Category Archives: Writing

Submerged

When I was 6 months old, my mom tells me that she threw me into the pool – or at least let go of me – to begin teaching me how to swim on my own and not be afraid … Continue reading

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An offer I can’t refuse…

My chair, and unofficial mentor, just offered to buy me a beer for every manuscript I write and submit by 23 January. The 23rd is the start of the Spring 2013 term – hence the deadline. While I am not … Continue reading

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Beginning 2013 with a do over

While I don’t want to redo the entire year, there are a few things that need re-doing before this year’s work can begin.  It sucks, but there it is. One of those redos is a manuscript I’ve been working on … Continue reading

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Connected in the Universe

My students and friends know what a huge science and scifi geek I am.  I ran across this video of Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, a scientist I admire, discussing our connection to the Universe. It reminded me of these two … Continue reading

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Storytelling science

This morning I met with a grad student, not one of my advisees, at a coffee shop to talk anthropology.  A. is a bright and cheerful person who shares my interest in stories.  Actually, all anthropologists like stories.  If you … Continue reading

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Meeping like a boss.

When I was a kid, one of my favorite games to play when I was bored was If.  You know, the game where you ask yourself questions like: If I were invisible, what would I do? If I could fly, … Continue reading

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Publishing news

I finally have another article published.  This is a research project I worked on with an undergraduate student at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique.  I am so happy that it is finally up online in its final form.  I … Continue reading

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Meeting with uncertainty

I have been reading about uncertainty.  Part of my effort to develop some new research ideas, although to be honest, as an agnostic it is also sparks my thinking about living with unanswered questions. Today I finished a book about … Continue reading

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Evaluating potential students

As one of my first duties as a shiny, new assistant professor, I am evaluating potential masters and doctoral students.  Damn it is difficult.  Okay, some folks are easy because their application is incomplete – no letters of recommendation or … Continue reading

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New Year, New Job

It has been a while since my last post.  Since then I’ve moved to a new state (Maryland), and started a new job as assistant professor in the Dept. of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park. I’ve only … Continue reading

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