Monday, December 29, 2014

Applications Open for the NSF REU Fiji Program

The NSF REU Fiji Program is now accepting applications for the Summer 2015 Field Research Program. Please see the application page and review the updated information if you are interested in applying. The deadline for receipt of hard copy applications is February 5, 2015.
Men in Nasinu Village, Vanua Levu preparing taro (dalo) for a funeral. Photo by Helena Gaar.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

NSF REU Fiji Fellows engage in outreach at Campbell County Middle School

NKU graduate in Anthropology Rosa Christophel teaches students about Fijian symbols, barkcloth painting and tattoo designs. 

On Wednesday, December 10th a group of NSF REU Fiji Fellows from NKU presented an interactive outreach program to Club 21 Students at Campbell County MiddleSchool. This afterschool program was organized by Kendra Hein, a Research Assistant and REU Fellow and Dr. Sharyn Jones.  We presented a series of educational games and workshop events focused on teaching students about global culture, human diversity, and the science of archaeology. This program was presented in association with the Brighton Center of Newport, KY. The Brighton Center’s Mission is to create opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency through education, family support services, employment and leadership. 

NKU senior and Anthropology major Scott Solomon works with students to teach them about foodways and biodiversity in Fiji and on coral reefs.

NKU graduate and NSF Research Assistant Kendra Hein teaches Middle School students about Fijian words and how to play "Kick the Orange." 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A New NSF REU Fiji Video is Posted
Check out this new video by Helena and Justin Gaar, posted to my NSF REU Fiji Website.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer 2014 Field Research on Vanua Levu, Fiji

This summer Sharyn Jones returned to Vanua Levu with 8 students from Northern Kentucky University, Justin Cramb, a graduate student from the University of Georgia, and one returning graduate student, Jerred Schafer, from SUNY Albany.  Our team set up camp in the same site as the students from last year, continued our excavations of Yavu 1 and Yavu 2 and opened up four more sites this year to dig for artifacts (Yavu 3-6).

2014 NSF-REU Fiji Team (Photo by S. Jones).

Students digging out the backfill from last year (Photo Garns).
Making friends!!
Rosa Christophel, Stephanie Zach, and Kendra Hein with Florence Landon (Photo by S. Jones).

The 2014 Fiji Team also had the opportunity to interact daily with a couple of local Fijians working with us, as well as, visiting a neighboring village.

Local Fijian woman performing a sitting dance ceremony (Photo by S. Jones).

Dressed for Success!
Jerred Schafer (SUNY Albany), Justin Wynne, Scott Solomon, and Dr. Bill Landon wearing traditional men's pocket sulus (Photo by S. Jones).

Traditional Fijian welcoming ceremony (Photo by S. Jones).

Sepeti Matararaba (Mata of the Fijian Museum) partaking in a very common Fijian tradition: the drinking of kava! (Photo by S. Jones).

Mata and Joe working on the lovo (Fijian earth oven, Photo by S. Jones).

This field season proved to be much less challenging in terms of the environment.  I was so thankful that the incessant rain from last year gave way to beautiful, sunny blue skies this year which made for a much more pleasant situation.

Yes, it really is this beautiful! (Photo by S. Jones).

Sunset on "our" beach.
Even WE needed a break every now and then!(Photo by S. Jones).

Although we had perfect snorkeling and sunbathing weather the first day we were there the students took charge and began to "setup" camp by building shelters, changing stations, and a latrine.

Scott Solomon, Justin Clamb, Mata, and myself digging holes for bamboo poles topped with tarps for overhead shelter (Photo Garns).

Jozie Banas building a changing station attached to our "indoor" latrine.
(Photo Garns).

This year my fellow colleague Dr. Alison Weisskopf, a paleo-botanist from the University of College London, joined us to take samples of organics, charcoal, and phytoliths and teach some of the students the process.
Dr. Alison Weisskopf instructing students how to "float" sediment samples.
(Photo Garns).

Ellie Kremer scraping sediment off of a lithic found during excavation.
(Photo Garns).
The floating process (Photo Garns).

Part of archaeological field work includes learning how to properly excavate, screen for artifacts found in the sediment removed from the excavated sites, and analyze and record data.

Ellie Kremer, Mata, and myself screening for artifacts (Photo Garns).
Jerred Schafer excavating Yavu 5 (Photo by S. Jones).

Stephanie Zach taking field notes and profiling a finished Yavu (Photo Garns).

Scott Solomon, Jozie Banas, and Ian Takaoka analyzing pottery collected in the field (Photo by S. Jones).

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1156479 to Dr. Sharyn Jones.

Monday, June 23, 2014

NKU Alumna Dr. Lindsay K. Hixon ('97) an Expert on U.S. Racial Composition Honored as 2014 Outstanding Alumna in College of Arts & Sciences 

When The Washington Post, The New York Times, national policy makers, business consultants, or scholars from Harvard and beyond need up-to-date information on the ever-changing racial composition of the United States, to whom do they turn?
More than likely, it's 1997 NKU graduate Dr. Lindsay Hixson. Hixson is senior analyst in the racial statistics branch at the U.S. Census Bureau. Hixson analyzes race and ethnicity data, advises stakeholders, and researches strategies to improve how the Census Bureau collects and tabulates race and ethnic data to reflect the self-identities of the U.S. population.
Hixson earned her Ph.D. in sociology from University of Albany, State University of New York. She received a master's in sociology from Portland State University. During her graduate studies, Hixson taught 11 different courses in four universities, including NKU where she taught summer courses on racism and sexism.


 Recognizing Our Incredible Alumni

Earlier this year, NKU’s office of Alumni Programs teamed with Norse Media to produce a series of short films that debuted at the 2014 Alumni Awards Celebration. These “micro documentaries” — which we’re going to feature here for the next several weeks — tell the stories of nine incredible NKU alumni, from an athletic prodigy-turned-school-principal, to a HAZMAT unit specialist, to a beloved NKU professor, to a popular TV news anchor.