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Check out this student produced video about the Forensic Anthropology program facility: 

NEW DEPARTMENT HEAD.  Dr. Kathleen Brennan assumed the role of Department Head on July 1, 2014. 

WELCOME DR, JAMES VETETO.  Dr. Veteto joins the Anthropology faculty from the University of North Texas. . Dr. Veteto brings a wealth of experience to the position, with a strong history of teaching, research, and service that connects our Southern Appalachian region with a variety of global issues. His scholarly goal of providing realistic models of ecologically sustainable and socially just ways of living will certainly resonate with our students and faculty colleagues. His experience documenting and working to preserve our local agricultural biodiversity is also fundamentally important to the future of our region, and beyond. 

WELCOME MR. MUENE MUWANIKI.  Mr. Muwaniki joins the Sociology faculty.  Mr. Muwaniki has a  Master's degree in Sports Studies (Sports Organization) from Miami University of Ohio. He will defend his dissertation, Blackness and the Sporting Migrant: Constructing the African Athlete in the West, this fall and complete his sociology doctorate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

CONGRATULATIONS to Drs. Eastman and Johnston and Martin on being awarded External Funding Support Grant Proposal: Purchase of a 100 MHz Ground‐Penetrating Radar (GPR) Antenna for Subsurface Mapping in Geological, Archaeological and Forensic Anthropological Investigations Co‐Primary Investigators: Rob Young, Professor, Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Blair Tormey, Lecturer, Geosciences and Natural Resources, Katie Peek, Research Scientist, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines,
Cheryl Johnston, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Jane Eastman, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology,
Paul Martin, Adjunct, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, 

DR. CHERYL JOHNSTON named Director of FOReST (Forensic Osteology Research Station)

DEPARTMENT BROWN BAG SERIES 2014-2015 Anthropology and Sociology are again presenting their research in a series of Brown Bags. Schedule to be announced.



DR. MARILYN CHAMBERLIN on reestablishing a domestic violence agency in Jackson County. 

DR. PETER NIECKARZ: on the local breweries "Opportunities to establish, maintain and foster social ties,"

 DR. MARILYN CHAMBERLIN: on motherhood and working


JAMES VETETO: Reviving folk Agriculture   

WCU ANTHROPOLOGY MAJOR ELIZABETH PRATT working at an archaeology field school in Italy last summer excavating an Etruscan site.

DR. JANE EASTMAN and FREEMAN OWLE: on the legend of the Cherokee "Little People" 



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