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Spring 2014



news & events alumni news

Practicing Anthropology for Spring 2014 is co-edited by alumnus Amy Santee

Practicing Anthropology 36(2), “Introduction to Practicing Anthropology in the Private Sector: Reflections on Work Experiences and Opportunities for the Future of Business Anthropology,” was co-edited by Amy Santee (Urban, 2011) and features articles by Amy as well as Allison Hennie (2011).  The publication can be found here.

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Dr. Michael Duke receives a Faculty Research Grant

Dr. Michael Duke, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded a Faculty Research Grant. The funded project consists of an ethnographic participatory action research study to assess the cultural, social, and structural impediments to medical treatment and adherence among Marshall Islanders residing in Springdale, AR, which has the largest Marshallese community in the continental US.

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Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington receives the 2014 Alumni Association Distinguished Research Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship

Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Chair of the Engaged Scholarship Committee, has been awarded the 2014 Alumni Association Distinguished Research Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship. She has been recognized for emphasizing community collaborations and reciprocity in her research on urban development and community building, and for demonstrating strong leadership in promoting engaged scholarship at the University of Memphis.

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Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman receives the 2014 University Distinguished Faculty Research Award in the Social Sciences, Business and Law

Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded the 2014 University Distinguished Faculty Research Award in the Social Sciences, Business and Law. Her  research centers on applied medical anthropology involving U.S. immigrants and disadvantaged populations in Central and South America.  Her research has directly and positively impacted the fields of healthcare and family health both at home here in Memphis and abroad.

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news & events student news

Jenessa Gebers receives College of Arts and Sciences Travel Enrichment Funds and a Study Abroad Scholarship to travel to Uganda for her practicum

Jenessa Gebers, candidate for the Master of Arts in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded College of Arts and Sciences Travel Enrichment funding and a scholarship from the Study Abroad office to travel to the Iganga District of Uganda this summer.  For her practicum she will conduct research as a member of the Water and Sanitation team with the Uganda Village Project. jg

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Faculty, Students, and Alumni attend the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meetings in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Six faculty, 15 graduate students, and 9 alumni presented session papers or posters for the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meetings in Albuquerque, New Mexico March 18-22. The reunion dinner on March 20 was a great way to catch up with everyone.

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Dr. Keri Brondo and Dr. Kathryn Hicks co-organized a double session entitled Food Justice, Food Sovereignty and Community-Building: The Place of Community Gardens, Farmers Markets, and Public Fisheries in Memphis, TN for which Dr. Micah Trapp acted as the discussant.  The complete panel program can be found here.

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Additionally, several University of Memphis student and alumni sessions have been features as SfAA podcasts:
Amy Santee (Urban, 2011): Coming of Age in the Corporate Context: Exploring the Non-Linear Transition from Student to Practitioner and Back Again and Business Anthropology Roundtable: New Voices, New Destinations , New Futures (chair)
Rachel Wright (2007): Paid in Different Ways: New Solutions to Nonprofit Employee Compensation
Anna Gattuso (GDC, 2014): Complementary Styles: Engineering and Anthropology at the University of Memphis

news & events student news

Carolyn Trimble receives the Del Jones Memorial Travel Award

Carolyn Trimble, candidate for the Master of Arts in the University of Memphis Department of Anthropology, has won a prestigious travel award from the international Society for Applied Anthropology, to attend and present her paper at their annual conference, which meets in March 2014 in Albuquerque, NM.  The SfAA website describes the Del Jones Memorial Travel Award as follows: “Del Jones was a distinguished member of SfAA and an African American anthropologist who developed perspectives that could assist and transform the lives of oppressed and disadvantaged peoples. Following his death in 1999, close friends and members of the Society established the Del Jones Memorial Fund. This Fund supports a travel grant of $500 for a student to attend the annual meeting of the Society. The Del Jones Travel Award is intended to increase minority participation in SfAA, particularly African American participation, but also to honor the life and work of Del Jones independently of the minority criterion.  The winning paper will best reflect the contributions and/or life experiences of Del Jones.” For more information visit: http://www.sfaa.net/deljones/deljones.html.

news & events student news

Sara Woodard, Kyle Simpson, and Kenny Latta participate in the Study Abroad Fair

These students studied abroad with the Anthropology of Tourism, Sustainability and the Environment course last summer in San Jose, Costa Rica.  The course was taught by Dr. Keri Brondo and more information about their experience can be found here.

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C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa Receives AmeriCorps Award

The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa has received the Sponsor of the Year award from AmeriCorps (part of the National Civilian Community Corps, or NCCC). The award recognizes the unique role the museum played in coordinating collaborative projects between AmeriCorps teams and community partners in southwest Memphis.  For more details please see the complete release here.

news & events faculty publications

Dr. Linda Bennett releases a co-edited volume with Dr. Linda Whiteford on “Anthropology and the Engaged University: New Vision for the Discipline Within Higher Education”.

This volume also includes a co-authored piece with Dr. Stan Hyland on “Responding to Community Needs through Linking Academic and Practicing Anthropology: An Engaged Scholarly Framework.”

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Dr. Micah Trapp publishes an article with UNHCR

Dr. Micah Trapp, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, published an articles with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Policy and Evaluation Unit entitled "Remittances as informal aid: Livelihoods and migration in a Liberian refugee camp."  You can access the article here.

news & events alumni news

Alumna, Rachel Wright, receives the Society for the Anthropology of Work Eric R. Wolf Prize

Rachel Wright’s article, "Who’s the Boss? The Matryoshka Power and Governance in Nonprofit Organizations," was published in the Anthropology of Work Review and is based upon her research in Memphis. More information about the Eric Wolf Prize can be found here.

 


 

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Click here for the latest edition of the Department of Anthropology Newsletter. Send your news, events and ideas to Ruthbeth Finerman at: finerman@memphis.edu.

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