Hi Everyone!
Here’s a couple of items for the week:
Requiring ANT 3451, Race and Racism
  • As many of you know, a petition is circulating to replace the required What is the Good Life? course with ANT 3451, Race and Racism.  As of this morning, the petition had 23,000 signatures (you can find it here).  Dr. Lance Gravlee, who designed and frequently teaches the course, has written an essay about the petition, which is published in today’s Gainesville Sun.  You can read the essay here.


Awards and Press
  • Ph.D. Candidate Nicolas Delsol was recently named the winner of the Bullen Award for student research and significant contributions to the development of museum collections and programs.  The Bullen Award honors former Florida Museum archaeology curator Ripley P. Bullen and recognizes students conducting research on the anthropology of Florida or the Caribbean Basin.  You can read the museum’s press release here, and the announcement in the Gainesville Sun here.  Congratulations, Nicolas!
  • Drs. Michele Lefebvre and Susan deFrance were recently featured in the College (here) for their research on the domestication of the guinea pig, which is published in Scientific Reports.  You can read the full article here.
Research Ethics and Covid-19
  • Courtesy of Riley Ravaryhere is a link to a series of essays on the conduct of research within the conduct of pandemics.
Peter Collings
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Anthropology
University of Florida


Hi Everyone!
It’s a bit slow, news-wise, around these parts.  But there are a few items:
Publications and Awards
  • Megan Cogburn just published an article in Social Science and Medicine, “Homebirth fines and health cards in rural Tanzania: On the push for numbers in maternal health.” You can find the article here.  Congratulations, Megan!
  • Corinne Futch recently received a Charles T. Woods Grant from the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research.  The $3000 award will help support Corinne’s dissertation research. Congratulations Corinne!
Library Research and Classroom Instruction in the time of Covid-19
  • From our Anthropology Librarian, Ginessa Mahar:  Did you know that you could add a librarian to your Canvas course? If you are teaching an online anthropology course this summer, you can add me under the “Librarian” role. There is also a Library Research button that you can add that provides your students with a brief introduction to library research and resources. Check out this link for more information or send me an email at gjmahar@ufl.edu.
Peter Collings
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Anthropology
University of Florida


I hope everyone is enjoying the end of the semester.  As we disperse to a different part of the our house or apartment for the summer, here are few items:


Chris LeClere’s research on coffee houses has been featured in the latest issue of the UF Explore magazine.  Find the article here.


Molly Selbas article, “The Impact of Selection for Facial Reduction in Dogs: Geometric Morphometric Analysis of Canine Cranial Shape,” published in The Anatomical Record, was recognized by the press as one of the top 10% downloaded articles in the past year.  Find the article here.  Way to go Molly!


Trevor Duke’s research on Roberts Island is currently featured at the Florida Museum of Natural History.  See the article here.



to Liz Ibarrola and Sarah Zaleski, who were received Doctoral Dissertation Awards from the Graduate School.  These awards provide a tuition waiver and a stipend to enable them to put the final touches on their dissertation.


Finally, if you didn’t see it, Lance Gravlee was featured in the UF News with some advice and tips on transitioning from live classroom to online teaching.  Find the article here.


I hope everyone is well.  Enjoy your weekend!


Peter Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida

It’s nothing but good news in the Monday Bulletin:

On the Awards front:

Ph.D. Candidates Amanda Brock and Hannah Toombs were selected as recipients of a $3500 Ruth McQuown Scholarship for graduate students at UF.  Congratulations to both!

Arianne Boileau was selected as one of the recipients of the 2020 Graduate School Mentoring Award.  Congrats, Arianne!

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians received a grant of $393,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a new Mississippi Choctaw dictionary and video-documentation project.  The award supports Dr. Aaron Broadwell as one of the project linguists for the grant, in addition to supporting two UF students: Michael Stoop and Seth Katenkamp who will be involved in grant-related work at the Choctaw reservation.


Library News

From Ginessa Mahar:  The Libraries have gathered a list of open access resources and expanded access to e-resources during the time of COVID-19. Please check out the following LibGuides to see what is in in store for you!

Expanded Access to E-Resources LibGuide

Anthropology –  Changes to Library Services LibGuide


Peter Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida

Anthropology Office

The office remains open for business.  After a conversation with the staff, we’ve decided to continue business in our normal place.  We have plenty of Lysol wipes!  However, we’d encourage folks to avoid coming in unless it is absolutely necessary.

Although we might be pretty good in keeping everything disinfected (our doorknobs have never been so clean!), we’re might not be #1.  The English Language Institute has been pretty diligent, and they’ve documented it here.  (and yes, it might generate another groan.  Or, it might go …. viral!)

Rumor Control

We’re all well aware that the situation is changing continually, and we’re equally aware that the university is scrambling to respond to new issues as they appear.  Please also be aware that there are plenty of rumors, speculation, and outright wild guessing about what the university may or may not do in response to COVID-19.

What does this mean for us?  For faculty and staff: many of us have roles and responsibilities that may provide us some insight into discussions in the Dean’s, President’s, or Provot’s office.  Keep in mind that these are only discussions, and be aware that broadcasting those discussions may be misunderstood as official policy before a decision has actually been made.  The easy solution? Keep any policy discussion or speculation to yourself.

For all of us … official policy announcements, guidance, and policy changes will come through the Dean’s Office, the Provost, or the President.

Using Zoom for Dissertation Defenses

Thanks to Lance Gravlee for passing along a Twitter thread (apparently from a colleague at UF) that offers some great suggestions for how to use Zoom most effectively for dissertation defenses.  You can find the thread here: https://twitter.com/ethanwhite/status/1240336385896316928

I’ll add that if you happen to have had positive experience transitioning to online, or if you’ve developed some lessons are strategies that have been effective and you want to share, please drop me a line and we’ll set up an exchange.

Aid-A-Gator for Students

Kate Grillo forwarded this around earlier in the week from the FLMNH, but I’ll reiterate here:  If you are having any financial trouble at all, consider applying for funds from UF’s Aid-A-Gator program (https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/aidagator/). It has already funded students to travel home who had no funds to do so. Over 250 applications have already been submitted and the program is running strong.  I’ll add that if you are otherwise in distress, please let us know by contacting either me of Kate (kgrillo@ufl.edu), and we will do our best to help you.

You might be interested in President Fuchs’ reply to a student expressing concern about online-only instruction and other disruptions.  You can find it here.

I know it’s been a crazy week-plus, and it looks like it will get a bit nuttier in the short term.  Thanks to everyone for all their flexibility and hard work in moving their courses online on such short notice.  Male sure you take some time to enjoy your weekend while foraging for canned beans and toilet paper!


Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida


Dillo Roast!

Our annual upcoming Armadillo Roast, which will be held on March 14 — Just 8 days away!  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.

Publications and Media

Ph.D. Candidate Nicolas Delsol just published an article in the Journal of Social Archaeology. The paper is based upon Nicolas’ research on cattle use in colonial Guatemala.  The paper was conceived and drafted during Dr. Gillespie’s “Things” class. Find the article here, and contulations to Nicolas!

Spring Research Exhibition

The Department of Anthropology wants to showcase your research projects at our Spring 2020 Research Exhibition!  We are looking for posters from current graduate and undergraduate anthropology students.  Graduate Poster Prizes are  $700 (1st prize) and $500 (2nd prize).  The Undergraduate winner will receive $250.  Win or lose, the department will pay to print a copy of your poster so we can display it in the halls of Turlington.  The winning posters will be on display in the chair’s office.  Deadline for submission is Friday, March 20 by 5:00pm. Digital submissions should go to Chris LeClere. Hard copy posters can be dropped off in the anthropology office. Contact Chris LeClere cleclere@ufl.edu with questions.


The Clemson University Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice invites applications for a non-tenure track Lecturer position beginning 15 August 2020. We seek applicants with experience teaching anthropology courses with a preferred focus on biological anthropology who will add to and complement existing curriculum. The successful applicant will teach four-field Introduction to Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and courses in their specific area of expertise. The teaching load for full-time lecturers is 4 courses per semester.  For more information about Clemson University, please see http://www.clemson.edu or the departmental website https://www.clemson.edu/cbshs/departments/sociology/.

The Anthropology Department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is hoping to fill a tenure-track line in applied cultural anthropology with a strategic hire. We are hoping to hire an African American or Latinx scholar, because that would enrich our department and support the needs of our diverse student body, or an Indigenous scholar who would strengthen both Anthropology and our Native American Studies program.  Website is here: http://www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/anthropology/index.shtml

I hope that you enjoyed your spring break travels, and I will see you next Monday.

Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida

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


Arianne Boileau has just been awarded NSF funding for her dissertation research, “Identifying Household-level PoliticalEconomy on the Maya/Spanish Frontier through Zooarchaeology.” Congratulations, Arianne!

FASA Colloquium

This afternoon we have two talks, sponsored by FASA.  Dr. Kelly Sams will present her talk “Disease X: An Anthropological History,” which will be followed by Alex Lowie, who will present his paper “Narratives of the Trayvon Martin Shooting.”  The session will begin at 4 pm, in 1208a Turlington.

Graduate Student Recruitment Weekend

Mark your calendars, as this year we will welcome prospective new students to Gainesville and UF February 14 & 15.  Stay tuned for our planned events, which include an afternoon picnic meet and greet for current students and faculty.  Interested in volunteering a sofa for an itinerant visitor?  Contact Chris LeClere (cleclere@ufl.edu), and he’ll set you up.  Interested in volunteering at the picnic and other events?  Contact Karen Jones (knjones@ufl.edu)

Competitions and Opportunities

Inside the Greenhouse announces its 5th annual  ITG Comedy & Climate Change Short Video Competition.  Any earthling is eligible, as is any, up to 3-minute long, video created since January 2019 is eligible.  First prize: $400.  More details, including submission guidelines, are here.

UF Anthropology & Jeopardy

Earlier this month, one of our UF anthropologist ancestors made it to the hallowed halls of Jeopardy with the following clue:  William Maples was an expert in forensic anthropology working on the bodies of the Romanovs the Elephant Man & this U.S. president who mysterious death in 1850…


National Forests in Florida will soon be advertising a NTE 4-Year Archeologist (GS-0193-09) position with a duty station of Umatilla, FL.  The position will be advertised DEMO.  Deadline will close Feb 14.  See the attached word.doc for details.


Hi All,

It’s the Friday the 13th/Full Moon Edition of the Scrapbook.  This spooky combo only happens every 20-30 years, so be sure to save your copy:  this rare issue might be worth money someday on Ebay!

Some Items from around the Department:

Upcoming Events

Potlatch this year is October 12 — less than a month away!  For those of you new to UF, Potlatch is one of our annual rites of intensification and a significant fundraiser to help support our graduate students by auctioning off departmental artifacts, relics, and other items of dubious provenance  If you have legacy items for the auction, you may drop them off in our main office in Turlington. If you have an item you’d like to donate, you may also bring that to the main office in Turlington, preferably with a note about what it is and what it might be used for.  Alternatively, if  you’d like to directly to the Graduate Student Travel Fund, you may write a check, payable to the Graduate Student Travel Fund, sent directly to Karen Jones in our main office.  Watch this space for a signup sheet for volunteers.

Got coffee? The University of Florida Coffee Research Symposium will be held October 17-19.  Organized by our very own Chris LeClere, the deadline to submit a presentation or poster proposal for the first ever UF Coffee Research Symposium is quickly approaching! This three day event is being held at Aloft Hotel and will bring together international industry professionals and researchers who have a common interest in coffee (or caffeine). There will be coffee tastings, demonstrations, and discussions. The cost is free for all UF students, faculty, and staff and lunch is provided Saturday and Sunday. Both graduate and undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to apply.   Email the conference organizer Chris LeClere cleclere@ufl.edu for more information.


Dr. John Krigbaum and graduate student Kylie Williamson are co-authors on a new paper, “The dead shall be raised”: Multidisciplinary analysis of human skeletons reveals complexity in 19th century immigrant socioeconomic history and identity in New Haven, Connecticut, published earlier this week in PLoS One.  (Find the article here; a summary from Yale University is here). dr. George Kamenov in Geological Sciences at UF is also an author on this paper.  Congratulations to all!


Intersections Group on Ethics in the Public Sphere will hold their first Ethics Cafe event on Immigration on, Monday, September 16th in Smathers 100.  An Ethics Café is an informal gathering where people with diverse perspectives and experiences can talk about issues that matter to them. The goal is to facilitate reasoned, constructive, and civil conversations in which all the participants are able to join, and from which all will learn. Facilitators will be on hand to assist, but the cafes are student driven and open-ended.  Interested?  Want to know more?  You can contact Danielle Barrientos, Intersections Program Coordinator at humanities-center@ufl.edu or find their newsletter here.

Job Board

The Department of Anthropology at California State University, Long Beach is happy to announce a tenure track position in Biological Anthropology at the Assistant Professor rank. Successful candidates must have completed their Ph.D. by August 1, 2020. The faculty member is expected to teach undergraduate classes in support of anthropology and human development majors. Please see the full position description for examples. The applicants’ research area is open but ideal candidates will demonstrate experience working with living human populations and solid foundation in evolutionary theory and biological and biocultural theories and methods. We are particularly interested in applicants committed to undergraduate teaching, graduate student mentoring and the ability to involve students in research projects. Applicants whose work and experience demonstrates a strong commitment to the success of diverse students are particularly encouraged to apply.  For a full description of the position and information on how to apply, please go to the following link: http://www.csulb.edu/academic-affairs/faculty-affairs/assistant-professor-of-biological-anthropology-2578

The Department of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Social-Cultural Anthropology with a demonstrated expertise in food and culture, a commitment to ethnographic research, and success in interdisciplinary collaboration and comparative work.

While preference will be given to scholars whose research addresses US food systems or comparative US/global food systems, we will also consider applicants working in other regions. Topical specializations might include: the intersections of contemporary food systems, environment/climate, and social change, food justice, food (in)security, and sustainability, and/or the political economies of food production, trade, and consumption at local, national, and international levels. More at https://careercenter.aaanet.org/jobs/12758088/assistant-professor-anthropology-of-food.  Applications due October 15th.


Enjoy your weekend,

Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Jessie Ball duPont-Magid Term Professor

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida