Wednesday Round Up #130

The sculpture is by Kate Macdowell and called Rootbound. You can see a selection of Macdowell’s work over at ghost light.

This week it’s the top, global health, anthropology, and mind. For those of you in the States, Happy Thanksgiving! And I can definitely say I am grateful for all the people out there who have helped make Neuroanthropology on PLoS a success. Thanks so much for reading!

Top of the List

Peter Gluckman et al., Towards a New Developmental Synthesis: Adaptive Developmental Plasticity and Human Disease
*Excellent article (pdf) calling for a new approach to health interventions, which take into account development and adaptive plasticity.

Christopher Kelty, Ckelty’s $10 Thoughts On Blogging in Anthropology
*Get a great overview of whether blogging is for you, why do it, and tricks of the trade over at Savage Minds

Matt Richtel, Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction
*The perils of technology…are children becoming more distracted from their school work?

Suparna Choudhury, Culturing the Adolescent Brain: What Can Neuroscience Learn From Anthropology?
*”This article uses the example of the adolescent brain to discuss three aspects of culture that may help us to shape and reframe questions, interpretations and applications in cultural neuroscience.”

Andrew Whiten and Emma Flynn, The Transmission and Evolution of Experimental Microcultures in Groups of Young Children
*Another reason to encourage your kids to play with other children – they might learn something new. Abstract for a new paper on “micro-cultures.”

Ajay Singh, 10 Questions for Robert Lemelson
*A strong interview with anthropologist Robert Lemelson, who created a documentary about a little-known massacre in Indonesia involving the slaughter of 500,000 to 1 million Indonesians.

Ed Dante, The Man Who Writes Your Students’ Papers Tells His Story
*The man behind some of your students’ final papers gives an interview over at the Chronicle – or reflections on writing and cheating, ethics and trade liberalization of the student market…

Global Health

Sarah Horton and Louise Lamphere, A Call to an Anthropology of Health Policy
*While a bit dated, this piece is still relevant to current debates surrounding health care and health policy and how anthropologists can get involved.

Partners in Health, Teboho’s Story
*The social stigma surrounding diseases hinders effective treatment, as told in this account of a boy in Lesotho suffering from multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.

Jason Gale, India’s Diabetes Epidemic Strikes Millions Who Escape Poverty
*With affluence comes a new set of health concerns, specifically diabetes, which is increasing rapidly among India’s middle class.

Maximilian Forte, Where the Cure is the Disease and the Doctor Sickens the Patient: The Pathology of Occupation in Haiti
*Haiti can’t catch a break, first the devastating earthquake, which the country has yet to recover from and now an outbreak of cholera.
-Forte breaks down misrepresentations of the cholera outbreak in the media and also takes on the UN for its inadequate response.

Tina Rosenberg, Clean Water at No Cost? Just Add Carbon Credits
*How some businesses are investing in clean water projects in return for global carbon credits.

Ashley Smith, Pushed to the Brink by Disaster and War
*Pakistan – another country coping with the aftermath of a natural disaster.
-Read about the politicization of humanitarian aid and conflict within the Pakistani government.

Washington Post, Global Food Crisis
*The news has been filled with stories about the global food crisis and how it will get worse if actions are not taken now.
-Check out this webpage of photos and articles on the crisis.

Bryan Walsh, Bird Flu Pops Up Again in Hong Kong. Is a Pandemic on Its Way?
*Don’t panic yet, but the first case of bird flu this year was diagnosed in Hong Kong.


The Watson Institute for International Studies, Theidon: Former Combatants Test Colombia as a Post-Conflict State
*Colombians are struggling with the reintegration of former combatants into society.

Laura Spinney, God-Loving Linguists
*Some missionary groups may have aided in the documentation and conservation of rare languages.

Lorenz, Do They Really Need Our “Help”? New Anthropology Matters Is Out
*Great series of articles on anthropology and development in the latest issue of Anthropology Matters.
-The authors ask interesting questions of anthropologists working in development, such as how can anthropologists help marginalized groups conduct their own ethnographic research?

Jovan Maud, The Law and Protecting Informant Confidentiality
*Unfortunately, a court subpoena trumps confidentiality between an anthropologist and their participants as detailed in this account of an anthropologist studying the affects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Anthony Paletta, Why Do Anthropologists Have Their Own Foreign Policy?
*Not everyone’s thrilled with anthropologists taking policy stances, such as the AAA’s resolution denouncing the military coup in Honduras.

Olumide Abimbola, Polanyi on Adam Smith
*Do humans have a “propensity to barter, truck and exchange one thing for another”?

Kayla Deleon, C.U. Alum Earns Highest Honor in Anthropology
*Applied anthropologist, Ralph Bolton, won this year’s Franz Boas award for his work in Peru and on the AIDS epidemic.

Charles Hirschkind, Is There a Secular Body?
*Thought-provoking article on secularism.

Tom Widger, Learning Suicide in Sri Lanka
*Suicide as a form of moral regulation: intriguing ethnographic data from Sri Lanka.

Robert Froderman, Experiments in Field Philosophy
*Philosophy out in the wild, or rather the community. Rather like community-based research, except here it is philosophizing.

David Francis, Want to Slash Poverty? Look to Latin America
*Examples of successful poverty reduction

Patricia Cohen, Digital Keys for Unlocking the Humanities’ Riches
*The digital world brings data! And that can help the humanities

David Glenn, Anthropologists Look for Bridges Across a Divided Discipline
*Young scholars at the AAAs, with a panel on Sunday even, gave a great day in the press, in this case The Chronicle of Higher education


Nature, Specials: Schizophrenia
*Nature magazine has a great special issue out on schizophrenia examining how it’s understood, diagnosed, and treated.

Karin Ringheim, What Does New Research on Adolescent Brain Development Tell Us About Designing Adolescent Reproductive Health Services?
*New evidence suggesting that adolescent brains are not equipped to think rationally and the need for a different approach when it comes to reproductive health programs.

Amy Standen, Touring Memory Lane Inside the Brain
*What happens inside our brains when we learn something new?
-Scientists, using images from a mouse’s cerebral cortex, are getting close to answering this question.

James Lieberman, Patent Medicine Redux: Drug Ads vs. Psychotherapy
*The influence of pharmaceutical companies on how anti-depressants are marketed and prescribed is disturbing to say the least. -Read a physician’s perspective on anti-depressant drugs in the U.S.

Vaughan Bell, Treating the Most Dangerous
*Fascinating interview with a forensic psychotherapist at a high security psychiatric who treats patients who have committed violent crimes.

Ann-Kathrin Lindemann, Robots Getting Social
*An innovative approach to treating autism in children with robots!

Jane Goldberg, Brain Development From Birth to Old Age: An Overview (Photos)
*Brief, but interesting description of how our brain develops.

Benedict Carey, In Cybertherapy, Avatars Assist with Healing
*Virtual reality – a way to practice and to heal

David Dobbs, The Bright Side of the “Depression-Risk Gene”
*Neuron Culture on how genes are contextual, and not absolute, and with benefits even as we focus on “risk”

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