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Wenner-Gren Year in Review: A Few Media Mentions in 2012

Every year, our grantees see their hard work recognized both within the academic world and in more popular channels. To commemorate a very successful year for the Wenner-Gren Foundation and our mission to advance anthropological research, we thought to list some of these achievements.

Of course, these are just some of the grantees and former grantees that saw their work in print in 2012. The below represents a selection of some of the more visual and visible mentions that Wenner-Gren-sponsored scholars received in the past year. Congratulations to all published grantees regardless, and if you would like to tell us about a media mention of your own, please don’t hesitate to do so!


In March, Notre Dame professor of anthropology and longtime Wenner-Gren associate (as well as the author of the Psychology Today blog “Busting Myths About Human Nature”) Agustin Fuentes appeared on New Zealand’s TV One to discuss what primate behavior can teach us about human sexuality.

In August, George Washington University postdoctoral researcher Erin Marie Williams was one of five scholars awarded the L’Oreal For Women in Science Fellowship for 2012. Williams, who received a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation to aid her Ph.D. dissertation while studying at GWU, works on the biomechanics of stone tool production and will receive up to $60,000 to aid her postdoctoral research. In the Fall we interviewed Erin to learn more about her research and this tremendous honor.

In September, Notre Dame anthropologist and former Wenner-Gren grantee Lee Gettler received press in the Huffington Post for his study investigating the effects on male physiology in the context of paternal care.

In December, Post-Ph.D. Grant recipient and professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Mahir Saul was named one of 12 “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World in 2012” by UTNE Reader. Dr. Saul, whose research has covered many facets of African anthropology, was recognized for his work promoting African cinema outside of the continent.


Anthropology Around the Web, Friday 2/24

Another fine edition of Anthropology Around the Web!

Popular imagination and scholarship alike have long imagined prehistoric Eurasian steppe nomads as highly militaristic and mobile societies of horsemen perpetually threatening the “classic” ancient civilizations such as China, Persia, and Greece. But recent inquiries into the nature of small-scale societies and pastoral economies have challenged this dominating stereotype. reports on a piece by WashU’s Michael Frachetti appearing in the February issue of Current Anthropology.


The first line of Savage Minds’s Adam Fish’s advice for job-seeking PhDs and ABDs? “Stop being an Anthropologist”.  


It seems we cannot approach any popular discussion of pleasure or pain (or indeed of anthropology itself) without appealing to the old chestnut of “human nature”. This week on’s “cosmos and culture” blog 13.7, anthropologist Barbara J. King concisely argues that this intellectual tack does disservice to the complexities of human life.


In what one might call a human-interest story wrapped around a mini-ethnography in the mainstream press, The Detroit News reported on the complex development of their city’s historic Black funeral home industry.


…and of course, I have to self-plug the second installment of our own Grant Season Journal, penned by foundation president Dr. Leslie Aiello. Exhaustive, in-depth tips that anyone wrestling with grant proposals can’t afford to miss.

Anthropology Around the Web, Friday 2/17

Happy Friday and welcome to a long-weekend edition of Anthropology Around the Web.

Will 20,000-year-old huts in Jordan challenge the accepted narrative of the development of human dwelling? A new open-access paper from PLoS One has the details.

Some call 3rd President of the United States Thomas Jefferson ‘the first anthropologist’ for the detailed inquiries into local lifeways made in his Notes on the State of Virginia. In honor of Presidents Day, read some of his ethnographic observations in this vintage issue of American Anthropologist

Throughout history, people have used votive offerings in the shape of various ailed body parts such as hearts, lungs and limbs to solicit supernatural aid. Biological anthropologist Kristina Killgrove (@bonegirlPHD on Twitter) takes a look at these stylized anatomical components in antiquity to see what they might have to say about the medical knowledge of the cultures which produced them  


Anthropology Around the Web

Today I’m experimenting with a new type of post – a small selection of anthropology-related news and articles that have popped up around the internet in the past 24 hours or so. In my duties as the Foundation’s communications assistant and social-media jockey, I get to sample a huge amount of anthropology stuff on a daily basis, and sometimes the fragmented nature of the usual channels (twitter, etc) make me wish there was a place where the most interesting things could be gathered.

And as far as the credibility of my editorial eye goes…don’t worry, I have a Masters. ;-)


(Thanks to @BoneGirlPHD, @johnhawks, and others for turning me on to these links)