“I love bones. My appreciation of the beauty of skeletal anatomy started at a very young age,” writes Anthropology Professor Elizabeth Weiss in a University of Florida Press blog post, “Human Variation: More Than Skin Deep.” In the post Professor Weiss discusses insights from her new book, Reading the Bones: Activity, Biology, and Culture. For example, “forensic anthropologists are attempting to use bone variation to identify more than just age, sex, and cause of death. Some have used differences in upper arm bone diameters to look at whether the individual was left- or right-handed, arguing that the strength of the bone indicates which arm was used more.” Fascinating!
Communications Studies Professor Matthew Spangler had a very busy 2017: he was awarded the prestigious Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance by the National Communication Association, his adaptation of the play The Kite Runner was staged in London, and he conducted his third National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for School Teachers. The SJSU September 2017 Academic Spotlight article provides additional information.
Wendy Rouse (Assistant Professor of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences) has published a new book, Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement. Initial reviews indicate that the book is “a highly readable study whose historical accounts of sexism and xenophobia bear repeated discussion,” “catalogues a grab bag of Progressive era thought and anxieties in favor of women’s self defense training from new women rhetoric about women’s physical and political emancipation to fears of white slavers, menacing male strangers, and rising Japanese cultural and political power,” and is “a terrific, influential book!” Congratulations, Professor Rouse!