American Airlines stranded me in the Dallas-Ft. Worth airport overnight and I just made it to the conference in time for the 2nd half of the poster session. I presented wearing the same clothes I'd been wearing for two days and that I'd "slept" in after feeling like a pigeon at the airport. They know people are going to have to try to sleep there--why do they put those armrests to make it impossible. We won't poop on the floor. Anyway, it was an awesome conference, and I got a lot of good business done.
HBERGer Harold Acosta, Julia Sponholtz, Kira Yancey, Taylor Puckett, and Jennifer Fourroux rocked some URSCA presentations this past weekend and looked good doing it!
Serafina Grottanelli from Virginia Commonwealth University has accept the offer of enrollment in our Master's program in Anthropology. She will co-advised by Drs. Lynn and Galbraith and join HBERG in the fall.
Congratulations to Jennifer Fourroux, Kira Yancey, and Kat Beidler for their award at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference for their presentation "Caregivers' Perspectives on the Human-Nonhuman Primate Relationship." They will be honored at the URCA Awards Luncheon on Monday, April 9.
At the HBA annual meeting in Austin, TX on April 11-12, PhD student Mandy Guitar (HBA Student Officer) will be hosting a workshop for students around establishing an online presence. Dr. Lynn will be presenting a poster on data collected in 2017 in American Samoa as part of the Inking of Immunity study called "Tatau and the hygiene hypothesis: Retesting the inoculation effect of tattooing in American Samoa" with co-authors M Howells, D Herdrich, J Ioane, D Hudson, ST Wilson Fitiao. Details are at www.humbio.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-HBA-Program_.pdf.
At the AAPA annual meeting Dr. Lynn is co-author with Michaela Howells on a talk called "Zika Virus and maternal stigmatization: Supporting maternal and child health through religious engagement in American Samoa" and will be giving a talk with Dr. Howells co-authoring called "Fight the bite: Zika Virus, personal responsibility, maternal stigmatization, and disabled children in American Samoa."
Annals of Human Biology has accepted our paper "Zika virus in American Samoa: challenges to prevention in the context of health disparities and non-communicable disease." This paper is the result of the 2016 and 2017 field season with lead author Michaela Howells investigating attitudes and knowledge about Zika prevention for pregnant women in American Samoa, which had the 2nd highest Zika rate of any US territory or state at the time. Jo Weaver collaborated because of her expertise on dual disease burden and study of Zika in Brazil. This will be part of a special issue on human biology in the Pacific.
Welcome to HBERG's newest MA student Dillon Patterson. He will be joining us in the fall from Berry College in Rome, GA.
Congrats to Julia Sponholtz, Taylor Puckett, Jennifer Fourroux, and Kira Yancey on successful presentations at the 2018 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference (UCRA).