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2008-09 University Professor Nancy Tatarek

May 27, 2008  

Each year, the student body rewards four to five university faculty for their teaching excellence and overall contributions to higher education with the title of University Professor. The 2008-09 honorees are Josephine Bloomfield, Jennifer Chabot, Barry Tadlock, Nancy Tatarek and Scott Titsworth.

Nancy Tatarek, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

I teach Introduction to Biological Anthropology, Medical Anthropology and Human Osteology.

My research focuses on health in the past in the United States. My current project involves examining historical prison records for clues leading to insights into the health of incarcerated and marginalized groups in Ohio.

The project is not a singular effort and has included 10 Ohio University undergraduate students as research assistants over the past four years, providing a unique combination of teaching and research.

I'm honored to be selected as a University Professor. When I first entered graduate school, I didn't particularly want to teach, but I was thrown into teaching pretty quickly. I discovered I really enjoy teaching, especially when I can share my research or experiences in the classroom.



Related Links
Five inducted into 'Teaching Hall of Fame': http://www.ohio.edu/outlook/07-08/May/552.cfm 
Department of Sociology and Anthropology: http://www.cas.ohiou.edu/socanth/  
Tartarek's faculty page: http://www.cas.ohiou.edu/socanth/faculty/tatarek.html  

Published: May 27, 2008 8:27 AM  

Nancy Tatarek
Nancy Tatarek

Courses I will teach via my University Professor Award 

People, Plagues and Pestilence: The Anthropology of Infectious Disease

This course will allow students to look at how the smallest of microbial organisms have impacted world history and culture over time. Through this problem-oriented course, students will first learn the basics of anthropological epidemiology and then apply those concepts to serious infectious illness outbreaks and the cultures affected by the disease.

Anthropology of Infectious Disease

Over the span of human existence, the smallest of microbes have influenced human history, culture and biology. The science of epidemiology has until recently been largely limited to microbiologists, examining the spread and effects of infectious illness on human populations. Anthropology is uniquely positioned to consider disease and illness in general and infectious illness in particular. Utilizing the bio-cultural approach, anthropologists work to form a more complete understanding of the interactions between humans and infectious organisms.

This course will examine infectious illness from an anthropological perspective, focusing on how human culture and biology both affect and are affected by small organisms such as viruses, bacteria and internal parasites. Through this course, students will endeavor to apply anthropological concepts to the study of infectious illness in human populations through time. The ultimate goal of the course is to more completely understand how such illnesses have been dealt with in the past, how modern cultures respond today and, perhaps, how the effects can be minimized.



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