David Starbuck (Anthropology) spoke on March 31st to a class of middle school students in Hopkinton, NH, on the subject of the Platinum Age of Comic Book History.
Jason S.R. Paling (Anthropology) and Justin Lowry (George Mason University), co-directors of the Chiquilistagua Archaeological Project (CAP), will be directing the PSU Archaeological Field School. This program will combine field archaeology with lectures and lab-based experience. The archaeological field school will run in conjunction with the Chiquilistagua Archaeological Project (CAP) in Chiquilistagua, Nicaragua. Field methods will be primarily taught at archaeological sites in and around the modern capital of Managua, Nicaragua. Laboratory methods will be taught at the CAP field house and laboratory in Chiquilistagua. This year students will be investigating a newly discovered Pre-Columbian settlement. Based on a preliminary ceramic study, the site dates to A.D. 500.
Mark Okrant (Tourism Management and Policy) has his eighth book, “Whacked,” a murder mystery set at the Wentworth by the Sea resort, scheduled for release by Plaidswede Press in mid-April. Mark will be talking about his writing at the Lamson Library’s author series on April 16th, beginning at 12:30.
Krisan Evenson (Political Science) and Cindy Perkins (NH Employment Security) presented “Motivating the Mobilizers” on March 25th in Concord to members of NH’s Emerging Workforce group (of the State Employees’ Association). Their presentation applies motivation theory to social movements, leadership, and projects — great and small.
Katherine Donahue presented a poster on recent work she and Brian Eisenhauer (Sociology/Office of Environmental Sustainability) have done with Alex Bridgewater, undergraduate Anthropology major. The poster. “The Diffusion of Innovative Practices in Environmental
Sustainability of Recreational Boating,” was presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, in March. “Steaming to the North: The First Summer Cruise of the Revenue Cutter Bear,” the book she and David Switzer (History) co-authored, was reviewed by Ian Frazier in The New York Review of Books’ blog in March.
On January 24th Steve Whitman presented at The Science, Practice and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference at Michigan State University. His session was titled “Reducing Community Vulnerability and Increasing Resilience through Ecological Design.”
David Starbuck (Anthropology) traveled to Seattle, Washington, where he spoke to the annual meeting of The Society for Historical Archaeology on January 8th on the topic of “Archaeology and Preservation at the Lake George Battlefield.” This was a description of David’s summer 2014 excavations with students at French & Indian War sites in Lake George, NY. David was also the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Warren County Historical Society on January 17th on the topic of “Fighting on the Frontier in America’s Colonial Wars.” This was presented in the Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury, NY.
David Starbuck presented a public lecture on the future of Rogers Island at the Rogers Island Acquisition Ceremony on September 19th attended by about 100 politicians, re-‐enactors and others. This ceremony was to mark the purchase of Rogers Island by New York State, to become a locally administered historical park. Rogers Island was home to Rogers Rangers during the French & Indian War (1750s) and is credited as the birthplace of U.S. Special Forces. (David dug on Rogers Island throughout the 1990s.). David also spoke on “2014 Excavations at the Lake George Battlefield Park” to the Adirondack Chapter of the NYS Archaeological Association on September 19th in Fort Edward, NY.
Sheryl Shirley attended the 2014 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission/Fair Employment Practices Agency Conference in San Diego in August. Sheryl is the Chair of the NH Commission for Human Rights. In September she represented the NH Commission for Human Rights in meeting with the US Department of State International Visitors Program delegation from Pakistan.