Accomplishments: Department of Anthropology

September 30, 2019
Monserrath Hernández (Journalism and Media Studies), Maribel Estrada Calderón (History), Marcela Rodriguez-Campo (Teaching and Learning), Elsa Lopez (Education), Laurents Bañuelos-Benitez (Education), Rodrigo Vazquez (Economics), and Nathalie Martinez (Honors) were each recently awarded a student scholarship from the city of Las Vegas and the Historic Preservation Commission during the 2019 Historic Preservation Awards. They were selected for their work collecting oral histories for the Latinx...
July 11, 2019
Debra L. Martin (Anthropology), along with Ventura Peréz from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Pamela Stone from Hampshire College, in Amherst; and Samuel Sisneros from the University of New Mexico, have been awarded a 2019–20 community action grant from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for the Nuestra Señora de Belén Archaeological Project. The goal of the community engagement project, "Archaeology Girls! Excavating Belen, New Mexico’s History," is to provide a...
June 3, 2019
Brian Villmoare (Anthropology) published an analysis of ancient footprint sites, focusing on the 1.5 million-year-old footprints from Ileret, Kenya. He analyzed the footprints to determine the relative sizes of males and females, to determine when humans made the transition from a single-male, multi-female society to the more pair-bonded societies we see in humans today. The study revealed that earlier Australopithecus, from Laetoli, Tanzania at more than 3 million years old, was more like...
May 3, 2019
Alyssa Crittenden (Anthropology) received a research grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for her research on food and water insecurity among indigenous foragers of Tanzania, East Africa. 
April 26, 2019
Peter Gray (Anthropology) and colleagues Justin Garcia and Amanda Gesselman of the gender studies and Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, published "Age-related patterns in sexual behaviors and attitudes among single U.S. adults: An evolutionary approach" in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. The study draws upon a large sample of U.S. single adults across a broad age range. Findings complement much of the existing literature that focuses on sexual behaviors and attitudes among partnered...
April 15, 2019
Alyssa Crittenden (Anthropology) recently did a podcast interview with Future Tech Podcast, titled "Eating through the Ages," chronicling some of her work on the evolution of the human diet. The interview can be streamed. 
February 8, 2019
Karen G. Harry (Anthropology) and Barbara J. Roth (Faculty Affairs) have an edited book, Interaction and Connectivity in the Greater Southwest, published through the University Press of Colorado.
February 6, 2019
Alan Simmons (Anthropology) has been awarded a grant from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory. This award will allow him and colleagues to conduct test excavations at probable early (ca. 12,000 years ago) sites in Cyprus.
December 14, 2018
Alan Simmons (Anthropology), along with A. Jadjikoumis, J-D Vigne,  J. Guilaine, D. Fiorillo, and M. Balasse, published "Autumn/Winter Births in Traditional and Pre-Pottery Neolithic Caprine Husbandry in Cyprus:  Evidence from Ethnography and Stable Isotopes" in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.
November 21, 2018
Debra Martin (Anthropology) and Cheryl Anderson, recipient of last year's UNLV outstanding Ph.D. thesis award and co-edited Massacres: Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology Approaches (University of Florida Press, 2018), which was released this week. This volume represents case studies of massacres from ancient to modern times. By analyzing skeletal remains from massacres within their broader cultural and historical contexts, this volume opens up important new understandings of the...
October 22, 2018
Timothy P. Gocha (Anthropology), along with co-authors Alexander Robling (Indiana University) and Sam D. Stout (Ohio State University), recently published a book chapter, "Histomorphometry of Human Cortical Bone: Applications to Age Estimation."   The use of quantitative bone histology (histomorphometry) can be a useful tool for anthropologists to help estimate age at death from an unidentified set of human skeletal remains. As with any method of analysis, practitioners must be familiar with...
September 21, 2018
Jennifer Kawi, Andrew Thomas Reyes, (both Nursing), and Rogelio A. Arenas (Anthropology) co-authored “Exploring Pain Management Among Asian Immigrants with Chronic Pain: Self-Management and Resilience," which is published online and will appear in the December issue of Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Arenas is a Ph.D. candidate.