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Support Anthropology in Florida

Contacts: Rachael Tackett rtackett at mail dot usf dot edu & Vance Powell rcpowell at mail dot usf dot edu

You can view the petition here.

Petition In light of recent statements that the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, has made against funding for anthropology education and research, Florida’s citizens have come together to write a petition and initiate a state-wide petition campaign.

The petition calls for more funding for Anthropology research and education. Visit the petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/support-anthropology-in-florida Visit our website at https://sites.google.com/a/mail.usf.edu/support-anthropology-in-florida/

Anthropology is vital to Florida’s economic growth. Anthropology is vital to Florida’s economic growth and will attract more high paying jobs to Florida. Many corporations such as Intel, IBM, Microsoft and other firms hire Anthropologists. Anthropologists study consumer behavior, which helps companies design better products and services.

According to the State of Florida, Florida’s tourism industry has a $57 billion dollar economic impact every year. Archaeology, an anthropology discipline, plays a crucial role in Florida’s tourism industry. Museums and national landmarks, which attract many tourists to Florida every year, hire Archaeologists to study and curate the sites.

The Anthropology Department at the University of South Florida – Tampa has over $6.3 million dollars in current outside research grants and funding. Anthropology helps to attract major research funding to Florida, which helps to create more skilled jobs.

Anthropology is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field. Both the National Academy of Science and the National Science Foundation recognize anthropology as a STEM field. Anthropologists study human biology, genetics, ecology, forensics, and medicine. The National Science Foundation funds millions of dollars in anthropological research every year.

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If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact Rachael Tackett rtackett at mail dot usf dot edu or Vance Powell rcpowell at mail dot usf dot edu


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