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Professor Cheryl Knott featured at

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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Two BU students featured in Anthroworks

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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We Are Told to Call It Chicken: Airline Food & How to Fix It

December 24th, 2010

BY Corky White @ The Atlantic

I’m sick and tired and I am not going to take it anymore. A week ago on YouTube I saw a horrible thing: extruded chicken mass, like piles of pinkish silly putty spiraling out of a faucet. This is the stuff that goes into your chicken patties and nuggets. I gagged and thought, “We’ve reached the bottom of the food chain, we are worse than bottom-feeders.”

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Bikes Not Bombs: Anthropology Alum in BU Today

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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After a hard day’s work in Afghanistan…

October 7th, 2010

… Petraeus reads about Afghanistan. After spending 16-plus hours each day running the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, American General David Petraeus tries to thumb through a few pages of a book each night before his eyes close and it falls to the ground. The most recent topic? Afghanistan of course.

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Professor Fallou Ngom in Bostonia

September 15th, 2010

Professor Fallou Ngom was featured in Bostonia‘s article Lost Language highlighting his work on Ajami.

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Beauty Pageant Rookie Wins Crown

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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Professor Jeremy DeSilva in Bostonia

July 11th, 2010

Professor Jeremy DeSilva was featured in Bostonia‘s article One Small Step for Man highlighting the question Were the first humans walkers or tree climbers?

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Body Beat

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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AN 338 Lucy and Ardi: The Oldest Women

March 15th, 2010

The 3.2 million year (myr) old fossil skeleton “Lucy” discovered in 1974 remains one of the most complete and most important specimens in the human fossil record. A new discovery, “Ardi”, a 4.4 myr old fossil also from Ethiopia has joined Lucy in providing an important window into our evolutionary history. In this course, students will intimately learn about these specific individuals “Lucy” and “Ardi”.

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