Sydney Hunter (CAS ’19) has been recognized by the Boston University Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program as a 2018 Outstanding Student Researcher, one of seven students selected from all students conducting research across the entire university for this honor. Congratulations Sydney!
John M. Marston is a co-author, along with lab alumna Nami Shin (CAS ’15), on the first article publishing results of excavations at the site of Kaymakçı, in western Turkey, from the years 2014-2016. The article was just published in the American Journal of Archaeology and is available open access: it can be download here.
“Archaeologies of Empire and Environment” has just been published in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. Co-authored by Melissa S. Rosenzweig (Northwestern University) and John M. Marston, this article frames the forthcoming special issue of JAA with the same name. The article is available for download here.
The article “Modeling the role of fire and cooking in the competitive exclusion of Neanderthals” by Dr. Anna Goldfield (2017 PhD), Ross Booton (former lab volunteer, now Ph.D. student at the University of Sheffield), and John Marston has just been published in the Journal of Human Evolution. In this article, originally part of Anna’s dissertation, we argue that underlying differences in metabolic rates between Neanderthals and Anatomically Modern Humans are likely to have played a large role in Neanderthal extinction, and that differential fire use would have exacerbated these differences and sped up that process. Get the article here. This is Anna’s first lead-authored peer-reviewed article. Congratulations Anna!!
2018 PhD Kristen Wroth has been selected for a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Tübingen, to work with Dr. Christopher Miller (Institute for Archaeological Sciences, University of Tübingen) and Dr. Michael Toffolo (Bordeaux Montaigne University). Their project, “Geoarchaeology of a Middle Stone Age paleo-landscape in the central interior of South Africa: paleoenvironments and foraging practices during the transition to behavioral modernity” is sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Congratulations, Kris!!
Kathleen Forste received the 2018 Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award for her inspirational work in the classroom. Congratulations, Kathleen!
The Gitner Award is one of three endowed awards given annually by the College of Arts and Sciences to those professors who excel not only in successful classroom teaching, but in the fullest and most comprehensive aspects of the teaching experience. These activities include collaborative scholarship with students, curriculum development, mentoring and advising students and teaching fellows, and demonstrating excellence in classroom instruction. Congratulations to Prof. Marston for winning this year’s Gitner Award for Distinguished Teaching!
Kristen Wroth successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, “Neanderthal Plant Use and Phytolith Taphonomy in the Middle Paleolithic of Southwest France.” Congratulations, Dr. Wroth!