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AnthroCurrents – July 11, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

Do-Gooders

AnthroCurrents – June 27, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

We’re #2!

Anthropology is ranked near the top of the Irish Independent’s list of the top 50 jobs of the future. As you read down the list, try not to feel too smug. We’ve all learned to take articles like this one with a grain of salt. (Bookmark it anyway.)

For the Children

AnthroCurrents – June 13, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

Sensibilities

AnthroCurrents – May 30, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

Summer Books

  • Nicholas Wade’s new book A Troublesome Inheritance has been in the news for a few weeks now, but criticisms of his ideas linking genetics to social behaviors continue to mount. You can’t swing a fossilized Australopithecus without hitting a negative review. If you want to be prepared at the water cooler, you should read something about it. I liked these pieces from New Republic, Huffington Post, and the Boas Network.
  • The novel Euphoria by Lily King fictionalizes the adventures of… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – May 16, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

Who Majors in Anthropology?

The Savage Minds post that catalogs well-known people who also studied anthropology is getting a lot of attention on LinkedIn and elsewhere. They could add President Obama’s mom… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – May 2, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

In the Field

AnthroCurrents – April 18, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

Anthropology in Medicine

  • It will surprise no one here that anthropologists are among the specialists being sent to Africa to handle the Ebola outbreak. They will help determine the best ways to approach the public and prevent the virus from spreading.
  • The Casper Journal published a profile (April 14) of Kelly Weidenbach—anthropologist, public health professional, and new executive director of the Casper-Natrona County Health Department in Wyoming.  Ms. Weidenbach has degrees in both anthropology and molecular biology, and talks about how anthropology helps… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – April 4, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

AnthroBasics: Food. Water. Shelter.

  • In a video update of an earlier TEDx Talk, Wenonah Hauter warns about the dangers of privatizing poultry inspection. Hauter is the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch and an applied anthropologist. You can watch the original video here.
  • The Brownsville Herald ran a piece on Michael Mascha, the anthropologist responsible for the bottled water connoisseur site FineWaters.com. Mascha is a great example of how being flexible and able to adapt in response to challenges can lead… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – March 21, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

Our Electronic Lives

  • Netflix hired anthropologist Grant McCracken to look at “binge-watching.” Be sure to get off your couch if Grant comes knocking on your door!
  • Anthropology gets the nod in an article about parents ignoring their kids while they use their smart phones. Is parent, child, and mobile device the new nuclear family?

Anthropology in Business