January 2011 Archives

Nina Jablonski will be one of three speakers in the symposium, "Humans Without Borders: Evolutionary Processes at Work in Humans and Their Relatives" to be held on 20 February 2011 at the annual meeting of the AAAS in Washington D.C.  The symposium is being sponsored by the National Evolutionary Synthesis CenterJablonski, along with Greg Wray (Duke) and Sarah Tishkoff (Penn) will communicate new research regarding genetic and phenotypic insights into the evolutionary past of humans, our continuing evolution, and the implications of this research.  Science journalist Carl Zimmer will be the symposium discussant.  For more information, see http://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2011/webprogram/Session2587.html.
Carrie Hritz will be the speaker for this week's colloquium. The title of her talk is "Cities in the Marsh: Deltaic Resilience and the Genesis of Mesopotamian Cities."  Colloquium will be held on Friday, January 28 at 3:30 in 202 Carpenter Building.

Please plan to attend.  Everyone is welcome!
George Milner and George Chaplin recently received a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for a project that will produce the first comprehensive account of conflict in prehistoric eastern North America, with an emphasis on the last 1500 years of prehistory (prior to ca. AD 1500). Dramatic cultural changes occurred during that time as early food-producing communities characterized by relatively egalitarian social relations were transformed into larger agricultural societies, many of which were dominated by hereditary chiefs. The project completes a multi-year effort to assemble the archaeological (settlements surrounded by palisades) and osteological (skeletons with conflict-related trauma such as arrow injuries) necessary to understand how warfare was conducted, who was involved (casualties), and how the intensity of conflict varied over time and across prehistoric eastern North America.
Mark Shriver's work was recently featured in News Science & Environment's article "Painting a suspect's portrait with DNA."  This article can be found online at:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12097554 

Phil Reno joins Department of Anthropology faculty

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We are pleased to announce that Phil Reno has joined our faculty as an assistant professor of Anthropology. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Phil will be involved in the development of an evolutionary developmental genetics laboratory. Additionally, he will work with the faculty in the Department of Biology to cultivate joint research projects.

Phil received his BA in Anthropology from Washington University. He received both his MA in Anthropology and his PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Biological Anthropology from Kent State University. He just completed a postdoctoral fellow assignment in the Department of Developmental Biology at Stanford University.

Phil and his wife, Lisa, are the proud parents of toddler Lily.

Welcome, Phil, to Penn State and the Department of Anthropology!
Graduate student John Starbuck was recently awarded an RGSO dissertation enhancement grant for $2000. Thanks to a generous donation from Penn State alumna Hellene S. Runtagh this award was increased to $5000. John will use this award during the spring semester to further his dissertation research study on facial morphology.