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Influential UO Anthropology Professor Dies

Philip D. Young, 76, died June 30, 2013 in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 1936 to Donald and Jean (Ftacek) Young. He served in the Army in The Panama Canal Zone. Phil was Professor Emeritus in Anthropology at the University of Oregon, Chair of the Department of Anthropology (1985-1989) and Director of International Studies (1992-1995). He authored and co-edited 6 books and wrote numerous scholarly articles published in English and Spanish. He continued to be deeply committed to his work until his recent passing. He was a noted cultural anthropologist, a Latin Americanist specializing in socioeconomic change, adaptation among small farmers, and language and culture relationships. He had over 40 years of experience as a researcher, teacher, consultant, field-training director, project evaluator, and administrator. His bond with Ngäbe friends and family always drew him back to Panama. He leaves a legacy in his scholarship, his students and colleagues and the many people he touched throughout the world. To those close to him, Phil will be remembered for his wit and sense of humor, his devilish smile, and his collection of artisan frogs. His wife, Kathleen Black, will scatter his ashes at the Oregon coast, where they spent many happy times together. He is survived by Kathy, sons John and Andy, daughters Aixa, Juanita, Tanya, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all of Eugene, and brother Jerry Young, who lives in California.

Published in Eugene Register-Guard on July 14, 2013
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Erica Ledesma, Anthro major, wins Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Student Essay Award

Congratulations to Anthropology major Erica Ledesma, who won the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Student Essay Award for her paper titled, “Mayan Women in the Context of War: Challenged and Transformed Traditional Gender Roles”
Written for LAS 399: Post Study Abroad and instructed by Professor Lynn Stephen. She received the award, presented by Interim President Scott Coltrane, on January 21st at the MLK Luncheon, which was sponsored by the Office for Equity and Inclusions.

Gennie Nguyen receives Oregon Heritage Fellowship

Anthropology Doctoral Student Gennie Nguyen is the recipient of the Oregon Heritage Fellowship for her project “Revisiting Vanport and Albina’s Multicultural History from 1940-1990,” a project that is related to her on-going fieldwork for her doctoral dissertation.

Jason Younker recipient of Ely S. Parker award

Dr. Jason Younker, assistant vice president and advisor to the president on sovereignty and government-to-goverment relations at the UO, is the  newest recipient of the Ely S. Parker award by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). To read the article, click here:

“Fitness Costs of Warfare for Women”

New article “Fitness Costs of Warfare for Women,” by Michelle Scalise Sugiyama, recently published by the journal Human Nature. Article features fascinating research on how women act during periods of conflict to survive and protect their offspring.

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Melissa Liebert wins Nick Norgan award

Article by Doctoral Student Melissa Liebert, “Implications of market integration for cardiovascular and metabolic health among an indigenous Amazonian Ecuadorian population,” has been chosen to receive the Nick Norgan award for the best paper published in Annals of Human Biology during 2013. Co-authors include J. Josh Snodgrass, Felicia C. Madimenos, Tara J. Cepon, Aaron D. Blackwell, and Lawrence S. Sugiyama (Ann Hum Biol., 2013, May; 40(3): 228-242). The criteria for selection of the paper included judgment on the following areas: (1) Originality of work and potential to make impact in the field; (2) Importance of the research question; (3) Quality/sophistication of data analysis; (4) Interpretation of the results; and (5) Quality of Presentation.

Human preferences for sexually dimorphic faces may be evolutionarily novel

Lawrence Sugiyama, Josh Snodgrass, and Melissa Liebert are coauthors of a new Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences article reporting cross-cultural research conducted among 962 adults from 12 populations, ranging from foragers to modern industrialized nations. Findings show that it is not the case that women have a universal preference for high testosterone faces and it’s not the case that such a preference is greater in a high-pathogen environment, while men don’t uniformly appear to have a preference for more feminie faces, at least within the ranges of cultures tested in this study. In all cultures tested, high testosterone faces were judged to be more aggressive however.

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Labor rights in Bangladesh key discussion at APRU

Lamia Karim, associate head and associate professor in the Department of Anthropology addressed participants of the 2014 Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Global Health Workshop hosted at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan in September.

Karim led a special presentation on health systems entitled Learning to Labor: Community-Based Healthcare and Female Garment Labor in Bangladesh.

Her presentation was based on research assessing the healthcare needs of female garment industry workers in Bangladesh, a small country in South Asia touted as the ‘cheapest” place to manufacture clothes.

Professor Josh Snodgrass made a Bray Fellow

Dr. Josh Snodgrass has been made a University of Oregon Richard A. Bray Fellow. This award recognizes his excellence in teaching, superior scholarship and dedicated service.

Professor Lynn Stephen receives Faculty Excellent Award

Distinguished Professor, Dr. Lynn Stephen, is one of thirteen outstanding members of the University of Oregon faculty have been selected to receive the Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards for AY 2014-15. The Fund for Faculty Excellence is designed to further the University’s strategic commitment to improving its academic quality and reputation by recognizing, supporting, and retaining world-class tenure-related faculty.

Doctoral Student Latham Wood Receives Research Award from The Christensen Fund

Latham Wood is receiving a $30,000 award from The Christensen Fund for the project “Defying Land Alienation: Living Indigenous Lifeways.” The Christensen Fund currently sponsors projects in Melanesia–specifically, in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, where Latham’s research is. It “focuses on fortifying and reasserting local culturally-based economies in the face of growing extractive industries, land conversion and a steady devaluation of traditional practices”. As part of his award, Latham will write a book and develop a film on the symbolic and social value of local foods in an effort to mitigate the social impacts of land alienation in the Vanuatu archipelago. The film and book will be distributed nationally in Vanuatu and regionally in Melanesia through MILDA (Melanesian Indigenous Land Defense Alliance). For more information on The Christensen Fund, click here. Congratulations, Latham!