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Department of Anthropology News

Anthropology focuses on the spectrum of the human experience - past and present. An anthropology degree balances practical, applied, and theoretical research within liberal arts, as well as interdisciplinary education.

Current Anthropology News

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Campus News | December 8, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring research and accomplishment at UNLV.

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Arts and Culture | September 15, 2021

This dynamic global exhibition project is carried out locally by students from UNLV’s Department of Anthropology.

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Campus News | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.

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People | May 10, 2021

An enduring commencement tradition continues this spring as UNLV president honors seven outstanding students who exemplify the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

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Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020

A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.

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Campus News | December 9, 2020

UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield to honor four Winter 2020 graduates for their academic, research, and community impact.

Anthropology In The News

Verywell Health
December 23, 2021

Face masks have saved thousands of lives over the past year and a half. In that time, we've come to learn just how much this cheap public health tool can dramatically reduce the transmission of a highly infectious virus.

Boulder City Review
December 16, 2021

Much has been written in the Boulder City Review opinion pieces recently about “scientific research” and factual data regarding in the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to prevent and treat the disease.

Las Vegas Sun
December 16, 2021

The achievements and character of the following winter 2021 graduates reflect the extraordinary work that goes on day in and day out in Southern Nevada’s institutions of higher learning.

The Nevada Independent
December 13, 2021

Latinos across Nevada, especially those with Mexican ancestry, gathered at churches this weekend for prayer of the rosary and novena, a nine-day prayer and meditation; multiple mass services; traditional Aztec dance performances; and to sing las mañanitas, a birthday song, at midnight.

December 6, 2021

The more ancient human fossils we discover, the more we become acquainted with how similar our faces and bodies may have been — but what about on the inside?

The Great Courses Daily
November 25, 2021

Thanksgiving is a joyous, albeit stressful, holiday.

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Recent Anthropology Accomplishments

January 10, 2022
Hyunhwa 'Henna' Lee (Nursing) and her transdisciplinary team, including graduate students Maiko Suarez (Medicine), and Jacob White (Anthropology), published “Exosomal microRNA Differential Expression in Plasma of Young Adults with Chronic Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Healthy Control” in Biomedicines for the special issue Brain Injury and…
January 7, 2022
Nikki E. Bennett, Silvio Ernesto, Mirabal Torres, and Peter B. Gray (all Anthropology) published "Exploratory Content Analysis of Direct-to-Consumer Pet Genomics: What is Being Marketed and What are Consumers Saying?" in PLOS ONE. This was the first study on the pet DTC genomics industry in which vendor webpages and consumer product reviews were…
December 17, 2021
Katherine Gaddis (Anthropology) was one of nine applicants to receive the Forensic Science Foundation's Student Travel Grant, which will fund her attendance at this year's American Academy of Forensic Sciences conference.
December 17, 2021
Jennifer F. Byrnes (Anthropology) and Timothy Gocha (Texas State University, Anthropology) have been awarded a National Institute of Justice grant titled "Reliability and Validity of Radiographic Comparisons for Positive Identification" for $567,682 over a two-year period. This grant is in collaboration with the Clark County office of the coroner/…
December 1, 2021
Barbara Roth (Anthropology) published a book chapter, "Changes in Household Organization and the Development of Classic Period Mimbres Pueblos," in Archaeology of Households, Kinship, and Social Change, edited by Lacey Carpenter and Anna Prentiss, Routledge Press (November 2021). 
November 15, 2021
Elizabeth Johnson, a doctoral student, Arianna Portillo, an undergrad, Nikki Bennett, a graduate student, and Peter Gray (all Anthropology) published "Exploring women's oxytocin responses to interactions with their pet cats." While similar research has investigated oxytocin responses of parents to babies or of people to interactions with dogs,…