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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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Frances White and Michel Waller Co-Author Nature Article on Apes

Department Head and Professor Frances White, along with our graduate Dr. Michel Waller (now at COCC) are coauthors in a Nature article published this summer on aggression in chimps and bonobos. Click here if you would like to read the article. Dr. White was also featured on the UO website, which can be found here. Congratulations to them both!



Scott Fitzpatrick to give Memorial Lecture at NAIA

Scott Fitzpatrick gives the Max Arthur Cohn and Sarah Waldstein Cohn Memorial Lecture in Santa Fe, NM. This event is a part of the National Archaeological Institute of America 2014 lecture series. To learn more about his lecture and the event itself, click here.

Frances White featured in Ape Apocalypse video

Are you worried about orangutans taking over the world? Need tips for surviving the inevitable Ape Apocalypse? This summer, Sawhorse Productions released videos about the possibility of a real Planet of the Apes….nonhuman Apes, that is…..featuring our own primatologist Frances White! The episodes are fun excursions into how to get in good with your new ape overlords, so make sure you check out the videos here, and here. Enjoy the whimsy, everyone!

Fitzpatrick Joins Editorial Board at JASR

Scott M. Fitzpatrick was recently nominated to the editorial board for the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, published by Elsevier. Click here to check out the journal. Congratulations, Scott!

The Spring 2014 issue of CAScade Magazine features research by our biological anthropologists.

The research of Nelson Ting, Kirstin Sterner, and Josh Snodgrass are the focus of the feature article of the U of Oregon’s College of Arts and Sciences magazine. Check it out at the following link:

Congratulations Frances White, a 2014-15 Williams Fellow!

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Department Head Francis White has been designated as a Williams Fellow for this year.

The Tom and Carol Williams Fund for Undergraduate Education was established to provide financial support for initiatives that enhance the quality of the educational experience for undergraduate students at the University of Oregon. The Fellowship recognizes professors who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to undergraduate education by challenging their students academically, creating an engaged learning environment, striving to improve the learning process, and fostering interdepartmental collaboration.

More information can be found here. Congratulations Dr. White!

Cascade: What Makes Us Human?

Cascade, the alumni magazine for the UO College of Arts and Sciences, has written an article detailing the research of three UO biological anthropologists. The article can be found here.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 Edna English Trust Archaeological Research Grants!

The Edna English Trust has awarded two 2014 grants for archaeological research at the UO. The awards, channeled through the Oregon Community Foundation and administered by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, were made to:

Dennis Jenkins and the Northern Great Basin Archaeological Field School ($3601) for the “Purchase of Equipment and Labor to Establish a Computerized “ARCHIE” Field Data Entry Network” which will provide UO archaeology students training in state-of-the-art computer-based data management methods in the field;

John T. O’Connor ($2455) for an “Archaeological Reconnaissance Survey of the Island of Niuafo’ou, Kingdom of Tonga.”

Congratulations to the recipients and many thanks to the Edna English Trust for its’ long-term support of archaeological research by Department of Anthropology graduate students and Museum of Natural and Cultural History staff.

Congratulations Tobin Hanson!

Tobin Hanson has received a $2000 Global Oregon Graduate Research Grant to conduct fieldwork this summer for his project titled, “Adapting to Exile: Evolving Identities and Interpersonal Relationships among One-and-a-Half Generation ‘Criminal Alien’ Deportees in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.” Tobin has also received a $1500 graduate student research grant from CODAC for his research this summer. Congratulations Tobin!

Congratulations Annie Caruso!

PhD student Annie Caruso was just awarded a 2014 Global Oregon Graduate Grant for $2000 to assist with the initial stages of her fieldwork in the Caribbean this summer. Congratulations Annie!