SUNY Potsdam Anthropology Alumni Present at Conference

04.29.10

Anthropology Alumni
From left, SUNY Potsdam anthropology alumni Alyson Rode, Kalen Casey, Jessica Crandall Echard, Rocco deGregory and Kari Leigh Allen pose together at the American Association of Physical Anthropology National Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico in April.

Six SUNY Potsdam alumni made a big splash in April at the American Association of Physical Anthropology National Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. All of the students presented posters on their current research, a large showing for graduates of any anthropology program. The alumni all learned to conduct research while collaborating with Dr. Bethany Usher and Dr. Jaimin Weets in SUNY Potsdam’s Anthropology Department.

Amanda Agnew, a 2004 anthropology graduate who is currently a Ph.D student in biological anthropology at Ohio State University, presented the poster “A Comparison of Traumatic Injury Patterns Between a Rural and an Urban Population from Medieval Poland.”

Kari Leigh Allen, a 2005 anthropology graduate who is currently a Ph.D student in evolutionary anthropology at Duke University, presented the poster “Are Primates Particularly Dexterous?: An Examination of Unimanual Object Manipulation in Prosimian Feeding.”

Rocco deGregory, a 2008 archaeological studies graduate who is currently a graduate student in anthropology at Mississippi State University, presented the poster “Extensions for the NamUs Databases: Geocoding and Spatial Search Tools for Forensic Anthropologists.”

Alyson Rode, a 2008 anthropology and archaeological studies graduate who is currently a graduate student in biological anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented her poster “Lack of Regional Continuity in the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe: Mitochondrial DNA Analysis in the Southeastern United States.”

Kalen Casey and Jessica Crandall Echard, who are both 2009 archaeological studies graduates, presented their poster “Standard Cemetery Population from Fluctuating Residential Patterns: A Decade-By-Decade Comparison of Census Records and Cemetery Demography from the St. Lawrence County Almshouse.”

The Anthropology Department offers students opportunities to get experience through independent research with faculty members. For more information, visit the department website, at http://www.potsdam.edu/academics/AAS/Anthro/index.cfm.

Founded in 1816, SUNY Potsdam is a four-year liberal arts college nestled on the outskirts of the Adirondack Park. Among the 64 units of The State University of New York system, SUNY Potsdam has the longest history and currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. It is well known for its academically challenging liberal arts and sciences and teacher education programs, as well as its world-renowned Crane School of Music.