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University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences SU mn m er 2009

Waterborne Pathogens, Pastoral Livelihoods,
and the Growth of.UF Medical Anthropology
by Alyson Q. Young
h e availability of clean water is a sociopolitical issue
Switch substantial global health consequences. Today,
1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe
drinking water, and progress on improving water supplies
and sanitation is stalling in many parts of the developing
world. Sub-Saharan Africa faces a particularly serious water
supply crisis. It is estimated that half the population of
Southern Africa does not have access to either clean water
or sanitation services, and that by 2025 Mozambique,
Namibia, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe will all face critical
water shortages. Instability in water supplies impacts food,
political, and environmental security, and often develops
into sociopolitical and economic water-use conflicts, .-
increasing the hazardous probability of illness and death. '-
World Health Organization data from 2008 indicate that
globally, diarrhea kills five times as many children as does
HIV/AIDS, twice as many as malaria, and four times as
many as measles.
Pastoral communities are at a particular health disad-
Alyson Young (sed nd fror left) with Datoga pastoralists in Tanzania
vantage because they are marginalized from development
processes and vulnerable to exclusion from health services stances shape water-use behavior and expo- in the Rift Valley of northern Tanzania.
as a result of their geographic, political, and cultural envi- sure to waterborne illness. The current project is one of the first
ronments. This is certainly true among pastoral communi- This study is the beginning of a in Tanzania to examine ethnomedical
ties in northern Tanzania. Both colonial and post-colonial research agenda directed toward elucidat- and ethnohydrological knowledge and its
policies on land and water use in Tanzania have favored ing the links between poverty, political relationship to human-livestock interac-
the expansion of agricultural productivity, while pastoral- ecology, and the ways that structural tion and behaviors associated with disease
ists are pushed to the margins of ecological sustainability. injustices are embodied in the health of transmission among pastoralists. The
Many pastoral communities in Tanzania and other areas of marginalized communities in Sub-Saharan relationship is intertwined with beliefs
East Africa suffer disproportionately from serious illnesses contexts. I began this research during about procreative links between cattle
directly related to insufficient and unhygienic water sup- summer of 2009 with support from the and humans and the significance of water
plies. THumanities Scholarshin Enhancement securit tn the welllbein of astoral com-

As a medical anthropologist, I am interested in the
intersections of political economy, ecology, and culture
in exposures and responses to waterborne illness among
Datoga pastoralists of Tanzania. I focus my research on
ethnohydrological knowledge, or local knowledge about
water, and how this affects perceptions of vulnerability to
illness and decisions about water use for humans and live-
stock. Working with colleagues from Haydom Hospital in
northern Tanzania and the University ofDodoma in the
capital, my ethnographic research broadens understanding
of the way that personal knowledge and social circum-

Fund at the University of Florida. This fall,
I will be submitting a grant to the National
Science Foundation with U.S. and Tan-
zanian colleagues to launch a long-term
interdisciplinary project on water use. I
have worked in Tanzania since 2002, and
this research builds on previous research
on maternal perceptions and responses
to infant vulnerability and illness among
Datoga pastoralists living near Lake Eyasi

munities. This project makes an important
contribution to understanding global
health through the cultural construc-
tion of health knowledge, as well as the
sociopolitical and economic factors that
influence water-borne disease transmission
in pastoral communities. This research
also has important implications for under-
standing how behavior contributes to the
transmission ofwater-borne infection and
,page 6

Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2009

Chairmen's Notes

Outgoing with Thanks by Kenneth E. Sassaman
I write this note in my last week as Chair of we continue to serve a large and talented group
Anthropology and by the time you read this I of students. Above all, we have an incoming
will have resumed duties among the rank and Chair with the experience and vision to move
file. I have mixed feelings about the transi- us forward.
tion. On the one hand, I am happy to get I am gratified to leave the Chair's office
back to my research full-time, and especially with the department in good shape. The credit
to working with my graduate students, who for this lies with our faculty, staff, and students.
have patiently awaited my liberation from I am especially grateful to Karen Jones and
administrative duties. On the other hand, I will her staff (Pat King, Nita Bagnall, and Pam
miss the excitement of promoting this depart- Freeman) for unparalleled proficiency, grace,
ment's mission under challenging budgetary and good humor. The cliche "I could not have
circumstances. I know how strange that must done it without them" has never been so apt.
sound to anyone who has lost resources with I am also grateful for the wisdom and dedica-
the recent downturn of the economy. We too tion of Susan Gillespie, my Associate Chair
have lost much, notably the faculty lines of for four years. Many of the positive changes
normal attrition that used to be filled immedi- we have made to policy and procedures were
ately but have lately disappeared. At the same designed and implemented through Susan's
time, we have garnered some new resources to superb efforts. For his enthusiastic and com-
meet the welcomed but relentless demand for passionate help with our many undergraduate
Anthropology courses and degrees. On bal- majors, I have John Krigbaum to thank. Jerry
ance, the outcome has been positive and the Murray, Mike Warren, Mike Heckenberger,
long-term prospects are bright. We expect to and Dave Daegling deserve my thanks too for
receive authorization to fill at least one, maybe lending their time and energy to administra-
two new faculty lines this year, and hopefully tion of the graduate program. Others who
more next year. Our grant-getting, publica- contributed over the years with standing or ad
tions, and public-service are all on the rise, and hoc committee assignments, as well those who

Incoming with Vision by Alan F Burns

fulfilled their
usual duties with
and skill, are too
numerous to list
individually but
nevertheless have
my enduring
I constantly
leaned on for-
mer chair Allan Burns over the past four years
as he served as Senior Associate Dean for the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The relief
I feel in turning the office back over to Allan is
indescribable. We are very fortunate indeed to
have him back at the helm. The economy may
be on the rebound, but tough times are not
over yet, and we stand to lose ground if we do
not continue to promote Anthropology as the
most salient and effective framework for facing
challenges of the 21st century. We all have a
stake in this-as citizens, as scholars, as educa-
tors. Our best work is yet to come.

UF Anthropology is the place to be, and I am
most happy to have been chosen to work with
the faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends
of the department as Chair. Ken Sassaman has
been a tremendous leader these past four years,
and I only hope that the department can con-
tinue to be as welcoming to students, as inspi-
rational to the faculty, and as relevant as it has
under Ken's direction. My five-year appoint-
ment in the Dean's office was certainly enjoy-
able and allowed me to learn a lot about other
departments and the missions of many parts of
the University, but I am an anthropologist, and

working with the department is an honor and
a delight. Our department is recognized for the
very positive impact it has on society, scholar-
ship, and teaching. As the coming years bring
changes to higher education, to teaching, and
to the role of anthropology, our department
will be the prototype of how to help shape the
future through a thorough look at the past and
the present. I started out as an undergraduate
doing archaeology on Mississippian villages in
the Midwest; I wandered into linguistics when
I realized that language is one of the most pro-
found parts of culture; I have applied anthro-

pology through
research and
advocacy in the
areas of health
and responses
to illnesses. But
most of all I
enjoy working
with everyone
in anthropology,
and in that sense,
when people ask why I'm an anthropologist, I
say, "people are fascinating."

page 2

Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2009

Florida Archaeology Endowment

Through the foresight and generosity of Hyatt and Cici
Brown of Ormond Beach, Florida, an endowment was
launched in 2009 to facilitate the development of a new,
far-reaching program in Florida archaeology. The pro-
gram combines existing assets of the University of Florida
with new research faculty, enhanced student opportuni-
ties, and innovative research projects. The overarching
mission of the program is to pursue knowledge about
Florida archaeology and surrounding areas within five
inaugural research domains:
1. ancient cultures of Florida;
2. coastal lifeways;
3. circum-Caribbean connections;
4. wet site archaeology; and
5. ecological sustainability.
Endowed professors will focus their research in one or
more of these domains, attract and mentor students with
shared interests, and collaborate with existing faculty ded-
icated to Florida and Caribbean prehistory, history, and
natural science. Funds available to endowed professors
will support both their individual research projects as well
as programmatic goals, including graduate student assis-
tantships, undergraduate research projects, and the labora-
tory costs of annual field schools. The current Hyatt and
Cici Brown Professor of Florida Archaeology is Associate
Professor Kenneth E. Sassaman.

Research Funding for Students
The Brown Endowment provides a variety of research funds for graduate and under-
graduate students:

Doctoral Research Grants are available for graduate students conducting
dissertation research consistent with the goals of the endowment. Proposals developed
for submission to external agencies (e.g., National Science Foundation) will double as
proposals for endowment grants, and may be seeded with endowment funding (see
Grants-in-Aid below). Competitive proposals not funded externally will be subsidized
by up to $10,000 with endowment funds. Grant funds can be used for fieldwork, labora-
tory research, technical analyses, and travel to archives and repositories.

Doctoral Research Fellowships are available for advanced Ph.D. can-
didates for one to two years in the production of a doctoral dissertation. Ideally, candi-
dates will have completed fieldwork and will use funds to offset the costs of living while
preparing the dissertation for submission and publication. Annual stipends of up to
$20,000 are distributed over the academic year.

Grants-in-Aid of Research are available to undergraduate and graduate
students with specific needs in research consistent with the goals of the endowment.
Proposals are accepted year round for up to $3000 of research funding. These grants
serve the dual purpose of seeding Doctoral Research Grants, and enabling M.A. stu-
dents and advanced undergraduates to conduct publishable-quality research.

Field School Support
Endowment funds currently support two field schools with $3000 supplements to UF
funding. The St. Johns Archaeological Field School, under the direction of Sassaman,
is held most summers at sites occupied 7000-4000 years ago on the shores of Lake
George, while the Kingsley Plantation Archaeolog-
ical Field School, under the direction of Dr. James
Davidson, is held annually at the northeast Florida
plantation where African-American archaeology
was initiated in 1968 by the late Charles H. Fair-
banks. Each field school accommodates 15 under-
graduates in six-week sessions, as well as supervisory
opportunities for several graduate research assis-
tants funded by UE

Lecture Series
Launched in Fall 2009, the Brown Lecture Series
brings some of the top archaeologists in the country
to UF to spend time with students and faculty and
to present a public lecture on their latest research.
Endowment funds defray the costs of travel and
subsistence and provide an honorarium to visit-
ing scholars. Dr. Charles Cobb (South Carolina
Institute of Archaeology) will present the inaugural
Brown Lecture this Fall.

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Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2009

Pound Lab Gets New Director
The C. A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory was founded in 1991 by the late
William R. Maples, one of the nation's architects of forensic anthropology. In 1996 the
Pound Lab became part of the Department ofAnthropology, where it continues to be a
leader in both casework and graduate student training. In January 2009, Associate Profes-
sor Michael W. Warren became the Pound Lab's third Director, succeeding Tony Falsetti,
who directed the lab since Professor Maples's death in 1997. With new initiatives and
enhanced funding, Mike is ushering in a new era of public service, research, and teach-
ing for the Lab and its students. As Mike and his students continue to serve many of the
medical examiners' offices in Florida with skeletal analyses, they are expanding research
and training operations in their new 2400-square-foot home in the Cancer and Genetics
Research Complex on campus. In collaboration with UF genetic anthropologist Connie
Mulligan, Mike is also seeking resources to add molecular forensic services and research to
Pound Lab operations.

No Time to Rest
UF Anthropologists rarely slow down after retirement.
Released from the normal constraints of academic life,
notably teaching, our retired colleagues often take their
research and service to a whole new level. No one exem-
plifies this capacity more than Tony Oliver-Smith. Retir-
ing in 2008 after 35 years at UF, Tony was one of four
scholars appointed as Munich Re Foundation Chairs to
organize specific research and training initiatives on social
vulnerability at the Institute of Environment and Human
Security of the United Nations University (UNU-EHS)
in Bonn, Germany. Building on a lifetime of applied
research on human displacement and resettlement, Tony
has been busy enhancing the Institute's views on the
challenges of global climate change and sea-level rise. A
variety of international gatherings and collaborations in
Bonn have enabled Tony to produce some important new
publications, all available free-of-charge on the UNU-
EHS website ( LinkingEnvironmental

Change, Migration and Social Vulnerability
(2009) presents the work of seven Ph.D.
researchers who took part in a UNU-EHS
Summer Academy organized by Tony
in 2008. Sea-Level Rise and the Vulner-
ability of Coastal Peoples (2009) is Tony's
own prognosis on the local challenges of
global climate change for coastal popula-
tions. Forthcoming is Nature, Society, and
Migration, a synthesis of the theoretical
underpinnings of applied anthropological
work on climate change. These works and
many others Tony has completed since
retiring from UF underscore the growing
salience of research geared toward one of
the most pressing human challenges of the
21st century. Whether it is rising sea lev-
els, potable water shortages, soil depletion,

or accentu-
ated storms,
tal outcomes
of global cli-
mate change
will result
in massive
human dis-
and the
ensuing need to relocate and reconstitute
displaced communities. We are proud to
count Tony among our emeritus faculty
members and hope to find some way to
help Tony push his research agenda well
past retirement.

Welcome to
Joining the ranks of our faculty
this past year was Assistant Pro-
fessor Alyson G. Young. Alyson
earned her Ph.D. from the Uni-
versity of Arizona in 2008 with
research on medical anthropology
among African pastoralists of
Tanzania. Her dissertation focused
on child health and development,

Alyson Young
social inequality, and the long-
term health and adaptability con-
sequences of structural violence in
Datoga society. As Alyson details
in the feature story of this newslet-
ter, her research is expanding into
the realm ofwaterbore pathogens
and the cultural construction of
disease. Alyson was awarded a

CLAS Humanities Grant to seed
this research and will be seeking
NSF support that will not only
advance the project but also pro-
vide for student opportunities for
fieldwork in Tanzania. Alyson
has already established herself as
an excellent educator with the
increasingly popular Culture and

Medicine class, as well as the 650-
seat Human Sexuality and Culture.
Graduate students are flocking to
Alyson for her expertise in public
health, ethnographic method,
and biocultural theory. Welcome
aboard Alyson!

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Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2009

Faculty Achievements & Honors

Moving Up
We are happy to report that Drs. John Krigbaum and marilyn thomas-
houston were each awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor
this past spring. Congratulations John and marilyn!

Special Accomplishments
Congratulations to Professor Emerita Maxine L. Margolis, who was
named a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of
the nation's most prestigious honorary societies.

Allan Burns was elected President ofthe SocietyforAppliedAnthropology.

Mike Heckenberger and colleagues released a second installment in a
Fall 2008 issue of Science of their evidence for ancient urbanism deep
in the Amazon. A National Geographic special in November and much
associated press surrounded this provocative finding.

Mike Moseley and colleagues published a media-grabbing article in a
January 2009 issue of the' ... . ofthe National-Academy ofSciences
that reviews evidence and arguments for a severe cycle of natural disas-
ters affecting pre-Incan formative culture.

The Department of Anthropology hosted two Fulbright scholars in
2008-2009: one from Russia, who studied Mayan ethnohistory under
the sponsorship of Susan Gillespie; the other from the Czech Republic,
who studied genetics under the sponsorship of Connie Mulligan.

Professors Emeritae Helen Safa and Anita Spring established the Women
in Development Digital Library Collection at Smathers Library.

Peter Schmidt won the 2009 book award from the Society of Africanist
Archaeology for his 2008 book Tl, 1.. '.. ofEritrea, which he co-
edited with former students Matthew Curtis and Zelalem Teka.

Connie Mulligan and Lance Gravlee were awarded a large National Sci-
ence Foundation Grant (NSF) to investigate the genetic underpinnings
of race and disease within a biocultural context. The question driving
this research is why African Americans suffer an increased prevalence of
hypertension-a longstanding line of inquiry for Lance. Three sets of
questions are addressed in this grant:
1. what are the associations between different measures of race;
2. what association exists between genetic ancestry and hyperten-
sion; and
3. are associations between candidate gene polymorphisms and
hypertension modified when ancestry, measures of skin color,
and novel sociocultural data, such as personal social networks, are
added to the model?

Dave Daegling and collaborators from Ohio State University and Union
College were awarded NSF funding to study skull variation associated
with feeding ecology in seven monkey species from Tai forest of Ivory
Coast. Their stress analysis of mandibular bone will provide new insight
into questions of diet in the primate and human fossil record.
Dave was also an inaugural recipient of a grant from a new CLAS pro-
gram to enhance faculty success at attracting large grants from external
funding agencies such as NSF

Peter Schmidt was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Research Grant Abroad
to support research on the impact ofAIDS/HIV on the fabric of social
memory in east Africa. Peter will spend the 2009-2010 academic year in

As reported in our cover story, Alyson Young was funded by a CLAS
Humanities Scholarship Grant for a new research program in sub-
Saharan Africa on the embodiment of structural injustices in the health
of marginalized communities.

Elizabeth Eddy Endowment
An endowment supporting gist Elizabeth Marie "Liz" Eddy.
applied anthropology at the Uni- Chair of UF Anthropology
versity of Florida will be launched from 1978-1980 and fellow of
in Spring 2010 with a visiting the American Anthropological
professorship in the Department Association, Professor Eddy was
of Anthropology. The Elizabeth a leader in educational anthro-
Eddy Endowment memorializes pology and the study of racial
the career of applied anthropolo- integration in urban America. The

endowment, established by Profes-
sor Eddy's estate, provides funding
of an endowed visiting professor-
ship for an applied anthropologist
to spend a semester at UF teach-
ing a course and interacting with
students seeking careers in applied
anthropology. The endowment

will also support graduate students
in their research and for com-
pleting dissertations on projects
consistent with Professor Eddy's
life-long commitment to socially
relevant anthropology.

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Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2009

Graduate Student Achievements & Honors

This year NSF Dissertation
Improvement Grants were awarded
to Tim Podkul (Chris McCarty,
Chair) for fieldwork in Bolivia
concerning social access to irrigation
water; Stacy Giroux (Russ Bernard,
Chair) for research on the socio-
cultural context of changing global
diet in France; Gaby Stocks (Tony
Oliver-Smith, Chair) for study of
dam-induced displacement in Costa
Rica; Brian Tyler (Lance Gravlee,
Chair) for study of the health effects
of social suffering in Guatemala;
and David Garcia (Allan Bums,
Chair) for his research on changing
land-holding regimes in Guatemala.
David was also the recipient of an
Interamerican Foundation award.
Jeffrey Hoelle (Marianne Schmink,
Chair) garnered both a Fulbright-
Hays Award and an Institute for
International Education Fulbright
Award for his study of social groups
and cattle ranching in the Amazon.
Tim Podkul was also awarded a
Fulbright for his work in Bolivia,
and Nick Kawa (Augusto Oyuela-
Caycado, Chair) earned a Fulbright-
Hays dissertation grant for fieldwork
in Brazil.
Kiristen Bright (Augusto Oyuela-
Caycado, Chair) received a BRASA
Initiation Scholarship to support
fieldwork in Brazil. Meggan Blessing

(Susan deFrance, Chair) garnered a
John W. Griffin Student Grant from
the Florida Archaeological Council
for her research on isotopic variation
in the freshwater snail shells that
comprise ancient shellmounds.
Polly and Paul Doughty Research
Awards support graduate student
anthropological research in the
area of international peace, conflict
resolution, and/or development,
with preference given to a focus on
Latin America. This year's worthy
recipients are: Sarah Page-Chan,
who is researching anti-homosexual
nationalism in Jamaica under the
supervision of Faye Harrison; Ryan
Peseckas, who is studying urban
migrant contributions to develop-
ment in Fiji, with the guidance of
Jerry Murray; Michael Lemons, who
is investigating permaculture, coun-
terculture, and sustainability under
the chairship ofAugusto Oyuela-
Caycado; and Camee Maddox,
who is studying racial tension and
identity in Martinique, under the
mentorship of Faye Harrison.
The Department of Anthropol-
ogy, through a gift ofDrs. Alba
Amaya Burns and Allan Burns,
offers awards for summer research
in Latin America for projects in
Medical Anthropology, Human
Rights, and Applied Anthropology.

The award honors the memory
and goals of social justice of Miguel
Angel Amaya, a medical student
who perished during the Civil War
in El Salvador. Miguel Angel Amaya
was the brother of Professor Alba
Amaya Burns. This year's recipi-
ent is Camille Feanny, whose work
involves the effects of migration
on Garifuna orphans of Belize and
Honduras, under the direction of
Buzzy Guillette.
John M. Goggin Awards are made
to doctoral candidates specializing
in sociocultural and biological
anthropology who will use the sti-
pend for expenses related to prepara-
tion of the dissertation. This year's
recipients are: Amy Cox, whose
research on the heritage construc-
tion ofMachu Picchu is under the
guidance of affiliate History Profes-
sor Mark Thuner; Rachel Harvey,
who is studying tourism and cultural
heritage in South Africa under the
supervision of Brenda Chalfin; and
Allison Hopkins, who is investigat-
ing intercultural variation in medici-
nal plant use among Yucatecan
Maya, co-chaired by Rick Stepp and
Chris McCarty.
Charles H. Fairbanks awards go to
doctoral candidates specializing in
archaeology who will use the stipend
for expenses related to preparation

of the dissertation. Recipients this
year include Rebecca Douberly-Gor-
man, who is researching continuity
and change in St. Marys region pot-
tery of the 515th to 18th centuries,
work supervised by James Davidson;
and Joshua Torres, who is studying
community and political organiza-
tion of South Central Puerto Rico
A.D. 600-1200, under the direction
of Mike Heckenberger.
William R. Maples Awards are
available for Anthropology graduate
students conducting pre-dissertation
or dissertation research in forensic
anthropology. This year recipi-
ents are Carlos Zambrano, whose
research on human neurocranial
architecture is under the direction
of Dave Daegling; and Laurel Freas,
who is researching craniometric
variation in the modern Thai popu-
lation, with Mike Warren as Chair.
As usual, the Center for Latin
American Studies provided generous
support to several of our graduate
students through its grants and fel-
lowships. Summer Research Grants
went to Karen Coutts, Joe Feldman,
Danny Pinedo, and Isaac Shearn.
Foreign Language and Area Studies
Fellowships went to Camee Mad-
dox, Tim Podkul, Kiristen Bright,
and Andrew Tarter.

Medical Anthropology, continued from page I
identifying new ways to help improve human Student interest in these areas of inquiry
and livestock health among underserved popu- continues to grow and is reflected in the
lations living in rural areas of Tanzania. increasing number of enrollees in both basic
Like other medical anthropology proj- and upper-division Medical Anthropology
ects of the Department ofAnthropology, my courses. There has been an increase in the
research draws on the various strengths of the number of students pursuing graduate degrees
University of Florida, including the Center for in Medical Anthropology, with a diverse set
African Studies, the Water Institute, and the of research interests that include maternal and
Emerging Pathogens Institute. The project also child health and mental health across several
reflects the greater goals of the Medical Anthro- regions of the globe such as Africa, Latin Amer-
pology program, including its commitment to ica, and South America. These students have
exchange and collaboration across subfields, been successful at securing funding for their
a tradition of combining basic research and research, receiving grants from the National Sci
applied anthropology, and an emphasis on ence Foundation, Foreign Language and Area
research methods and design. Studies, as well as a number of internal sources.

Finally, the Medical Anthropology pro-
gram is continuing the development of new
infrastructure and programs. This year, the
lab moved into a new, larger space and now
hosts six networked computers equipped with
software for statistical and text analysis as well
as Geographic Information Systems. The lab
is also developing a reference collection for the
microscopic identification of common bacte-
rial, fungal, and protozoal pathogens as well
as expanding its collection ofanthropometric
equipment and other tools necessary for com-
prehensive training in biocultural Medical

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Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2009

Farewell to Anita and Buzzy
The Department of Anthropology lost two of our faculty colleagues
to retirement this past year. Faculty and friends gathered for a dinner at
the Keene Faculty Center to honor the careers ofDrs. Anta Spring and
Elizabeth "Buzzy" Guillette.

Dr. Anita Spring
A renowned specialist in agricultural development and food security,
entrepreneurship, and women in international development, Anita
Spring has 38 years of ethnographic experience in 16 countries, primar-
ily in Africa. After earning her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from
Cornell University, Anita joined the faculty of the University of Florida
in the 1970s, ascended to the rank of tenured Associate Professor of
Anthropology soon after, and on to Full Professor in 1993. She served
three terms as Associate Chair for the Department of Anthropology, and,
for three years from 1985-1988, was Associate Dean, College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences, where she oversaw international and interdisciplin-
ary programs, UF's overseas studies programs, and affirmative action. In
addition to innumerable service roles at UF, Anita was Chief of Party for
USAID's Women in Agricultural Development Project in Malawi from
1981-1983. Five years later, Anita was named Chief of the Women in
Agricultural Production and Rural Development Service of the Food and
Agriculture Organization, where she oversaw FAO's global operations
on women in development. Anita is the author/editor or co-author/edi-
tor of eight books, including her sole-authored 1995 bookAgricultural
Development and Gender Issues in Malawi; the 1998 African Entrepre-
neurship: Theory and Reality, edited with Barbara McDade; and the 2000
edited volume Women Farmers and Commercial Ventures: IncreasingFood
Security in Developing Countries. Anita has been a stalwart educator in her
years at the UF, teaching a series of undergraduate and graduate courses in

gender, development, and Africa, among other topics, and she has men-
tored many students who have gone on to successful careers in applied
anthropology and related fields of inquiry that have helped to improve
the quality of life of people worldwide.

Dr. Elizabeth "Buzzy" Guillette
Buzzy Guillette is an internationally recognized expert in the methods
used to assess the negative health consequences of exposure to envi-
ronmental contaminants among children and other vulnerable groups.
Her work on the effects of agricultural biocides in the Yaqui Valley of
Mexico is a gold standard for applied anthropology. Her success in this
work led to invitations to develop broader community-based assessment
methods around the world. She has been integral to the longitudinal
study of chemical exposure in Bohpal and to the impacts of exposure to
women involved in cadmium mining in Canada. Her work has strongly
influenced policy-making in the international public health arena. Buzzy
joined our department as an Assistant Scientist in 2002 after receiving
her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the UF in 1992 and serving as Adjunct
Assistant Professor at UF for several years. Buzzy's teaching contributions
to the department are legendary. Her usual teaching assignment was the
large-enrollment course, ANT 2301, Human Sexuality and Culture, and
the upper-division course, Heath, Contamination, and Culture. Buzzy
took the opportunity in both classes to fulfill one of her missions in
life: to help improve people's lives by stimulating self-understanding and
informed decision-making. She was highly effective in drawing on her
own research in reproductive health and her years of prior experience as a
registered nurse to reach students with heart-felt, yet objective knowledge
about health risks, lifestyle choices, and societal duties.

Undergraduate Student Achievements &

The highest honor awarded by
our department is the Brendan
O'Sullivan Award for Outstand-
ing Students, created one decade
ago to memoralize the achieve-
ments and intellectual spirit of
1999 valedictorian Brendan
O'Sullivan. It is fitting that in this,
the 10th anniversary of the award,
the honor would go to another
valedictorian, our top student in
2009, Joshua Robinson. A dual
major in Anthropology and Geog-
raphy, plus a Classics minor, Josh
earned a perfect 4.0 GPA while
pursing a diverse, challenging
curriculum and conducting inde-
pendent research as a University

Scholar. Having worked closely
with John Krigbaum, Josh is now
prepared to pursue graduate train-
ing in bioarchaeology and carve
out a career in this field that will
combine his considerable talents in
GIS, archaeological research, and
human osteology. Accepted into
some of the country's top programs,
Josh chose to attend Emory Uni-
versity, where he will be supported
by a generous graduate fellowship.

The 2008 Patricia S. Essenpreis
Scholarship to support women in
archaeological field training went
to Anastasia Palaia, who attended
James Davidson's Summer Field

School at Kingsley Plantation.

University Scholars for 2009
include four students working with
department faculty: Kathryn L.
Ranhorn will research homeless-
ness and health among veterans in
Gainesville under the guidance of
Alyson Young; Chelsea Hanson
will study youth in Mombasa under
the mentorship of Brenda Chalfin;
Ashley Valdes will investigate the
Fat Admirers subculture with Peter
Collings's help; and Alex Wang will
research ancient DNA signals for
Caribbean migration with Connie
Mulligan as mentor. Three other
anthropology majors, Elizabeth

Olsen, Aaron Croft, and Ezequiel
Zylberberg, were granted Uni-
versity Scholars awards under the
sponsorship of faculty of affiliated
units. In related news, Alexander
Riehm, a 2008 University Scholar
under C. K. Shih, was acknowl-
edged for one of the best papers at
the annual Undergraduate Research
Symposium. His paper, "Sepa-
rate Lives, Separate Visions: The
Impact of Geopolitical Pressures on
Community Relations in Belfast:'
was based on ethnographic work
he conducted in Ireland in the sum-
mer of 2008. Alexander plans to
pursue advanced degrees in Peace
and Conflict Studies.

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Become a Friend of Anthropology-You Can Make a Difference!
We need your help, whether you can spare only a few dollars or many more. The Anthropology Department depends on gifts to fund student
travel to meetings, undergraduate and graduate scholarships, dissertation and field school awards, lecture series, laboratory enhancements, and other
initiatives. It's easy to make your tax-deductible gift through the University of Florida Foundation. Online giving to the Friends of Anthropology
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through payroll deduction. Or use this convenient form to designate your gift to a specific purpose:

O Friends ofAnthropology (provides for a wide variety of department
initiatives and needs)
O Custom Copies Graduate Travel (to help defray costs for graduate
students to travel to professional meetings)
O Patricia S. Essenpreis Award for Undergraduate Archaeology
Research (for female undergraduates to attend field school)
O Brendan O'Sullivan Award for Outstanding Undergraduate
Majors (honors the highest-ranking major at spring graduation)
O Polly and Paul Doughty Graduate Research Award (for graduate
student research in Latin America)
O Burns Amaya Graduate Research Awards (for graduate student
research in Latin America)
O Charles H. Fairbanks Scholarship (to defray research costs for
archaeology Ph.D. students in their final year)

Twenty-Five Years in Merida
Twenty-five years ago, Allan Burns and among others. Mark Brenner

o John M. Goggin Memorial Scholarship (to defray research costs for
Ph.D. students in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and
linguistic anthropology in their final year)
O William R. Maples Scholarship (to defray research costs for forensic
anthropology graduate students)
O Marvin Harris Lecture Fund (to honor the late Professor Marvin
Harris, one of the nation's leading anthropological theorists)

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a group of six students went to Merida,
Yucatan and started the Autonomous
University of the Yucatan/University of
Florida exchange program. Since then,
over a thousand UF and UADY students
have taken advantage of the program.
What started as a small program for
anthropology majors has now grown to
include many departments and programs:
the Yucatan program now includes
exchanges of medical students, audiology
students, veterinary medicine students,

ment of Geological Sciences) has brought
in students from the biological and earth
sciences, and the Center for Latin Ameri-
can Studies recently received a million
dollar grant to organize a Master of Arts
program in Development that includes
the Yucatan and Botswana. "I remember
the first group of students very well"'
Burns said, "One day during the program,
I saw their picture in the Merida newspa-
per. They were outside of the US Consul-
ate protesting U.S. military involvement

in Central America!" The Merida program is for under-
graduate and graduate students in anthropology and
other disciplines, and will take place this coming summer,
2010, between June 23rd and July 31st. See Allan Burns
or Mark Brenner for details.

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