As many of you already know, the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology held its 39th Annual Meeting last week in Montreal. Our Department was very well represented, with seven of our Bioarch grad students presenting papers or posters. The Association has just announced this year’s prize winners for the Student Presentation Awards – a big congrats goes out to Andrew Wade, winner of the 2011 Oschinsky-Mckern Award for best student podium presentation for his paper entitled, “Re-evaluating Classical Stereotypes in the Body Cavity Treatment of Ancient Egyptian Mummies”. Well done, Drew!!
Archaeologists search for lost graves at Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site. News Link [HERE].
We are proud to announce that Melissa Stachel (PhD candidate) is the recipient of the Dr. Benjamin Goldberg Research Award of the UWO Developmental Disabilities Division for 2011 for her project, 'A qualitative, cross-national analysis of the perceptions and experiences of Somali health care professionals working with Somali children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.'
We have another award winner to add to our list of high achievers. We are very pleased to say that, at the World Congress on Mummy Studies held in San Diego, Andrew Wade's (PhD candidate) paper "Hearts and Minds: Excerebration and Evisceration in the Egyptian Mummification Tradition" took first place in the student paper competition.
Christopher Ellis was queried and quoted by a reporter from the Associated Press with regards to his opinions on and significance of a engraving on bone of an extinct mammoth, thought to be about 13,000 years old, that has recently been reported from Florida. This article has appeared in many sources such as Maclean’s Magazine.
Redpath is participating in the IMPACT (Internet Mummy Picture Archive and Communication Technology) project which seeks to move mummy studies from individual case studies to a broadly based comparative approach by creating a collaborative database of mummy CT scans collected from museums throughout the world. The project’s principal investigator is Andrew Nelson, of the University of Western Ontario, working closely with PhD candidate Andrew Wade. Full Story HERE.
Congratulations to Melissa Stachel, a PhD candidate in the Anthropology Department, who, along Victoria Esses, and Gillian King, have just received a University Of Western Ontario Autism Centre Of Excellence Award for their project, "A qualitative, cross-national analysis of the experiences of Somali parents raising children with and without autism."
R.E. Taylor Award at SAA.
The judges decided to award an honorable mention to Paul Szpak (PhD candidate) for his poster about seabird guano. This honorable mentions come with a one year membership to the Society for Archaeological Sciences.
Joshua Smith, MA candidate, has a successful application for the Robert L. Platzman Fellowship, awarded by the University of Chicago Library. The University of Chicago Library invites applications for short-term research fellowships for use during 2012. Any visiting researcher residing more than 100 miles from Chicago, and whose project requires on-site consultation of University of Chicago Library collections, primarily archives, manuscripts or printed materials in the Special Collections Research Center, is eligible. Support for beginning scholars is a priority of the program. Applications in the fields of late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century physics or physical chemistry, or nineteenth-century classical opera, will receive special consideration. Previous University of Chicago Library research fellowships have been awarded for studies in fields including medieval culture, nineteenth-century American politics, law, theology, urban history, modern literature, and African American history. Joshua will be using the fellowship to do archival research on Action anthropology.
Julianna Beaudoin (PhD candidate) was awarded the RBC Student Community Service Project Grant given by RBC and The Student Success Centre: Careers, Leadership and Experience at UWO. Her project sought funding for a resource library for the Roma Community Centre (RCC) in Toronto. "There was a significant amount of interest in this grant program and the Grants Committee spent considerable effort in making some difficult decisions." She will be working with the RCC to help them build a resource library, which will contribute towards a number of their activities and programs for their members.
Christine Boston, PhD Candidate in the Bioarchaeology stream, won first place in the Social Science Oral Presentation Student Paper Competition at the Western Research Forum. The Western Research Forum was held on Saturday, February 26 and is an annual conference hosted by the Academic Committee of the Society of Graduate Students. The purpose of this conference is to provide UWO Graduate Students with a forum to present their research, and it brings together students and faculty from across the faculties. The title of Boston's presentation was, "The Costs of Fitting In: Body Modifications, Identity Communication, and Health" and covered topics which she is focusing on in her doctoral research.
How three Londoners helped identify an unknown soldier
A team including Andrew Nelson and Christine White of the Department of Anthropology, in collaboration with Fred Longstaffe of the Department of Earth Sciences, has successfully identified the remains of an unknown First World War Canadian soldier found at Vimy Ridge. Using a combination of forensic techniques including advanced imaging technology, facial reconstruction, stable isotope analysis, and genetic testing, the team was able to identify the soldier as Pte Thomas Lawless, an Irish immigrant who joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force's 49th Battalion in Calgary. For more information, see HERE.
Matthew Beaudoin (PhD candidate) received an Honourary Mention in the Society of Historical Archaeology student paper competition. It was the 2011 competition for the conference in Austin, Texas. The paper was titled "A Hybrid Identity in a Pluralistic Colonial Context".