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Nebraska Mosaic: Nebraska — A Gateway For Immigrants

Journalist Haley Dover reported on the lecture about immigration delivered Feb. 16 by SMU anthropologist Caroline Brettell at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. Dover was writing for Nebraska Mosaic, news and information for Lincoln’s new Americans.

Nebraska Mosaic (nemosaic.org) is a project of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications. It’s staffed by a class of undergraduate and graduate students. Continue reading

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KERA: Becoming a Citizen in North Texas

Krys Boyd, host and managing editor of KERA-FM’s flagship midday talk show “Think,” interviewed SMU anthropologist Caroline Brettell.

Brettell discussed her research that found immigrants in North Texas develop their American identity by participating in ethnic community activities, then branching out to broader civic and political life. Continue reading

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Anthropologyworks: SMU’s James Kennell among Top 40 cultural anthropology dissertations

The blog Anthropologyworks has cited the research of SMU medical anthropologist James Kennell as one of the best 40 North American dissertations in cultural anthropology during 2011. Kennell’s “The Senses and Suffering: Medical Knowledge, Spirit Possession, and Vaccination Programs in Aja,” was written in fulfillment of his doctoral degree.
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The Economic Times: Indian, Vietnamese immigrants ‘Americanised’ but don’t lose own identity

The ANSI news service has reported on the immigration research of SMU anthropology professor Caroline B. Brettell. The Dec. 7 news service article: “Indian, Vietnamese immigrants ‘Americanised’ but don’t lose own identity” has been picked up by newspapers throughout Asia, including The India Times.

Brettell is a cultural anthropologist and University Distinguished Professor in the SMU Department of Anthropology. She is an internationally recognized immigration expert, including trends of new immigration gateway cities such as Dallas, Atlanta and Minneapolis and the challenges of women immigrants. An immigrant herself, Brettell was born in Canada and became a U.S. citizen in 1993. Continue reading

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Anthropology study finds that immigrants from India and Vietnam become American over time

In North Texas, immigrants from India and Vietnam develop and embrace their American identity over time — without shedding their culture of origin, as some say they should, according to a new anthropological study.

The research found that, for these groups, becoming a U.S. citizen is distinctly different from becoming American, says immigration expert and cultural anthropologist Caroline B. Brettell.
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Researchers collaborate to study human-fire-climate interactions in New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains

Southern Methodist University anthropologist Christopher I. Roos is a member of an interdisciplinary team of researchers examining how humans in the Southwest have responded to changes in the surrounding forests over multiple centuries, including forest fires and climate. The research is funded by a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is about forest fire history, fuels and forests, how human activities have changed them, and the influence of drought and dry conditions. Continue reading

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440-year-old parish survey by priest in Yucay Valley of Peru explains Inca decline under Spanish colonialism

1500-survey-lo-rez-400x300.jpgSMU anthropologist R. Alan Covey led analysis of a 440-year-old survey by a parish priest that reveals how native population declined in the Inca Empire following 16th century Spanish conquest.

The native Andean population in the Yucay Valley of Peru was able to bounce back in the short term from disease, warfare, and famine, but was ultimately reduced by repeated disasters and colonialism.
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National Geographic: “Lost City Revealed Under Centuries of Jungle Growth”

Looters-tunnel-400x300%2032k.jpgScience journalist Ker Than interviewed SMU archaeologist Brigitte Kovacevich about her Maya research in Guatemala. His article “Lost City Revealed Under Centuries of Jungle Growth” published April 26 on the daily news web site of National Geographic.

Kovacevich, an assistant professor in the SMU Department of Anthropology, is an expert in Meso-American cultures and co-leader of an international scientific team that has been granted permission by the Guatemalan government to work the site of Holtun, or “Head of Stone,” which has never before been excavated.
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CBC’s Quirks & Quarks: Recreating the Bamboo Age

Replica%20stone%20tool%20150x120%2044k.jpgCanadian science journalist Bob McDonald interviewed SMU archaeologist Metin Eren for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald radio show.

Eren’s latest research tests the long-held theory that prehistoric humans in East Asia crafted tools from bamboo, which archaeologists in the past devised to explain a lack of evidence for advanced prehistoric stone tool-making processes. Eren research asked “Can complex bamboo tools even be made with simple stone tools?”

A modern-day flint knapper, Eren replicated the crafting of bamboo knives and confirmed that it is possible to make a variety of bamboo tools with the simplest stone tools. However, rather than confirming the long-held “bamboo hypothesis,” the new research shows there’s more to the theory, he says.

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