|A big thank you goes to Emilio
Merino, Glenn Traeger and especially Juana Becerra for cleaning
the Anthropology classrooms and redoing most of the bulletin boards
over the break. Thanks to Liz Stoffers for doing the physical
anthropology bulletin board.
Deborah Hanans masters thesis Unmasking the
Invisible: The Construction of Gender Variant Characters in Late
20th Century American and British Cinema (1992-2002), was selected
as the single CSULA entry for the 2004-2005 Western Association
of Graduate Schools Most Distinguished Master's Thesis Award. Hanans
degree is in American Cultural Studies, an interdisciplinary program
that united the approaches and disciplines of Communication Studies,
Cultural Anthro-pology, and History.
Lara McCormick has been accepted into the Ph.D. program
in physical anthropology at The Ohio State University and will start
in the fall. She will be teaching a section of Introduction to Physical
Diana Dupuis and Lara McCormick were classroom and excavation
instructors at the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner skeletal
excavation workshop. The chief medical examiner presented both with
certificates of appreciation for their efforts. A Los Angeles Times
story on the workshop includes a picture of McCormick.
Lara McCormick has a ten week internship this summer at
the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution.
The internship is part of her Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
and will pay her $5,200 for the ten weeks.
Elizabeth Stoffers and Kelly Houck were inducted into the
Phi Kappa Phi honor society.
Clarus Backes, a senior, won the Best Student Paper Award
at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for California Archaeology.
His presentation, More Than Meets the Eye: Fluorescence Photography
for Enhanced Analysis of Pictographs won over graduate students
from major research institutions.
The Geography of Religions and Belief Systems committee has selected
Shankari Patels Pre-Columbian Pilgrimage at Cozumel
Island as the winner of the 2004 David Sopher Award for the best
paper presented at the Centennial Meeting of the Association of
American Geographers. Patel competed against Ph.D. candidates and
Stephanie DuPont was one of two students to win a Graduate
Alumni Scholarship for 2003-2004.
Clarus Backes, Jr., Diana Dupuis, Cesar Espinosa, Lara McCormick,
and Victoria Stosal participated in the 12th Annual CSULA Symposium
for Student Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity on February
27th. took second place in the under-graduate Behavioral and Social
Sciences category and McCormick took second in the graduate category.
Backes was also one of ten students selected to represent CSULA
in the system wide competition.Backes
The Anthropology Department proudly recognizes its majors named
to the Deans List. Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA and
be among the top 5% of students in the college while carrying at
least 12 units.
Clarus J. Backes, Jr. Fall, Winter
Cielo Gutierrez Botello Fall
George Constanz Fall, Spring, Summer
Cesar Espinosa Fall, Winter
Eugenia Kalandjian Fall, Summer
Wade Lee Kidner Fall
Yoshie Komoto Fall
Christine Avalon Lewis Fall, Summer
Elise McCollum Fall
Emilio E. Merino Fall, Spring
Jaime Monzon Fall
Maria Ann Neal Fall, Winter
Mayaluna Ramos Fall, Summer
Andrea Soh Fall
Congratulations to Clarus Backes, Jr., Cesar Espinosa, Lara
McCormick, Michael Mirro, Maria Neal and Sylvere Valentin for
being among the 35 Cal State, L.A. students named to the Whos
Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2003
Congratulations to Cesar Espinosa on being accepted into
the Ph.D. program at Southern Illinois University with a full-ride
Victoria Stosel presented a paper, Observations on the
Diet of the Nicoleño, at the Sixth Channel Islands Symposium
held December 1 3 at Ventura Beach.
Cesar Espinosa attended the American Anthropological Association
meetings in Chicago, Nov. 19-23. Diana Dupuis, Lara McCormick,
Stephanie Dupont, Vanessa Ramos, Kent Johnson and Sylvere Valentin
attended the American Academy of Forensic Sciences meetings
in Dallas last February.
Cesar Espinosa participated in the 2003 Sigma Xi Student
Research Conference, November 14-15 at the Hyatt Regency Macys
Plaza in Los Angeles. The conference drew students from 93 institutions
representing 30 states, Puerto Rico and one foreign country. Among
the institutions present were such traditional powerhouses as: Cal
Tech, Berkeley, Stanford, Michigan and Yale. Espinosa was awarded
a White Ribbon for his exhibit, Ulama and the Ancient Mesoamerican
Victoria Stosel presented a paper at the Society for California
Archeology Southern California Data Sharing entitled Diet Adaptation
to a Marine Environment on San Nicholas Island. The conference
took place on November 8 at the San Diego Archaeological Center
Congratulations to the Anthropology Club for their wonderful job
of organizing and staging the all-day symposium, Explorations of
Maya Society Past and Present. Special recognition goes to Charles
Cisneros, Juana Becerra, Christine Ching, Sandra Habr, Brian Hogue,
Lara McCormick, Emilio Merino, Efrat Sadras.
Two Anthropology students gave papers at the Pacific Coast Council
on Latin American Studies Annual Conference held at Whittier College
on November 7-8. Graduate student Mike Mirro presented, "Archaeological
Investigations at Barton Creek Cave: Maya Ritual Cave Use in Western
Belize." Senior Cesar Espinosa organized the session,
"An Ethnographic Analysis of Ulama," and presented a paper,
"Ideological Continuity and Discontinuity in Ulama."
As a senior last year, Sergio Garza was nominated by the
dean for a United States Achievement Academy scholarship. In October
Garza, now a graduate student at U.C. Riverside, was notified that
he had won