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University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences SU m m er 2008

Race, Health, and Medical Anthropology

Lance Qraviee
People of African descent in the Americas suffer disproportionately from nearly every
major cause of sickness and death. In Brazil, for example, infant mortality is almost
70 percent higher among Afro-Brazilians than it is among whites. In urban Puerto Rico,
dark-skinned men have higher rates of heart disease than do their light-skinned counter-
parts. And in the United States, more than 83,000 African Americans who die each year
would not if black and white death rates were equal.
These patterns pose fundamental challenges for anthropologists. As a practical
matter, the sheer scale of suffering demands research and action to identify and elimi-
nate the causes of racial inequities in health. As a theoretical matter, the link between
race and health draws attention to the shortcomings of the standard refrain that race
is a cultural construct, not a biological reality. If race is not biology, some may ask,
why are there such clear and consistent differences among racially defined groups in a
wide range of biological outcomes?
Answering this challenge is the focus of research by Assistant Professor Clarence
(Lance) Gravlee and colleagues at UE Gravlee's research seeks to explain and address
the burden of poor health in the African Diaspora. His previous work in Puerto Rico
and in Detroit, MI, demonstrated the importance of sociocultural factors in explain-
ing high blood pressure among people of African descent. Now, with funding from
the National Science Foundation (NSF), Gravlee and colleagues have launched an
ambitious new collaboration to address the causes of health inequities in Tallahassee,
Gravlee's key collaborators at UF are both anthropologists: Christopher McCarty
and Connie Mulligan. Their work is supported by two grants-both jointly funded
by the cultural and physical inrl. l.p '1 .'. programs at NSF The first grant, to Grav-
lee and McCarty, aims to explain how the experience of racism impacts the health
of African Americans in Tallahassee. The second, to Mulligan and Gravlee, adds a
genetic component to the study to challenge the persistent assumption that racial
inequities in health are primarily genetic in origin. Together, the projects will offer a
more complete view of the complex interactions between sociocultural and genetic
influences on racial inequities in health than any other study has been able to do.
Gravlee and colleagues have adopted a participatory approach and are actively
developing a long-term partnership with Tallahassee residents and community-based
organizations. Gravlee co-founded the Health Equity Alliance of Tallahassee (HEAT),
a community-academic partnership dedicated to action-oriented research for health
equity. It strives to increase our understanding of the causes of health inequities,
create equitable partnerships between researchers and community members, pro-
mote community capacity and empowerment, and translate research into policy to
ameliorate the unequal social and economic conditions that drive racial inequities in
health (see Gravlee and colleagues will continue to
work with HEAT to ensure that the results of their work are used to promote greater
health equity in Tallahassee.
This project reflects several historical strengths of the department that distin-
guish our program in medical i p nrl .p. .1..;,. These strengths include a commitment
to productive exchange and collaboration across subfields, a tradition of combining
basic research and applied inrl, i..p. .1.. ,, an emphasis on rigor in research methods

and design, and strong interdisciplinary ties. The work
also highlights the department's regional and substan-
tive strengths in Africa, Latin America, and the African
Student interest in medical inrl,.l .p. .1 .;, has
burgeoned in recent years with increased media atten-
tion on global health and its challenge to traditional
biomedical science. In the inaugural Common Reading
Program at UF this year, freshmen of the Class of 2011
were each given a free copy the book Mountains Beyond
Mountains, the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Harvard
physician and medical anthropologist who has devoted
his life to clinical practice and research on illness in the
most impoverished nations of the world. With abiding
interests in the medical profession, many students are
turning to inrl..p. l.'. 1 ,, to expand their perspective
on global health and alternatives to biomedicine. The
department is responding by dedicating more resources
to this growing interest. Despite recent budget cuts, the
department was fortunate to attract enough student
support to garner one of only six Presidential appro-
priations for new faculty hires. Dr. Alyson Young of
the University of Arizona will join the department this
Fall with a thriving research program in childhood and
maternal health in Tanzania. As state budgets or private
gifts allow, the department will continue to build its
resource base in medical inrl'p.. p..l. -1 ,for the better-
ment of global health and for increasing student oppor-
tunities to join in this effort.

Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2008

Chairman's Note

You Can't Keep a Good Department Down
Kenneth E. Sassaman

Wy hew! What a year! Budget cuts, admin-
Sistrative changes, and an unlimited
supply of uncertainty made the 2007-2008
academic year one for the record books. It was
a test of fortitude and integrity. It was a test of
resourcefulness and resilience. And it was a test
that we passed with flying colors.
We have our limits, like all others, but
it's tough to put a good department down, let
alone keep it down. This past academic year,
like so many before and despite oppressive
circumstances, was one of great success and
achievement. Our faculty published some of
the hottest papers and books in the field, they
won professional awards, they brought in a
number of external grants, and they mentored
and taught more students that ever. That they
were able to do all this in an environment of
dwindling state support is testament to the
scholarly integrity of ,, rll.. .p. .1 .; ,- professors.
Our annual newsletter is an abbreviated
record of this year's accomplishments. Each
year it gets tougher to fit in all the good news.
We do our best to rotate the featured items
and this year we lead off with medical anthro-
pology. A longstanding feature of the Depart-
ment, medical inrli. .p l. 1. ,,-'is growing in
new directions under the leadership of Lance
Gravlee. Joining us this fall, Alyson Young
of University of Arizona will easily double
the momentum of this specialty. As Lance
recounts in our cover feature, medical anthro-
pology is among the fastest growing specialties
in the field, and UF Anrl,-. .p. .1.;., is making
plans to embrace it thoroughly.
We also feature in this issue an area of
anthropological inquiry that has gained new
programmatic strength in recent years. Political
economy has long been an interest to various
faculty, but a new generation of anthropolo-
gists share themes of contemporary relevance.
Neoliberalism, emergent global economies,
and transnationalism are on the research agen-
das of these vibrant faculty, and a fast-growing
student interest is testament to the salience of
these issues. Brenda Chalfin summarizes these
contributions and points to the strong basis we
have for graduate study in political economy.
Both of these featured programs are
highly interdisciplinary as are virtually all of
our program areas. This is in keeping with a
departmental ideal for traditional, four-field

inrl' i. .p 1..' ,. in which students and faculty
strive to explore research questions from mul-
tiple perspectives. Using data on the composi-
tion of graduate committees, Pete Collings
provides an interesting perspective on how we
realize that ideal.
The many individual accomplishments
of our faculty and students are summarized in
a dedicated section of this newsletter. I draw
attention to important new publications of
our faculty, as well as their great success at
grant getting, teaching, and mentoring. And
the accomplishments of graduate students are
more impressive than ever. This year, thanks
to a new evaluation process, we were able to
count all the conference papers, publications,
grants, and awards of our graduate students.
The number and breadth of their achieve-
ments are truly outstanding.
The undergraduate program continues
to thrive with a record number of majors, well
over 700. Recent growth was evident at this
spring's commencement, where a large fraction
of our 100+ graduates were the first across the
stage. Among them are some of the rising stars
of the profession, as well as many more who
will take an anthropological perspective into
the realms of business, health, and law.
We bid thanks and farewell to two of
our defining professors this past year, Profes-
sors Maxine Margolis and Tony Oliver-Smith.
They were both integral players in the early
growth of the department, and both were
major contributors to the Latin American
Studies program. An abbreviated list of the
scholarly accomplishments of Maxine and
Tony is featured elsewhere in this issue of the
We also bid farewell this year to Shiela
Hargett of the C.A. Pound Human Identifica-
tion Laboratory. Other staff members received
recognition for sticking with us for so long.
The College held a ceremony this past spring
to honor Patricia King for 20 years and Karen
Jones for 15 years of service to the university.
Our success for so long has much to do with
the dedication and skill of these two outstand-
ing staff members.
We continue to benefit enormously from
the generosity of our friends, especially in these
times of shrinking state support. The Elizabeth
Eddy Endowment will come on line this year

and provide
for visiting pro-
fessorships in
applied anthro-
pology. The Eide
for preserva-
tion of Southeast Native American languages
continues to grow, and I soon hope to be able
to share all the details of a program in Florida
and Caribbean archaeology that is made pos-
sible by an especially generous gift.
Our many other endowment funds
for student research and honors continue to
thrive. With a gift from Allan Burns and Alba
Amaya-Burns we added another research fund
for graduate students. The Bums Amaya Fund
honors the memory of Alba's brother Miguel
Angel Amaya, a medical student leader at the
University of El Salvador who died during the
civil war in that country. The fund supports
summer stipends in research in Latin America
on medical n rl'. .p .1.. ,. human rights, and
applied nrlo.. p. .1.. ,,. Gifts to these and many
other student-oriented funds are always wel-
comed, and always put to good use. See the
back page of this newsletter for more details
and don't forget the Friends of ,,irl..i .p .1 .,'
Fund, our unrestricted pool of gift money,
which is a godsend in these strained times.
I have had other chairs caution me about
trumpeting the accomplishments of our
department in these tough economic times
because higher administration will forever
expect us to do more with less. To that I say:
imagine how much more we can do with addi-
tional support? We will continue to make the
case that our department-indeed the whole
college and higher education at largedeserves
better state funding. When that day comes,
we will be prepared to move forward with
new programs and new opportunities. In the
meantime, we remain steadfast in our missions
of education, research, and service, optimistic
that our good work will garner the support
we need from our colleagues, friends, and the
profession, if not the state. I am confident, no
matter, that Anthropology will continue to
thrive because our relevance in the world and
our potential to make a difference have never
been greater.

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Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2008


Without Borders
Brenda Chalfin

U F Anrli. .p. 1. 1..;- has long been committed to
the application of anthropological theory and
method to contemporary political and economic con-
cerns. Investigations of global capitalism, states and
post-national governance, transnational mobility and
new modalities of citizenship are all central to this
intellectual agenda and build upon the wider disci-
plinary trend to move beyond the study of bounded
communities and small-scale economies and political
formations. Working from a foundation in political,
legal and economic anthropology, and migration and
diaspora studies, several department faculty contribute
to this program through course offerings, research and
consultancy, and graduate student supervision. Their
areal interests are broad, spanning Europe, the United
States, Africa, and the Caribbean.
Associate Professor Dr. Brenda Chalfin, an affili-
ate of UF's Center for African Studies and Center for
International Business Education and Research, regu-
larly teaches graduate seminars on the A nrld-..p..1..; ,
of the State and Anthropology and the New Economy.
Dr. Chalfin's research program focuses on border con-
trols, bureaucratic expertise, and commercial flows in
West Africa, Western Europe, and the United States.
Engaging political science, maritime economics, and
security studies, her work is strongly interdisciplinary.
From a methodological point of view, Dr. Chalfin is
especially concerned with the scalar challenges of study-
ing global processes from an anthropological vantage
point, having conducted research within international
organizations, consulting firms, airports, harbors, land
frontiers, and private 'governmental' service providers.
Dr. Chalfin has recently completed an ethnography of
Ghana's Customs Authority entitled Anthropologies and
Sovereignties: Working Africas Neoliberal Frontier.
Assistant Professor ofAnrl-.. i p. 1. .;, and African
Studies, Dr. Abdoulaye Kane, is an expert on trans-
national migration. His research specifically examines
the flow of persons, knowledge, and resources between
West Africa, Europe, and the United States, and the
economic strategies engaged by both new and old dia-
sporic communities. Dr. Kane serves as a consultant for
the International Organization for Migration and has
studied the social and economic networks of Senegalese
in the United States and the contribution of interna-
tional remittances to national and community devel-
opment in Senegal. In addition to his African Studies
courses, Dr. Kane offers a graduate seminar entitled
Migration and Development. His current research
addresses the growing influence of European authori-
ties on West African security forces and the dangers
thus encountered by sub-Saharan Africans in the course

of migration. Dr. Kane is nearing com-
pletion of his first major book, Keeping
Home in Mind: the Transnational Expe-
rience ofHaalpulaar in France and the
United States.
Assistant Professor Dr. Maria
Stoilkova holds a joint appointment
in An rlr.. p .1. .,' and the Center for
European Studies. With an emphasis
on Eastern Europe, Dr. Stoilkova is
well-versed in the political economy of
European integration and post-socialist
transition. She teaches courses on Trans-
nationalism, International Migration
and Human Trafficking, Migration and
Neoliberalism, and the Anrl-., p. .1. 1,-
of Europe. Prior to coming to UF, Dr.
Stoilkova worked at the World Bank
on migration management in the post-
communist Eurasian region. While
at Berkeley, she completed extensive
research on the implications of neo-
liberalism on migration practices and
policies and experiences of citizenship
with an ethnographic focus on Bulgar-
ian professionals and is preparing a book
manuscript on the topic. Dr. Stoilkova's
current research examines community-
based privatization initiatives and land
Dr. Faye Harrison, Professor of
Anrl-i .p. .1. .;, and Director of the
African-American Studies program, is
also an important contributor to the
Anrl,- r..p 1.. ,-and Political Economy
Program. A Caribbeanist and African
Diaspora scholar, Dr. Harrison has pub-
lished extensively on the place of race,
gender and transnational identity in the

structuring of social inequality. She is
well known for her work entitled The
Gendered Politics and Violence of Struc-
tural Adjustment: A View from Jamaica,
and the edited volume entitled Resisting
Racism and Xenophobia: Global Perspec-
tives on Race, Gender and Human Rights.
Dr. Harrison's highly regarded graduate
seminar on Anrl-. ,p. .. -.1, and Human
Rights links these themes to broader
debates about development, globaliza-
tion, and transnational governance (see
page 8 for further information on Dr.
Harrison's latest book).
Graduate students in Anthropol-
ogy are encouraged to apply training in
political economy to a wide variety of
research questions and regional interests.
Complimenting the department's pro-
grammatic strengths in Medical Anthro-
pology, Diaspora Studies, and Ecology
and Conservation, recent and current
dissertation projects informed by these
concerns include studies of Citizenship,
Sovereignty and Mineral Claims among
the Oklahoma Osage; The Incorpora-
tion of Traditional Dealers into the
Mexico's State Hospital System; African-
American Entrepreneurship in Accra,
Ghana and Atlanta, Georgia; French-
Malagasy Partnerships and Production
of Agricultural Expertise in Madagascar;
Environmental Governance and the
Management of Fisheries in Florida; and
Global Cattle Culture and Ranching
Revolution in Acre, Brazil. As student
interest attests, this is a dynamic subfield
with great potential!

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Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2008

Faculty Cohesive in Graduate Service
Peter Collings
C cohesiveness and collegiality are defining ulty interact with each other.
features ofUF's Anrli...p. ..;, Depart- The image at right graphically displays
ment. In an intellectual climate that, nationally, the connections between faculty members in
has stressed the theoretical and epistemological the department. For this analysis, only full-
differences between and within inrlid..... p.;'. time faculty in Anthropology are included.
subfields, our cohesiveness also makes us The diagram displays individual faculty
unique. While other departments have been members (the nodes) with the links represent-
tom asunder, our faculty have committed ing joint service on a graduate student com-
to maintaining a four-field approach and to mittee. Colors represent subfield affiliation.
remain a unified whole despite our varied intel- Black dots are cultural, grey are archaeology,
lectual interests, and white are biological faculty.
An important question, of course, is From the perspective of network analy-
whether our cohesiveness, collegiality, and sis, the image represents a remarkably cohe-
four-field integration is merely a statement sive group. Based on these data, our depart-
of our aspirations or a statement based on ment is a unit in which people clearly coop-
actual practice. One domain in which we erate with each other. Although the distinct
can examine our assertions of integration is subfields do cluster around each other, there
through our graduate program. Serving on are multiple links between these clusters. By
graduate student committees is an important contrast, a department with little cohesiveness
component of our academic mission. It is also would have distinct clusters of faculty linked
an arena in which we can uncover the social together by only a few brokers.
structure of our department. We all serve on We claim to be committed to a four-
graduate committees, and, indeed, it is often field approach to inrli. .p .1..; ,, and to pro-
the only purely academic venue in which fac- vide opportunities for our students to receive

Making Intellectual Spaces
A drl.'p l. 1.' gained some much needed space with
he acquisition of recently abandoned academic tech-
nology facilities in Turlington Hall. Three new teaching
labs and a common space for seminars and meetings are
being wrested from the dusty catacombs of once-thriving
photo studios.
The first new room to come on line is a computer
lab for training in Geographic Information Systems
(GIS). An inaugural undergraduate class was launched
this past Spring semester and we will offer the graduate
counterpart this Fall. The Visual Anthropology lab got
off to a staggered start and will require new computers
and software before it is fully functional. The third lab :..:
space will provide relief to the overcrowded teaching
facilities for human osteology. A final space is ear-
marked for graduate seminars, dissertation defenses, and '
department meetings. This makeshift common space is
in sore need of new furniture and floor coverings. nished and
The Department ofAnrl- d. .p J1. .;:, is always grate- the resource
ful to gain additional space at the university for indeed of faculty an
we can use it. Unfortunately, with state budgets cut to the project
right to the bone, getting these spaces appropriately fur- to speed.

a broad training in our discipline regardless of
their chosen specialization. The diagram sug-
gests that this is indeed the case.

outfitted with the equipment they need is a slow process that depends on
fulness of Office Manager Karen Jones and staff, as well as the goodwill
d students who have contributed an enormous amount of sweat equity
:t. A bit more help from our friends will get these new facilities fully up

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Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2008

Farewell to Maxine and Tony
The Department of Anthropology lost two of its signature profes-
sors to retirement this year. Faculty and friends gathered at Mr.
Han's restaurant last November to pay tribute to our valued col-
leagues Dr. Maxine L. Margolis and Dr. Anthony Oliver-Smith.

Dr. Maxine L. Margolis
Professor Margolis joined the Department ofAnrl,..p..1. .;., in 1970, the
same year she received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She studied
under some of the top anthropologists in the world, most notably Marvin
Harris and Charles Wagley, both of whom later came to UF at her urging.
Professor Margolis quickly developed international renown for the anthro-
pology of Brazil and Brazilian immigrants, as well as cross-cultural gender
roles, particularly as they relate to women's roles in the United States. She has
mentored many students through the program focusing on these and other
areas of research. As the author of over 60 book chapters and articles, Profes-
sor Margolis has also written many books, among them the 1984 University
of California Press book Mothers and Such: Views ofAmerican Women and
Why they Changed, the 1994 Princeton University Press book Little Brazil:
An E-' '... /.':i of Brazilian Immigrants in New York City, the 1998 Allyn and
Bacon book An Invisible Minority: Brazilian Immigrants in New York City, and
the 2000 Waveland book True to Her Nature: Changing Advice to American
Women. Maxine's scholarship and mentoring will be sorely missed, and her
contributions toward developing this department into a nationally ranked
program will remain with us forever.

Dr. Anthony Oliver-Smith
Professor Anthony Oliver-Smith retires with thirty-five years of service at the
University of Florida. He came to the university in 1972 as Assistant Professor
of Social Sciences and An rl-i ..p. .. .,- in what was then known as University
College. In 1977, with the dissolving of University College, Dr. Oliver-Smith
(Indiana University 1974) joined the Department ofAn rl-.i..p..1. ..;,- and has
ascended in rank and stature ever since. Professor Oliver-Smith's scholarly
record chronicles a lifelong commitment to improving human lives, particu-
larly in the face of disaster and displacement. Among his several books are the
1986 New Mexico Press book The Martyred City: Death and Rebirth in the
Andes, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and later reissued in a sec-
ond edition by Waveland Press; the 1999 edited Routledge volume The Angry
Earth: Disaster in Anthropological Perspective; and the 2002 SAR edited volume
Catastrophe and Culture: The A .-i' ..:..,'.. I of Disasters. Professor Oliver-Smith
recently completed writing of his magnum opus entitled Fighting for a Place,
which is the true culmination of many years of long-term, dedicated scholar-
ship. His ability at mentoring graduate students is truly outstanding and was
recognized with a 2006-2007 Doctoral Dissertation Mentoring award. Also,
in recognition of three decades of focused research, Professor Oliver-Smith
was appointed the Munich Re Foundation Chair of Social Vulnerability for
the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security
in Bonn, Germany. We hope some day soon, with the help of a benefactor,
to launch a Center for Displacement and Resettlement at the University of
Florida and bring Tony back to head it.



Cultural Diversity
Unveiled this past spring at the American Museum of
Natural History in New York were some remarkable
results from an ongoing project to explore the rela-
tionship between biodiversity and cultural diversity.
With support from the Christensen Fund, Associate
Professor Richard Stepp and colleagues have found a
strong correlation between the number of different
plant species and the number of different types of
human cultural groups across the globe. Graphic art-
ists from UF's College of Fine Arts helped to convert
these results into large-scale maps suitable for public
Areas of extremely high biodiversity, such as
those in the southeastern Asian region shown here,
are also areas of high cultural diversity. Sloping,
mountainous, tropical areas are especially significant
regions because the range of habitats in these areas
creates different opportunities for cultural adapta-
tions. "Sometimes it appears humans have maintained
or even created biodiversity," Stepp said. "Human
activity has created different habitats, which can allow
for increased biodiversity." Additional results of this
ongoing project hold enormous promise for inform-
ing both biological and cultural preservation policy

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Faculty Achievements & Ho

Grant Getters
Connie Mulligan and Lance Gravlee were awarded major funding
from the National Science Foundation to investigate the effects of
genetic ancestry and "race" on health disparities from a biocultural
perspective. This is a major achievement!
Connie Mulligan is also part of a $400,000, two-year grant
awarded to UF AIDS researcher Maureen Goodenow through a
National Institute of Health program that aims to find ways to out-
smart HIV by stimulating the immune system to produce protective
antibodies that could neutralize the virus.
John Krigbaum and colleagues landed $86,643 in Research
Opportunity Funds to acquire and install CO2 laser ablation technol-
ogy to enhance the mass spectrometry facilities here at UF Connie
Mulligan and Maureen Goodenow also received an Opportunity
Award for an aspect of the NIH-funded research noted above.
Rick Stepp is part of a team headed by Bron Taylor (Religion)
that was awarded a grant to launch a multi-year forum on Religion,
Science, and Nature.
Both Steve Brandt and Jerry Murray were awarded grants for
internationalizing the curriculum from the International Center, and
Abdoulaye Kane was awarded a similar grant from the Center for
European Studies.

Grove Wins Kidder Award
David C. Grove, Courtesy Professor of Anthropol-
ogy, has been named the 2008 winner of the Ameri-
can Anthropological Association's Alfred Vincent
Kidder Award for Eminence in the Field of American
Ar,1' ,. .1.. -;,. The award recognizes Grove's 45 years
of fieldwork and publication on topics in Mexi-
can archaeology, specializing in Preclassic period developments (c.
1200-500 BC) in central Mexico. The biennial award, established in
1950, is one of the highest honors given to Americanist archaeolo-
gists. Professor Grove will be presented with the Kidder medal at the
American Anthropological Association annual meeting in November
in San Francisco.

Anita Spring convened the 2008 Conference of the International
Academy of African Business and Development here in Gainesville
this past May. Global and Local Dynamics in African Business and
Development was the theme of a three-day meeting featuring multi-
disciplinary symposia that addressed both basic and applied issues on
African business and development.
Abdoulaye Kane and Todd Leedy (African Studies) convened
the 2008 Gwendolen M. Carter Lectures on Africa this past Febru-
ary in Gainesville. The two-day conference, .Li :ar.'os In and Out of
Africa: Old Patterns and New Perspectives, included presentations by
some 20 top scholars from across the globe.

Special Recognition
Connie Mulligan was named the 2007-2008 Colonel Allan R. and
Margaret G. Crow Term Professor by the College of Liberal Arts and
Faye Harrison received the President's Award of the American
Anthropological Association for her outstanding service as the 2007
annual meeting program chair of the five-day program on "Differ-
ence, (In)Equality, and Justice."
Alan Burns was elected President-Elect to the Society for Applied
An rl-.p. p .1.'.,' and will serve a three-year term as President.
Steve Brandt was the department's latest recipient of a CLAS
Teacher of the Year Award. In another competition, Steve won third
place in The Global Culture Photo Contest sponsored by UF's Inter-
national Center.
Mike Warren and Ken Sassaman were recognized by scholarship
students at the Fall 2007 Convocation for their positive contributions
to undergraduate education.
The Encyclopedia ofRace and Racism, John Moore Editor-in-
Chief, was named an outstanding reference work by the American
Library Association (read more about this volume on page 8).
Ken Sassaman's book, People of the Shoals, was acknowledged
with a 2008 James A. Mooney Award by the Southern Anthropo-
logical Society, and he and colleague Don Holly (Eastern Illinois
University) received the 2008 Amerind Foundation Award for their
symposium on hunter-gatherer archaeology at the Society for Ameri-
cin \'-, .1 . ..;,' meeting in Vancouver. Contributors to the session,
including UF graduate student Asa Randall, will reconvene at the
Amerind facilities in October to parlay the project into a book.
Sue Boinski was featured in a recent Nature program on sexual
selection. What Females Want and Males Will Do explored the evolu-
tion of sexual strategies and what makes certain species winners and
losers in the mating game.
The photography of Peter Schmidt was featured in Pathways to
Urbanism, an exhibit on Eritrean archaeology at the Florida Museum
of Natural History.


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Graduate Student Achievements & Honors

Laurel Freas received a 2007-2008
Graduate Student Teaching Award
for her years of exemplary work
in Human Osteology. Scores of
undergraduate students who know
their leg bone from their hip bone
would agree that this one is very well
NSF Doctoral Dissertation
Improvements grants were awarded
this year to Amy Cox, Neill Wallis,
Stacey Giroux, Alison Hopkins,
Ava Lasseter, and Matt Watson.
Michelle Kiel and Matt Watson
were recipients of Wenner-Gren Dis-
sertation Grants, and Karen Pereira
earned a Wenner-Gren fellowship.
Fulbright Fellowships went to Amy
Cox and Michelle Kiel, and Ful-
bright-Hays awards went to Rachel
Harvey and Noelle Sullivan.
Department awards for disserta-
tion writing went to five deserving
graduate students. Charles H. Fair-
banks Scholarships for archaeological
research were awarded to Asa Ran-
dall, Josh Toney, and Erica Roberts.
John M. Goggin scholarship recipi-
ents this year are Symma Finn and
Jennifer Hale-Gallardo.
Recipients of the Polly and Paul
Doughty Graduate Research Awards
for 2008 are Jeff Hoelle, Tatiana
Gumucio, and Brian Tyler. These
awards support graduate student

research on international peace, con-
flict resolution, and/or development,
preferably in Latin America. A new
grant fund, the Burns Amaya Award,
supports graduate student research
in Latin America on medical anthro-
pology, human rights, and applied
anthropology (see Chair's Note, page
2). Tim Podkul is the inaugural
recipient of this new award.
The Center for Latin American
Studies (LAS) announced the recipi-
ents of its 2008-2009 fellowship and
grant awards, and, as usual, many
anthropology graduate students were
among them. LAS field research
grants were awarded to Randy
Crones, Anna Brodrecht, Kate Glo-
terman, and Eric Kightley. Tatiana
Gumucio also received an LAS field
grant and accepted this in lieu of the
Doughty Award. FLAS fellowships
for summer study of Portuguese
went to Kristen Bright, Randy
Crones, and Kate Gloterman.
Randy Crones was also awarded a
2008-2009 FLAS Fellowship for the
study of Portuguese, as was incoming
student Andrew Tartar for the study
of Haitian Creole. Winners of LAS's
annual field research clinic include
Karen Pereria (Grand Prize), Jeff
Hoelle (second prize, Ph.D. level),
and Joanna Reilley-Brown (second
prize, MA level).

Many other graduate students
earned awards and grants from a wide
variety of sponsors. Allison Abbott
won the American Institute of Certi-
fied Planners' Outstanding Student
Award and Best Thesis Award. Les-
ley-Gail Atkinson received a Ruth
McQuown Scholarship. Omaira
Bolanos earned a Russell E. Train
Fellowship from the WWF. Lauren
Cheek was awarded a FLAS Summer
Fellowship to study Bosnian, Croa-
tian and Serbian, plus a SLI/REES
Scholarship for the same. Alison
Kettner received a FLAS Award to
study Swahili. John W Griffin awards
from the Florida Council of Profes-
sional Archaeologists went to Asa
Randall and Neill Wallis. Ava Las-
seter was awarded a Lewis and Clark
Grant from the American Philosophi-
cal Society. Jaehoon Lee was a recipi-
ent of an East Asian History Founda-
tion Scholarship. The second prize in
the UF Water Institute symposium
poster competition went to Gaby
Stocks. Josh Torres was awarded a
grant from the State Historic Pres-
ervation Office in Puerto Rico, and
Jose Tovar garnered financial support
from Farm Workers Self-Help, Inc.
Andrew Kitchen and two of
his professors (Mike Miyamoto and
Connie Mulligan) published a paper
in the on-line journal PloS ONE that

garnered immediate attention with
both the press and the academy. A
Three-Stage Colonization Model for
the Peopling of the Americas integrated
genetic, archaeological, geological,
and paleoecological data to proffer
a model for human colonization
involving a 20,000-year-long hiatus
of a founding population in now-
inundated Beringia, as well as found-
ing population estimates far greater
than those previously imagined.
University of Florida Depart-
ment of Anthropology graduate
students altogether published over
30 chapters and articles in the past
year and gave a total of 154 papers
and poster presentations at scholarly
meetings. That's an average of more
than one per active graduate student!
Finally, Anna Brodrecht and
Jennifer Fiers successfully revived the
Visual Anthropology Student Asso-
ciation (VASA) now known as the
Florida Association of Visual Anthro-
pologists (FLAVA). They organized
their colleagues with interests in
visual anthropology to meet on a
weekly basis to share thoughts, screen
and review films, organize special
events, host visual anthropology film
festivals, and generally foster an active
community around this thriving area
of anthropological inquiry.

Undergraduate Student Achievements & Honors

For the second year in a row, an
Anthropology major has been award-
ed a prestigious Beinecke Scholarship
for graduate studies in the humanities
and social sciences. Hananie Albert
is actually a triple major, pursu-
ing studies in English, French, and
Anthropology. Hananie was one of
22 students selected from across the
nation, and the only one from the
state of Florida. With a longstanding
interest in the history and culture of
her native Haiti, Hananie has been
conducting research under the men-
torship of Faye Harrison, and she
plans to pursue Africana studies after
graduating in spring of 2009. Last
year's recipient of a Beinecke Scholar-
ship, Jenna Batillo, is pursuing an
MA degree in Anthropology at New

York University.
Katrina Christiano is this year's
recipient of the Brendan O'Sullivan
Award for Academic Excellence. In
memory of our 1999 valedictorian,
the O'Sullivan Award goes to the
highest-ranking graduate of the year.
Katrina completed her dual degree
program in Anthropology and His-
tory with an honors thesis examining
social variations in a local historic
cemetery. Katrina is headed to The
College of William and Mary for
graduate studies in historical archae-
ology, a passion she cultivated while
participating in James Davidson's
field school at Kingsley Plantation.
Jamie Arjona and Lia-Lucine
Cary are the 2008 recipients of Patri-
cia Essenpreis Awards for archaeologi-

cal field school training. Six Anthro-
pology majors were awarded Univer-
sity Scholars grants for 2008-2009 to
complete independent research under
the guidance of faculty mentors.
Working with Anthropology faculty
are Katherine Bolhofner, Danielle
Munchnik, Alexander Riehm, and
Katiuska Lourenco, and Ezequiel
Zylberberg will work under guidance
of a colleague in Religion.
The following Anthropology
majors were elected to Phi Beta
Kappa this year: Katelyn Bolhofner,
Kristina Chechotka, Erica Sue Est-
ess, Diana Gonzalez, Dylan Green,
Kailee Imperatore, Scott Major,
Asaf David Naymark, Genevieve
Ochs, Lena Amy Patel, Michele
Marie Perry, Joshua Robinson, and

Heidi Williamson.
Fall 2007 recruits to the
Anthropology Honor Society,
Lambda Alpha include Nathaniel
Bloemke, Katelyn Bolhofner,
Erin Bugenske, Holly Champion,
Joshua Crosby, Sean Escoffery,
Alexandra Fehr, Kathryne Flynnk,
Diana Gonzalez, Shannon Han-
nahs, Lauren Kraul, Ann Laffey,
Peter Lanzarone, Jennifer Pietarila,
Joshua Robinson, Kristen Suther-
land, and Katie Young.
Jillian Yoerges was a CLAS
recipient of a Spring 2008 Outstand-
ing Leadership Awards for Under-
graduate Graduating Seniors.

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Department of Anthropology News, Summer 2006

Books that Make a Difference

University of Florida anthro-
pologists published some of the
profession's landmark works this
past year. Outsider Within: Rework-
ing, A .-'. ..i:..'.. in the Global Age
(University of Illinois Press) is the
latest from Professor Faye Harrison,
now Director of the University of
Florida's Program in African Ameri-
can Studies. Drawing on 25 years
of practice and critical thinking,
Harrison examines o Frl'r..p..1.. ',
limits and possibilities from an

African American woman's perspective as she challenges anthropolo-
gists to work together to transcend the gender, racial, and national
hierarchies that have biased anthropological inquiry since its incep-
tion. Duke University's Lee Baker calls it "a bold vision for anthropol-
ogy in the twenty-first century."

Another monumental achievement
is the three-volume Encyclopedia of
Race and Racism (MacMillan), pub-
lished late last year under the chief
editorship of Professor John Moore.
With nearly 400 entries detailed in
some 1500 pages, the encyclopedia
provides unprecedented coverage of
the topics, people, and events that
have shaped conceptions of race
in the modern world. Among the
scores of contributors are many UF
colleagues and alumni. Faye Harri-

son and Antoinette Jackson served as members of the editorial board,
and contributors include Maxine Margolis, C. K. Shih, Scott Catey,
Brian du Toit, Lance Gravlee, and Brad Biglow. Congratulations to
John and his colleagues for assembling such a comprehensive and
insightful reference.

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