JEREMY J. WILSON, then a student at State University of New York, Binghamton, New York, was awarded funding in April 2008 to aid research on 'Modeling Life and Death in Late Prehistoric West-Central Illinois,' supervised by Dr. Dawnie Wolfe Steadman. Funding enabled analysis of skeletal samples from the Morton Complex and Norris Farms, as well as a trip to the University of Southern Denmark to work on quantitative modeling of bioarchaeological data.
Preliminary abstract: This project focuses on the Brazilian state's ongoing attempts to dramatically transform maternity care in the national health system. Spurred by persistently high maternal mortality as well as decades of feminist activism to demedicalize birth, President Dilma Rousseff has launched Rede Cegonha as her flagship women's health program. Rede Cegonha synthesizes the science of best practices and a humanistic ethics of care to effect what is known as the 'humanization' of birth: a shift toward low-intervention, respectful care in pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
Preliminary abstract: The project investigates how people's moral lives shape and are shaped by instances of major political and economic change. Responses to Zimbabwe's recent contested political elections indicate that the nation continues to experience the kind of persistent uncertainty that characterizes much of post-colonial sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the lack of certainty, urban Christians in the nation's capital city construct a vision of a plausible everyday future through engaging in moral debate.
KAREN G. WILLIAMS, then a student at City University of New York Graduate Center, New York, New York, received funding in October 2011 to aid research on 'From Coercion to Consent? Governing the Formerly Incarcerated in the 21st Century United States,' supervised by Dr. Leith Mullings. The decades-long expansion of law and order prison policy across the United States has led to historically high rates of incarceration, particularly for communities of color, and has had repercussions far beyond the prison walls.
ERIN MARIE SHEPARD WILLIAMS, then a student at George Washington University, Washington, DC, was awarded funding in April 2009, to aid research on 'Influences of Material Properties and Biomechanics on Stone Tool Production,' supervised by Dr. Alison S. Brooks. Later Homo possesses a derived thumb that is robust and long relative to the other digits, with enhanced musculature compared to extant apes and early hominins. Researchers have hypothesized that this anatomy was selected in part to withstand high forces acting on the thumb during stone tool production.
GUDRUN A. PUTZ, while a student at University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, was awarded a grant in May 2002 to aid research on 'Migration, Power, and Community: Former Soviet Migrant Sex Workers in the Netherlands and Latvia,' supervised by Dr. Florence E. Babb. The research conducted for this project resulted in quite fruitful, if unexpected, material.
SARAH S. WILLEN, then a student at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, received a grant in October 2002 to aid research on 'Pregnant and Unwelcome: Undocumented Migrant Workers' Experiences of Reproduction in Israel,' supervised by Professor Peter J. Brown.
SARAH J. WILLE, while a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, received funding in November 2004 to aid research on 'The Social Role of Objects: Investigating Artifact 'Life Histories' at Chau Hiix, Belize,' under the supervision of Dr. K. Anne Pyburn. Analysis of Maya ceramics and other artifacts addressed specific questions concerning the function and meaning of an elaborate, site-center deposit near an important civic-ceremonial structure, while also considering the social role of deposited objects. Research provided a clearer picture of Later Classic period (ca.