Accomplishments: Department of Anthropology

September 13, 2018
On Sept. 5 the Academic Success Center (ASC) celebrated its 10-year anniversary and as part of its celebration recognized former students, faculty, departments, and community leaders that have made the ASC such an exemplary center. They are: Dean’s Award - Carl Reiber (formerly of the provost's office) Dean’s Award - Regent Kevin Page Founder’s Award - Neal Smatresk (former UNLV president) Outstanding Impact Award - philanthropist Christina Hixson  Classified Dedication Award -  Monica McNeely...
September 7, 2018
Alyssa Crittenden (Anthropology), along with co-authors Coren Apicella (University of Pennsylvania) and Victoria Tobolsky (Harvard), received the 2018 Margo Wilson Award for the Best Paper of 2018 published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.  
August 3, 2018
Peter Gray (Anthropology) and Jamaican colleagues published "Patterns and Predictors of Depressive Symptoms among Jamaican Fathers of Newborns" in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. The study draws upon the fatherhood arm of a Jamaican birth cohort study, JAKids, and is based on one of the largest samples investigating paternal depression. Findings of the study had previously been presented at the University of the West Indies and covered by the Jamaican Gleaner.
July 26, 2018
William Bauer, Michael Green, Greg Hise, Andy Kirk, and Michelle Turk (all History); Karen Harry (Anthropology); and Su Kim Chung and Claytee White (both Libraries) recently spoke as part of "Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West," a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Faculty. Julian Kilker (Journalism) and Norma Flores (History) also were faculty members of the institute.
June 7, 2018
Ben Van Alstyne, Alexx Martinez, and Michelle Bosinger-Shannon (all Anthropology) recently completed a virtual reality online exhibit for the Lost City Museum. This exhibit showcases 30 three-dimensional, interactive models of artifacts. Van Alstyne is a doctoral student, while Martinez and Bosinger-Shannon are undergraduates.
April 3, 2018
Karen Harry (Anthropology) co-edited the book Life Beyond the Boundaries: Constructing Identity in Edge Regions of the North American Southwest, which recently was published by the University Press of Colorado.
March 19, 2018
Barbara Roth (Anthropology) is the author of the book Agricultural Beginnings in the American Southwest, which was awarded the 2017 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in Anthropology/Archaeology. The book synthesizes current data on the introduction of domesticated plants and an agricultural way of life to U.S. Southwest.
March 12, 2018
Jeremy Smallwood (Astronomy), Sara Black (History), Tyler Stalbaum (Mechanical Engineering), and Cheryl Anderson (Anthropology) are the recipients of this year's Graduate College Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Awards. Each year the college gives four awards — within each category, one for STEM and one for non-STEM. This year’s winners are: Outstanding Thesis (STEM): Jeremy Smallwood, master of science, astronomy, for  “Secular Resonances during Main-Sequence and Post-Main-Sequence...
March 9, 2018
Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering), Debra Martin (Anthropology), and Gabriele Wulf (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) have been selected as UNLV's 2018 Distinguished Professor Award recipients. The awards recognize professors for their teaching and scholarship as well as their service to the community, the university, and their profession. Winners are selected by a committee of their peers. As part of the honor, each recipient receives a $5,000 addition to his or her base salary. The winners...
December 13, 2017
Timothy P. Gocha (Anthropology), along with co-authors Kate Spradley and Ryan Strand of Texas State University, recently published a book chapter on their work trying to identify presumed migrants who have lost their lives crossing the U.S./Mexico border.  The chapter, "Bodies in Limbo," traces the movement of deceased migrants in South Texas through the system of identification and repatriation. Given significant differences in funding, resources, labor power, institutional support, and time,...
December 4, 2017
Daniel Benyshek (Anthropology) and Sharon Young (Anthropology and Undergraduate Research) and colleagues published the first clinical trial exploring the effects of human maternal placentophagy, the practice of eating one's placenta after giving birth. The study, which was published online in the journal Women and Birth Nov. 23, was covered in Science news on Dec. 1.   
October 30, 2017
Levent Atici (Anthropology), along with colleagues Suzanne Pilaar Birch of the University of Georgia and Burçin Erdoğu of the University of Thrace in Turkey, has published a research article in PLOS ONE. In the article they investigate Neolithic and Chalcolithic (8500-7000 years Before Current Era) animal management systems at Uğurlu Höyük on the Turkish island of Gökçeada in the northeastern Aegean Sea. Atici’s (PI) research, funded by National Geographic Society, focuses on one of the most...