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Kellogg International Scholar Pursues Career in Public Health

Author: Anthropology Dept.

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The summer after her sophomore year at the University of Notre Dame, Lauren O’Connell ’18 found herself working in a hamlet in the Peruvian Amazon so small it couldn’t even be found on a map.

With no cars and just a few dozen families, it was a far cry from the large Atlanta suburb where she grew up. But her study of the region’s medicinal plants – through an Experiencing the World (ETW)

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ND Professors Agustín Fuentes and Celia Deane-Drummond featured in ORBITER Magazine on "The Wisdom of Collaboration

Author: Anthropology Dept.

Don’t tell science and religion they shouldn’t be meeting like this. At least, don’t tell Agustín Fuentes and Celia Deane-Drummond, an anthropologist and theologian, respectively, at the University of Notre Dame. Because they’ll just brush that notion aside and forge ahead with some of the most interesting cross-disciplinary research around.

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Prof. Alex Chávez Receives Collaborative Research Grant for Humanities Without Walls Consortium

Author: Anthropology Dept.

 Anthropology Professor Alex E. Chávez was a recipient of a collaborative research grant from the Humanities Without Walls consortium on the theme of “The Global Midwest” funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. As co-principal investigator of the team, the main focus of their work was to examine how Latina/o visual and performing arts advance collective social expression of globalization in the Midwestern United States. The edited volume titled Latina/o Aesthetics in the Global Midwest

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From studying monkey fur to analyzing dietary patterns in India, anthropology research proves formative for senior

Author: Carrie Gates

In anthropology, “snowball sampling” refers to growing the number of participants in a research study by asking subjects to refer friends and acquaintances. For senior Candice Park, it was her research experiences at Notre Dame that snowballed, as each opportunity led her to the next — culminating in her senior thesis for the Department of Anthropology.

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Professor uses cutting-edge technology to conduct ‘engaged anthropology’ at prehistoric Illinois site 

Author: Jack Rooney

Mark Schurr, professor and acting chair of Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology, is dedicated to research that doesn’t just serve academic ends, but can also do good for the world. At his latest research site — the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie near Joliet, Illinois — he is exploring what life was like for 17th-century Native Americans and working to determine how to best restore the area to a natural environment that allows visitors to enjoy and learn from the land. 
 

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Anthropology Ph.D. student takes her research to new heights

Author: Carrie Gates

Notre Dame graduate student Mallika Sarma has done fieldwork in the mountains of Nepal and the forests of Congo. She’s traveled to remote villages accessible only by helicopter, speedboat, or days of hiking. She dreams of conducting research in space. All in search of data on how humans adapt to extreme environments.

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New Book by Alum Emily Bieniek '13!

Author: Anthropology Dept.

With striking beauty and emotional frankness, On the Great Land weaves together thirteen vibrant short stories that explore community, loss, trauma, and healing in one of the most mesmerizing and demanding places in the world.

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Physician relies on anthropology background when treating patients in trauma center

Author: Jack Rooney

As an orthopedic resident at Loyola University Medical Center, Daniel Schmitt ’11 sees a wide variety of patients. Schmitt, who majored in anthropology and biology, relies on his liberal arts education to connect with his diverse patient base and treat them comprehensively at the Level I trauma center — a hospital providing the highest level of surgery to trauma victims.

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Anthropology Alumna Publishes New Novel: On the Great Land

Author: Eric Haanstad

Emily Bieniek, a 2013 graduate of the Department of Anthropology, recently published a new novel, On the Great Land, with Ward Street Press! It is a novel based on Emily's experiences as an intern in Nome, Alaska, and focuses on issues of community, trauma, and healing in Yup'ik families. As an anthropology major, Emily was an excellent student in courses such as Native American Literature, which inspired her research in the Arctic. The book is attracting excellent reviews!

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Anthropologist delivers prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh

Author: Carrie Gates

Agustín Fuentes, the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Endowed Chair in Anthropology, has been selected to deliver the 2018 Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Founded by the jurist Adam Lord Gifford, the renowned lecture series invites pre-eminent scholars to address topics related to theology, philosophy, and science. Fuentes is the second consecutive College of Arts and Letters faculty member to be chosen.

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Anthropology Major to Present at the 2018 Human Development Conference

Author: Eric Haanstad

Lauren O’Connell, a senior Anthropology major will present her paper entitled “Envuelto en Estrés (Wrapped in Stress): Health Decision Making and Tobacco Use Among Medical Students in Puebla, Mexico” at the 2018 Human Development Conference (HDC) at the University of Notre Dame, February 23-24. O’Connell was selected through a competitive process with entries from universities around the country and the world.

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