SDSU Department of Anthropology

We also recognize applied anthropology as an important component of the holistic approach.

The goal of the Department of Anthropology at SDSU is to enable students to better understand human biological and cultural diversity; across space and time—past, present, and future. The discipline of anthropology incorporates a diverse range of theoretical and methodological approaches that draw from the social and natural sciences, as well as from the humanities. Our department fully embraces t

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“I Don't Want to Be Taught and Graded by a Robot”: Student-Teacher Relations in the Age of Generative AI - Anthropology News 06/26/2024

Are you interested in how students feel about generative AI?
Prof Sobo and colleagues on SDSU's Academic Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) team just published an article on the topic. Based on findings from SDSU's AI Student Survey, this 'short read' flags the problem of teachers automatically assuming - wrongly - that all students (or, even worse, certain 'marked' subsets of students) are "natural-born plagiarists." The piece asks: "What does the stereotype tell us about educational culture and structure more broadly? And how can a better understanding of the student position inform higher education’s response to GenAI?"
If you want some possible answers, check this out!

“I Don't Want to Be Taught and Graded by a Robot”: Student-Teacher Relations in the Age of Generative AI - Anthropology News Generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) is reshaping student-teacher relations in higher education in both exciting and worrying ways.

05/31/2024

The American Climate Corps has paid positions open all over the country! Check out open positions at https://www.acc.gov/join/

05/28/2024

Dr. Robb Larkins is featured in the UT!

L.A.'s magical sound bath scene has something for everyone. Here are 11 of our favorites 05/16/2024

This LA Times guide to the sound bath scene tapped Prof EJ Sobo for an explanation of where sound baths 'came from.' As she explained, its 'lineage' is anything but linear. Rather, it's a hybrid creation - a new cultural form. For an in depth explanation of that, we'll have to wait for a forthcoming article. For now, if you want to relax or reset in LA, check out these recommendations:

L.A.'s magical sound bath scene has something for everyone. Here are 11 of our favorites L.A. is the unofficial sound bath capital of the U.S. Here are the 11 best to try, for every type of person.

05/11/2024

Congratulations Graduates!

Soldiers and Kings: Book Discussion with Jason De León - Museum of Us 05/07/2024

UCLA anthropologist Jason De León will be speaking at the Museum of Us on May 9 to celebrate the launch of his new book “Soldiers and Kings: Survival and Hope in the World of Human Smuggling”. There will be a panel discussion and book signing.

Soldiers and Kings: Book Discussion with Jason De León - Museum of Us Meet anthropologist, Jason De León, and join us for a discussion, book reading and signing for his newly released book, Soldiers and Kings: Survival and Hope in the World of Human Smuggling.

Photos from SDSU Department of Anthropology's post 05/03/2024

🥳 Congratulations to faculty member Keith Chan on his virtual reality educational theme park ride, demonstrated at today’s Digital Humanities showcase - definitely “an E ticket” (ie a top tier attraction - ) 👏🏼

Photos from SDSU Department of Anthropology's post 04/16/2024

🤩 Check out this news coverage of Dr. Isaac Ullah’s research! In a newly published paper, Ullah and graduate Miriam Kopels describe a computerized model that shows “how various factors cause an animal’s demise. Call it an extinction calculator, if you like” - and read about it at (or listen for the story on) KPBS 🚀 👏🏼🔥💫

04/16/2024

🤩 Check out this news coverage of Dr. Isaac Ullah’s research! In a newly published paper, Ullah and graduate Miriam Kopels describe a computerized model that shows “how various factors cause an animal’s demise. Call it an extinction calculator, if you like” - and read about it at (or listen for the story on) KPBS 🚀 👏🏼🔥💫

San Diego State anthropology professor builds an extinction calculator 04/16/2024

🤩 “San Diego State anthropology professor builds an extinction calculator”? Yes! 🚀 Check out this news coverage regarding Dr. Isaac Ullah’s AWESOME research:

San Diego State anthropology professor builds an extinction calculator The computer simulation seeks to determine whether a species died out due to human predation, environmental changes or (probably) both.

Photos from SDSU Department of Anthropology's post 04/15/2024

Congratulations to our own Professor EJ Sobo on being selected as one of the ‘Leading Women in AI’ At this weekend’s AI Revolution (AIR) show convention. This recognition is dedicated to celebrating the achievements and contributions of women in the field of AI within education. Prof. Sobo was selected on the basis of her work on SDSU’s Student AI survey (which has been picked up for use across the USA and internationally) and for co-authoring SDSU’s Academic Applications of Artificial Intelligence or AAAI micro credential course (which was just released to all 23 CSU campuses and will soon be available to the public as well). SDSU's innovative AAAI work has been showcased widely this semester including at the AIRShow this weekend (pictured, left to right: Prof. Elisa Sobo, AS VP of University Affairs Ally Gallant, Prof. David Goldberg, Sr. ITS Director Sean Hauze, AS President Tarek Morsy, and CIO James Frazee).

Photos from SDSU Department of Anthropology's post 03/18/2024

Check out this week's 'Academic Minute', featuring Prof EJ Sobo. The broadcast (available via the academicminute.org website and through various NPR stations) focuses on Sobo's Sound Bath Study, which also was the impetus for undergraduate Emma Fitzpatrick's fabulous S3 poster (Emma was among five undergrads who worked on the project; the undergraduate team also included Ace Boyle, Amara Golden, Ava Gulson, and Gabriela Lee). In her S3 poster, Emma Fitzpatrick reports findings from her sub-study, which focused on access.

03/13/2024

Anthropology students shined bright at the SDSU Student Symposium last week - here are undergraduates Ace Boyle and Kylie Coughlin presenting their poster based on research undertaken with Dr. Ullah. Also presenting were: Abilene Ayala, Arturo Avalos, Dania Abizaid-Herrera, Elena Williams-Moreiras, Emma Fitzpatrick, Josh Trinidad, Matthew Hall, Micah Sakado, Nancy Quidachay, and Zachery Clow. Go Anthro!!
Read all about S3 at: https://www.sdsu.edu/news/2024/03/2024-sdsu-student-symposium-was-largest-yet

03/06/2024

SDSU Anthro Day is happening! Come see Mr G in front of the library.

Are We in the ‘Anthropocene,’ the Human Age? Nope, Scientists Say. 03/05/2024

“A panel of experts voted down a proposal to officially declare the start of a new interval of geologic time, one defined by humanity’s changes to the planet.”

Are We in the ‘Anthropocene,’ the Human Age? Nope, Scientists Say. A panel of experts voted down a proposal to officially declare the start of a new interval of geologic time, one defined by humanity’s changes to the planet.

02/29/2024

Come take a selfie with Mr G!

02/22/2024

🚀 S3 presenters: Don’t forget to attend the practice session in LL 430 Thursday 2-22 at 10:00 am - come for tips on how to give a great presentation and for the chance to practice with coaches and peers. It’s definitely worth the time, with $20,000 worth of cash prizes to be won! CAL / UROC wants YOU to take some of that home. See you in the library at 10!

02/21/2024

Mr G can't take the rain so we are postponing our event until further notice. Stay tuned!

'Lucy' discovery turns 50: 'A Year for Human Origins' | ASU News 02/21/2024

'Lucy' discovery turns 50: 'A Year for Human Origins' | ASU News This year, the Arizona State University Institute of Human Origins is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the fossil skeleton “Lucy” — one of the most significant anthropological findings of our time. By reflecting on the importance of that discovery, the institute aims to rei...

Would Our Early Ancestors Have Watched the Super Bowl? 02/09/2024

"Today’s media devices, from television to smartphones, have harnessed some of the same qualities of campfire experiences that make us feel good, such as the multisensory stimulation and narrative storytelling, thereby concentrating and focusing them into a potentially harmful overdose. With increasing concern about the addictive nature of social media and screen time, it is important to consider just why and how these media are so compelling."

Would Our Early Ancestors Have Watched the Super Bowl? There is an evolutionary reason why humans enjoy sitting around watching a fire, river, or TV screen that is playing the Super Bowl.

02/06/2024

The Citizen’s Climate Lobby is recruiting students and recent graduates for internship and fellowship opportunities! Gain valuable work experience, networking, and financial or academic benefits. More information on the variety of available positions is on their website, as well as linked on our story and in our internships highlight. Additionally, they have a jobs forum with job opportunities within other climate related organizations, also linked on our story and highlights.

02/06/2024

Yale School of the Environment has an exciting PAID internship opportunity! The Yale Conservation Scholars Early Leadership Initiative is a paid summer opportunity for undergraduates interested in conservation. YCS-ELI is dedicated to creating a diverse environment that uplifts and supports students traditionally underrepresented in conservation and interested in careers in the sector. Candidates of any identity and background are welcome to apply.
This opportunity is great for anyone interested in conservation, nature, and the environment, anyone looking to have discussions about diversity and inclusion and it pertains to environmental issues, and eager to explore outdoor areas around New England.
Applications are due January 15th! Link to apply in our story and internships highlight.

02/06/2024

Did you know that famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma received his bachelor's degree in anthropology from Harvard in 1976? Yo-Yo Ma says that anthropology gave him a method of looking at value structures of different societies.

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Image Description: Studying Early cultures was interesting because so much of this conversation that we're talking about is stuff that comes from essentially the last 500 years. Anthropology gave me a method of looking at value structures of different societies. These things take me into beyond the contested 300-to-500-year era that we're all really focused on - Yo-Yo Ma, Cellist

02/02/2024

🥳 Congratulations to Prof. Amanda Kearney, whose 2023 co-authored book, “Jakarda wuka (Too many stories): Narratives of Yanyuwa sea Country and rock art from northern Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria” (with li-Yanyuwa li-Wirdiwalangu Indigenous Elders Group, Liam Brady, and John Bradley), published by University of Sydney Press, has been awarded the John Mulvaney Book Award – Australian Archaeological Associations Annual Best Book, in December 2023.
🌞 The award was established in honor of John Mulvaney and his contribution and commitment to Australian archaeology over a lifetime of professional service. It acknowledges the significant contribution of individual or co-authored published books to the archaeology of the continent of Australia, the Pacific, Papua-New Guinea, and South-East Asia. Nominations are considered for books that cover both academic pursuits and public interest, reflecting the philosophy of John Mulvaney’s life work.
🙌🏽 Dr. Kearney is our newest department member, She has held tenured professorial roles at leading universities, including the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Adelaide, where she was appointed the Inaugural Kidman Chair of Australian Studies. Her career has been distinguished by an over 24-year commitment to ethnography and collaborative co-designed research with Indigenous families in remote northern and central Australia. Kearney regularly provides expert advice on Indigenous land and sea rights, submerged cultural landscapes, underwater cultural heritage, and corporate social responsibility. Kearney is also the current editor-in-chief for the journal Anthropological Forum.

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