2016-2017 Year in Review

We had quite a year in the WWU Medical Anthropology Lab.  2016-2017 was busy with pilot projects, presentations, manuscript writing… and a NCAA DII Rowing Championship Gold Medal for Giselle Kiraly (website).


I started the year by attending Short Courses on Research Methods, University of Florida and National Science Foundation... and I absolutely recommend it. Busy year with pilot grants and research; we received ~ $17K for pilot research projects that were co-designed with students.  Samantha Whalen, MA Candidate, received a  Fund For the Enhancement of Graduate Research grant for her MA project, “Gestational Carriers Cyberframe the Emotional Experience and Resilience”.


In the fall I presented at the American Anthropology Association Annual Meeting (AAA) in Minneapolis, MN. My talk, Is Ethnographic Evidence Public or Private,  will be coming out in an edited volume in a year or so.  In the spring I presented a research update at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting (SfAA), Santa Fe, NM on a gender analysis of editorial boards for anthropology journals. I’m editing the manuscript and plan to submit it soon…. so check back in the fall for an update.  Though not a conference, I presented at the Ethics in Science Seminar hosted by the Biology Department and had a GREAT time talking with so manu students about the ethics of human research.


We also hosted the The Cascadia Seminar in Medical Anthropology. The Cascadia Seminar is an experiment in creating a new kind of intellectual space for medical anthropology in the “Cascadia” region (i.e., the US Pacific Northwest and British Columbia). The Cascadia Seminar is a small, intimate, high-interest, low-cost weekend conference organized collaboratively by medical anthropologists on faculty at a number of different universities and colleges in the US Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. This conference was made possible with the assistance of Tori Bianchi (website) and the WWU Fraser Lecture Series Endowment award of $9,482.



This year we welcomed new members to the the lab, including undergraduates Giselle Kiraly (website), Tori Bianchi (website) and Madeleine Rackers, as well as MA candidate, Samantha Whalen.  And congratulations to our graduates: Bryn Knapp (BS, Psychology, 2017), Steve Martin (BS, Biology & Anthropology, 2017), Lillian Loescher (BA, Pure mathematics, 2017), Evangelia Pantoleon (BA, Cultural Anthropology, 2016).  I might also add that Giselle is part of the NCAA DII Rowing Championship Team.


Congratulations to Heather Fullerton, a research partner that is heading to a tenure track job with the College of Charleston Department of Biology.  Way to go heather!


Summer is here and once I click publish on this post I’ll get back to a manuscript and grant… but I expect there may be a little bit of teachingsailing, and relaxing, as well.

2016-2017 Year in Review