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Michaela Howells TeachingDr. Howells' Research Featured on CNN Health

Dr. Michaela Howells and her research team’s work on the relationship between tattooing and immune response was recently featured on CNN, 2019. Congratulations, Dr. Howells!

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Welcome Dr. Katie Bailey, Visiting Lecturer of Biological Anthropology and Primatology

Dr. Katie Bailey

The Anthropology Department welcomes Dr. Katie Bailey, who joins us this year as a Visiting Lecturer, 2019-2020. A Biological Anthropologist and Primatologist,  Dr. Bailey received her PhD from Texas A&M in 2018.  Her research focus in Primatology includes Primate Locomotion, Functional Morphology, and Primate Conservation. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Southeast Asia studying douc langurs. This year she will be teaching ANT 105 Introduction to Anthropology, ANT 210 Physical Anthropology, ANT 322 Primate Behavior & Biology, and ANT 309 Environmental Anthropology.



Dr. Reber to give talk in North Carolina's Office of State Archaeology 2019 Lecture Series 

Associate Professor, Dr. Nora Reber, will guest speak at the North Carolina's Office of State Archaeology's lecture series, Trowel Blazers: Women Making History lecture series. This lecture series highlights women making a difference in archaeology across the state. All are welcome to join Dr. Reber's talk, "The Chemical Trowel: Using absorbed pottery residue analysis to interpret pottery use at Brunswick Town-Fort Anderson," in Raleigh, on July 16, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Can't make it? No worries, the talk will be live streamed on YouTube. Click here to live stream Dr. Reber's talk. 

For additional information on this event, please visit the OSA event website. The Office of State Archaeology (OSA) serves North Carolina's citizens through programs that identify archaeological resources, both on land and in the water. They help to protect the North Carolina's legacy though the application of state and federal laws and regulations. Learn about OSA here. 

Student Recognized for Environmental Justice Research on Social Effects of GenX


Anthropology major, Grey Caballero, was recently interviewed by his hometown newspaper, the Bladen Journal 2019, to discuss the honors project “Contamination in the Cape Fear: Risk Perception and Community Organization in the GenX Issue” he is conducting under the direction of Dr. Alexander.  Grey began developing this research after taking Dr. Alexander’s Environmental Justice Ethnography course in Fall 2018.  

 Read full article in Bladen Journal.  



"Environmental Justice Ethnography in the Classroom: Teaching Activism, Inspiring Involvement" Podcastsfaapodcasts.png

Anthropology Chair, Dr. William Alexander, organized and chaired a session at the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) annual meeting on March 20, 2019 that was selected to be recorded as a podcast. The session “Environmental Justice Ethnography in the Classroom: Teaching Activism, Inspiring Involvement” discusses course design, ethnographic literature, and class projects where students apply what they learn to their own communities. His talk is “The Classroom after the Disaster: Hurricane Florence and Environmental Justice Ethnography in Coastal North Carolina”  Click here for the SfAA podcast (link)

SfAA is the  primary professional association for anthropologists dedicated to “the investigation of the principles of human behavior and the application of these principles to contemporary issues and problems.” Learn about SfAA here: SfAAAll of the podcasts from SfAA Portland are available online.  

Study into Hurricane Florence Impact on Pregnant Women

Hurricane Florence GAPS Lab Study Picture

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Michaela Howells, is conducting a study on Mom's experiences before, during, and after hurricane Florence, 2018. Check out this recent news coverage discussing her study by WWAY News

Were you pregnant during the hurricane? Still Pregnant? You can help us understand how Florence affected you and your pregnancy. Contact us at 910-962-3431, and join us on facebook at GAPS-Lab- Growth Adaptation Pregnancy Stress. Participants are thanked with gift cards. This study has been approved by the UNCW Internal Review Board #19-0086.