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Shauna Strnad, '13

Shauna in the lab

Shauna Strnad in the anthropology lab.

i.     What got you interested in Anthropology?

When I signed up to be an anthropology major I had no idea what it was. All I knew was that paleontology was related to it so if I wanted to study fossils and artifacts, this was what I should major in. I became really interested in anthropology when I learned that it can be applied to nearly anything. Anthropological knowledge can help with jobs, other classes, but also socially. You learn how to be open-minded, accept other cultures more readily, and examine things from all possible angles. I really wanted to open myself up to new experiences and think outside the box and this was the perfect major for me to start doing just that. Plus, telling people you’re an anthropologist is a great conversation starter!

 Shauna excavating in Belize

ii.     How would you describe your learning experience as an anthropology major at Brockport?

My learning experience at Brockport was well rounded, I would say. I was able to study three out of the four major branches of anthropology while still concentrating most of my studies on archaeology. Because of this I learned I had a natural talent in cultural anthropology and was simultaneously able to develop my skills and interest in archaeobotany by working one on one with Dr. Ramsay in the laboratory. All of the professors take an interest in their students and are always willing to help you understand things better. That was a major reason I did well in my classes. The small student to professor ratio as well as the professors being so willing to help their students grow made my experience as a major something that I will never forget.

Shauna Sifting in Belize

iii.     What are your future plans?

I hope to earn my master’s degree in ethnobotany within the next three years. However, my ultimate goal is to work as an ethnobotanist in Australia. One day I would like to have published a paper either on botany or mythology, which is another passion of mine, but until then I am happy to finally be working in a laboratory and doing research on my own.

Last Updated 5/28/14


Professor Neal Keating participated in an Expert Meeting on peace sustainability at Columbia University on October 23, organized through the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, part of the Earth Institute at Columbia. The expert meeting was convened to discuss and examine the design of a new approach to modeling sustainable peace systems at local to global scales, that makes use of non-linear systems of causality that are grounded in temporalities of historical memory, future expectations, and the current existence of conflict resolution mechanisms and peace-promoting practices.

Dr. Zinni's book project, “A Palimpsest of Place: Technologies of Memory, Landscape, and Folklife in Western New York,” has been selected by the University of Illinois Press for the 2015 Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World workshop, a collaborative publishing initiative of the University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin Press, in conjunction with the American Folklore Society and with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Dr. Zinni was honored in 2015 faculty/staff recognition program by Office of Special Disabilities (OSD) for assisting and contributing to our students with disabilities.

Dr. Ramsay published an article: Ramsay, J.H. and Eger, A. 2015. Analysis of Archaeobotanical Material from the Tupras Field project of the Kinet Höyük Excavations. Journal of Islamic Archaeology 2 (1): 35-50.

Dr. Feldman was recently on the Coy Barefoot Show (two 30-minute radio shows) in May and June 2015:
The Coy Barefoot Show, 107.5 FM (Charlottesville, VA), 2015 (two 30-minute shows on “Same Sex Marriage” and “Baltimore, the Police, and African Americans”).