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    Revealing the secrets of the tropical rain forest
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    From the Chair
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    Student achievements
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    Alumni news
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    Friends of anthropology
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University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Summer 2004

Anthropologists at
the University of
Florida are embark-
ing upon large-
scale research into
the historical ecol-
ogy of pre-
Columbian peo-
ples in the
Neotropics of
South America.
Their investiga-
tions challenge the
"pristine myth"-
the popular notion
that the humid
tropical forests of
the Amazon and
beyond were
sparsely populated
in 1492 and that
scattered indige-
nous peoples
inhabited an
essentially natural
ecological setting.

Revealing the Secrets of the Tropical Rain Forest

Shattering the "Pristine Myth" % ..

Anthropologists Dr. Michael
Heckenberger and Dr. Sue
Boinski, along with Dr. David
Steadman (FLMNH), are initiating
a long-term project this summer-
The Northern Arawak Diaspora
Project-to investigate the impacts
of pre-Columbian occupations on
the neotropical forests of northeast
South America and the Caribbean.
They argue that, beginning with
colonization of the region by early
farmers (Arawak speakers) about
500 BC (see map right),
Amerindian populations con-
structed complex "anthropogenic"
landscapes (of human origin). This
refutes the common image of the
region as a pristine "natural" trop-
ical forest.
Supported by a UF Research
Opportunity/Seed Fund, this proj-
ect builds on prior studies carried
out separately by Heckenberger,
Boinski, and Steadman with fund-
ing from the National Science
Foundation. The new research

combines archaeological 1
work with biological and
ecological studies aimed
at documenting environ-
mental modifications on
a scale unimagined just a
few years ago.
long-term archaeological
and ethnographic inves-
tigations in various parts Dispersior
of the Amazon have beginning
already revealed such
remarkably complex anthropogenic
landscapes. His work in the south-
ern Amazon of Brazil, published in
Science (2003), demonstrated large
and dense prehistoric settlements
dating from AD 1200-16oo,
including clusters of villages with
earthworks interconnected by large
roads. These pre-Columbian
Arawak speakers, ancestors of mod-
ern Xinguano peoples, constructed
complicated landscapes that today
often appear to be untouched for-
est because of the post-I6oo
decline in the
research on
capuchin mon-
keys in Suriname
unusual commu-
nication patterns
involving system-
atic pounding
noises, perhaps
an adaptation to
the dense forest

Sof Arawak speakers out of original heartland
c.500 BC.

cover. This behavior, unique
among the brown capuchins, may
also be the result of the anthro-
pogenic nature of the forest. In
other words, the density and com-
position of the Surinamese forest
today is an "artifact" of patterns of
use similar to those recognized in
the Amazonian Xingu. Preliminary
archaeological and botanical surveys
suggest similar landscape modifica-
tion and a high prevalence of
"human-indicator" species.
Steadman's long-term
research on the bio-geography and
zooarchaeology of the Pacific and
Neotropics, including the
Caribbean, has found corroborat-
ing evidence of large-scale land-
scape alterations. Like the Guianas
and southern Amazonia, this area
was dominated by Arawak-speaking
Today the Guianan Plateau,
like the southern Amazon, is
viewed as pristine tropical forest.
However, these UF researchers
believe depopulation and aban-
donment of the region following
European contact are critical
Rain Forest continued, page 4

Sue Boinski's NSF-supported research is on capuchin monkeys in Suriname.

page 2 Department of Anthropology News Summer 2004

From the Chair
-Allan F. Burns

This academic year witnessed
further significant changes to
the department. We welcomed
new faculty and students, said
goodbye to others, and continued
our record of excellence in
research and service. It is a time
to look back (see photo right!) as
well as ahead to future goals.


O ur long-term goals
are, first, to
become one of the top
five anthropology pro-
grams in the country (we
are currently ranked
sixth among public uni-
versities and IIth overall
in National Research
Council ratings). Next is
to have the Department
of Anthropology under-
take a leadership role in
the University in terms
of the quality of graduate
and undergraduate edu-
cation, research, and
public engagement with
scholarly issues in
Florida. Our third goal
is to influence theory
and method in ways that
reflect UF
approaches to teaching
and scholarship, which
are intradisciplinary
within anthropology and
interdisciplinary with
other fields in the natu-
ral and social sciences,
the humanities, and the
Our short-term
goals are to improve

research opportunities
for undergraduate and
graduate students,
improve the honors
track for outstanding
undergraduates, and
create laboratory experi-
ences in scientific,
humanistic, and practi-
cal areas of anthropology
for all of our students.
We will continue to
expand the intellectual
and social pluralism of
the department by
recruiting top faculty
and students. We are also
searching for the means
to retain our faculty
through improving
research opportunities,
laboratory facilities, and
salaries. UF, like other
universities, has been
hard hit by decreases in
state funding. While
grants and gifts to the
department can stave off
some problems, our fac-
ulty salaries need to be
competitive with those of
the very best
Departments in the


Allan Burns, Mildred Bradham, and Elizabeth Eddy at the Zora Neale Hurston Fellowship Award
Reception, April 1985.

Faculty Developme

The Anthropology
Department contin-
ues to earn recognition
for its outstanding faculty
and students. The more
notable winners of awards
and honors almost fill the
pages of this year's
We have also had a
busy year incorporating
faculty hired last year and
searching for new faculty
this year. We brought in
three new faculty mem-
bers in the fall of 2003:
Dr. Abdoulaye
Kane, joint with African
Studies; Dr. Peter
Collings, joint with
Gerontology; and Dr.
Chuan-Kang Shih, joint

with Asian
semester con-
cluded with sev-
eral new faculty
searches. One
was for an assis- Peter Col
tant professor of
African American Studies
and Anthropology. We
hired an outstanding
young archaeologist,
James Davidson for this
position. Another search
was for a historical ecolo-
gist, and we were fortu-
nate to have Dr. Augusto
Oyuela-Caycedo accept
this position. In addi-
tion, we recruited Dr.
Willie Baber as an eco-
nomic anthropologist
and specialist in African
American Studies at the
senior level. Finally,
through the efforts of the
African American Studies
Program, Dr. Faye
Harrison was recruited at

lings and Abdoulaye Kane

the senior level to work in
both that program and
ours. All in all, the
department is enriched
by the contributions of a
scholar from Africa, a
Hispanic-American, a
Chinese-American, and
two African Americans.
These additions will also
increase the social and
cultural, as well as intel-
lectual, pluralism of the
This year also
brought the passing of
Dr. Elizabeth Eddy,
Professor Emerita, a
leader in applied and
educational anthropology.
An obituary is on page 4.

Chuan-Kang Shih


Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2004

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Department of Anthropology News Summer 2004page 3

Award-Winning Faculty

Paul Doughty to Receive
Malinowski Award from the SfAA
Dr. Paul Doughty, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, was named
the recipient of the highest award in applied anthropology, the
Malinowski Award. Dr. Doughty will also deliver the distinguished
Malinowski lecture in March 2005 at the Society for Applied
Anthropology meetings in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Doughty
has had a distinguished career in applied and academic anthro-

pology with
long-standing interests in commu-
nity and development in Peru. He
authored key publications on human
rights in Latin America and edits the
Peace Studies Newsletter. As an aca-
demic leader, Dr. Doughty helped
establish the UF Anthropology
Department as one known for both
theory and practice.

H. Russell Bernard receiving
his award at the AAA mee

Kathleen Deagan

Jerald T. Milanich

Paul and his wife Polly have also generously
provided funds for graduate students to
conduct research on peace and develop-
ment issues in Latin America. Each year
since 2002, the Polly and Paul Doughty
Graduate Research Award has enabled sev-
eral Anthropology students to carry out
fieldwork to begin their own careers.

Bernard W ins Franz Boas Award
Dr. H. Russell Bernard was awarded the 2003 Franz Boas
Award for Exemplary Service to Anthropology by the
American Anthropological Association. This award recog-
nizes his almost 40 years of teaching and research on
quantitative and qualitative research methods, providing an
invaluable service to generations of anthropology students
and professionals. Prof. Bernard also received the 2004
SUF Doctoral Mentoring Award.

Deagan Honored with Harrington Award
Dr. Kathleen Deagan, FLMNH Distinguished Research
Curator of Archaeology, received the 2004 J.C.
Harrington Award in Historical Archaeology from the
Society for Historical Archaeology at their annual meeting
in St. Louis. This award recognizes her lifetime of contri-
butions and outstanding scholarship, student training,
and professional service.

Milanich Named 2004 Florida
Academy of Sciences Medalist
FLMNH Archaeology Curator Dr. Jerald T. Milanich was
named the 2004 Florida Academy of Sciences Medalist Award
winner for his outstanding contributions to the promotion of
scientific knowledge, especially concerning the prehispanic and
colonial era peoples of the Southeastern United States. He will
also deliver a guest lecture at the 2005 annual meeting.

Paul Doughty


Safa Earns
Arensberg Award
Dr. Helen Safa, Professor
Emerita, received the 2003
Conrad Arensberg Award from the
Society for the Anthropology of
Work at the American
Anthropological Association
Meeting in November. This award
recognizes her pioneering studies Helen Safa
on work, class, gender and devel-
opment with an emphasis on Latin America.

More Faculty Awards
Dr. Michael Moseley was named a
UF Distinguished Professor in
August 2003. He recently received
a National Endowment for the
Humanities grant to fund archaeo-
logical excavations at an Inca cere-
monial center in Peru to study the
ceremonial role of maize beer
drinking. Dr. Moseley was also Michael Moseley
honored by a special symposium
dedicated to his influence on South American archae-
ology at the 2003 meeting of the Society for American

Dr. Anthony Oliver-Smith was
recognized as a College of Liberal
Arts & Sciences (CLAS)
Advisor/Teacher of the year for
2003-04. He was named a
Mitchell Magid Term Professor in
CLAS for 2002-03. Dr. Oliver-
Smith also received a Fulbright Anthony Oliver-Smith
Senior Specialists Award to con-
duct research in Peru and to design a program to eval-
uate the impacts of development and natural disasters
on human communities.

Dr. Ken Sassaman was named a
CLASJean and Robin Gibson Term
Professor for 2003-04 in recogni-
tion of his excellence in both schol-
arship and teaching. Dr. Sassaman
offers the St. Johns Archaeological
Field School to provide student
training in Florida archaeology. See Ken Sassaman
story page 6.

Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2004

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page 4 Department of Anthropology News Summer 2004

Anthropologists in the Florida

Museum of Natural History
Dr. Kathleen Deagan, Distinguished Research Curator of Archaeology, and Jose
Maria Cruxent received the 2003 BookAward from the Society for American
Archaeology at the spring 2004 SAA meeting for two books they authored on the
historic town of La Isabela in the Dominican Republic: Archaeology at La Isabela: America's
First European Town and Columbus's C'Oj. t A ... .:the Tainos (Yale University Press, 2002).
Dr. Deagan was featured in a recent Discovery Channel program on her excavations
searching for the place where Christopher Columbus built a settlement in Haiti in
1492. For more information on Dr. Deagan see page 3.
Dr. William Keegan, Curator of Caribbean Archaeology, with anthropology
graduate student Pete Sinelli, is conducting a summer field school to excavate pre-
historic Lucayan Indian sites in the Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies.
Dr. Kitty Emery, Curator of Environmental Archaeology, is investigating
ancient Maya hunting practices that contributed to the degradation of their envi-
ronment. She organized a symposium this spring-"UF Perspectives on Ancient
Maya Environments"-that brought together faculty and students studying various
aspects of this multifaceted problem and how it impacted Maya history.



in Kosovo
Forensic anthropologist Dr. "
Michael Warren and graduate stu-
dent Shuala Drawdy participated Mike Wa
in a human rights mission with the
Centre for International Forensic Assistance in associa-
tion with the United Nations International Criminal
Tribunal in the former Yugoslavia. Dr. Warren's team
was responsible for examining the remains of Muslim
ethnic Albanians killed during the 1999 Serbian Army
incursion into Kosovo. The CIFA pathologists and
anthropologists conducted autopsies and skeletal analy-
ses, providing unequivocal proof of the systematic
murder of civilians based on ethnicity and religious

In Memoriam

Applied Anthropologist
and Professor Emerita of
the University of Florida,
Dr. Elizabeth Marie
"Liz" Eddy died Friday,
February 6, 2004 at her
home in Gainesville. Liz
was a fellow of the
American Anthropology
Association and Society
of Applied Anthro-
pology, and was a mem-
ber and past president of
the Southern
Anthropological Society.
She was elected president
of the Council on
Anthropology and
Education in 1972 and
received the 1989 George

and Louise Spindler
Award from CAE for
distinguished contribu-
tions to the field of
anthropology. Born in
Albany, NY, she was a
1947 graduate of
Wellesley College and
received a doctoral
degree in social psychol-
ogy from Columbia
University in 1961. She
moved to the University
of Florida in 1967 after
establishing herself as a
powerful researcher and
writer on urban issues,
race, and applied
anthropology in New
York City. Liz was known

for her work on integra-
tion in NewYork City
schools-Walk the White Line
(1967), Rehabilitation For The
Unwanted (withJulius
Roth, 1967), .1 P.... ,E.n
A Teacher: The Passage To
Professional Status (1969).
She was interested in
applied anthropology as a
field of inquiry and in its
history, an interest that
resulted in the definitive
A .t.1l. I.lnl,, '. I -, inAmerica
(1987), which she edited
in collaboration with
William Partridge.
She served as Chair
of the Department of
Anthropology at Florida

from 1978-80.
Liz began the
Zora Neale
Hurston Award
for minority
graduate students
and helped to
establish the
Solon Kimball
award for applied
anthropology in
the AAA. She also
bequeathed a por-
tion of her estate Elizal
to establish an
endowed Chair in
Applied Anthropology at
UF. Liz asked those who
wish to remember her to
make a contribution to

beth Marie Liz" Eddy

the Zora Neale Hurston
Fund, University of
Florida Foundation, PO
Box 14425, Gainesville,
Florida 32611.

Rain Forest, continued from page I
factors in explaining the nature of the forest. Challenging the "pristine myth" with
carefully collected evidence and analysis will have important implications for con-
temporary questions of climate and ecological change, conservation of cultural and
natural resources, and indigenous property and human rights. It also contributes to
theories on the development of complex civilizations in South America before and
after 1492

Sue Boinski in Suriname.


Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2004

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Department of Anthropology News Summer 2004 page 5

Summa Cum Laude
Ruth Thompson-Miller (left), who wrote
an honors thesis on the effects of segrega-
tion on small-town African Americans
(Keisha Fikes and Stacey Langwick, men-
tors). Ruth won a three-year scholarship
to Texas A&M University.

Jacqueline Michelle Dolan (right), whose
honors thesis was on the European Court of Human Rights (Paul Magnarella,
mentor). She has been accepted at Georgetown Law School and will specialize in
historic preservation law.

Undergraduate Award Winners

Essenpreis Award
This award honors the memory of Dr. Patricia Essenpreis, a faculty
archaeologist. The 2004 Essenpreis Scholarship for Archaeological Field
School winner is Amanda West Pardue, who will participate in the
Iklaina Archaeological Project in Greece through the University of
Missouri, St. Louis.

O'Sullivan Award
This award was begun in memory of Brendan O'Sullivan, who died soon
after being named a UF valedictorian in 1999. It recognizes the graduat-
ing anthropology major with the highest GPA. The 2004 winner, Cris
E. Crookshanks, was spring 2004 valedictorian with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Undergraduate Zooarchaeologists
Susan Eskew, Paula Lopera, and Muhammad Salahuddin (above, left to right)
worked with Dr. Susan deFrance in the Zooarchaeology Laboratory in
Turlington Hall, gaining valuable experience in faunal analysis and the prepara-
tion of skeletal specimens for teaching. Susan has been accepted for graduate
school at the University of Montana with a focus in forensics. Paula, a native of
Cochabamba, Bolivia, worked on analysis of faunal material from Peru and the
Caribbean. Muhammad's task was to complete a fox skeleton that will be used to
teach the skeletal differences between wild and domestic mammals. Muhammad
will attend medical school at Ross University on Dominica.

Student Achievements

Three University Scholars
SMandy S. Baily, Angela Canoy, and Lindsey Nicole
Williams were named Anthropology Undergraduate
University Scholars for 2004. The University
Scholars Program matches outstanding undergradu-
ate students with faculty mentors to provide a
research experience.

Graduate Student
The research projects of several Anthropology graduate
students were prominently displayed in the college
newsletter, CLASnotes, in the past year:
Jane-Anne Blakney-Bailey
has been excavating Paynes Town, a
Seminole site on the outer edge of
Paynes Prairie south of Gainesville,
thought to have been destroyed by
a sand mining operation. Founded
by descendants of the Oconee
Indians led by Chief Payne, the
town was burned by American
troops in 1812. Blakney-Bailey had a "gut feeling" that
part of the town might still exist, and her archaeological
investigations have proven that to be the case. Her study
of the Indian town in Florida's history is part of her
Santiago Ruiz is also engaged
in preserving something from the
past, but in his case it is Garifuna,
an endangered language that com-
bines Afro-Caribbean and Indian
(Carib and Arawak). The language
is spoken mainly in Central
America, but the US has the sec-
ond-largest concentration, spoken
by immigrants. Ruiz is also teaching courses in
Garifuna at UF.
Maxine Downs received a
three-year Ruth L. Kirschstein
National Research Service Award
from the National Institutes of
Health to carry out fieldwork in
Mali, West Africa. Her dissertation
project examines how women, who
are typically responsible for the
health care and nutritional well-
being of their families, are impacted by economic
development efforts, in order to suggest designs for
more effective development plans.


Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2004

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Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2004

A Monumental Mystery?

How did the ancient Egyptians construct

the massive pyramids on the Giza Plateau?
This mystery has fascinated the world for millennia, and it has also consumed the
scientific imagination of anthropology graduate student Scott Hussey ever
since, as an undergraduate, he took an experimental archaeology course with Dr.
Peter Schmidt. Scott's fascination led him to design a master's thesis project to test a
technique that may have been used to lift the pyramids' stones. Although a ramp was
likely constructed beside the pyramids to move most of the massive stone blocks (each
about 5,000 pounds) up the pyramid, Scott wondered how the builders placed the
top-most stones, since there would have been no room at the top for the ramp.
His research into ancient engineering techniques led him to suggest the use of a
simple weighted lever for that part of the construction. But how to test his hypothe-
sis? That required the building of several 2,500-pound concrete blocks-with help
from his father and a Gainesville cement company; a place to test his idea-namely, a
field near Lake Alice; a wood and rope contraption with 17 blocks and levers; and
several volunteers from among the ranks of fellow students. The result-a resound-
ing success! A half-dozen volunteers were able to lift the blocks sufficiently high to
place them one atop the other. Scott's thesis will be a significant contribution to the
study of ancient technology.

Moving Mountains Twice!

Ancient Floridians relocated their shell

mounds thousand of years before the

mounds were bulldozed for road fill.
In the I860s, innumerable shell mounds were observed in northeast Florida,
some hundreds of feet long and up to 50 feet high. Freshwater shell fishing and
attendant mound building began 6,000 years ago, and these practices persisted
until European contact. Few shell mounds still exist in Florida, as most were mined
for road fill in the last century, quite literally paving the way for modern develop-
ment. Mining operations thus erased the human-made mountains on the flat
swampy terrain throughout much of the St. Johns region. These monumental
efforts of Native Americans have remained cryptic ever since.
Now UF's St. Johns Archaeological Field School, in its fourth year under Dr.
Ken Sassaman, is showing that the shell mounds were mined for construction fill
several millennia before Europeans arrived. Sixteen students spent five weeks inves-
tigating the history of shell-mound construction, under the supervision of graduate
students Meggan Blessing, Peter Hallman, and Asa Randall. Excavations revealed
that an intact shell mound at the south end of Hontoon Island in Volusia County
was built from shells borrowed from an existing mound.
Archaeologists debate whether mounding was intentional or simply incidental
to the consumption of freshwater snails and mussels. However, as time progressed,
many riverside habitations became flooded as sea level and groundwater rose. Native
peoples sometimes responded by adding shell to existing mounds, perhaps attempt-
ing to outpace rising water. But at some locations, such as on Hontoon Island, they
appear to have mined shell fill from flooded mounds and relocated it to positions
landward. This makes practical sense, and yet the Hontoon Island construction,
lacking evidence for habitation, was not a strictly pragmatic undertaking. Rather, the
mining of shell laid down by predecessors may have served to either erase or com-

Carol Colaninno, Madeline Roberg, and Vanessa Vargas excavate a
trench on an ancient shell mound on Hontoon Island.

memorate the past. Evidence to evaluate these alterna-
tive explanations will most likely come from excavations
of the mound builders' habitation sites, also currently
under investigation. These and related questions indi-
cate that the St. Johns Field School has its work cut out
for it for years to come'


Department of Anthropology News Summer 2004page (

Alumni News

Mercio Pereira Gomes
(PhD '77) is now
President of FUNAI, the
Brazilian Indian
Protection Service.

Richard Pace (MA'83,
PhD '87) is Assistant
Professor at the
Department of Sociology,
Anthropology and Social
Work at Middle Tennessee
State University,

MichaelJ. Evans (PhD
'88) is a senior anthro-
pologist for the Midwest
region of the National
Park Service.

Lee Ann Newsom (BA
'82, MA'86, PhD '93)
was awarded a prestigious
MacArthur Foundation
Fellowship in 2002 to
further her research in
how fossilized plant life in
the Southeast and the
Caribbean can provide
insights into farming
practices of ancient soci-

Christopher McCarty
(MA'85, PhD '92) is
director of survey research
at the UF Bureau of
Business and Economic

Gene Ann Shelley (MA
'88, PhD '92) and Holly
Williams (PhD '95) are
employed by the Centers
for Disease Control in

Gloria B. Bryan (PhD
'92) is a health education
specialist at the U.S.
Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
in Atlanta.

Karla Slocum (PhD '96)
is Assistant Professor in
the Department of
Anthropology at the
University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Peter Cronkleton (MA
'93, PhD '98) is the
Bolivia Adaptive
Coordinator at the
Center for International
Forestry Research in Santa
Cruz, Bolivia.

Constance (Connie)
Campbell (PhD '96) is a
Social Science and
Biodiversity Advisor with
the USAID Bureau for
Economic Growth,
Agriculture and Trade
and the Office of Natural
Research Management in
Washington, DC.

Avecita Chicchon (PhD
'92) is a Program Officer
at the MacArthur
Foundation in Chicago,

Christina Espinosa (MA
'95, PhD '98) is the
Assistant Director at the
UF Center for Latin
American Studies.

J. Keith Akins (MA '95,
PhD '98) is Assistant
Professor of Criminology
at New Mexico State
University in Las Cruces,

Jonathan Dain (MA '91)
is the Student
Coordinator and
Instructor with the UF
Center for Latin
American Studies.

Francisco Cartaxo
Nobre (MA'98) is the
Secretary for Technical
Assistance and Rural
Extension with the state of
Acre, Brazil.

Kathleen Barnes (MA
'89, PhD '92) is a faculty
member in the school of
medicine at Johns
Hopkins, Baltimore.

Anthony Michelraj (PhD
'97) is the chancellor of a
diocese in southern

Kathryn (Katie) Lynch
(PhD 'ol) is the Partner
and President of the
Institute for Culture and
Ecology, Portland,

Heather McIlvaine-
Newsad (PhD 'oo) is
Assistant Professor in the
Department of Sociology
and Anthropology at
Western Illinois

Noemi Porro (PhD '02)
is a post-doctoral
researcher with the IDRC
in Canada.

Amanda Stronza (PhD
'oo) is Assistant Professor
with the Department of
Recreation, Park, and
Tourism Science at Texas
A&M University.

Ronaldo Weigand (PhD
'03) is the Director of the
Protected Area Program
and the Secretariat for
Coordination of the
Amazon with Brazil's
Ministry of the

Tara Boonstra (D 'oI) is
the Assistant General
Counsel at St.John's
Water Management
District, Palatka, Florida.

Matthew McPherson
(PhD '03) is the
Caribbean regional
research coordinator for
the Nature Conservancy.

Mark Swanson (MA'91,
PhD 'oI) is a Research
Assistant Professor in the
Department of Rural
Sociology at the
University of Kentucky,

Rodney Stubina (MA
'97, PhD '02) is a
research scientist with the
Global Public Policy and
Programs Operations
Evaluation Department
with the World Bank.


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Friends of Anthropology

Constructing a scanning elec-
tron microscope (SEM) in
the basement of your house
might not be a task most people
would consider attempting. But
for Will Smithers, it was a proj-
ect that came naturally. Will died
in 2002 in a helicopter acci-
dent, and his wife Kerry, who
graduated from UF in 1987,
decided to give his SEM to the
Anthropology Department for
use with its forensics research.
Will and Kerry founded
Tradeware Systems in 1993 in
New York City, a company that
provides order-management sys-

tems and trading connectivity to
more than 200 brokers and
institutions worldwide. Kerry
says Will's interests went way
beyond computers and software.
She observed that "Will never
attended college, but after visit-
ing with various faculty and stu-
dents from the anthropology
department, I know he would
have loved being in that type of
environment with all sorts of
brilliant people like himself!"
The Anthropology
Department has established the
William and Kerry Smithers
Scanning Electron Microscopy

John Krigbaum, Kerry Smithers, and Chair Allan Burns in the new William and Kerry
Smithers SEM Lab.

Laboratory, home to the SEM,
under the watchful eye of Prof.
John Krigbaum. Krigbaum stat-
ed, "We'll be examining prehis-
toric artifacts such as stone and

bone tools that may show clues as
to how they were used when they
were made. We are excited to get
it up and running this year!"
-from CLASnotes Winter 2004

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