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Daniel Reichman on the roots of the border crisis

Commenting on the current crisis at the US border, Professor Reichman published an article in Politico on the economic causes of Honduran migration. He also recently appeared to discuss his work in Honduran migration on WXXI’s Need to Know, and Connections.

Professor Kristin Doughty has been awarded the "Professor of the Year Award in the Social Sciences" by the Rochester Student Association. This award is given annually to recognize a professor in each academic division (Engineering, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences) who makes a positive and lasting impact on undergraduate student life at the University through dedication to developing relationships with students, creation of an engaging and challenging classroom atmosphere, as well as inspiring the further pursuit of knowledge. Congratulations Professor Doughty!

Professor Ayala Emmett was appointed Professor Emeritus of Anthropology in January 2014. The Department plans to celebrate Professor Emmett's change in status in Fall 2014. Stay tuned!

Professor Robert Foster and Dr. Heather Horst (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) have been awarded a major Discovery Grant by the Australian Research Council for their project "The Moral and Cultural Economy of Mobile Phones in the Pacific." Professor Foster plans to spend the Spring semesters of 2015 and 2016 as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

Professor John Osburg was awarded a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship for a project called "Tibetan Buddhism and Moral Personhood in Contemporary China". The project is a six-month ethnographic study of a group of wealthy, urban Han Chinese who have become followers of Tibetan Buddhism. He will examine the integration of Tibetan Buddhist principles into their moral beliefs and ethical practices. The direct linkages being formed between affluent, urban Han Chinese and Tibetan monks have the potential to dramatically reshape Sino-Tibetan relations. Professor Osburg will spend half of the academic year in China, and half in Rochester writing the results from his research.

Daniel Reichman's book the Broken Village: Coffee Migration and Globalization in Honduras was awarded third prize in the Victor Turner Award for Ethnographic Writing.

Student News

Alysha Alani (2015) received the first place award in the Writing, Speaking and Argument Program's annual contest for outstanding writing in the Social Sciences.  Alysha's independent study paper, "Blessing and Burden: Negotiating the Hemodialysis Experience", is based on research funded by the Undergraduate Research Grant.

Katherine Wegman (2015) along with John Dawson (2013/T5 2014) will spend Summer 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa building a new community center for the residents of Egoli. Their work will be funded by a $10,000 grant from Davis Projects for Peace, an initiative that encourages students to design grassroots projects that promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.

Manda Brefo (2014) was selected as an alternate for the US Student Fulbright in Ghana Award.

Jonathan Johnson (2014) receives Humanity in Action Fellowship.  Jonathan will be traveling to Berlin, Germany! The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today's most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world. As an anthropology and political science major, Jonathan has studied refugee populations and policy effect on war and genocide.

Carlie Fishgold (2012 MINOR) as been accepted to the MA program at Manhattan's Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture in the Fall.

Margaret Ball (2011) will be pursuing her MA at Cornell University.  Margaret will be studying weed-crop competition and soil fertility in the Cornell Organic Grain Cropping Systems Experiment.

Rachel Odhner (2010) has been accepted to the PhD program in anthropology at the Cornell University. Rachel received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support her work on environmental topics in Latin America.