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Graduating senior, Kendra Simmons, will be attending Baldwin Wallace University for an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program next year. During her interview at Baldwin Wallace, program representatives expressed a strong interest in her background in medical anthropology and the prospects of how she would be a perfect candidate to join several doctors in medical trips abroad.


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Erica Iafelice

After graduation, Erica will be attending Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in North Carolina.


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Devyn Lee


Kristin Smith

Devyn Lee, graduating senior and Spartan women’s soccer player will be working this summer as a soccer coach at a camp in the Poconos, after which she will be serving in the Peace Corps.


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Kristin will be attending the University of Toledo’s College of Medicine in the fall where she hopes to put her anthropological knowledge to use and help improve patient experience.


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Registration for summer and fall semesters are open.


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Ashley Sowers


Ashley will be attending San Francisco State University’s University of Pacific Dental Postbaccalaureate Program for a year and a half. Following the program, Ashley plans to attend dental school.


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Congratulations New Members of Phi Beta Kappa

Anthropology majors Phoebe Edwards, Devyn Lee, Michelle Menegay and Kristin Smith were elected as members of Phi Beta Kappa by the Alpha of Ohio chapter at CWRU.


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Outstanding Achievement Awards in Anthropology
Congratulations to the following students who will receive awards for outstanding achievement in anthropology during the May graduation ceremonies.
Phoebe Edwards and Kristin Smith
The Ruth and Newbell Niles Puckett Award

Sharif Sabe
The James Dysart Magee Award

Devyn Lee and Mai Segawa
The Callender Memorial Award

Sarah Hoffman
The Jonathan F. Plimpton Award

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The Anthropological Student Association (ASA) is excited to announce the newly elected executive members for the 2013-2014 school year. Congratulations to Christie Ellis and Aaron Sepulveda (Co-presidents), Alaina Wodzinski (Vice-president), Danielle Turner (Treasurer), and Nusaiba Chowdhury (Secretary). There are a number of planned events for the upcoming year centered on a fund raising event for the Sudanese Lost Boys of Cleveland, which will be funded in part by both the Anthropology Department and Undergraduate Student Government.


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Elisa Gordon

Elisa Gordon PhD (CWRU, 1999), MPH, received an R21 from the National Institute of Nursing Research/National Library of Medicine (NINR/NLM) in 2012 entitled "Optimizing Kidney Transplant Patients’ Informed Consent for Increased Risk Donors." She is currently a Research Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.


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Elizabeth Olson

In 2012, Elizabeth Olson PhD (CWRU, 2009) accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Global Health and Development in the Department of Environmental Science/Studies at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. As part of her position, she will be working to develop a new major program of study in Global Health and Development with major funding support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Liz also has a new book, "Indigenous Knowledge and Development: Livelihoods, health experiences and medicinal plant knowledge in a Mexican Biosphere Reserve," scheduled for press release later this year with Lexington Books.


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Gregory Pappas

Gregory Pappas MD, PhD (CWRU, 1986 School of Medicine and Anthropology) is a leader in global health who has worked in over 30 countries. His recent book Megacities & Global Health published by the American Public Health Association (2011) was inspired while he served as chairman of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Aga Khan University where he saw firsthand the health issues in Karach, Pakistan, a megacities with over 18 million residents.
His book brings together important research on infectious diseases, environmental and occupational hazards, disaster preparedness, crowding, urban ecology, and much more.

Dr. Pappas is currently Senior Deputy Director at the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA) for the District of Columbia Department of Health and was recently featured in an interview with John-Manual Andriote, Huffington Post, titled "D.C. Rolls Out New HIV Test That Could Increase Chance of Cure."


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David Stothers

Condolences on the passing of 1974 alumni Dr. David Stothers this past February. Dr. Stothers was featured in our fall 2012 newsletter for receiving a Life Time Achievement Award by the Archaeological Society of Ohio.


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Sarah Williams-Blangero

Sarah Williams-Blangero, PhD (CWRU, 1987) was appointed Deputy Director of the Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. She will be working in this role and continue to be concurrently appointed as the Chair of the Department of Genetics, strengthening the Primate Center as it moves forward into its fourth 5-year cycle.


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