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Friday Scrapbook February 21, 2020

Graduate Recruitment Weekend

Thanks to everyone who came out to meet with our newly admitted graduate students, and especially to those hosted students or who helped setup and take down at our Saturday picnic (or, in some cases, both!).  I’d like to offer a special shout-out to Chris LeClere for being such an excellent Cruise director, and to our office staff — Karen, Pat, Nita, and Pam — for keeping everything organized.  The weekend has become a great place to meet new students, and many have commented on how welcome they felt during the weekend.

Armadillo Roast

Our next Big Annual Thing We Do is the upcoming Armadillo Roast, which will be held on March 14.  In addition to our horseshoes tournament and the mystery meat and pie competitions,  our roast hosts have devised some new attractions, including a Hot Ones challenge (how many actual or faux chicken wings can you consume, and how hot can you go?), the chance to turn my office into a possum sanctuary (because why not?), and, most importantly, an opportunity to decorate a faculty member’s office door in Flamingos.

As always, the roast is both tremendous fun and an important fundraiser and helps support graduate student dissertation research.

Awards and Recognition

Anthropology senior undergraduate Ms. Yian Wu has been selected to present her University Scholar/Honors Thesis research at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC) on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.  The title of her poster is “Recycling Behaviors at the University of Florida: Strategies versus Consumer Tactics.”  Congratulations Yian!

Upcoming Talks

This afternoon we have a talk from our own Scott Hussey.  Dr. Hussey is the State Archaeologist at the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. His presentation “How to Land a Job in Federal Archaeology” will focus on employment after graduate school.  Please join us tat 4:00 pm in Turlington Room 1208-A. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Also this afternoon, Dr Darla Monroe  Dr. Darla Monroe, Chair of the Geography Department at Ohio State University and will be speaking on Land Systems and Climate Justice and Reciprocal relationships between forest management and regional landscape structures.  Her talk is at 3:30 in Reitz Union G330.  Refreshments will be provided.

On March 13 and 20, there will be two talks open to the UF community and to the public on March 13 & 20 as part of the  speaker series entitled “Language, Gender, and Identity in the Arab World.”  The talks are sponsored by Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures University of Florida International Center.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.


Internship Opportunity

Food First is seeking an intern to work with staff, develop critical research and analysis, and support grassroots fundraising and dissemination of research to the public and grassroots organizations.  Food First sheds light on the root causes of hunger and supports the movements building power to transform our food system.   Food First is seeking two Intern positions for the following:

    • Narrative Strategy and Donor Engagement Intern
    • Communications, Writing, and Editing Intern
    • Linking and Weaving Food and Farm Justice in the Bay Area Intern

They are accepting spring interns on a rolling basis. Deadline for summer internships is April 15th. More information here.

University Policy Updates

Finally, it is my duty to remind everyone to please refrain from collecting human tongues in jars, or storing them under the floorboards of your home. These activities are, according to the

Gainesville Sun, no longer allowable, per UF policy.


Enjoy your weekend!

Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida