Department of Anthropology News

Southern Illinoisan: UT Professor Collaborates on Project Concerning Impact of Hurricane Harvey

UT anthropology assistant professor Raja Swamy is collaborating with a Southern Illinois University Carbondale researcher on a project about Hurricane Harvey’s effects on Houston. The pair recently received an $80,000 grant for the work. The Southern Illinoisan featured the project in this story. The researchers’ latest project asks a deceptively simple question: What will Hurricane

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Community Celebrates Three Decades of UT Forensic Anthropology

Community members got a firsthand look at the work of UT forensic anthropologists during an open house on Sunday, October 1. More than 250 visitors—including children, families of donors, and pre-donors who will give their body to the center upon their death—took part in the event, which was hosted by the UT Forensic Anthropology Center.

Professor Discusses New Amelia Earhart Photo with Live Science

A newly discovered photograph suggests Amelia Earhart may have survived a crash landing in the Marshall Islands. Richard Jantz, a UT forensic anthropologist, told Live Science the photo cannot be taken into fact just yet. Jantz has been studying known photos of Earhart to match measurements of bone fragments found on Nicumaroro Island in the 1940s.

The New Yorker: The Historian Making Science Come Alive

The New Yorker recently told the story of Christopher Gray, an architectural historian who passed away this month at the age of 66 and wanted to give his body back to science. UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center is making that happen.

WBIR: UT Expert Weighs in on Immigrants’ Effect on Economy

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De Ann Pendry, UT senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, weighed in on the beneficial impact that children of immigrants has on the US economy.
“There are 750,000 young people that are now able to go to work go to college. They’re all contributing to the economy,” Pendry told WBIR-TV Channel 10.