yle37" style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0">In July 2012, Jennifer presented a poster on the psychosocial needs of Alaska Native/American Indian people with type 2 diabetes at a joint conference of the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) and the University of Hawaii - Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research in Anchorage, Alaska.

Congratulations to everyone for

all of these great achievements.

She also gave an oral presentation in August on Alaska Native community members’ perspectives on suicide risk and prevention at the 15th International Congress of Circumpolar Health (ICCH) in Fairbanks, Alaska.



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Ruth Magtanong

Ruth published two chapters in the Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health and is co-author of “Negotiating Decisions during Informed Consent for Pediatric Phase I Oncology Trials” in the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics: An International Journal.



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Jing Wang

Jing spent the summer focusing on Tibetan language study in Lhasa, Tibet. She also received a renewal of her Wenner-Gren Wadsworth International Fellowship.




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Congratulations to the following

2011-2012 graduate students on completing their PhD’s:

Nadia El-Sharaawi
Nadia finished her PhD dissertation entitled: “Living an Uncertain Future: An Ethnography of Displacement, Health, Psychosocial Well-being and the Search for Durable Solutions among Iraqi Refugees in Egypt.” She is now a Global Migration Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.

Joseph Galanek
Joseph finished his PhD dissertation entitled “The Social and Cultural Context of Mental Illness in Prison” and is a postdoctoral fellow in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.

Meghan Halley
Meghan completed her PhD dissertation called “Negotiating Sexuality: Adolescent Initiation Rituals and Cultural Change in Rural Southern Tanzania.” She is now a Researcher at the Department of Health Services Research at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute.


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Megan Bursley

When Megan received an e-mail from the Anthropology Department looking for students interested in spending three weeks abroad in Manot, Israel over the summer, she felt it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities; the opportunity for hands-on archaeological fieldwork.

“Case Western Reserve University had provided me with the theoretical knowledge on how an archaeological dig was supposed to operate, but now the university was providing me with a chance to actually put that knowledge into practice. The site itself couldn’t be any more perfect for a student’s first experience into archaeological fieldwork. We stayed in cabins that were air-conditioned and had fully equipped bathrooms with hot water for the shower! The walk to the cave every morning was picturesque, bright sunny days and an excellent view of the Mediterranean Sea from the dig site."
"Once at the cave, we had access to a wealth of information, not just about archaeology and human evolution, but of the Israeli culture and educational practices. Each day we excavated the cave with about 40-50 Israeli students from around the country who were there to get field experience for their degree. On the weekends and the last week of the trip we got to explore the country and learn about thousands of years of human history ranging from the early paleolithic all the way to current events. If you have the opportunity to participate in this trip during your time at Case Western Reserve University, I highly recommend that you go because it will be one of those things that you do in your life that you never forget!”


Manot Cave CWRU trip participants and scientists from various Israeli universities


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Derek Schadel


Derek received a Peter Witt Scholarship during the 2012 spring Academic Honors Assembly. This scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated leadership and engagement in activities both on campus and in Cleveland neighborhoods.



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Mai Segawa


Mai was awarded a writing internship with The Key Reporter, Phi Beta Kappa’s national online publication site for the fall semester. She will have the responsibility of conducting independent research and interviews, and preparing a minimum of six publishable articles for The Key Reporter.



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Registration for spring semester began November 12th.

The Spring 2013 course schedule is now available on line.


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The Anthropological Student Association (ASA) is a group of undergraduate students who share not just an interest in anthropology, but an interest in salient issues of culture that we face in a globalized and interconnected world. To better learn and combat these issues they host weekly discussions of a particularly interesting topic, they give back a certain level of cultural competency to whomever may need it in the community, and they host lecturers in the field who best display that which they value most. In addition, the group provides support for its members through peer advising and a sociable and open atmosphere.

The current executive board consists of Christie Ellis (President), Aaron Sepulveda (Vice President), Evan Ingram (Treasurer), Alaina Wodzinski (Secretary), Celena Kopinski (Public Relations Chair), and Danielle Turner (Freshman Representative). Traditionally, ASA meets every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Coffee House. If you are interested in joining please contact Christie Ellis at cne14@case.edu or join via online at:



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Graduate Discourse (GD) continues CWRU’s tradition of being a body of unity and support for anthropology graduate students. Fall elections resulted in the selection of a new round of leadership for GD. Positions for 2012 are: Laura Howard, Administrative Chair; Janell Friesen, Professional Development Chair; Rebekah Kramer, Social Chair & Librarian; Jing Wang, Journal Chair; Raakhee Patel, Senator; and Frank Manzella, Senator.

Graduate Discourse is proud to announce the anticipated publication of a new issue of Graduate Discourse: The Case Western Reserve University Journal of Medical Anthropology.


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John Blangero, PhD


John (PhD, 1987), currently a Scientist in the Department of Genetics at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, was co-recipient of a $6.1 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The grant will support an ambitious effort to crack the genetic code for heart disease by completing full genome sequencing of 2,000 Mexican American individuals participating in the San Antonio Family Studies, a joint research project of the San Antonio Family Heart Study and the San Antonio Family Diabetes and Gallbladder Studies.



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Sarah Chard, PhD


Sarah (PhD, 2001), Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), in collaboration with J. Kevin Eckert (former CWRU faculty of 1979 to 1986) received $1.36 million in funding from the National Institute of Aging (NIA) for their three-year research project, “The Subjective Experience of Diabetes among Urban Older Adults.”



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Christopher Dole, PhD

Christopher (PhD, 2002), currently Associate Professor of Anthropology at Amherst College, recently published Healing Secular Life: Loss and Devotion in Modern Turkey, University of Pennsylvania Press.

This book investigates the controversial position of religious healing in modern Turkey, demonstrating that the authority of the religious healer is deeply embedded within Turkey’s history of secular reform, and that religious healing and secularism share a set of common stakes.



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C. Jeffrey Jacobson, PhD

Jeff (PhD, 2001) received a promotion to Associate Professor of Anthropology with tenure in the fall of 2010 at the University of Cincinnati.

His recent publications include “Disclosure and Self-Report of Emotional, Social, and Physical Health in Children and Adolescents With Chronic Pain -- A Qualitative Study of PROMIS Pediatric Measures” in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, “Work Experiences of Latina Immigrants: A Qualitative Study” in the Journal of Career Development, and “Temporal and Subjective Work Demands in Office Based Patient Care: An exploration of the dimensions of physician work intensity” in Medical Care.

C. Jeffrey Jacobson in Honduras conducting research


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Carmit McMullen, PhD

Carmit (PhD, 2003), has just been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to compare outcomes of two different types of reconstructive surgeries following bladder cancer surgery. Her grant, “Urinary Diversion Among Bladder Cancer Survivors: Cost, Complications, and QOL,” aims to provide comprehensive comparative information to help guide treatment choices.

Currently, patients, families, and providers have little information about the long-term impacts of different types of urinary diversions that are created after surgery to remove the bladder (cystectomy). The study will survey 450 participants and will analyze medical record data from over 1,000 patients who are members of three Kaiser Permanente regions.


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David M. Stothers, PhD

David (PhD, 1974) was a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toledo for 38 years before retiring in 2011. His status as Professor Emeritus is in progress. He continues to actively carry-out research, field archaeology and laboratory analysis as Director of the Western Lake Erie Archaeological Research Program based at the University of Toledo.

In May 2012, Stothers was presented a Life Time Achievement Award by the Archaeological Society of Ohio. Over the years, Dr. Stothers has published or co-published more than 60 articles or book chapters from all time periods of Native American prehistory.


Stothers observing the Heckelman site

exploratory trench April 2012

From some of his early work he described the Princess Point Complex in Southwestern Ohio, he redefined the sequence of development in Northwest Ohio, Michigan and Southeast Ontario as the Western Basin Tradition, and he identified the linguistic /ethnological basis of both the Western Basin Tradition and Sandusky Tradition groups in prehistory. David is a community educator and organizer, a mentor of students, and has contributed greatly to archaeology in the region.







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Nancy Marie White, PhD

Nancy (PhD, 1982) is beginning her 30th year as an archaeologist and professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Her current research projects with graduate students include some fascinating sites in northwest Florida from a lost American town that existed only from 1836-1841 to a shell midden on St. Joseph Bay where stable isotopes of whelk shells harvested in A.D. 1250 show not only the season that Native Americans camped there but also how polluted the bay has become through the centuries.
Over the years she has received two outstanding undergraduate teaching awards and the Florida Anthropological Society’s Ripley P. Bullen Award for work with avocational archaeologists. In addition to annual fieldwork in the summer jungles of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, White has worked in Borneo with hopes to return next year to help with the new anthropology program at the University of Malaysia Sarawak.

Nancy recently published a new book, co-edited with Keith Ashley, titled “Late Prehistoric Florida: Archaeology at the Edge of the Mississippian World” (2012, University Press of Florida.) The book describes many sites first recorded when herself, other students and their CWRU professor traveled from Cleveland one January between semesters to explore Florida archaeology.


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