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Published: November 21st, 2011

BU profs seek to unlock mysteries of the human foot
By Amy Sutherland

Last winter Jeremy DeSilva and Simone Gill met over coffee to talk shop about how the human foot works. DeSilva is interested in prehistoric feet, how their anatomy changed when our ancestors gave up tree climbing for walking upright. Gill studies modern feet, specifically how obesity might affect them.

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One Class, One Day: Studying What You Eat

Published: July 13th, 2011

CAS course examines how food defines culture
By Amy Laskowski

Class by class, lecture by lecture, question asked by question answered, an education is built. This is one of a series of visits to one class, on one day, in search of those building blocks at BU.

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Professor Cheryl Knott featured at

Published: February 15th, 2011

For the last 18 years, Cheryl Knott of Boston University has been racing the clock. While she researches orangutans in the rainforests of Gunung Palung National Park in Borneo, the numbers of this magnificent ape steadily plummet.

The outlook for orangutans–one of human’s closest relatives–is dire because there are only a few tens of thousands of them currently left in the wild, and they are found in only two places: the Sumatran rain forests, where they are critically endangered; and the Borneo rain forests, where they are endangered. The decline of the Sumatran and Bornean populations of orangutans is caused by varied threats, such as illegal logging, the conversion of rain forest to palm oil plantations and farmland, poaching and the pet trade.

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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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