PRIMATOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL, COSTA RICA, SUMMER 2014
University of Utah's Shoshoni Language Project Wins National Award!
On November 1st, 2013 Marianna Di Paolo, director of the Shoshoni Language Project and associate professor of anthropology. Was awarded the 2013 William Demmert Cultural Freedom Award by the National Indian Education Association. The award was presented to Professor Di Paolo at NIEA's annual meeting Rapid City, S.D. The Universities program was recognized for preserving and revitalizing Shoshoni language. Click here to read the full article.
Right, Kristi Begay is an employee of Barrick Gold of North America, Inc. in Elko, NV, working with community outreach and education project as part of the Corporate Responsibility team. She is a member of the Wells Shoshone Tribe as well as former Chair of the Tribe.
Middle, Marianna Di Paolo is director of the Shoshoni Language Project and associate professor of anthropology at the University of Utah.
Left, Shakea Jim one of the first students in the Shoshone/Goshute Youth Language Apprenticeship Program (SYLAP). She is a member of the Te-Moak Shoshone Tribe (Elko Band) and grew up in Owyhee, NV on the Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute Reservation. She is currently an Elementary Education student at ISU and works as a teacher's assistant at the Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy, a new Shoshoni immersion charter school, on the Ft. Hall Shoshone-Bannock Reservation.
New Positions with the Department of Anthropology
The Department of Anthropology is inviting applications for two new positions within the Department. Please click on the links below to view the full announcements.
We are seeking a Cultural Anthropologist at the Assistant Professor level (tenure-track, 9 month).
In addition we also have a Post-Doctoral position (specialty open) available.
The Biological Anthropologists are getting a new lab! Construction of this exciting new addition began this past summer and we hope to have it up and running by the end of October.
University of Utah anthropologist Brian Codding has published a new study showing that Native Americans migrating to California in the past 12,000 years settled in the most lush coastal environments first, then in successively less productive inland environments and finally in the deserts of the Great Basin. The findings explain why prehistoric California was a patchwork of numerous diverse Native American ethnic groups and languages. For more information about Dr. Coddings work, see the article in the Los Angeles Times, or view the University of Utah Press Release.
Breastfeeding may reduce Alzheimer’s risk, according to a new study by Professor Leslie Knapp and her colleagues. Mothers who breastfeed run a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s, with longer periods of breastfeeding further reducing the risk.
New Anthropology Chair Appointed
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Leslie Knapp is joining the faculty of the University of Utah as Chair of Anthropology during the Summer of 2013. Professor Knapp comes to Utah from Cambridge University, where she has most recently served as Head of the Division of Biological Anthropology. Dr. Knapp, a primate geneticist, is a prolific and well-known scholar whose research spans a variety of topics in primate immunogenetics and molecular ecology. We are delighted to welcome her to the Department and University!