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  • ARCHAEOLOGY magazine reveals the year’s most exciting finds

    ARCHAEOLOGY magazine reveals the year’s most exciting finds

    Top 10 Discoveries of 2023 Research by Anthropology Professor Lars Fehren-Schmitz on the inhabitants of Machu Picchu was selected as one of the top 10 discoveries of the year by Archaeology Magazine.

  • Anthropology faculty members partner on new National Science Foundation Center for Braiding Indigenous Knowledges and Science

    Anthropology faculty members partner on new National Science Foundation Center for Braiding Indigenous Knowledges and Science

    September 28, 2023 By Allison Arteaga Soergel Researchers from UC Santa Cruz received a subaward on the newly announced National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Braiding Indigenous Knowledges and Science, a five-year, $30 million international NSF Science and Technology Center based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The center will focus on connecting Indigenous knowledges with mainstream “Western” sciences…

  • First DNA analysis of Machu Picchu residents offers insight into Inca society

    First DNA analysis of Machu Picchu residents offers insight into Inca society

    By Allison Arteaga Soergel Researchers at the UC Santa Cruz Paleogenomics Lab helped conduct the first investigation of genomic diversity among people buried at Machu Picchu, the renowned 15th century Inca palace in southern Peru. The findings, published in the journal Science Advances, suggest that the servants who lived, worked, and died at Machu Picchu were a…

  • New stable isotope map of Angola helps archaeologists trace individual life histories across the African Diaspora

    New stable isotope map of Angola helps archaeologists trace individual life histories across the African Diaspora

    By Allison Arteaga Soergel Archaeologists at UC Santa Cruz used predictive modeling to map strontium isotope ratios across all of modern-day Angola, a region in Southwest Africa that was once a major hub for the transatlantic slave trade. Researchers compared the resulting map with existing data on strontium isotope ratios from human remains to predict likely…

  • Biologist Beth Shapiro elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Biologist Beth Shapiro elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    By Tim Stephens Beth Shapiro, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. Shapiro was among nearly 270 new members of the academy announced this week, including author Zadie Smith, songwriter and actor…

  • UCSC receives NEH awards that will further research in anthropology and musicology

    UCSC receives NEH awards that will further research in anthropology and musicology

    By Grace Stetson The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded over $5.6 billion toward humanities projects across the United States since its inception in 1965 — and this year, Santa Cruz-based educators joins this historic group of awardees. On January 10, the NEH announced $28.1 million in grants toward 204 humanities projects nationwide. Two of this…

  • UC-HBCU grants support UCSC faculty collaborations with HBCUs

    UC-HBCU grants support UCSC faculty collaborations with HBCUs

    By Tim Stephens & Allison Arteaga Soergel Two programs led by UC Santa Cruz faculty have received funding from the UC-HBCU Initiative, which supports collaboration and cooperation with faculty and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Phil Crews, a distinguished research professor of chemistry, will lead the UCSC-HBCU Network for Success in the Chemical/Biological…