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In the News

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One of our graduate students (Michael Granatosky) won the Juan Comas Award at this year’s AAPA Mtg (American Association of Physical Anthropologists).  The meeting was held 3/25-28/2015 in St. Louis, MO.  

Michael Granatosky, Duke University. Kinetics of below branch quadrupedal walking in primates and other mammals: implications for the evolution of specialized suspensory locomotion

Award Information:  http://www.physanth.org/about/awards/student-presentation-awards/juan-comas-prize/

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6th Annual Primate Palooza

Saturday March 28th at 2:30pm: As part of this year's Primate Palooza, there will be FREE tours and transportation to the Duke Lemur Center for Duke students. Buses will run between the West Campus bus stop and the Lemur Center starting at 2:30 PM on Saturday, March 28. 

Please register at http://tinyurl.com/lemur2015. Space is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Tuesday, March 31st at 6pmCome hear primatologist and National Geographic wildlife correspondent Dr. Mireya Mayor talk about her conservation work in Madagascar and her inspiring journey from NFL cheerleader to Fulbright Scholar to field scientist to PhD. Book signing to follow the event.


Dr. Taylor and Dr. Robin Bernstein (University of Colorado, Boulder) awarded New Scholars Grant through The Elsevier Foundation to support the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) Women’s Initiative.   

The AAPA’s Committee on Diversity (COD) has made increasing diversity within physical anthropology a priority. The COD Women’s Initiative Co-chairs Robin Bernstein (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Andrea Taylor (Duke University) have received a grant through the Elsevier Foundation New Scholars Program to create a self-sustaining infrastructure administered by the AAPA to improve the environment for all women physical anthropologists. This two-year grant, will support career development initiatives including domestic and international career development workshops, and the creation of sustainable toolkits and webinars that can be easily accessed and widely shared in order to initiate and continue conversations about strategic career planning and work-life satisfaction. The Elsevier Foundation media release can be found athttp://www.elsevierfoundation.org/new-scholars/new-scholars-grants/#2014.

Dr. Churchill and the "Rising Star Expedition" in South Africa's Cradle of Mankind. Over 100 new fossils found!

Video of Dr. Churchill in the science lab (tent!) awaiting new fossils can be found here:


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Dr. Ken Glander is researching how light levels impact primate behavior.

Read more at the Duke Science Blog: http://sites.duke.edu/dukeresearch/2013/11/05/lemurs-neck-bling-tracks-siestas-insomnia/

Dr. Churchill publishes findings on Australopithecus sediba in Science Magazine.

Student Accomplishments

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EvAnth Alumni, Lydia Greene, featured in The Chronicle of Higher Eduction