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Being human: ASU study looks at how we began to make it

September 24, 2015

A computer-based experiment led by professor Rob Boyd and involving humans and learning bots is the first demonstration of cumulative cultural evolution within the lab.

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Global health alum helps fund health, humanitarian work in South Africa

Mackenzie Cotlow, the first to receive a bachelor's in global health from Arizona State University, is putting her degree to work promoting Doctors Without Borders in South Africa ...  

Chimp research unglamorous but worth it for grad student

Evolutionary anthropology grad student Joel Bray spent the summer observing chimpanzees in Tanzania. It was hard work and often boring but also at moments amazing, he said ...

ASU chosen to host global conference on complex systems

For the first time in its 12-year history, the annual Conference on Complex Systems will be held outside Europe. Lead organizer and ASU archaeologist Sander van der Leeuw is bringing the event to the Tempe campus September 28 – October 2 ...

Mother's milk: An ancient formula for success

ASU evolutionary anthropologist Katie Hinde studies the unique properties of mother's milk and chronicles the disoveries and observations on her popular blog, Mammals Suck...Milk! She recently helped inform an article on breast milk that appeared in The Stranger ...

The lake and the Sherpa: A story of geology, danger + why people live with it

A team of scientists are analyzing the risk of a Himalayan glacial lake bursting and destroying 5 nearby villages. ASU environmental anthropologist Shauna BurnSilver sheds light on why the local villagers refuse to relocate despite the potentially fatal situation...

Hacks for Humanity: hacking for the social good

Applied math for the life and social sciences grad student Jordan Bates led a team that developed software that searches Twitter feeds for keywords that indicate possible suicidal thoughts and trained bots to connect the authors with human help ...

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Speaking for the Dead: Exploring Forensic Anthropology

Tuesdays – Fridays through October, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Innovation Gallery 

Pieces of the Puzzle: New Perspectives on the Hohokam

Tuesdays – Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve 

SHESC Fall Welcome Picnic 

Friday, October 2, 6 – 10 p.m.
Kiwanis Park, Ramadas 14 + 15

Psychiatric Symptomics: A New Perspective on Mental Disorders
Eiko Fried, University of Lueven
Center for Evolution + Medicine Seminar 

Thursday, October 8, 12 p.m. (Lunch served at 11:45 p.m.; RSVP)
LSE 244

AAGS Fall Book Sale 

Wednesday + Thursday, October 14 + 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Front of SHESC Building

Divergent Human Diets Across Different New World Socio-Environmental Systems
Margaret J. Schoeninger, University of California, San Diego

Friday, October 16, 7 p.m. 
CDN 60

2015 Western Bioarchaeology Group Conference 

Friday, October 16, 4:30 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 17, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Registration in front of SHESC; various venues

Toward a Unified, Evolutionary Theory of Cancer
Paul Ewald, University of Louisville
Center for Evolution + Medicine Seminar 

Thursday, October 22, 12 p.m. (Lunch served at 11:45 p.m.; RSVP)
LSE 244

10 Amazing Things About the Unusual City of Teotihuacan, Mexico
Michael E. Smith, SHESC
AIA Central Arizona Society Lecture 

Thursday, October 22, 6 p.m.
Pueblo Grande Museum, Community Room

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Johanson among first offering ASU Global Freshman Academy course

Anthropology icon Donald Johanson will offer ASM 246 Human Origins in ASU's Global Freshman Academy, a pioneering program that provides a unique entry point to undergraduate education.

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