAS professor
The University of South Florida Housing and Residential Education will host the 2012 Last Lecture Series featuring Christian Wells, Ph.D., at 7 p.m. on April 5, 2012, in the Marshall Center Oval Theatre. Wells will discuss “My Career in Ruins: Confessions of an Archaeologist.”
USF alumna to share "Green Card Stories"
Though certainly not for the first time in history, this nation of immigrants and descendants of immigrants is reacting strongly to the latest waves of people seeking to start new lives in the United States.
USF anthropology dissertation named Top 40 in 2011
A dissertation by a University of South Florida alumna was chosen as one of the 40 best in 2011 by Anthropology Works. Cecilia Vindrola-Padros, Ph.D., graduated from USF in 2011 with her master’s degree and her doctorate in applied anthropology.
Lecture to focus on teaching evolution
In celebration of the birthday of Charles Darwin, the University of South Florida welcomes renowned science educator, Eugenie Scott, who argues that students cannot understand science without grasping the centrality of evolution. Scott will present a public lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 in FAH 101 on Florida’s ‘Critical Thinking’ Bills: Creationism du jour?”
NSF awards $1.2 million grant to CAS researchers
The University of South Florida has received a nearly $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study a process that will help result in the creation of a highly trained workforce in engineering technology.
USF professor named Leadership Fellow by the American Anthropological Association
Heide Castaneda, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida was recognized as a 2011 AAA Leadership Fellow by the American Anthropological Association (AAA).
Norway anthropologist to discuss Oslo shootings
The University of South Florida Department of Anthropology will host guest speaker Thomas Hylland Eriksen, an anthropology professor from the University of Oslo, from 4-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, in MSC 2708 as part of the Purcell Memorial Lecture Series. Professor Eriksen will discuss the anthropology associated with the July 22 shootings in Oslo, Norway.
CAS student selected as Dept. of Energy Ambassador
If you’re interested in an internship or job opportunity with the U.S. Department of Energy, you need look no further than University of South Florida student Stephanie Martell.
Ph.D. student wins community award from Tampa Bay Bucs
Every year the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gives their Community Quarterback award to deserving citizens who have made an impact in the community through volunteering. Lance Arney, a doctoral candidate in applied anthropology at the University of South Florida, was one of the 2011 award recipients.
USF partners with FARO Technologies
A world-renown team of University of South Florida researchers who have used high-tech scanning devices to unlock the secrets of archaeological sites around the world are set to become the new North American training directors for an advanced generation of laser scanners.
Field school takes a closer look at Costa Rica
Three hours from a major city and off the Pan American Highway on roads that are not entirely paved, Monteverde, Costa Rica is a picture-perfect region of lush vegetation and small communities on the edge of a cloud forest.
Students working on Tampa Bay cold cases
He was just a boy. He might have been as young as 12 or maybe old enough to drive, but by the time his body was found by a man looking for bottles in Palmetto it was too late to know for sure.
Students participate in CSI research
Forensics isn’t just popular fodder for television these days; it’s gained ground with real research done by students.
Forensic Science Symposium to present new research findings
The University of South Florida Department of Anthropology and the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office will be hosting the upcoming Forensic Sciences Symposium: Research and Collaboration in Hillsborough County. This event will take place on Wednesday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office at 11025 N. 46th St.
CAS faculty explores justice movements in the Americas
USF Professor Harry Vanden began his professional life as a Spanish-speaking social worker in Philadelphia in the turbulent days of 1968 before his academic interests led him to the mountains of Ecuador to meet struggling peasants, to the highlands of Chiapas to encounter the Zapatistas and to Venezuela as a member of the Carter Center’s observation team monitoring the election that swept Hugo Chávez to power.
Student gives back to former neighborhood
Jeannese Castro pulled up her electric blue Toyota Yaris to the chain-link fencing bumping against the property at Mann-Wagnon Park in the heart of Sulphur Springs. As soon as she put it into park, several energetic girls scrambled out, talking and playfully shoving each other as they walked up to the entrance to the Moses House. Here, kids in the community come after school for tutoring sessions, art workshops and just to hang out, an alternative to hanging out on the streets of one of Tampa’s most impoverished neighborhoods. The kids are sweet and smart, volunteers at Moses House always say, but rough around the edges.
Anthropology professor working with former U.S. president
You, your family and community constitute an important part of history -- every story a puzzle piece that completes a picture important to the future, for descendents and researchers alike.
This day in world history: Oct. 7
October 1967. In Nigeria, on the west coast of Africa, civil war raged. Ethnic and cultural differences fueled the fighting, which followed the secession of the mostly Igbo region to the east of the Niger River, an area renamed Biafra. Nigerian government troops had arrived in Asaba, an ethnically-Igbo town on the west bank of the Niger that remained part of Nigeria. On Oct. 7, 1967, federal troops gathered up men and older boys, accusing them of Biafran sympathies.
Cleaning up a football game
At an event that usually results in a lot of garbage, USF is encouraging students to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic bottles and cans as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 Game Day Challenge.
Lecture series to focus on cold cases
In an effort to strengthen the partnerships between the University of South Florida and Tampa Bay law enforcement agencies, a new lecture series began Friday, hosted by the Department of Anthropology at USF.
Anthropology professor featured in Public Library of Science initiative
A University of South Florida professor is one of 13 scientists and journalists selected to participate in the Public Library of Science Blogs, a new network for discussing science in public that covers topics in research, culture and publishing.
CAS student receives inaugural dissertation fellowship
Anthropology Ph.D. student Elizabeth Danforth is one of four students awarded the University of South Florida Graduate School’s inaugural Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Danforth will receive $15,000 to aid in the completion of her doctoral dissertation, which examines adolescent nutrition in Tanzania.
Memorial to Nigerian mass killing sought
University of South Florida researchers are back in Nigeria this summer to continue their work collecting statements from witnesses to a decades-old mass killing that took place during the nation’s civil war.