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Department of Anthropology: Achievements June 2011 – April 2012

Posted Mar. 26, 2012

Social Science Research

Recent research activity in the social sciences conducted by Department of Anthropology faculty members between June 2011 and March 2012 includes two journal articles, two invited presentations and several special appearances.  

Richard Feinberg, Professor of Anthropology   

Feinberg, Richard. (2011). In Search of Te Lapa: A Navigational Enigma in Vaeakau-Taumako, Southeastern Solomon Islands.  Journal of the Polynesian Society 120(1):57-70.   

Feinberg, R.  and Genz, J. (in press). Limitations of Language for Conveying Navigational Knowledge: Way-finding in the southeastern Solomon Islands.  American Anthropologist.    

  • The article will appear this June in this, our most prestigious journal of socio-cultural anthropology.  
Feinberg, Richard. (2011). We, the Taumako: Polynesian Outlier Kinship in the Twenty-first Century.  Invited paper presented to session entitled, "Kinship: Traces, Tidemarks, and Legacies," organized by Dwight Read and Fadwa El Guindi at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association,  Montreal, Quebec,  November 16-20.   
  • These activities are a direct result of NSF-sponsored fieldwork conducted by Dr. Feinberg in the southeastern Solomon Islands in 2007-2008.   

Thomas Kam Manahan, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Manahan, T. Kam, and Ardren, Traci. (in press). Perspectivas Regionales de Chichén Itzá: Investigaciones Arqueológicas Recientes en Xuenkal, Yucatán. In Memorias del II Congreso Internacional de Cultura Maya, edited by Ruth Gubler and Alfredo Barrera Rubio. Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia: Merida, Yucatán.   

Ardren, Traci, Alonso, Alejandra and Manahan, T. Kam. (in press). The Artisans of Terminal Classic Xuenkal, Yucatan, Mexico: Gender and Craft during a Period of Economic Change. In Gendered Labor in Specialized Economies: Archaeological Perspectives on Male and Female Work, edited by Sophia Kelly and Traci Ardren. University Press of Colorado: Boulder.    

  • Dr. Manahan has been operating a field school in Yucatan, Mexico, with NSF support since his arrival in our department five years ago.  He currently supports student fieldwork with an NSF award, "Understanding Late to Terminal Classic Political and Economic Transitions: Archaeological Investigations at Xuenchal, Yucatan, Mexico." Work at Xuenkal addresses the nature of the collapse of Late Classic Maya society.    
Munro-Stasiuk, Mandy J., Scott Sheridan, and T. Kam Manahan. (in press).  Rejolladas (Dry Sinkholes) as Microclimatological Niches in Yucatán, Mexico. Papers of the Applied Geography Conference.  
  • This work represents a new interdepartmental collaboration among Dr. Manahan and two Department of Geography faculty members, Dr. Munro-Stasiuk (Chair) and Dr. Sheridan.  

Richard Meindl, Professor and Chair of Anthropology  

Flexer, R.W., Daviso, A.W. III, Baer, R.M., McMahan Queen, R., and Meindl, R.S. (2011). An Epidemiological Model of Transition and Postschool Outcomes. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals. 34(2):83-94.      

  • This work was conducted in collaboration with a team from the College of Education Health and Human Services.  Supported by funds from the US Department of Education and by IDEA funds from the Ohio Office for Exceptional Children, the project represents a new epidemiological approach to longitudinal transition of post-school outcomes for special education high school students.   

David Perusek, Associate Professor of Anthropology, KSU Ashtabula

Perusek, David. (2012). "Culturemark." Several appearances on PBS television.    

  • Dr. Perusek has been a regular on the local PBS television station since January 10, 2012 on a series with a feature called "Culturemark." He has appeared on several episodes and spoke on sociocultural impacts of technology, on altruism, and on the political uses of language. The episodes can be viewed at    

Mark Seeman, Professor of Anthropology  

Seeman, Mark. (2011). Hopewell, Time, and Materiality. Keynote address to the Midwest Archaeological Society, La Crosse, Wisconsin, October 13–15.    

  • Dr. Seeman is the senior archaeologist and has long worked with Middle Woodland materials in the eastern United States (this is the famous Hopewell cultural horizon, which was centered in what is now Ohio between about 1 A.D and 500 A.D.).  He is currently funded by an award from the NSF.

Science Research

Recent research activity in the sciences conducted by Department of Anthropology faculty members between June 2011 and April 2012 includes three journal articles and several special appearances.

C. Owen Lovejoy, Professor of Anthropology

Lovejoy, C. Owen. (2012, April). Discussed the origin of upright walking on "Exploradio- Our cousin in the trees," A WKSU special series.

Lovejoy, C. Owen. (2012). Commented in "New ancestor grasped at walking" by Bruce Bower. Science News, 181(9), 18.

  • Dr. Lovejoy commented on the new fossil human foot from the Warson-Mille site.

Lovejoy, C. Owen. (2012, January). Discussed how "Big babies helped shape early human societies." NPR.

Marilyn Norconk, Professor of Anthropology

Norconk, Marilyn. (2011, October). Co-organized the 8th annual meeting of the Midwest Primate Interest Group.

  • Dr. Marilyn Norconk, anthropology graduate students, and Ms. Caroline Tannert organized the 8th annual meeting of the Midwest Primate Interest Group on Kent campus October 15-16, 2011.  Dean Tim Moerland gave the opening address and Dr. Karen Strier, Professor of Anthropology at University of Wisconson and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, gave the distinguished presentation.  More than 40 posters and papers were presented, providing primatology graduate students and faculty from the Midwest an opportunity to discuss new and preliminary research.

Mary Ann Raghanti, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Eaton, J.L., Roache, L., Nguyen, K.N., Cushing, B.S., Troyer, E., Papademetriou, E., Raghanti, M.A. (2012). Organizational effects of oxytocin on serotonin innervation. Developmental Psychobiology, 54, 92-97.

Muehlenbein, M.P., Ancrenaz, M., Sakong, R., Ambu, L., Prall, S., Fuller, G., Raghanti, M.A. (2012). Ape conservation physiology: Fecal glucocorticoid responses in wild Pongo pygmaeus morio following human visitation.PLoS One doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033357.

Sherwood, C.C., Bauernfeind, A.L., Bianchi, S., Raghanti, M.A., Hof, P.R. (2012). Human brain evolution writ large and small. Progress in Brain Research, 195, 237-254.

Raghanti, Mary Ann. (2012, April). Pre-show discussion at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square, Cleveland OH.

  • Dr. Raghanti explored the science attraction in a pre-show discussion at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square entitled "What's Love Got to Do with It?" on April 27.  Another discussant was Dr. Linda Spurlock, Director of Health at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and adjunct Professor of Anthropology.  A performance of Great Lakes Theater's production of Romeo and Juliet followed the pre-show.

Currently Active Extramural Grant:
Raghanti, Mary Ann. National Science Foundation BCS-0921079. "The role of cortical neurotransmitters in human and nonhuman primate brain evolution," $289,872.