Class Notes 2018

November 15, 2018

Stephen Beckerman, BA ’66, published Marriage in Lowland South America, co-edited by Paul Valentine, Stephen Beckerman and Catherine Ales, with the University of Texas Press.

Rebecca Biermann, BA ’13, MA ’14, is a PhD candidate in physical anthropology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, working with Dr. Stephen Lycett. Her dissertation research involves applying experimental archaeology to questions relating to evolutionary anthropology.

Megan Davison, BA ’12, is currently working as a senior consultant for Lipman Hearne in Chicago. She is training for her third Chicago marathon and is excited for the travel to come in 2018!

Lauren Deal, BA ’09, is a PhD candidate in anthropology at Brown University. She is currently conducting dissertation fieldwork in Argentina.

Susan (Gilwood) Dineen, BA ’69, is getting close to retiring nearly 50 years after receiving her degree in anthropology from GW. Susan went on to graduate school in English and has been teaching literature in a New Jersey private school.

Andrew Du, PhD ’17, is currently a postdoctoral scholar at The University of Chicago, where he is continuing his research on human evolution. He has recently published a paper on hominin brain size evolution in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Deirdre Fowler, BA ’71, went on to get a degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She worked as a women's health nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood for 24 years and retired in 2012.

Elliot Greiner, BS ’17, is currently in his first year of graduate school at the University of Michigan. He is pursuing a PhD in biological anthropology, specializing in the evolution of Miocene apes in East Africa.

Corey Heyward, MA ’13, is starting her third year in a curatorial fellowship at Drayton Hall in Charleston, S.C. She is cataloging a legacy collection into the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery and running the department's photography studio.

Philip Karash, MA ’09, and Savannah Fetterolf, BA ’08, welcomed their first child, Bjorn Edward Alexander Karash, on Christmas Day 2017.

Ian Kerrigan, MA ’05, lives in New York City and serves as the senior vice president of exhibitions for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Robert McCarthy, MA ’00, PhD ’04, an assistant professor at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., was awarded the 2017-2020 Dr. Scholl Endowed Professorship in Health Sciences. This award will allow him to complete research on vocal abilities in fossil hominins.

John McClelland, MA ’94, is the NAGPRA coordinator at the Arizona State Museum and assistant professor in the School of Anthropology, University of Arizona.

Sarah Mezzino, BA ’04, is the curator of decorative art and design for The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. Sarah is currently involved with the renovation of their 5th Form dining hall which is attached to one of the school's National Landmark buildings.

Daniel Miller, MA ’11, recently completed his PhD at Vanderbilt, and is now a postdoctoral fellow in the NIMH-sponsored Biological Sciences Training Program in Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Beth Moretzsky, MA ’17, is currently working as a health care analyst at the National Committee for Quality Assurance, where she conducts qualitative health care research in the areas of cancer, chronic disease, and primary care quality improvement.

Smiti Nathan, BA ’08, completed her PhD in anthropology from New York University in September 2017. She is now the co-director of the Archaeological Water Histories of Oman (ARWHO) Project and a visiting scholar at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.

Jennifer Nichols, BA ’12, is a primate keeper at Birmingham Zoo in Alabama.

Roma Padalkar, BS ’14, is currently in medical school in New Jersey.

Kourtney Pompi, MA ’08, launched KP Global Consulting in 2013, after more than 18 years in the development field, to support clients in the design, implementation and evaluation of international development programming focused on democracy and human rights.

Tim Quinn, BA ’12, is currently a PhD student in the Anthropology Department at Rice University. He is currently conducting research on prophylactic antiretroviral drugs and sexual rights activism in Thailand.

Chloe Raub, MA ’11, is head of Archives and Special Collections at Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University in New Orleans. The Newcomb Archives collects, preserves and makes available records that document the history of women and gender in the Gulf South.

Susan Scheungrab, BA ’01, spends her days doing business analysis work for the Food and Drug Administration and moonlights on weekends at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum managing children's programming.

Tristan Scholl, BA ’16, is currently ensconced as an administrative assistant with the GW Department of Physics (read: employed!) while he searches for job opportunities in D.C.'s heritage sector and explores funded graduate program options in maritime archaeology.

Douglas Smit, BA ’08, will receive his PhD in anthropology in 2018 from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is currently a lecturer in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Angela Spidalette, BA ’16, has been working at GW Libraries and Academic Innovation for the past year and a half. She has recently accepted a job at New America and will be working in events.

Jennifer Stringfellow, MA ’04, has been working at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, as a museum specialist since 2008. She lives with her husband, Stephen Bing, in Northern Virginia.

Roy Wilensky, BA ’82, is a clinical psychologist at Virginia's Sterling Behavioral Health Services, where he recently helped the internship program join an APA accredited consortium. Also a forensic psychologist, he conducts pro-bono evaluations of asylum seekers.