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Dr. Wescott Interviewed by CBS Austin

Dr. Wescott was recently interviewed by CBS Austin for the work he and rest of the Forensic Anthropology Center are doing with various area law enforcement agencies.  Dr. Wescott and his team help law enforcement identify remains through dental records or DNA analysis.  You can read the watch the interview and read more about their work on CBS Austin.  

Shumla Featured on Nation Swell and Chemical and Engineering News

Shumla was featured on the program, Nation Swell, explaining their current work on the Lower Pecos murals and climate change. The degradation is very rapid. Four Texas State/Anthropology alumni are employed by Shumla and are in the video (Amanda Castaneda, Charles Koenig, Vicky Roberts and Jerod Roberts).

Additionally, Shumla chemist, Dr. Karen Steelman was interviewed for Chemical and Engineering News for her work using PXRF technology to further study rock art.  You can find the video on the Chemical and Engineering News website. 

Department Students and Faculty Acquire Microscopy Equipment

Congratulations to Sophia Mavroudas (PI) and co-PIs Nick Herrmann, David Falleur (Clinical Laboratory Science), Michelle Hamilton, Danny Wescott, and Jodi Jacobson on their National Science Foundation: Major Research Instrumentation Program (NSF MRI): Acquisition of Microscopy Equipment to Enhance Histological Research in Forensic Anthropology, Biology, and Bioarchaeology! Their award is $255,140.

Project information can be found on our news page.

Ancient Southwest Texas Project and Shumla Team Up for 2019 Field Methods Program

Over the four week program, the students had the opportunity to excavate an Archaic midden and survey for historic artifacts with archaeologist Dr. David Kilby, as well as record ancient rock art with Dr. Carolyn Boyd and the Shumla research team. In fact, the students documented five sites as a part of the Alexandria Project. They learned how to capture gigapan images, SfM images, create 3-D models, complete TexSite and Rock Art Site forms. They even completed site summaries for Texas Parks and Wildlife and The Witte Museum about our work and findings at Vaquero Shelter and White Shaman Annex sites, respectively. Through this collaboration the students were engaged in investigating all aspects of the Lower Pecos archaeological record.  Very impressive results!  

More information as well as pictures can be found on our News Page.

Undergraduate Student Receives Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Congratulations to undergraduate student, Chisom Ogoke who was recently awarded a national Phi Kappa Phi fellowship of $8,500!  She was also awarded a $500 Phi Kappa Phi scholarship during the Spring 2019 semester.

You can find out more about Chisom and Phi Kappa Phia on their Honors Society website.

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