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Shalini Shankar’s new book Advertising Diversity

A new work by Shalini Shankar, Advertising Diversity – Ad Agencies and the Creation of Asian American Consumers was celebrated at a book party on November 2, 2015 in Harris Hall.

Ella Wilhoit, PhD candidate in Anthropology, to receive the Eric Wolf Prize from the “Society for the Anthropology of Work” for her submission "EnGendering the State".

Ella will be awarded the prize at this year’s AAA Annual meeting in Denver Colorado. The award ceremony will be held during the Society for the Anthropology of Work business meeting on Friday November 20th at 12:15 pm.

Tanzania's rainforest: Nature's hidden treasure

In this piece by CNN, Jessica Pouchet, Ph.D. candidate, describes her research about the human-side of forest conservation in Amani Nature Reserve, Tanzania. By bridging linguistic, cultural, and environmental anthropology, her dissertation examines how the diverse residents of this protected rainforest debate and impact the local ecology.

Odette Zero, Northwestern junior and Anthropology major, is “Taking a personal look at diabetes in Guatemala”.

In a story featured on the Northwestern home page Odette talks about her time and research in Guatemala.

We humans are highly sensitive to our social environments. Our brains have special abilities such as empathy and social foresight that allow us to understand each other’s feelings and communicate in ways that are unique among all living organisms. Our bodies use internal chemical messengers—hormones and neurotransmitters—to help guide responses to our social worlds. Understanding this chemical language is important for many research questions in anthropology. For the past 27 years I have conducted a field study of child stress and family environment in a rural community in Dominica. The primary objective is to document hormonal responses of children to everyday interactions with their parents and other care providers, concomitant with longitudinal assessment of developmental and health outcomes. Results indicate that difficult family environments and traumatic social events are associated with temporal elevations of cortisol and morbidity risk. The long-term effects of traumatic early experiences on cortisol profiles are complex and indicate domain-specific effects, with normal recovery from physical stressors, but some heightened response to negative-affect social challenges.