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2005 Annual Report

Program Highlights for 2005

International Programs

International Programs

International Collaborative Research Grant and Wadsworth International Fellowship Program

The popularity of Wenner-Gren International Programs continues to grow. In 2005, the International Collaborative Research Grant was awarded to 10 different research projects. Scholars from Europe and North America worked together with scholars from a diverse range of countries, including Yemen, South Korea, Bangladesh, Brazil, and China among others.

 Laurel Kendall of the American Museum of Natural History, New York, is collaborating with Nguyen Van Huy of the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi, Vietnam through the support of an ICRG grant on a project titled called "The Sacred Life of Material Goods". In the photo here, Ong Dong Duc, master spirit medium of Vietnam's Phu Tien Huong Temple (center), meets with members of the research team: Ms VuThi Thanh Tam (far left), Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Huong (center right) and Laurel Kendall (Middle right); two unidentified representatives of the district cultural office are also present. (Vietnam, November 2004.)

 The Wadsworth Fellowship Program (previously known as the Professional Development International Fellowship program) brings graduate students and scholars to universities from countries lacking adequate resources for training and/ or research in particular fields of anthropology. Rose Solangaarachchi (Sri Lanka), a Wadsworth Fellow at the University of Florida, was also awarded a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Research grant for her fieldwork. In the picture above she is examining an ancient iron smelting furnace, which she excavated by herself at Dikyaya on the Kiri Oya Basin in Sri Lanka in 2005. Rose is currently writing up her dissertation "Ancient Iron Smelting Technology and the Settlement Pattern in the Kiri Oya Basin, the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka" with the support of the forth year dissertation writeup award availble through the Wadsworth Fellowship program.

In 2005 the Foundation provided continuing support for over 20 fellows and made 13 new awards. Many of the Wadsworth fellows have continued on to postdoctoral research positions, and others have returned home to make significant contributions in their own countries spreading the diversity of anthropological research and training worldwide. Some recent developments among the fellows are listed below:


Dr. Shadreck Chirikure (Zimbabwe), who received his PhD. From Cambridge University in 2005, is now a University Research Council Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr. Roberto Abadie (Uruguay) received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York, Graduate Center in 2006 and has accepted a postition as a senior research fellow at the Mayo Clinic, where he will be working with Dr. Barbara Koenig on her project of the ethics of bio-banking.

Dr. Yongxiang Li (P.R. China) received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2005, and is now a research fellow at the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, China.

Asmeret G. Mehari (Eritrea) and Merih W. Ghebregiorgis (Eritrea), a former and a current fellow at the University of Florida, will both contribute papers to Recent Advances in Eritrean Archaeology: from modern humans to classical civilization, edited by Peter Schmidt.

Dr. Carolina Bonilla (Uruguay) who received her Ph.D. in 2001 from Pennsylvania State University, has moved from the National Human Genome Center at Howard University to Oxford University, where she is a postdoctoral researcher.

Dr. Wang Li (P.R. China), who was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hawaii, has, with Dr. Fred Blake, contracted with a Chinese publishing house to translate six American anthropological textbooks into Chinese for use by Chinese college students.

Dr. Andrew Moutu (Papua New Guinea), after receiving his Ph.D. from Cambridge in 2003, won a three-year British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship award. He recently won another award, a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monograph award for the publication of a book.

 Stephen Santamo Moiko (Kenya, Massai) started his third year of a Wadsworth Fellowship, studying at McGill University, Montreal under Prof. John Galaty. His interest is in Pastoralism and Rural Development and he is focusing on the processes through which development has resulted in the marginalization of pastoralists in Kenya and facilitated processes that encourage natural resource depletion. In the photograph Stephen Moiko is in the Kisaju Olgesher Manyatta, dressed up in his traditional attire and waiting to join other young men for the name giving ceremony that officially joins the two concerned age-groups.

Gerardo Ardila Calderon (Colombia), a former fellow at the University of Kentucky, created an Historical Ecology Program at the National University of Colombia. This program is dedicated to work on public policies about territory and territorial ordering.

Dr. Jackson Njau (Tanzania), who received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2006, is now a curator at the National Natural History Museum in Arusha, Tanzania. His article, co-authored with Dr. Robert Blumenschine, "A Diagnosis of Crocodile Feeding Traces on Larger Mammal Bone, with Fossil Examples from the Plio-Pleistocene Olduvai Basin, Tanzania," was published in the Journal of Human Evolution in 2006.

 Dr. Maria Ulfe (Peru), formerly a fellow at George Washington University, is now teaching at Catolica University and the University of San Marcos. She is pictured below with Ana Chipana, Lucy Chipana, Don Julio Chipana, and Nilda Quispe who are retablistas and come from the community of Alcamena but migrated to Lima in the 1980s due to the violence. This is a return trip, and they are accompanying a group of musicians (at the back) as they walk to the central plaza of Alcamenca for the celebration of carnivals.