Anthropology November 2014 News Update

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Source: Angi M. Christensen, PhD, Section Secretary

The Kerley Foundation graduate scholarship is awarded to Julie Fleischman, a doctoral student from Michigan State University. Her research interest is skeletal trauma and she is developing a dissertation project to analyze remains of individuals executed by the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia during the late 1970s. The Foundation’s sponsored international scholar is Dr. Rimantas Jankauskas, a Senior Specialist with the State Forensic Medicine Service at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania. His research focus is human rights abuses. Both scientists will be honored at the Kerley Foundation and Anthropology Section Reception during the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting in February.

This September, the Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma will present the second Clyde C. Snow Social Justice Award and honor the memory, work, and mission of the exceptional Clyde Snow. The Award Committee is very pleased to announce that this year’s awardee is the Agrupación de Familiares de Ejecutados y Detenidos Desaparecidos de Calama (AFEDDEP, the Association of Relatives of Executed and Missing Political Prisoners of Calama). This group of women has been searching for the remains of their murdered husbands, fathers, and sons in Chile’s Atacama Desert for over four decades. Further information and donations for the award can be accessed at

The Maderas Rainforest Conservancy is offering a course entitled, “Comparative Skeletal Anatomy” at the Ometepe Biological Field Station, on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua, December 27 to January 10, 2015. The course provides an introduction to comparative osteology and function of human and non-human skeletons through laboratory investigations and field study. Students can apply through the Maderas Rainforest Conservancy at (payment is due by November 12) and may request additional information, including the syllabus, from the instructor, Dawn Mulhern (

Beginning January 2015, Virginia Commonwealth University will welcome Tal Simmons as the new chair of the Department of Forensic Sciences. Congratulations!

This past August, the Florida Gulf Coast University Library opened an exhibit featuring the life and work of William Maples. FGCU Provost Ron Toll, Heather Walsh-Haney, and his widow Margaret Maples Gilliland opened the exhibit at the evening reception.