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Dr. Jill Pruetz's Work Featured in New York Time

The work of Jill Pruetz and former Iowa State PhD student, Kelly Boyer Ontl, with chimpanzees in Senegal is featured in the New York Times article Mother Chimpanzees Know the Coolest Place in a Scorching Savanna. It’s a very cool article (pun intended)! When it’s 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the savanna, it can be up to 55 degrees cooler in the caves. Mother chimpanzees spent most of their time in the caves resting, socializing and grooming, while their infants played with one another. Sometimes, the mothers brought along snacks: fruits of the African baobab and camel’s foot tree.

UNESCO World Heritage Site Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

Highlighted in the link below are Dr. Todd Ahlman and his team’s contributions in November 2018 and August 2019 to the archaeological research related to the restoration of a collapsed 1723 defensive wall at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park on St. Kitts. Graduate students Taylor Bowden and Bryan Heisinger were on the crew with Todd and Dr. Gerald Schroedl (emeritus professor at the University of Tennessee). Their work was crucial to the preservation of an 1820s hospital and deposits associated with the hospital.

Dr. Emily Brunson Interviewed by The New York Times

Dr. Emily Brunson was interviewed for Mistrust of a Coronavirus Vaccine Could Imperil Widespread Immunity in The New York Times. Also attached is the published report mentioned in the article by the working group co-chaired by Emily and Dr. Monica Schoch-Spana. Anthropology doctoral student, Rex Long, is a member of the working group and co-author of the report.

Schoch-Spana M, Brunson E, Long R, Ravi S, Ruth A, Trotochaud M on behalf of the Working Group on Readying Populations for COVID-19 Vaccine. The Public’s Role in COVID-19 Vaccination: Planning Recommendations Informed by Design Thinking and the Social, Behavioral, and Communication Sciences. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security; 2020.

Dr. Kent Reilly Featured on Museums From Your Home

Congratulations to Dr. Kent Reilly who was featured again on the YouTube series Museums From Your Home by the University of Alabama.

Dr. Reilly's talk was titled The Search for Underworld Powers and was recorded on June 29, 2020. 

CAS Secures New Service Agreement

Congratulations to Amy Reid, Curator at the Center for Archeological Studies (CAS)!

Amy has a new TxDOT Curation Services agreement in place for 2021-2022 for $287,623.70.
This new agreement will include some new and exciting tasks to our curation services for TxDOT, including specialized artifact imaging and archival processing:

  • Hi-res artifact photography using computer-operated, drop-out lighting system with standardized composition for publication, analysis and curation-quality 2D Digital images
  • 3D scanning and printing
  • Oversized archives scanning
  • Digitization of archival photographic prints, film and slides

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