- Alex Golub has published his book Leviathans at the Gold Mine: Creating Indigenous and Corporate Actors in Papua New Guinea
- Christine Yano has been named to the Distinguished Speakers Bureau of the Northeast Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies, which supports public presentations by senior scholars in Japanese and Korean studies at American colleges and universities, especially those without well-established programs on East Asia.
- Christian Peterson awarded $19,654 Research Support Award by the College of Social Sciences to help disentangle palimpsest of Neolithic settlement in the Upper Daling region of NE China.
- Geoff White awarded the Solomon Islands Medal for his contribution towards writing the history of Santa Isabel and the events of World War II in Solomon Islands.
- Miriam Stark featured on CNN.com, “Cambodia's vast lost city: world's greatest pre-industrial site unearthed”, and the Guardian, “Cambodia's vast lost city: world's greatest pre-industrial site unearthed”
- Dr. Tom Holland, the Science Director over at JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) and one of our Affiliate Graduate Faculty recently was named by the U.S. Department of Justice to a national committee established to develop guidelines for crime scene and death investigations. Dr. Holland also was asked to chair a sub-committee focusing specifically on the use of forensic anthropology in the United States.
- Congratulations to Forrest Young in being named anthropological representative to the Rapa Nui Nation at the May 2014 United Nations Permanent Forum on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples!
- Congratualations to Kelli Swazey for having her TedMed Talk featured on the Ted Talks website. In her talk, she explores the big, raucous funerals of Tana Toraja, Indonesia as a means of sustaining local communities and as a true reflection of the fact that relationships with loved ones don't simply end when breathing does.
- Congratulations to Linda Kosen (BA 2012) on her admittance to the University of Georgia’s PhD program in anthropology as well as their joint program in Integrative Conservation—her first choice of programs. She was nominated for and awarded an assistantship from the graduate school that carries a tuition waiver, full living stipend, and no TA duties for my first two years in the program. She hopes to develop a solid research proposal and get into the field as soon as possible.
- Congratulations to archaeologist Mike Carson (Ph.D. 2002) who has published a major study on the first Austronesian expansion to Micronesia! Carson, Mike. T. 2014. First Settlement of Remote Oceania: Earliest Sites in the Mariana Islands. Springer: New York. Mike is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Natural History at Australian National University.
- Kamakana C. Ferreira (MA in Applied Archaeology in May 2013) accepted a Project Planner position with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA).
- Stephen "Boboy" Acabado accepts tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Anthropology at UCLA.
- Kelli Swazey's (M.A. 2008, Ph.D. 2012) TED Talk, "What happens when we welcome death in defining life?"
- Sean Casey's (M.A. 2012) article "Okinawan Heritage and Its Polyvalent Appropriations" has been accepted for publication in Annals of Tourism Research. Expected publication in 2013.
- Sean Naleimaile (M.A. 2007) appointed Hawaii Island archaeologist with the Historic Preservation Division in Hilo, Big Island, Hawai‘i.
- Feriyal A. Aslam (M.A. 2006) completed her PhD in Culture and Performance at Department of World Arts and Cultures (WAC) at University of California at Los Angeles this Spring 2012. As a fulbright scholar she returned to Pakistan to work as staff anthropologist and faculty in M.Phil Development Studies program at Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) where she will teach courses on "Gender and Development" and "Anthropology and Development." Her research areas at PIDE are: 1947 Partition Aftermath studies, Tourism and Development, and people-to-people diplomacy in regional peace studies.
- Windy McElroy (M.A. 2003, Ph.D. 2007) featured in Hawaii Business News: "Archaeologist Windy Keala McElroy Talks About Her Job"
In Tana Toraja, weddings and births aren’t the social gatherings that knit society together. In this part of Indonesia, big, raucous funerals form the center of social life. Anthropologist Kelli Swazey takes a look at this culture, in which the bodies of dead relatives are cared for even years after they have passed. While it sounds strange to Western sensibilities, she says, this could actually be a truer reflection of the fact that relationships with loved ones don’t simply end when breathing does. (Filmed at TEDMED.)