Awards & Recognitions

2018

Scott Olson wins prestigious One-Year Research Grant for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (20 April 2018)

Teddy Marks successfully defends his doctoral thesis (20 April 2018)

Meredith Wismer successfully defends her doctoral thesis (19 April 2018)

Brittany Anderson and Caleb Klipowicz have both received Stanley Awards for International Research for Summer 2018 (5 April 2018)

James McGrath has been awarded a T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship for his dissertation fieldwork in South Africa (5 April 2018)

Apoorva Raikwar, current undergraduate Anthropology major, was awarded a Adah Johnson/Otilia Maria Fernandez Scholarship from the Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies department. (22 February 2018)

Ana-Monica Racila has been awarded a Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Award for the Spring 2018 semester to support her dissertation research. (1 January 2018)

2017

Kelsey O'Donnell and Ian Dunshee, recently graduated Anthropology majors, recognized for Fulbright awards(17 December 2017)

Shane Weitzman recognized for receiving a Critical Language Scholarship to study Hindi in India in 2017. (17 December 2017)

Meena Khandelwal recognized with inaugural International Engagement Teaching Award in 2017. (17 December 2017)

Toby Avalos and Christian Haunton graduated with the Ph.D. degrees. (August 2017)

Lizzy Handschy, Scott Olson, and Emma Wood received their M.A. degrees. (May 2017)

Glenn Storey, in collaboration with Rebecca Storey (U. of Houston), recently published Rome and the Classic Maya: Comparing the Slow Collapse of Civilizations​ (Routledge 2017).  The volume compares the collapse of the Classic Maya and Roman Empire using the extensive archaeological evidence for each to investigate failure of institutions and infrastrucutres of these cultures. (21 February 2017)

Meena Khandelwal, professor of both Anthropology and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, has been announced as the recepient of the inaugural College of Liberal Arts and Sciences International Engagement Teaching Award.  This award "reflects the high esteem with which [her] colleagues and students regard the quality of [her] teaching, and sets a high standard for future winners to meet." (19 February 2017)

Katina Lillios successfully competed for a prestigious NEH Fellowship award that will enable her to conduct research for her upcoming book, "Archaeology of the Iberian Peninsula: From the Paleolithic through the Bronze Age", which is under contract with Cambridge University Press for completion in 2018. (5 January 2017)

2016

Miranda Karban successfully defended her PhD thesis.

Steve Miller, a 2010 graduate of our department, who has held an ongoing postdoctoral fellowship since then in the DOWS Institute of UI’s Dental College, has accepted an assistant professor tenure-track offer in the Anatomy Department at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois to start August 1, 2016.

Shelby Putt who is scheduled to defend her PhD thesis on July 11, 2016 has accepted a 2 ½ year postdoctoral fellowship position at the Stone Age Institute in Bloomington, Indiana.

Jill Scott, who is ABD and expects to defend her thesis fall 2016 has accepted a position as coordinator for the four laboratories in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Metropolitan State University in Denver.

Myra Laird, who earned a BS degree completing honors theses in both Anthropology and Geoscience from UI in 2010 just defended her PhD thesis in biological anthropology at New York University, and will be starting a postdoctoral fellowship working with Callum Ross in the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago beginning this fall.

Sociocultural/medical graduate student, Lizzy Handschy, received an honorable mention for her NSF GRFP application this year.

Assistant Professor Elana Buch received a CLAS Collegiate Teaching Award. Faculty are nominated by students and departments for this recognition of teaching excellence.

Undergraduate Anthropology major, Chloe Daniel, received the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award through the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates. Chloe will get a $1,000 scholarship to attend a conference and an ICRU fellowship for next year to continue her research.

Undergraduate Anthropology major, Luke Stroth, has been invited to accept membership in Phi Beta Kappa spring 2015.

Elana Buch received Honorable Mention for a CLAS Collegiate Teaching Award.

Congratulations to Sarah Trabert who accepted a tenure track assistant professor position at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Congratulations to Misha Quill who accepted a tenure track assistant professor position at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.

Ted Marks was awarded a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant entitled: Human Adaptations to Arid Climates.

Erica Prussing was awarded a NSF grant entitled:  Indigenous Activism and Epidemiological Knowledge:  An International Comparison.

Christina Nicholas was awarded a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant entitled: Testing the Relationship Between Nasal Traits and the Anterior Dentition in Homo.

Sarah Trabert was awarded a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant entitled: Indentity Beyond the Colonial Core: Spanish Colonialism and Ceramic Technology of the Dismal River Aspect Culture (1675-1725 CE)

Susanna Donaldson and Jonathan Thomas were awarded Ballard-Seashore Fellowships for 2013-2014.

Meredith Anderson and Jill Davis were awarded Graduate College Summer 2013 Fellowships.

Ted Marks received a T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship for 2013-2014.

Five Anthropology undergraduate students were awarded ICRU (Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates) Fellows:  Lily Doershuk, Katie Strickland, Deborah Waddick, Delaney Cooley, and Luke Stroth.

Brandi Muller completed MA degree requirements for Summer 2013 graduation.

Noah Johnson and Christie Vogler completed MA degree requirements for May 2013 graduation.

Jenna Grant, Erica Begun, Clare Tolmie, Hannah Mrash, Cristina Ortiz, and Alissa Whitmore successfully defended dissertations for May 2013 graduation.

Ana-Monica Racila’s poster presented at the Spring Undergraduate Research Festival was recognized as Distinguished (the top award) in the Social Sciences.  Erika presented on “A Radiogrammetric Approach to the Evaluation of Environmental Stress on the Late Neolithic Populations Bured at Bolores, Portugal.”  She conducted this research for her honors project and will be graduating this May with a BS in Anthropology.

The following undergraduate Anthropology majors have been invited to accept membership in Phi Beta Kappa this spring:  Rachel Beck, Amanda Heller, McKenzie Overton, and Leonie Sparling.

Emily Wentzell has been selected by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Teaching Awards Committee to receive a 2013 Collegiate Teaching Award in recognition of her exemplary performance as a teacher.

Margaret Beck has been selected as one of the 2013-2015 class of Dean’s Scholars in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on her accomplishments as a teacher and scholar.  Her award is for two consecutive calendar years (2013 and 2014).

Katina Lillios was awarded a NSF grant entitled: Assessing the Role of Ecological Change on Economic and Demographic Transformations Between the late Neolithic an Early Bronze Age in the Sizandro River Valley, Portugal.

Lavanya Murali-Proctor, Jonathan Thomas, Anna Waterman, and Alexander Woods have been selected as recipients for an Outstanding Assistant Award from the Council on Teaching.

Cerisa Reynolds is a recipient of the Sandra Barkan Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award, presented by the University of Iowa Graduate Student Senate, Graduate College, and Office of the Vice President for Research.

Alejandro Muzzio was awarded the Obermann Fellowship 2010 for his work with Iowan meatpacking workers.

Anna Waterman was awarded the Archaeological Institute of America’s Archaeology of Portugal Fellowship for the academic year 2010-2011 for her research project Marked in Life and Death: Identifying the Biological Markers of Social Differentiation in Late Prehistoric Portugal.

James Enloe received an external award from the Leakey Foundation for the project "Excavation of Mousterian Levels at Arc-sur-Cure: Hominid Fossils and Archaeology."

Scott Maddux received an external award from the Leakey Foundation entitled "Assessing the Reliability of Infraorbital Characters in Phylogenetic Analyses of Pleistocene Homo."

Sonia Ryang received an external award from the Academy of Korean Studies entitled "Digital Korea: Changing Human Relations on the Net."

Nathan Holton and Tomomi Naka successfully defended dissertations for July 2009 graduation.

Elizabeth Newbury successfully completed requirements for the MA degree for July 2009 graduation.

Alexis Matza, Joshua Polanski, and Judith Siebert successfully defended dissertations for May 2009 graduation.

Brandi Janssen, Christina Nicholas, Michelle Quill, Jill Scott, and Meredith Wismer all successfully completed requirements for the MA degree for May 2009 graduation.

Nelson Ting has been awarded a Biological Sciences Funding Program (BSFP) from the Office of VP for Research.

Myra Laird received support from CLAS to travel to Case Western Reserve University for her undergraduate honors thesis and publication.

Meredith Wismer has been selected as a recipient for an Outstanding Assistant Award from the Council on Teaching.

Cerisa Reynolds has been selected as a recipient for an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Council on Teaching.

Scott Maddux received a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant.

Eric Dickerson, Scott Maddux, Jason Thompson, and Anna Waterman were all awarded T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowships.

Sonia Ryang is co-editor with John Lie of a recent publication, Diaspora without Homeland: Being Korean in Japan published in association with the University of California Press.

Congratulations to Brandi Janssen who was named the recipient of the Hugh Vollrath Ross Scholarship for summer 2009.

Cerisa Reynolds and Meredith Wismer were both chosen as a recipient of the 2008-09 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award by the University of Iowa Council on Teaching.

Sarah Trabert (advisor: Margaret Beck) received a Smithsonian Graduate Student Fellowship at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution for Summer 2009. She has also received a $500 research grant from the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society. Both awards are for her M.A. research on the Scott County Pueblo (14SC1) ceramics recovered during the Smithsonian's excavations.

Russell Ciochon is co-author of a recent publication, Introduction to Physical Anthropology, 2009-2010 Edition.

Jim Enloe was awarded an International Programs Summer Research Fellowship for 2009 for his project proposal, “Neanderthals and Hyenas at the Grotte du Bison, Arcy-sur-Cure, France.”

The following Anthropology students have been invited to accept membership in Phi Beta Kappa:  Carina Pearl Cavagnaro, Nicole Jeanne Dudley, Emily A. Eide, and Laura Jean Stulken.

An interdisciplinary grant application submitted by Russell Ciochon, Robert Franciscus, and Nelson Ting has been selected one of four to represent the UI for submission to the NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT) competition.

Katina Lillios was selected as a recipient of the 2008 Stanley/International Program award.

Sonia Ryang is editor of a new book, North Korea, recently published.

Sonia Ryang is a recipient of a fellowship from the Office of the Provost.

Hannah Marsh received a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program grant.

Margaret Beck was selected to receive a 2009 Collegiate Teaching Award in recognition of her exemplary performance as a teacher.  Professor Beck will be recognized at the CLAS Faculty Honors Celebration and at the 2009 University convocation.

Veronica Mraz (junior) received an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Scholar Assistantship for 2008-2009 to conduct research on flaked stone artifacts from the Scott County Pueblo (Supervisor: Margaret Beck).

Kayla Resnick, an Anthropology honors student, was one of six students who represented the University of Iowa at the Iowa Board of Regents meeting on September 18, 2008.  This is the first time a group of undergraduates have presented research to the Regents at this event.  Kayla is writing her Honors thesis under the direction of Margaret Beck.  Her archaeological research on the Mill Creek culture uses a quantitative ceramic analysis to better understand the population dynamics of an excavated village site.

Cerisa Reynolds has been appointed to the Student Affairs Committee of the Society for American Archaeology for a three-year term (2008-2011). The committee is charged with increasing student membership, speaking on behalf of students, and helping to develop their careers as archaeologists.

Welcome to Matthew Hill and Nelson Ting who both joined the Anthropology department in August 2008.

Congratulations to Susanna Donaldson who successfully completed her requirements for the MA degree for summer 2008 graduation.

Congratulations to Brandi Janssen who was named the recipient of the 2008 Beth Wilder Dillingham Award.

Congratulations to Lindsay Eaves-Johnson, Jenna Grant, Daniel Proctor, and Lavanya Proctor who were all awarded a T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship.

Congratualtions to Lexi Matza who was named a recipient of the Ada Louisa Ballard Dissertation Year Fellowship/Seashore Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2008-2009.

Congratulations to Andria Timmer who was named a recipient of the Seashore Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2008-2009.

Kevin Flaherty (senior) received an Iowa Center for research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Scholar Assistantship for 2008-2009 to conduct zooarchaeological research on the effects of long-term hunting to animal populations in Great Palins (Supervisor: Matthew Hill).

Congratulations to Alissa Whitmore who successfully completed her requirements for the MA degree for spring 2008 graduation.

Kathryn (Maggie) Schmidt, a senior Anthropology major, received a Collegiate Scholar Award in April 2008.

Briana Horwath received an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Scholar Assistantship for 2008-2009 to support her honors project: Dental Evidence for Biological Affinity in Neolithic Portugal: An Analysis of Two Neolithic Burial Sites (supervisor: Katina Lillios).

 

John Willman (senior) was awarded an ICRU Summer Research Fellowship in order to participate in the 2008 excavation season at the Neolithic rockshelter burial of Bolóres, Portugal, under the direction of Katina Lillios, and to continue his analyses of the human remains from the site in her laboratory.

Congratulations to Lexi Matza who received the Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellowship. The fellowship comes with an office and residence on  the School for Advanced Research campus in Santa Fe and is the for period June 16th - July 27th 2008.

Congratulations to Gudrun Putz Willett who successfully defended her dissertation for fall 2007 graduation.

Congratulations to Stephen Tulley who successfully defended his dissertation for fall 2007 graduation.

Nanette Barkey was selected to receive a 2008 Collegiate Teaching Award in recognition of her exemplary performance as a teacher.  Professor Barkey will be recognized at the CLAS Faculty Honors Celebration and at the 2008 University convocation.

Erica Prussing was selected to receive the 2008 Helen Kechriotis Nelson Teaching Award in recognition of her exemplary performance as a teacher.  Professor Prussing will be recognized at the CLAS Faculty Honors Celebration and at the 2008 University convocation.

Congratulations to Benjamin Willett who successfully defended his dissertation for summer 2007 graduation.

Tomomi Naka earned Honorable Mention in the Humanities division at the 2007 James F. Jakobsen Conference sponsored by the University of Iowa Graduate Student Senate and the Graduate.

Jonathan Thomas earned 3rd Place in the Social Science and Education division at the 2007 James F. Jakobsen Conference sponsored by the University of Iowa Graduate Student Senate and the Graduate College.

Faculty member Glenn Storey is currently serving on the University Executive Vice President and Provost search committee. For those
interested about the position, go to http://www.uiowa.edu/provostsearch.

Ellen Lewin is serving a three-year elected term on the Executive Board (EB) of the American Anthropological Association.  As part of her work on the EB, she is chairing the Search Committee for a new Editor-in-Chief for the AAA's flagship journal, American Anthropologist. She is also a member of one of two EB subcommittees, the Committee on Scientific Communication, which overseas the AAA's publishing program, including AnthroSource.

Scott Schnell has been chosen to take over as co-editor of Asian Folklore Studies, along with Ben Dorman of Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan.  Asian Folklore Studies is an international, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the promotion of ethnological research involving the peoples and cultures of Asia.  The journal presents formal essays and analyses, research reports, and critical book reviews relating to a wide range of topical categories, including: narratives, performances, and other forms of cultural representation; localized religious concepts; varying approaches to health and healing; traditional ecological knowledge; grassroots political movements; ethnohistory and historical memory. The editors seek to promote intellectual exchange between the eastern and western hemispheres and particularly welcome submissions from scholars based in Asia.

Rebecca Shattuck (senior) and Brooks Obr (Sophomore) were awarded Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Scholar Assistantships for working on archaeological material in Jim Enloe’s Zooarchaeolgical Laboratory. Rebecca has been funded for the Fall 2007 semester, and Brooks will be funded for the Spring 2008 semester.

Undergraduate anthropology major Andrew McDowell won the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Scholarship for tuition support in 2007-2008.

Congratulations to Alina Haidri and Alicia Persaud, both anthropology undergraduate honors majors, who received the Collegiate Scholar Award in 2007. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university.

Two anthropology graduate students, Tomomi Naka and Brandy Case Haub, have won the Seashore Ballard prize to support them in their dissertation writing during 2007-2008.

Welcome to Margaret Beck who joined the Anthropology department in August 2007.

Congratulations to Juli Williams who successfully completed her requirements for the MA degree for summer 2007 graduation.

John Doershuk, adjunct professor of anthropology, has been named the director of the Office of the State Archaeologist, effective July 1, 2007.

Goodbye to Grant McCall, former graduate student and visiting assistant professor, who has moved to New Orleans for a tenure-track job at Tulane University.

Andrew McDowell was awarded the Stanley Undergraduate fellowship for research abroad. He will spend the summer of 2007 improving his language skills and doing research on medical decision making and why people consult with untrained health providers in Bardi Sadri, India.

The following undergraduates will graduate with honors in May 2007: Samantha Erhardt (With Honors and Distinction), Tessa Gill (With Honors), Allison Hade (With Distinction), Brett Taber (With Honors and High Distinction), and Samantha Turnbull (With Honors and Distinction).

To aid in her preparations for future Ph.D. fieldwork Meredith Anderson was awarded a Stanley Graduate fellowship for the summer of 2007. She is examining the availability of collections of materials from Teotihuacan period (150 BC- AD 650) sites in the northeastern Basin of Mexico as well as examining the status of sites located during earlier surveys.

Good-bye to Virginia Dominguez who left the department for a job with University of Illinois.

Tomomi Naka won the 2006-2007 June Helm Award for her dedication to the department, the graduate students, and the field of anthropology. This award is coordinated and voted on by the anthropology graduate students in recognition of the founder of our department.

Congratulations to Kate Dernbach who was the recipient of the D. C. Spriestersbach award in March 2007.

Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld is on leave in the spring semester 2007 as part of his Faculty Scholar award.

The Graduate College of the University of Iowa recognized Virginia Dominguez as an Outstanding Mentor in 2006.

The Society for Medical Anthropology gave its 2006 Faculty Mentor Award to Mac Marshall at the 2006 meetings of the American Anthropological Association meeting in San Jose, California.

Undergraduate Anthropology majors Brett Taber, Alina Haidri, and Alicia Persaud have been invited for membership to Phi Beta Kappa.

Maria Eugenia Guevara Munoz is continuing her study of Teotihuacan and Aztec ceramics as a Visiting Scholar in our department for the 2006-2007 academic year.

Welcome to Sonia Ryang who joined the Anthropology department in August 2006.  Sonia holds the position of C. Maxwell and Elizabeth M. Stanley Family and Korea Foundation Scholar of Korean Studies.

The Society for Gay and Lesbian Anthropologists recognized graduate student Natasha Wilson’s submission for the Kenneth W. Payne Prize as Honorable Mention at the Anthropology national meetings in November 2006.

Grant McCall is a visiting assistant professor in Anthropology for the academic year 2006-2007.

Ph.D. candidate Kenda Stewart came back safely from her fieldwork in an Arab community in Israel following a hair-raising experience during this summer’s war. She plans to return later in the fall to continue her research.

Congratulations to Jessica White who successfully defended her dissertation for fall 2006 graduation.

Laurie Graham and Scott Schnell are on leave during the fall 2006 semester in Venezuela and Japan, respectively.

Congratulations to Meena Kandelwal on the publication of her co-edited book Women’s Renunciation in South Asia (New York: Palgrave Macmillan).

Recent Iowa Ph.D. recipient Kate Dernbach won the Spriestersbach Dissertation prize for the Social Sciences for her work titled Popular Religion: A Cultural and Historical Study of Catholicism and Spirit Possession in Chuuk, Micronesia.

Good-bye to Billy Graves who left the department for a job with Statistical Research Inc. in Tucson, Arizona.

Congratulations to Carolyn Hough who successfully defended her dissertation for summer 2006 graduation.

Congratulations to both Erik Filean and Grant McCall who successfully defended their dissertations in the spring of 2006 graduation.

Long-time faculty member, Doug Midgett retired in May, 2006.  Doug came to the University of Iowa in the early 1970’s and continues to serve the department as an emeritus faculty member.

Katina Lillios was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in May 2006.