News and Announcements

  • New Study Examines Monogamy and Paternal Care Among Owl Monkeys

    In their study, which appears in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Huck, Fernandez-Duque, Babb, and Schurr examine monogamy and paternal care among Azara's owl monkeys in Formosa, Argentina. For more details, check out the Penn News announcement, here.

  • Women in Archaeology Conference

    March 29, 2014/ 9AM-7PM
    Penn Museum Widener Auditorium

    Archaeology is a field that has traditionally been dominated by men, and even though women tend to outnumber men in undergraduate programs, their numbers decline significantly through graduate school and ultimately in tenured positions. Why such a decline occurs is one of the questions this workshop will explore. Women rarely take on the role of Project Directors, and instead are more typically included as senior personnel, lab specialists or collaborators. This event will consider how the situation that archaeologists face have changed over the last fifty years. By bringing together women of all ages, we will be able to address the question of whether these issues have improved over the past several decades, if they have stayed the same, or even deteriorated.

    For more details, check out the poster here.

  • Anthro Grad Student named 2014-15 Katrin H. Lamon Fellow

    Joseph 'Woody' Aguilar has been named a 2014-15 Katrin H. Lamon Fellow at the School for Advanced research in Santa Fe. His research focuses on the Pueblo Revolt, Borderlands studies, landscape archaeology, collaborative archaeologies, postcolonialism, NAGPRA, historic preservation, and CRM.

  • Anthropology Major Named University Scholar and College House Research Fellow

    Sophomore anthropology major Jordi Rivera Prince was recently selected as both a University Scholar and the Harnwell College House Research Fellow for her project in physical anthropology, entitled "Epigenetic Traits, Computerized Tomography, and Native American Identity." Through the support of her academic advisor, Dr. Janet Monge, Jordi has worked as the Assistant to the Curator of the Skeletal Collection at the Penn Museum since the fall of her freshman year.

  • Evolutionary Anthropology Ph.D. candidates awarded Leakey grants

    Evolutionary Anthropology PhD candidates Margaret Corley and Andrea Spence-Aizenberg have both been awarded general grants from The Leakey Foundation.

    To read more about their projects, click here.

  • 2013 Anthro Grad Awarded SUNTA Essay Prize

    Elizabeth Doi (C '13) has been awarded the 2013 Society of Urban National and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) Undergraduate Essay Prize for her Senior Thesis in Anthropology, "Behind the Gates: The Wagner Free Institute of Science and its Neighborhood," advised by Professor Richard Leventhal. Elizabeth, who graduated with a double-major in Anthopology and Urban Studies, presented her work at the Department's 2013 Anthrofest symposium- her presentation can be viewed here. Since graduating, Elizabeth has gone on to become Program Coordinator for the CityTerm program at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

    Congratulations to Elizabeth!

  • When People Come First

    Adriana Petryna is the co-editor of a new book titled When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health. The book critically assesses the expanding field of global health, bringing together an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars to address the medical, social, political, and economic dimensions of the global health enterprise. It demonstrates the crucial role of ethnography, arguing for a more comprehensive, people-centered approach, setting a new research agenda in global health and social theory and challenging us to rethink the relationships between care, rights, health, and economic futures. Read more on the website, or check out the flyer.

  • Evolutionary Anthropology Ph.D. candidates awarded ASP grants

    Evolutionary Anthropology PhD candidates Margaret Corley and Andrea Spence-Aizenberg have been awarded research grants at the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Primatologists in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Their proposals were 2 of only 4 proposals funded out of 52 submissions.

    To read more about their projects, click here.

  • Ancient Pathologies, Written in Bone

    A team led by Dr. Janet Monge has found evidence of the earliest known benign bone tumor in a Neandertal rib from Croatia. Approximately 120,000 year old, the bone is significantly more ancient than prior discoveries of this kind, the oldest of which date back some 1,000-4,000 years. As Monge explains, “This tumor may provide another link between Neandertals and modern peoples...we grow the same way in our bones and teeth and share the same diseases.”  Monge and her colleagues have published their findings in PLOS ONE- their paper can be accessed here. To read the New York Times report on the study, click here

  • 2013 Anthropology Accolades

    Penn Anthropology congratulates the class of 2013! Six of our graduate students and  forty-one of our undergraduates will be awarded degrees this May. We also congratulate all of our students, past and present, who have received awards and honors this past year.

    Click for more information about the various honorees (graduate awards can be found on the graduate student website, and undergraduate awards can be found here) or click here for a full list of our 2013 graduates.