DR. SERA L. YOUNG, University of California, Berkeley, California, received a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship in October 2008 to aid research and writing on 'Eating Dirt and Loving It: A Biocultural Study of Pica.' For over 2300 years we have known that people eat dirt, on purpose. Earth and other non-food substances like starch, charcoal, and ice have been craved and eaten in nearly every culture: by pregnant women in Ancient Greece, by plantation slaves, by religious pilgrims and by thoroughly ashamed modern women, who only dare confess their desires anonymously in internet chat rooms.
'Human Warfare: An Integrative Anthropological Perspective'
October 16-18, 2008, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Organizers: Frances J. White and Douglas Kennett, University of Oregon
'The World Heritage of Human Origins'
April 17-21, 2007, Australia Museum in Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Organizers: Michael C. Westaway and Gary Pappin (Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area - Buronga, Australia)
Vietnam National University-Hanoi is widely recognized as a leading university in Vietnam. Being one of its key research and training units, our Department of Anthropology has faculty members trained both in ethnology in Vietnam and Eastern Europe, and in Western anthropology. The aim of our Department of Anthropology is to become the leading center for anthropological reesearch and training in Vietnam, and through this process, to contribute to the development of a strong academic discipline of anthropology in Vietnam.
LAYNE J. VASHRO, then a student at University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, received a grant April 2011 to aid research on 'Post-Marital Residence among the Twe of Northwestern Namibia,' supervised by Dr. Elizabeth A. Cashdan. The results of this project support recent research showing that cultural ideals often have minimal bearing on whether couples move to live with the husband's or the wife's family after marriage. This project also began the process of explaining the factors that shape variation in which form of 'post-marital residence' different couples adopt.