Wednesday Round Up #155

So, a long hiatus in the Wednesday round ups. And to be honest, that’s been good for me – the round ups took an enormous amount of time to develop and post, and I have been happy to be free from that. And while the round ups did have a dedicated following, they never attracted really big numbers.

So I’m not sure whether I am going to continue with the Wednesday tradition. Certainly I’m not using the same format – the long, long list of news articles, scholarly articles, and other things that catch the eye. But I am considering highlighting just a few articles, and doing that on an occasional basis, rather than the every week format. So that’s what I’ll do today.

Eric Michael Johnson has a great post over at Primate Diaries, Freedom to Riot: On the Evolution of Collective Violence. He moves from mistaken biases in past research on violence, particularly among primates, to a consideration of the role of impoverished environments in generating destructive behavior, and then a reflection on the social ways we create impoverished environments today. He paints in broad brushstrokes, and that’s good – you can get a sense of the overall argument. I really hope he continues to develop this approach in his doctoral work, as it is much needed.

Lee Gettler, a friend and a doctoral student in anthropology at Northwestern, got his research featured in the NY Times! Always exciting. In Study, Fatherhood Leads to Drop in Testosterone highlights Lee’s exciting work linking hormone function and social context, in particular showing how “male physiology is responsive to a variety of shifting socio relational cues and contexts, including pair-bonding status and becoming a father.”

Mark Turner, interdisciplinary cognitive scientist whom I had the pleasure of meeting a few years ago, has a 2010 draft paper I just ran across. Co-authored with Mathew McCubbins, Going Cognitive: Tools for Rebuilding the Social Sciences is a useful meditation on how to bring cognitive science and social science into closer interaction. It’s largely focused on internal cognition, so no extended mind here, but it does provide some useful guidelines for thinking about the implications of cognitive science for doing social science research.

Kaiser has put up a basic online tutorial, complete with video, on Global Health 101. A good overview.

And just for fun, here are 5 great paper airplane designs.

On the news front, my home institution USF has a post-doc competition – a two year postdoc with decent pay and an interdisciplinary emphasis. Applications are due December 9th. I’d love to have a postdoc in neuroanthropology!

I am teaching Introduction to Biological Anthropology this fall, and really enjoying it. It’s great fun to be able to focus on the biological side of things, rather than cover all the four fields in a typical four-field intro (what I taught before). Yesterday I was talking about bonobo genital-genital rubbing, the Darwin awards, and how the blind can see again through tongue sensors providing visual information. Bio anthro is a fun field! And if you want the latest on biological anthropology news, my colleague and friend Sue Sheridan has created a great Facebook group BioAnthropology News that is open to all and provides a steady stream of the latest and greatest in biological anthropology.

The American Anthropological Association has put together a new resource, Teaching Medical Anthropology, which includes syllabi, bibliographies, and other useful information. Also, my med anth wiki is another great online resource.

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3 Responses to Wednesday Round Up #155

  1. Sorry to hear you will be cutting back on the round-up. I got hooked on it last year and it wasted days of my life checking out and reading through all of the links.

    Most site stats only give quantitative data, which it sounds like was not worth the effort. If it makes any difference here is some qualitative results– wed. round-ups were/are amazing. I learned so much from them. Thank you.

  2. Barbara King says:

    Daniel, I’d really miss the round-up if it vanished altogether- I do understand the time sink aspect, and like the new format, terser with a focus on only a few links. May it sail on into future Wednesdays! I echo the above note by Doug mentioning qualitative results: the round-up matters to me too.

    I’ve taught intro to bioanth for so many years (most years) and agree it’s an amazing course, with a chance to foray into so many different aspects of the material. As the semester progress maybe you’ll keep us updated?

  3. daniel.lende says:

    Doug and Barbara,

    Thanks for the kind words! I’ll try my best to keep the Wednesday round up going. It will be in this shorter format for the foreseeable future, and there might be weeks that I just don’t get to it. But I am already planning the next one!

    I also just wanted to say that not writing here as much means that I am writing more in other areas, so that one way or another, there will still be things to read! Greg and I are excited about the edited volume on neuroanthropology, which is now officially in production. And I’ll be continuing on my own book project.

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