x 5px 0px;">Steve Lekson

Stephen Lekson, (CWRU, 1972), is Curator of Archaeology and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  His last book A History of the Ancient Southwest was published by School for Advanced Research (SAR) Press in 2009. In 2010 it was the recipient of both the New Mexico Book of the Year in the Anthropology/Archaeology/Science  category and the Southwest Books of the Year. It was intended to be the first of a trilogy and chapters from the second book, Southwest in the World (University of Utah Press), can be found on his website.


His current field research focuses on the 11th century Mimbres culture of southwestern New Mexico, an area he first visited as a student on a CWRU archaeology field school in 1971.


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Micah Parzen

Micah Parzen, PhD (CWRU, 2001), was recently featured in the Union Tribune, San Diego's daily paper. The article focused on a new project underway at the San Diego Museum of Man (SDMoM), of which Micah is the chief executive officer, entitled "Border Crossing." This exciting new exhibit will be an interactive experience where participants are guided through Balboa Park at night, coming face to face with encounters similar to issues faced by immigrants crossing the borders. "Our goal is to change the conversation about undocumented immigration in our community," Parzen said "...we want to really infuse the conversation with a much more humanistic component."
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Jennifer Shaw

Jennifer Shaw, PhD (CWRU, 2013) successfully defended her dissertation "Navigating at a Double Crossroads: The Role of Subsistence in the Subjective Wellbeing of Dena'ina Athabascan Youth in Alaska" this past March. In October, she became a Senior Researcher at Southcentral Foundation (SCF), a tribally-owned and operated healthcare system providing comprehensive care to 60,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people in Anchorage, Alaska and 55 rural villages across 104,000 square miles. At SCF, where she has worked for three years, she co-leads a team of researchers and data analysts who support continual improvement of behavioral health services through grant-funded research and program evaluation. Her current projects include studies on culturally-responsive youth suicide prevention, patient-centered depression care decision -making, trauma-informed screening and intervention for Alaska Native children affected by domestic violence, and ethics of pharmacogenetic testing and biospecimin banking in Alaska Native communities.

James Spilsbury

James Spilsbury, PhD (CWRU, 2002) is principal investigator of a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) funded grant that will investigate how differences in neighborhood ecology influence child maltreatment in the city of Cleveland. Along with co-investigators Jill Korbin, Claudia Coulton, and David Crampton the 4-year, $2.3 million study will utilize a mixed-methods approach, analyzing both (1) in-depth qualitative data collected from neighborhood residents, agency workers, and other neighborhood experts; and (2) over 20 years of a wide range of quantitative administrative data, to assess how changes in child maltreatment rates are affected by changes in neighborhood conditions, availability of social services, and the reporting/substantiation process.

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Nancy White

Nancy White, PhD (CWRU, 1982), anthropology professor at the University of South Florida, is organizing the 70th annual meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Tampa, Florida this year. The conference will run from November 6 through 9, with over 500 archaeologists from the region spending three days giving presentations of their work and going on field trips to observe Florida archaeology and history.


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