Anthro roundup: Breastfeeding in public…Getting Reading Done With Sente (Tools We Use)…

Breastfeeding in public: what is and what is not ?appropriate?

I just read about a discrimination case in the San Diego area in which author/educator Rachel Rainbolt was told by her child?s homeschool teacher that breastfeeding was ?inappropriate? behavior during weekly meetings.  Read more about this case on her site.

First of all, this sort of reaction to breastfeeding is not uncommon.  It reminds me of this cartoon, which points out some of the deep hypocrisy that pervades this whole issue, especially here in the US.


Getting Reading Done With Sente (Tools We Use)

Some of you may be aware of the productivity cult known as ?Getting Things Done? (GTD). Although I find the full-blown GTD approach doesn?t really fit well with an academic lifestyle (what?s the use of using ?contexts? when your work follows you everywhere?), reading about GTD taught me a few basic principles that make me feel less stressed out by allowing me to focus better on the work at hand. I mention GTD because I intend to use it as a framework to discuss reference management software, especially Sente for the iPad which recently got a significant upgrade. This review consists of three sections: 1. Applying GTD principles to academic reading with Sente. 2. Some comments about new features and continued limitations in the latest version of Sente for the iPad. And 3. Other options for reading and managing references on the iPad.

Anthropologist reflects on 30-year career in new book

LSU The Reveille

LSU forensic anthropologist Mary Manheim smiles on Thursday, September 12, 2013, during an interview about her new book “Bone Remains: Cold Cases in Forensic Anthropology” in her office in Howe Russell


Julie Lesnik, An Anthropologist Back to School

Today?s guest blog post is by Julie Lesnik (U Illinois at Chicago). Dr. Lesnik has volunteered to lead a program in the Anthropologists Back to School initiative. Her program will take place at The Field Museum. This new initiative seeks volunteers to lead and assist programs at various host sites throughout Chicago on Wednesday, November 20 from 9am to12pm. Share your passion of anthropology while giving back to this year?s host city ? Chicago. Learn more about how you can participate in Anthropologists Back to School andregister today!I moved to Chicago from Ann Arbor, MI in 2011.  I was very active in community outreach in Ann Arbor, especially regarding science education for young girls.  I have not had a chance to get involved with a program yet here in Chicago, so the Anthropologists Back to School initiative is especially appealing to me.

Tools for the field: Digital audio recorders

My digital voice recorder died a slow death this year.  It was a Zoom H2.  I bought it about 5 years ago and used it all last year for fieldwork in Baja.  I think the salt air may have something to do with its death?or maybe a battery leaked, I am not really sure.  There is some greenish crud on the back near the battery compartment, and it has been acting up in all sorts of ways lately?giving error messages, not wanting to shut off, and so on.  It has also been eating batteries like, like, like something really, really hungry for batteries!  My wife has been using it for her interviews and now it?s burning through two AA batteries in about an hour and a half, which is not good.  But the battery life of the H2 has never been great.  That?s been a problem from the start.

An anthropologist among the librarians

It?s been more than five weeks since I first settled in Librarilandia and the natives are starting to accept me as one of their own. Since navigating the perilous voyage to this out of the way place and enduring countless humiliations as I?ve embarrassed myself in a bumbling effort to learn their customs and expectations I have finally begun networking in earnest. The pace of the note taking has picked up too. Now, having studied at the feet of the Librarian elders, I can begin to offer these first insights, hunches, and observations.

In the mode of Ruth Benedict, here?s a list of ?Anthropologists do this? but Librarians do that.?

Julie Livingston Receives MacArthur Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Livingston (Rutgers U)! Recently named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, she is a medical historian who combines archival research with ethnography to explore the care and treatment of individuals suffering from chronic illnesses and debilitating ailments in Botswana. Click here to learn more about Dr. Livingston and her research. Click on the below image to watch an excerpt about her fellowship:

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