Department of Sociology & Anthropology

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News and Notes

Prof. Holly Dunsworth featured as a URI “Big Thinker”

Do animals know that sex makes babies? Read more about Prof. Dunsworth’s recent research on this topic!

Professor Holly Dunsworth has article published in The Washington Post

Human evolution has a public relations problem. That isn’t just because some people are skeptical of science in general or because creationists reject the notion of evolution. As it is often studied and taught, human evolution can be male-biased and Eurocentric, even reeking of sexism and racism.

Origins: Life, the Universe and Everything – Featuring Jane Goodall

The 2017 Honors Colloquium, “Origins: Life, the Universe and Everything,” will examine some of the following questions: “Where did we come from? How did the universe begin and intelligent, rational beings arise? And how did we develop a mind that can ask these big questions?” Professor Holly Dunsworth serves as one of the coordinators of the Colloquium.

URI Speedstorming Event for Aging

Sociology professor Melanie Brasher was part of a winning team at the URI Speedstorming event on Aging held in May. Speedstorming combines elements of brainstorming and speed dating, with the goal of developing innovative ideas to address complex issues.

Todd Costello (Anthropology ’17) to teach in Italy

Todd Costello, has received an internship through the SITE Program (Study Intercultural Training Experience), which places recent college graduates in Italian high schools. He will be assistant-teaching science courses at the Liceo Racchetti Da Vinci school in Crema, Italy next year.

Alexia Williams (Sociology ’17) Awarded Fulbright

Congratulations to graduating senior, Alexia Williams, who has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant! She will travel to Spain to teach English to elementary grade students next Fall.

Alex Jimenez (Sociology ’17) Awarded Demers Scholarship

Congratulations to Alex Jimenez who has been awarded the Beatrice S. Demers Foreign Language Scholarship; he will be studying Chinese at the National Taiwan University Taipei, Taiwan.

2017 Awards in Sociology & Anthropology

Lauren Bouyea is the winner of the 2017 URI Excellence Award in Sociology, and Emily Pitek is the winner in Anthropology. Both will be acknowledged at a ceremony on May 20th. In addition, Melanie Babb was awarded the Ralph W. England, Jr. and Robert Gardner Sociology Scholarship this year.

Congrats to New Honor Society Members!

2017 Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society Inductees:  Delaney Albert, Marisa Aspromonti, Melanie Babb, Kelly Ebbert, Ryan Fernandes, Emily Hartman, Benjamin Modzelesky, Bethany Parslow Michaela Sczuroski, Dan Stern- Lonczak, Topaz Szewczok, Alexia Williams   2017 Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honor Society Inductees: Maya Alibrio, Jonah Delasanta, Emily Dietzel, Aaron Pelchat, Molly Jane Tartaglia, Julia Teeter, Samantha Tickey

Emily Pitek (Anthropology ’17) Receives Prestigious Internship

Emily Pitek (Anthropology & Psychology ’17) has been awarded the Melvin Ember internship to work for one year at the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University, where she will learn about cross-cultural research and methods. Congrats, Emily!

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