Sociology & Anthropology Alumni Newsletter, Fall 2018

Message from the chair | Thanks to all of you who visited Athens

We had a busy spring semester and have been happy to see many of our alumni. We are excited to see many of you again this year at the Arts & Sciences Homecoming Tent on Oct. 20.

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Notable Alumni | Lisa Maatz is a respected advocate in D.C.

Lisa Maatz, AB ’89, a much-respected policy adviser and advocate for women and girls in Washington, D.C., and also at OHIO, was inducted into the College of Arts & Sciences Notable Alumni.

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Notable Alumni | McConaughy helps preserve sites, gives career advice

Josh McConaughy, BA ‘06, strengthened his ties with faculty and alumni after graduation, interacting professionally as he worked to preserve archaeological sites in the Midwest and coming back to campus to talk about career pathways with students.

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Notable Alumni | Moore Works with EPA on Environmental Cases

John T. Moore, AB '88, who works helping to enforce the country’s environmental statutes through legal cases with the Environmental Protection Agency, was inducted into the College of Arts & Sciences Notable Alumni.  
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Sophomore Aissatou Boye selected as Presidential Leader

Sophomore Aissatou Boye has been selected as a Presidential Leader, joining an elite society of student volunteers who give their time and talents to advance the priorities and initiatives of President Nellis.

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Online graduate certificate offered in Gender, Sexualities and Health

The new three-course online graduate certificate can help those in health care, social work, education and other professions better address the needs of women, LGBTQ persons and survivors of violence.

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Maher competes on 'Jeopardy,' wins first day

Marilyn Maher, BA '11, won her first game on Jeopardy in June. She was the only contestant to give a correct answer in Final Jeopardy.

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Meyer appointed dean of UT Austin's School of Information

Eric T. Meyer was named Dean of the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. Meyer was previously with the University of Oxford, where he served as director of graduate studies at the Oxford Internet Institute and professor of social informatics.

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Geyer looks to future in disaster recovery, community resiliency field

Kelsie Geyer, BA '12, went to New Orleans for several months in 2017 to volunteer with local Red Cross chapter, New Orleans-Southeastern Louisiana.

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Minkin enjoys work in environmental and sustainability education

Seed Minkin, BA '12, MS '15, works for Education Outside, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco that hosts garden-based science teachers in public elementary schools.

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Butcher finds camaraderie, teamwork at juvenile detention facility

Rhett Butcher, BA '09, MA '10, works for the Clermont County Juvenile Court as an Officer In Charge for the Juvenile Detention Facility.

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Cohara appointed to commission on continuing legal education

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor appointed Julie Cohara, MA '13, as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court's Commission on Continuing Legal Education, beginning a three year term that started this year.

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Lots more Anthropology alumni news!
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Faculty news

Musaraj co-edits 'Money at the Margins'

Dr. Smoki Musaraj co-edited the volume, "Money at the Margins: Global Perspectives on Technology, Financial Inclusion, and Design," which explores changes in the uses and meanings of money in various sites across the Global South.
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Duschinski Co-Edits 'Resisting Occupation in Kashmir'


Dr. Haley Duschinski co-edited a book titled "Resisting Occupation in Kashmir" (University of Pennsylvania Press).

Ammarell publishes on 'mindfulness practice in socially engaged ethnographic fieldwork'

Professor Emeritus Gene Ammarell showed “how mindfulness can help social scientists and development workers gain insights into the nature of social change and, consequently, become more effective as catalysts in enabling others as they seek a secure and sustainable future.”

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Scanlan authors chapter on 'hunger and food insecurity'

Dr. Stephen Scanlan examines hunger and food insecurity as social problems, providing a snapshot of the state of hunger in the world and trends that have resulted in the current condition.

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Castellano presents at International Therapeutic Jurisprudence Workshop

Dr. Ursula Castellano presented her multi-media and research project on veterans treatment courts, "Judging Therapeutically: Notes from the VTC Photography and Video Project."

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Welser gets award for study of rural young professionals and 'belongingness'

Dr. Howard "Ted" Welser and his co-authors found examined rural young professionals’ sense of connection to their places of work and residence.

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Upcoming events

Stop by the A&S Homecoming tent on Oct. 20

Find College of Arts & Sciences faculty, staff and alumni at Homecoming 2018 on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tailgreat Park. Sample food grown at the OHIO Student Farm and prepared by Food Studies theme students. Register to win a two-night stay at the Ohio University Inn.

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Save the Date | Arts & Sciences Student-Alumni Networking, Jan. 31

Mark your calendars for the college’s third annual Alumni and Student Networking Reception on Jan. 31, 2019. You have valuable experiences to share about career choices, graduate school and internships. Come back to Athens to help fellow Bobcats get a jump on their careers.
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There are many ways to be involved, including networking, one-on-one conversations, resume review, or employer tables. Learn more and RSVP. Or contact Lisa Cohen, director of external relations, at cohenl@ohio.edu.

You’re invited: WGSS Reunion and Roundtables at Homecoming, Oct. 19

Join us for the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies’ fourth annual Reunion & Roundtables at Homecoming 2018 on Friday, Oct. 19, from 1-6 p.m. Panels will touch on reproductive health, gender and development, and women in law: reflections on #metoo.
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Challenging dialogues—Events on campus and on A&S TV

In his inaugural address, Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis challenged the University to become a place where dialogue and rigorous, civil debate are institutional hallmarks. See what’s happening in the college, including many events that will be on A&S TV.
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Wealth & Poverty | Action on Inequality Week, Sept. 21-28

The Wealth and Poverty theme at Ohio University presents six speakers for “Action on Inequality Week” from Sept. 21-28.
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Handshake is a career development, networking, and recruiting tool that will expand opportunities for OHIO students and alumni. More than 200,000 employers, including all of the Fortune 500 companies, are using Handshake.
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Can you help students? Want to get involved?

The Bobcat alumni network is incredibly productive in giving OHIO students a great start on successful career paths. If you could benefit from access to Bobcat career services – or if you know of internship opportunities – or if you want to help your department support students, there are many ways to get involved, both in Athens and from afar. If you’re interested in connecting with a department, educational enrichment, networking, or coming to campus, contact Lisa Cohen.
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