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Dr. Alice P. Wright recognized as top young scholar and leader of interdisciplinary research team
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 2:11pm

Dr. Alice P. Wright was presented the C.B. Moore Award for “Excellence in Southeastern Archaeology or associated studies by a younger scholar” at the October 2016 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference.

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Dr. Dana Powell and Ricki Draper highlighted in Appalachian Magazine for Standing Rock research
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 2:02pm

The Standing Rock protest has given Dr. Dana Powell an unexpected opportunity to further her research around indigenous land claims and energy infrastructure and enhance her teaching, with the help of Ricki Draper.

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Experimental Archaeology class highlighted in Appalachian Magazine
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 10:54am

If you’re a student in Dr. Tom Whyte’s archaeology class, prepare to get your hands dirty. Cooked roadkill, flint-chipping kind of dirty.

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Dr. Timothy J. Smith, helping sustain and revitalize Guatemala’s indigenous culture
Friday, February 21, 2014 - 8:35am

Dr. Timothy J. Smith has developed a special relationship during the past 17 years with the predominantly indigenous town of Sololá, Guatemala.

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Dr. Timothy J. Smith and students highlighted in Appalachian magazine for Ecuadorian research
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 11:57am

This past summer, 16 students from Appalachian State University traveled to Ecuador to study indigenous activism and language in the Upper Amazon for three weeks. They came away with a greater appreciation of the impact of oil in the Amazon and its affect on the lives of the indigenous people.

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Anthropology Alumnus Christopher Moore (B.S. '97) publishes article in Nature
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 11:58am

Anthropology Alumnus Christopher Moore (B.S. '97) publishes article in Nature on platinum anomaly in North American sedimentary sequences

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Dr. Susan Lappan awarded Fulbright grant for primate research in Southeast Asia
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 11:44am

Dr. Susan Lappan of the Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State University received a Fulbright award for her forthcoming research on primate ecology in peninsular Malaysia, entitled “Conservation of the Malaysian Siamang in a Changing World.”

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Anthropology alumna Caroline Federal wins best dissertation prize at London School of Economics
Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 4:03pm

Anthropology alumna Caroline Federal (2012) has been awarded the prize for "Best Dissertation" for the Masters of Science in Comparative Politics program at the London School of Economics for her thesis, "Mind the Gap: Gender in National Elections in Varieties of Capitalism."

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Dr. Gregory Reck quoted in German newspaper story on football in the U.S.A.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 3:37pm

In the wake of the success of his latest book, American Soccer: History, Culture, Class (co-authored with Dr. Bruce Dick), Dr. Gregory Reck is quoted in German newspaper article on his views about U.S. soccer. 

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Dr. Gregory Reck and colleauge, Dr. Dinesh Paudel, publish piece in truth-out.org on research in Nepal
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 4:13pm

While international attention is focused on the recent devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti and other Caribbean areas, the hyper-short-term memory of the mainstream media -- along with the tendency to see "disasters" as "over" with the passage of time -- leads us to forget quickly about ongoing social disasters that were accentuated by natural catastrophes.

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Alumni spotlights

Christopher R. Moore, Archaeologist at the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program (SRARP)

After completing the Ph.D. program at ECU, Chris was hired by the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program (SRARP) as a research archaeologist and public outreach coordinator.  In his position with the SRARP, Chris splits his time conducing educational outreach and research activities and has worked to integrate outreach with research and publication by training local volunteers to assist in fieldwork and lab analysis.

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Sarah Perry is executive producer and researcher for a new documentary about Colombian peace process

In 2015, alumna Sarah Perry (2014) moved to Colombia to work with Heart for Change, Volunteers Colombia, and the Colombian Ministry of Education. She now is the executive producer and researcher for a documentary about historical memory and the Colombian peace process.

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Faculty spotlights

Dr. Timothy J. Smith, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Timothy J. Smith has developed a special relationship during the past 20 years with the predominantly indigenous town of Sololá, Guatemala.

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Dr. Gwen Robbins Schug, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Gwen Robbins Schug is a bioarchaeologist interested in paleopathology, paleodemography, long bone ontogeny, bone histology, and South Asian prehistory.

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