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Fall 2014

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Listen to radio interview with Dr. Michael Duke

Dr. Duke talks about his research on the health of Marshall Islanders living in Arkansas on the National Public Radio Program "Ozarks at Large."

You can learn more about his research here.

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Taylor Arnold finishes internship with The National Farm Medicine Center

Ivanna Pereyra, Salisbury University, and Taylor Arnold, University of Memphis, spent eight weeks in Marshfield, Wis., working primarily on Seguridad en las Lecherias, a project that is testing culturally appropriate occupational safety and health training for immigrant dairy workers.

Pereyra and Arnold came to the Farm Center as part of the Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP), an initiative of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics Competition for internships was keen with just 34 positions nationwide for more than 400 applicants.

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Dr. Micah Trapp receives a Learn and Serve Grant

Dr. Micah Trapp, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded a Learn and Serve grant. The grant will be used in a new course Food, Culture, and Power to be taught in Spring 2015. Students will have the opportunity to apply research skills and topical expertise on food justice outside of the classroom in collaboration with the Memphis and Shelby County Food Advisory Council. Kitchen Lab sessions will complement course readings and discussions by providing hands-on learning about the relationships between meaning, power, and food production. ​


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Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington, Associate Professor of the Department of Anthropology, receives the 2014 Alumni Association Distinguished Research Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship

Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington’s scholarly contributions exemplify engaged scholarship by emphasizing community collaborations and reciprocity. Dr. Lambert-Pennington involves the resources of the University of Memphis in her work, creates opportunities for students and colleagues, and collaborates with community partners in the design and application of the research. She currently co-chairs the University Engaged Scholarship Faculty Committee.


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Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology, receives the 2014 University Distinguished Faculty Research Award in the Social Sciences, Business and Law

During her nearly three decades at The University of Memphis, Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman has been an extremely productive and highly regarded scholar both nationally and internationally. Her research centers on applied medical anthropology involving U.S. immigrants and populations in Central and South America. Her research has directly and positively impacted the fields of healthcare and family health both in Memphis and abroad.




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