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    A Vacation from Your Mind

    Cultural Anthropologist, Dr. Jeffrey Snodgrass, takes a look at how video games have positive and negative effects on a player’s stress levels.

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    Flood Recovery in Northern Colorado

    Cultural Anthropologist, Dr. Kate Browne, and her class do substantive research in disaster recovery which has the potential to shape future recovery efforts.

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    Ancient Cemetery Sheds Light on the Purepecha Empire

    “The discovery of this mortuary complex provides a unique lens through which we can examine changes in health, status and well-being during a period of rapid social change that is associated with the formation of the Purépecha Empire.”

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    Who’s Afraid of Evolution?

    Read on our blog why anthropologists need to take more responsibility for teaching evolution.

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    Dr. Richard Adams Talks High Altitude Archaeology

    The idea that high altitudes and mountains are “untrammeled by man” is turned on its head.

“Anthropology is the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities” – Alfred L. Kroeber

The Department of Anthropology houses a diverse faculty that includes cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, biological anthropologists, and geographers whose scholarship spans the breadth of human experience. The discipline of anthropology is concerned with the human condition as well as the structure of the social, environmental, political and economic contexts within which humans operate. Thus, anthropology is both varied and integrative, drawing from geography, biology, humanities, and other social and natural sciences. The anthropology and geography faculty at CSU conduct research from all over the world.



Visions of Future Earth Panels

The Anthropology Department’s Dr. Chris Fisher and Dr. Kathy Galvin are participating in panels that are sure to interest you on October 7th, 2014.

At 2:30PM – 4:00PM in the Lory Student Center (Room 304), please attend the panel on “Transformations to Social-Ecological Sustainability”.

Following that, be sure to get tickets for Hadza: The Last of the First, a movie that will spark any anthropologically-minded person’s interest. It will be at 6:15PM in the Lory Student Center Theater. Get your tickets here.


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Transformations to Sustainability, International Social Science Council Project Funded to Kathleen Galvin

Transformations to Sustainability project funded to Kathleen Galvin, Anthropology

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) has awarded Kathleen Galvin  (Anthropology, SoGES), a Transformations to Sustainability grant of  € 30,000 for 6 months  to develop a Transformative Knowledge Network on the World’s Rangelands through Social Change.  Galvin and her team will bring together researchers and practitioners from Kenya, Mongolia and the US Great Plains to CSU to develop a large three-year proposal for an internationally comparative research program on rangeland sustainability. Bringing together experiences from Kenya, Mongolia and the US Great Plains the goal is to find appropriate local institutional solutions to cope with the negative consequences of rangeland changes to build sustainable futures.

Rangelands are undergoing rapid and complex changes caused by climate, land-use changes, political transitions, demographic shifts and dynamic market shifts. Yet these changes are creating unique opportunities for rangeland peoples to transform their lives to more sustainable futures for themselves and the rangelands they depend upon. This is an exceptional opportunity for the co-design of research with people living in these regions. Galvin assembled a strong collaborative team including Robin Reid, Maria Fernández-Giménez and Dennis Ojima in the Warner College of Natural Resources and Jeff Morrisette at the Department of Interior, North Central Climate Science Center located at CSU. The Transformations to Sustainability program is an ISSC contribution to the work of Future Earth.


Notes from Olduvai: A Day in the Life at Olduvai

CSU MA student, Kristen Welch, would like to give you a glimpse of the various aspects of the Olduvai Geochronology and Archaeology Project.



Field School Information Session

Whether it’s Archaeology, Ethnographic, or Paleontology, our field schools are an amazing opportunity to grow as a student, and to do substantive research that will add to the expanding body of knowledge related to each field.  Our field schools are also places where our students learn valuable life lessons about how to work together as a team toward a common goal– and how to make lifelong friends. In addition, they are a great way to get a leg up after graduation because they give you the on-the-ground experience employers and graduate schools are looking for. From excavation and shovel testing for Archaeology, to survey analysis and fossil identification for Ethnographic and Paleontology, these fields schools are essential for any student in anthropology looking to stand out. 

The Information Session will be on September 23rd, 2014 in Clark C249 at 5:30PM. Please let us know you’re coming and RSVP here.


Notes from Olduvai

MA Student Kristen Welch is at Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of humanity. Read about what she’s doing, and what it’s like in one of the most important archaeological sites in the study of human evolution.


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