Summer Monthly Newsletter

June 2021

June 16, 2021

Department News

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New Lab Technician

We have extended an offer to Tiara Jenkins to be our new lab technician. Tiara comes to us from the University of Florida - Gainsville and CSPAN. Her first day is June 14th! She holds a Masters in Forensic Science and a Bachelors in Anthropology. Please send her a welcome email!

Faculty Promotions

On behalf of the department, we would like to announce that Dr. Sarah Wagner, Dr. Jeffrey Blomster, and Dr. Alex Dent, all passed their promotions to FULL professors! These promotions are well deserved for their incredible service to the department, school, university, and the anthropology community, as well as their research in their respective fields. 

Univeristy News

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COVID-19 Vaccine Mandatory

GW sent out an announcement a few weeks ago requiring all students, staff, and faculty (including adjuncts), to be fully vaccinated. You will need to upload a photo of your complete vaccine card to the medical portal by August 1st, 2021. Your vaccine documentation must be uploaded in the medical portal by August 1 so that your campus access is available by the start of fall semester. 

Instructions to upload your documentation can be found on the GW COVID-19 site.

For complete updates,deadlines, and instructions please see the GW InfoMail with the subject: Important Reminders for In-Person Return.

Mobile GWorld

GWorld is offering the Mobile ID app, allowing students to unlock their residence hall room door with their Android or Apple smartphone. Mobile ID only works for individual students' suite and room doors; it does not work for exterior doors, elevators, stairwells, and verification readers. Additionally, the app is location triggered, so the door will only unlock if the user is directly in front of the door.

CCAS Summer Writing Groups (Faculty)

The writing groups can be designed to help you in any project you desire, for example: writing book chapters; journal papers; or applications for fellowships and grants. These would provide an ideal way to help you power through that chapter, or approach the drafting of your NSF CAREER grant in a more structured way. The idea is to start with a six-week commitment and you are free to extend the group beyond that period if the group members are finding it helpful.

In order to register your interest, please fill out the google form by Wednesday, June 16th and we will try to match you with a small group (3-4) of faculty with similar aims and needs. There are three types of groups (explained in the form).


What's New in Anthropology?

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Alexandra Kralick, current PhD Candidate at UPenn, and GW Biological Anthropology Alumna class of 2014.

NMNH HOT Topic Series: Climate Change Threatens Great Ape Biology

Globally, climates are changing at an unprecedented rate. How does this affect the health and biology of our closest living cousins, the great apes? Alexandra Kralick, PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, is using clues from her study of orangutan skeletal collections at the Smithsonian to see how their bodies recorded stress, and how that stress is linked to climate change and deforestation. Ultimately, human activity may be changing great ape biology!

Moderator: Briana Pobiner, paleoanthropologist and educator at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
Thursday, June 17, 2021, 11:30 a.m. ET

Find more information about the program and register today!

Palaeoanthropology Seminar

The National Museum of Natural History will be hosting a seminar live via Zoom at 1pm on June 15. The speakers will be Dr. María Martinón-Torres from the National Research Center on Human Evolution and Dr. Michael Petraglia, from the Max Planck Institutue for the Science of Human History and a Research Associate at NMNH.  



Outside Anthropology

Maggie Peterson is doing some cool things with GW's Program on Extremism. She created a dashboard to show maps of counties and states where there are federal cases against individuals involved in the Capitol Hill Siege.