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Jun 9, 2011

CHASS Faculty — Scott Fitzpatrick

Scott Fitzpatrick is Associate Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.   Fitzpatrick, who has researched the phenomenon of very large stone “money” on Palau, focuses on island archaeology, maritime adaptations, and the evolution of complex societies. This video was produced by students of COM 437 – Advanced Digital Video – in… 

Apr 12, 2011

TEDxNCSU Thinkers, Makers, Doers

TEDxNCSU made its second appearance on campus last month showcasing two panels of inspiring speakers for this year’s theme: Thinkers, Makers, Doers. TEDx is a local, self-organized event derived from the original TED program, which embodies the spirit of sharing ideas. Among the eleven speakers at this TEDxNCSU were international studies major Kathleen Griffin and… 

Apr 6, 2011

Facial Structure Of Men And Women Has Become More Similar Over Time

Research continues to prove the closing gap between men and women, or at least of their craniofacial features. Dr. Ann Ross, an associate professor of anthropology, acted as the principal investigator of a study which examined hundreds of Spanish and Portuguese skulls spanning four centuries. The study uncovered that the craniofacial features of men and… 

Mar 28, 2011

Four CHASS Grad Students Win Awards at Research Symposium

On March 21, the NC State University Graduate Student Association held its Sixth Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. Over 150 graduate students, nominated by their departments’ respective Director of Graduate Programs, gathered in the McKimmon Center to showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of the university’s graduate-level research, practice communicating with members outside of their disciplines,… 

Mar 23, 2011

Study Finds That Overweight People Really Are Big-Boned

by Matt Shipmanadpated by Lauren Lopez-Ibanez, Communication Intern One of the blind spots in forensic science, particularly in identifying unknown remains, is the inability of experts to determine how much an individual weighed based on his or her skeleton. New research co-authored by CHASS anthropologist Dr. Ann Ross moves us closer to solving this problem… 

Feb 25, 2011

CHASS Sociologist to Lead $3 Million Grant to Root Out Factors Behind Childhood Obesity

NC State University has received a five-year, $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study the root causes behind childhood obesity in low-income families. Sociologist Sarah Bowen will direct the research project whose goal is to track urban and rural families to better understand the factors – economic, social, cultural and environmental… 

Jan 25, 2011

Governor Appoints Student to Community Service Commission

When Governor Bev Perdue appointed sophomore Michael Atkins to the state’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, they both made history: at 19, Michael is the commission’s youngest appointee. The Jefferson Scholar* sophomore–majoring in sociology and political science with a concentration in law–hopes to be president one day. That’s president of the United States. In… 

Jan 20, 2011

Maxine Atkinson Wins National Teaching Award

Dr. Maxine Atkinson, head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has won the American Sociology Association’s 2011 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award. She will be honored at the association’s annual meeting in August. Atkinson won a 2009 Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UNC Board of Governors. A member of the NC State faculty… 

Jan 3, 2011

CHASS Anthropologist Discusses Big Money on NPR

CHASS anthropologist Scott Fitzpatrick was recently featured on NPR’s “Planet Money” about Yap and the nature of money. Listen to the broadcast at http://n.pr/gphok0 . The following is reprinted from Planet Money’s website: There’s a tiny island called Yap out in the Pacific Ocean. Economists love it because it helps answer this really basic question:… 

Oct 25, 2010

A new perspective on Mexican immigration

Carrie McGahaCHASS Communications InternImmigration reform has been a divisive topic in U.S. politics for years, and it has Americans divided on how the government should address illegal immigration. Many Americans do not consider the impact migration is having on Mexico. Dr. Nora Haenn, an associate professor of Anthropology and International Studies, set out to discover…