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Madonna and Child

A sooty mangabey momma nurses her two-month-old infant in Cote d'Ivoire's Tai Forest.

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The King of Love Is Dead

On April 7, 1968 - 3 days after Martin Luther King was assassinated - Nina Simone performed the Martin Luther King Suite:

Sunday in Savannah (Nina Simone Sunday In Savannah (Live) )

Why? (The King of Love is Dead) (Nina Simone - Why? (The King of Love is Dead) [Full Live Version] )

Mississippi Goddam (NINA SIMONE - Mississippi Goddam (Recorded Live) )
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Makes me all teary-eyed. I love me some Nina
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Online Teaching Resources?

I'm teaching an online course for the first time this summer. Folks who regularly teach online - any best practices? I'm particularly interested in an online presentation tool - are there good alternatives to Prezi?

#teaching   #teachingtips   #onlineeducation  
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Thanks for the suggestion!
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Happy 80th, Dr. Goodall!

When I was 12, trying to figure out what book to read at our public library, my dad suggested I try reading In the Shadow of Man by +Jane Goodall. So I tried it - and then I realized I was going to be a primatologist when I grew up. I wouldn't necessarily say I've grown up, but I am a primatologist, and it all started with a polite British woman who headed to Tanzania in 1960 with her mother, observed amazing, unbelievable things about wild chimpanzees, and shared what she learned with the world. Thanks, Dr. Goodall!

#80yearsofjane   #stemwomen   #scienceeveryday   #anthropology   #whathavethesocialsciencesdoneforyou  
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Very nice
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Some people are very dedicated to their research.

Chiara Andolina  studies an Asian species of mosquito responsible for transmitting malaria on that continent. As well as being less hardy than their African counterparts, they _refuse to eat anything except human blood, which is why Andolina has to feed them herself.

She does this simply by sticking her arm through a muslin sock and into their cages. It takes half an hour and she does it every four days. “They’re very spoiled,” she says.

Andolina fed around 600 mosquitoes yesterday_

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The worst thing about feeding hundreds of mosquitoes on your own blood is not the itching – if you do it enough times, your body gets used to the bites. It’s not even the pain, although it is alway...
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Well this is definitely a new love for mosquitoes. 
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The Statistician's Sport

Using pitch location data, researchers examined how umpires' biases affect their calls. Surprise - the home team's strike zone is significantly larger than the visitor's team. But status matters too - all-star pitchers get the benefit of a larger strike zone than pitchers who've never been to the All Star Game. And pitchers with a reputation for precision benefit for more called strikes which were actually balls, than pitchers with a reputation for wildness (Greg Maddux vs. Randy Johnson, for example). 

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They call about 14 percent of pitches incorrectly.
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What can health workers in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Mali glean from the past 40 years (or so) of Ebola outbreaks?

"Despite millions of dollars in research on vaccines and treatments, the deadly and frightening Ebola virus is best tackled today the same way it was during its first epidemic in 1976: With soap, clean water, protective gear, and quarantine."

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Since 1976, Africa has reported over 2,000 cases of Ebola. Lessons were learned -- it's now up to Guinea to remember them.
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+Sandra James - fortunately, I wasn't in an area with an outbreak. But really, the easiest things to do are to avoid bushmeat, especially primates and bats, not touch sick people, and practice generally good hygiene. One of the easiest routes for initial transmission to humans is for people to butcher a sick primate, or a primate who died from the disease, and cut themselves in the process.
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Don't worry - the running bison in Yellowstone in that video (Yellowstone Bison ... On the Run!) were not fleeing an impending supervolcano! In fact, "It was a spring-like day and they were frisky..." park spokeswoman Amy Bartlett said. In fact, there is no particular evidence that the volcano in Yellowstone is likely to erupt any time soon, and probably not for a few thousand years at the earliest.

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Even if this buffalo theory is dismissed, there is great evidence that the USGS is suppressing earthquake data
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The anthropology of Ebola

To effectively stem the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, you need to understand how threatened populations view disease and sickness, how each culture deals with particular diseases, and what barriers might exist to seeking treatment. There are anthropologists deploying with WHO teams now in order to avoid misunderstandings like those which occurred in Uganda:

_Before the World Health Organization and Doctors Without Borders started bringing in anthropologists, medical staff often had a difficult time convincing families to bring their sick loved ones to clinics and isolation wards. In Uganda, Hewlett remembers, people were afraid of the international health care workers.

"The local people thought that the Europeans in control of the isolation units were in a body parts business," he says. "Their loved ones would go into the isolation units and they would never see them come out."_

If you're interested, Hewlett has published an article on the cultural context of Ebola during the 2003 outbreak in Uganda, which is available #openaccess  here:

Hewlett and Amola. 2003. Cultural Contexts of Ebola in Northern Uganda. Emerging Infectious Diseases 9(10): 1242-1248.

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All the medical care in the world won't help if you don't know how to convince the locals to take proper precautions.
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"The landscape could never be sanitized."

When the Nazis abandoned Treblinka in 1943, they tried to destroy evidence of the atrocities committed there by razing the camp and gas chambers. Consequently, most of the information we have about what happened at this labor and death camp - where 900,000 Jews were killed in less than one and a half years - comes from survivors' accounts. Forensic archaeologists have started excavations at the site. "These artifacts are there, and these human remains are on the surface, and they're not being recorded or recovered."

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The first-ever archaeological excavation of the Nazi death camp Treblinka has uncovered the brick walls of a gas chamber and three previously unknown mass graves, revealing the brutality of this concentration camp.
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    graduate student/graduate teaching associate, 2010 - present
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Tai, Cote d'Ivoire - Salem, MA - Ann Arbor, MI - Manchester, NH - St. Louis, MO - Loperot, Kenya - Los Amigos Biological Field Station, Peru
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Primatology Graduate Student
I'm a PhD student in physical anthropology at The Ohio State University studying ecology, behavior, and endocrinology of African monkeys (especially guenons and mangabeys). My PhD project looks at health and dietary consequence of seasonal changes in food availability for Diana monkeys. I work primarily in Tai National Park, Cote d'Ivoire.

I'm interested in the intersections between diet and behavior, community ecology, and predation, and I've realized I have a growing interest in connecting morphology to behavior. I'm also interested in conservation, particularly as it relates to equatorial African politics and development. And the Muppets, women in science, and progressive politics.

When I'm not being a grad student, I'm feeling guilty about doing something that isn't being a grad student. 
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    Anthropology, 2010 - present
  • Washington University in St. Louis
    Anthropology, Environmental Studies, African Studies, 2006 - 2009
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I do fundamental research. I don’t choose what questions to address, what system to work in, or any other aspect of my research based on con