Two BU students featured in Anthroworks

Published: January 11th, 2011

Doctoral dissertations are an excellent indicator of the health of a discipline. They are a weather vane pointing toward where the discipline is heading. They represent a huge chunk of work by the researcher and his/her mentors as well as generous contributions from people in the field site(s). With luck, they are a crucial basis for a newly minted PhD to getting a job to which all the years of training and research will contribute. Dissertations are very important documents, and they deserve more visibility.

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Bikes Not Bombs: Anthropology Alum in BU Today

Published: November 2nd, 2010

David Branigan uses pedals to empower poor communities
By Andrew Thurston

So much for the fancy job title. When I meet the international programs director for nonprofit Bikes Not Bombs (BNB), he’s dismantling a greasy handlebar stem, his hands speckled with oil.

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Beauty Pageant Rookie Wins Crown

Published: September 1st, 2010

CAS senior is Miss Pakistan World 2010
By Leslie Friday

Annie Rupani’s friends were astonished when her Facebook status changed overnight. It wasn’t the typical “In a relationship” to “Single” switch, but something more dramatic: Rupani (CAS’11) had just been crowned Miss Pakistan World 2010. And no one had had a clue that she was even competing in the pageant.

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Body Beat

Published: April 1st, 2010

Anthropology graduate student Chelsea Strayer finds that drumming encourages relaxation response. Her story was featured in the spring of 2010 on the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences website.

“People often look at alternative medicine as quackery,” says Chelsea Strayer (GRS’12), a doctoral candidate in anthropology. “They think it’s all in the patient’s head and that nothing is actually happening that will benefit the patient.”

Strayer disagrees. She has worked with the Asante people of Ghana for the past seven years and has found evidence that their healing rituals lower stress levels, allowing the body to become more relaxed.

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