2009 News Archives

December 4, 2009

The Ontario Government, represented by London West MPP and Attorney General Chris Bentley, announced funding for a number of grants to researchers from the University of Western Ontario from the Ontario Research Fund. The announcement was made at the University affiliated Museum of Ontario Archaeology to highlight the fact that one of the major grants awarded, for some $3,911,058, was the Capacities for a Sustainable Archaeology project led by Dr. Neal Ferris who is cross-appointed between the Museum and the Department of Anthropology at Western. Among other things, the award will allow the construction of an addition to the existing Museum that will be used to promote innovative and sustainable use of the province’s archaeological heritage. Dr. Neal Ferris was also interviewed about this grant on A Channel London and Rogers Cable London. For details of this announcement click HERE.

December 2, 2009

The Discovery News feature is about on-going research that Emily Webb, Dr. White and Dr. Nelson, as well as colleagues from Endocrinology, are working on, involving detecting cortisol levels in Peruvian archaeological hair as a new way to assess individual systemic stress.

November 26, 2009

Christopher Ellis and Neal Ferris were recently interviewed and quoted in the Windsor Star newspaper with regard to the significance of the discovery of a 10,000+ year old stone artifact near Amherstburg, Ontario. Chris Ellis was also interviewed about the significance of this find on November 27th on CBC Radio Windsor.

November 26, 2009

The current Master’s research of Anthropology Graduate Student John Moody on faunal assemblages from Arctic archaeological sites was featured in an edition of Western News. Click HERE for a pdf of this article.

November 19, 2009

The efforts of the Social Science Faculty and Anthropology Professor Jean-Francois Millare in establishing an archaeological research centre in Peru was featured in an edition of Western News. Click HERE for a pdf of this article.

November 19, 2009

Anthropology Professor Regna Darnell has donated a large library of works to the Fits Nation Studies programme at Western The donation of this library was featured in an edition of Western News. Click HERE for a pdf of this article.

October 31 - Nov 1, 2009

Some of our current student and faculty will be presenting at the 41st Algonquian Conference this year:

    Karl Hele: Seeding Civilization: Garden River Indian Reserve’s Agriculture Fairs, c.1917-1940’s.
    Gerald McKinley: Two Sides of Darkness: The Wîhtikow/Windigo in Contemporary Indigenous Narrative.
    Maria Manzano-Munguia: "We are More Than That": An Exploration of First Nations People In Urban Centres

July 17, 2009

If you check out the summer '09 edition of the Environment & Sustainability newsletter "Dispatch ES" that was released last month (pdf available HERE), you'll see on the last page that Shauna Solomon is named among eight E&S grad students (four Master's, four Ph.D. students, with her being the only one from Social Science), who have received the, "2009 Award of Excellence for the Collaborative Program, ... in recognition of their overall outstanding achievements in the Environment and Sustainability Graduate Program". Another feather in her hat!

June 4, 2009

Dr. Lana Williams Awarded Governor General's Gold Medal

Dr. Lana Williams, the first graduate of the new PhD program in Anthropology has been awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal. Dr. Williams research focused on a Roman period cemetery at the Dakleh Oasis in Egypt, exploring diet, disease, demography, and the important role of culture, research that is expanding the field of Bioarchaeology in innovative and important new directions. Congratulations to Lana, and to her doctoral supervisors, Christine White and Fred Longstaffe.

April 28, 2009

Radiologists virtually unwrap mummy’s secrets

Andrew Nelson is mentioned in an article from CMAJ News.

April 23, 2009

Dr. Regna Darnell of Western’s Anthropology department will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree from the University of Waterloo at that University’s Thursday, June 11 convocation ceremony. In announcing the award, Waterloo notes that Dr Darnell as a “leading Canadian anthropologist” and an “internationally recognized scholar” who “has done pioneering work in the history of anthropology, as well as in linguistics and native studies” and that she is a “distinguished university professor at the University of Western Ontario, where she founded and served as director of UWO's First Nations studies program.”

April 16, 2009

Dr. Chris Ellis, in cooperation with Meredith Leonard, education officer of the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, presented an illustrated talk on Archaeology in Ontario to a group of gifted students from the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board. The students were visiting the Museum to take part in one of its educational programs that involve tours of the archaeology exhibits and adjacent Lawson pre-Contact Iroquoian village as well as other activities.

April 1st, 2009

Eve Cockburn Student Paper Prize

Andrew Wade, a second year PhD student, is the recipient of this award for the paper he presented 'Computed tomography in diagnosis of Paget's disease (osteitis deformans) in archaeological remains' at the North American Paleopathology Association meetings in Chicago on April 1st, 2009. The paper was co-authored by Dr. Greg Garvin at St. Joseph's and Dr. David Holdsworth at Robarts. The paper will be published in the next issue of the Paleopathology Newsletter.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 - 12:00 - 1:00 pm North Campus Bldg 293
LIS Doctoral Students Speaker Series

The first speaker in the LIS Doctoral Students Speaker Series is Brad Votour, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Western. Brad will present "North is Freedom: How the Halifax North Memorial Library Creates Sanctuary." [ MORE ]

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 - 12:30 pm at the Gallery

Dr. Neal Ferris, Lawson Chair of Canadian Archaeology at Western's Department of Anthropology, will present a public lecture at the Gallery: 'The Archaeology of a Mohawk Village Being a Part of and Apart From 19th Century Colonialism in Ontario'. This program is in conjunction with the exhibitions DAVID KANATAWAKHON: TEKAWENNANOTE (Pictures That Speak) and THROUGH MY EYES ( Photographs by Indigenous Students at Western). Don't miss the exhibitions David KANATAWAKHON (Maracle): Tekawennànote (pictures that speak) & THROUGH MY EYES: Photographs by Indigenous Students at Western - until April 5

Friday, March 27th, 2009 - 12:30 - 1:30 pm SSC 2257

Public Viewing and Showcase lunch on Peru's Mass Grave Mystery
(National Geographic Explorer Television Documentary, 2009). Marla Toyne participated in this film production last summer as part of a National Geographic Expedition Council Grant that she was awarded to study the skeletal remains from Kuelap, Chachapoyas, in the northern highlands of Peru. The discovery and analysis of over 100 skeletons with evidence of violent trauma was amazing, and the filming experience was an experience. The film is approximately 50 minutes so there may be a bit of time for discussion afterwards.

Thursday, March 19th, 2009 - Western News

A second year graduate student, Caroline Whippey, was featured in the Western News for her Master's research. This article is called 'Online Gaming Rules Mimic Real Life Values'. See the archived pdf version of this story [ HERE ] found on page 2.

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 - 12:30 pm McIntosh Gallery
Through My Eyes - Photographs by native Western students. Free artist talk by David Kanatawakhon. For more information click [ HERE ].

March 2, 2009

The Social Science Staff Development has posted this month's special feature on Diane Belleville (Graduate Program Coordinator in Anthropology).

February 28, 2009

A graduate student, Christine Boston, presented the following poster at the Western Research Forum this past weekend and received second place in the multidisciplinary poster session. Andrew Nelson is one of the coauthors.

February 10, 2009

Several department members did presentations on their current research at the Annual “Members Night” held by the London Chapter, Ontario Archaeological Society. Faculty member Chris Ellis, with co-authors and graduate students Jim Keron and Lindsay Foreman and co-author and lab manager Ed Eastaugh, did a presentation on the “2008 Excavations at the George Davidson Broad Point Archaic Site” and graduate student Christine Boston did a presentation on her current research on the developmental effects of cranial modification amongst ancient South American populations.

January 8, 2009

Dr. Lisa Hodgetts was the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the London Chapter, Ontario Archaeological Society. Her presentation highlighted her recent Arctic research and was entitled: 'The Place Where People Travel: Archaeological Survey in Aulavik National Park.'

January 7-10, 2009

The Society for Historical Archaeology (http://www.sha.org/), the major, international, umbrella organization for archaeologists working on the recent past (since AD 1400), recently held its annual meeting in Toronto at the Royal York Hotel. Dr. Neal Ferris, Lawson Professor of Canadian Archaeology, cross-appointed in the department and at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, was on the organizational committee for this major meeting and served as Program Chair responsible for developing and facilitating the various meeting symposia.

November 27, 2008

The Lost People of the Baja
From the CBC Documentaries website: Canadian paleo-pathologist Eldon Molto is leading the search for clues of the mysterious Pericu people of Baja California, Mexico - a fierce, independent tribe that disappeared over a century ago, after being exposed to European disease. They left virtually nothing behind but their bones. But by using DNA, Molto is piecing together the story of the Pericu and along the way makes a surprising discovery that raises questions about identity and our own existence.