The MU Department of Anthropology presents a talk by Jennifer Raff, an anthropological geneticist at the University of Kansas, on genetics and prehistory in America.

Whether you are currently a student, faculty member, or an MU graduate, odds are you can quickly name your favorite professor. That person might be someone who helped you understand a difficult subject, or steered your research in a new direction, or helped you evaluate your career choices.

Three faculty members in the College of Arts and Science have accepted invitations to become 2019-20 University of Missouri System Presidential Engagement Fellows.

The College of Arts and Science is proud to be home to some of the world’s best historians, scientists, artists, authors, performers, innovators, and scholars. The A&S Faculty Fellowship program allows the college to recognize outstanding faculty members by providing a one-time award of $5,000. The fellowship may be renewed if the faculty member is selected again.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – There has long been a debate among scholars about the origins of the first inhabitants of North America. The most widely accepted theory is that sometime before 14,000 years ago, humans migrated from Siberia to Alaska by means of a “land bridge” that spanned the Bering Strait.

One or more annual awards to students entering either the MA or PhD programs in anthropology.

Most Missourians probably are aware of their state’s Native American heritage, if for no other reason than the plethora of Native American place names such as Miami, Neosho, Osceola, and Tecumseh, to name just a few.

2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Awards, established in 1984, allow the college to recognize some of its many outstanding alumni whose professional contributions have enhanced their respective disciplines and the quality of life for humankind, and in doing so have reflected well on the College of Arts and Science.

Major Garrett
BA ’84 political science, BJ ’84

Dr. Timothy B. Gage, Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York, Albany will be talking about how low birth weight has been an important, albeit arbitrary, concept for the study of infant mortality and morbidity. Here he reports on 25 years of research developing an indicator of physiological fitness at birth, which, while still based on birth weight, appears to be less arbitrary and more effective than low birth weight.

WHAT: The University of Missouri will host the 27th annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) Conference with more than 350 interdisciplinary researchers and scholars who are experts in a range of disciplines in the social, behavioral and biological sciences on campus to explore human evolution and its many facets.

WHAT: Science Café Columbia continues its mission to inspire informal, relaxed conversations about popular science topics.

Dr. Cara Ocobock

Dr. Cara Ocobock, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Albany, SUNY will be presenting a guest lecture Friday August 31st at 3:30 p.m., 101 Swallow Hall, titled "Physiological and behavioral mechanisms for surviving in extreme environments."

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Research has shown the significance of social relationships in influencing adult human behavior and health; however, little is known about how children’s perception of their social networks correlates with stress and how it may influence development. Now, a University of Missouri research team has determined that children and adolescents physically react to their social networks and the stress those networks may cause.

Join us Thursday evening, April 12th, at 6:30 p.m. to hear a special lecture given by Chase Thompson, Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Film at Stephens College. "Divided by Time" will discuss the research and methods Thompson used to create his 2017 exhibit “Divided by Time: Columbia, Missouri 1907-2017,” which featured photographs that digitally blended Columbia’s past and present.

One or more annual fellowship awards to graduate students pursuing advanced training in biological/physical anthropology. Recipient must demonstrate financial need and have attained a 3.5 or higher GPA for all anthropology courses for which the student receives graduate credit.

Spring 2018
12:00-1:30 pm
S110 Memorial Union
(unless otherwise noted)

Spring 2018
12:00-1:30 pm
S110 Memorial Union
(unless otherwise noted)

Spring 2018
12:00-1:30 pm
S110 Memorial Union

Spring 2018
12:00-1:30 pm
S110 Memorial Union

Spring 2018
12:00-1:30 pm
S110 Memorial Union

Robert Richards

March 19: Robert Richards, the Morris Fishbein Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, the University of Chicago, presents, "Darwin's Moral Theory."

Carlos Botero

Evolution and Social Science Colloquium Series -- Fall 2018

All talks from 12:00–1:30 pm in S110 Memorial Union, unless otherwise noted.

Virpi Lummaa

Virpi Lummaa, University of Turku, Finland, presents, "Why and how we grow old: cooperation and conflict in human families," Monday, Oct. 15, S110 memorial Union.

Robbie Burger

Postdoctoral Research Associate Robbie Burger, Duke University, Biology & Evolutionary Anthropology, presents, "The allometry of brain size, pace-of-life, and the rise of hyper-dense cities," Feb. 25, 12 p.m., in Room 572, Bond Life Sciences Center.

H. Clark Barrett

The Evolution and Social Sciences Seminar presents, Prof. H. Clark Barrett,Department of Anthropology, UCLA, "What’s universal about human morality?" Monday, March 18, 572 Life Science Center.

Kevin J.S. Zollman

The Evolution and Social Sciences Seminar presents, Kevin Zollman, associate professor, Department of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University, "Signals without Teleology," Monday, April 15, in Rm. 572, Bond Life Sciences Center.

Swallow Hall re-opening

Please join the departments of anthropology and art history & archaeology in celebrating the grand re-opening of Swallow Hall on Sept. 15. The celebration will be followed by the Missouri Archaeology Month Lecture presented by Marcus J. Hamilton, PhD. 

Annual award to promote the professional growth of cultural anthropology graduate students.

Pascal Boyer

Pascal Boyer, the Henry Luce Professor of Collective and Individual Memory at Washington University, St. Louis, and professor of sociocultural anthropology and psychology, is the featured speaker of this year's James A. & Margaret S. Gavan Lecture, sponsored by the MU Department of Anthropology.

To be eligible, a student must be a declared undergraduate major in anthropology who exhibits academic excellence and preferably is not previously a recipient of this award.

Join us for a special lecture presented by Dr. Christine Van Pool. The lecture will complement our special exhibit "ESSENCE & EXPRESSION: Contemporary Kachina Carving." This exhibit features recently donated Kachinas that have never before been on public exhibit. Guests are invited to explore the exhibit before and after the lecture. The talk will begin at 2pm, with a reception following.

  • Evolution of Neandertals and Early Modern Humans
  • Bone Health and Strength
  • Human Growth

“Some of my favorite things in academia are organizing events and writing grants,” says Mary K. Shenk, associate professor of anthropology. Shenk will have the opportunity to do more of both in her new role as director of the Life Sciences and Society Program (LSSP) in the Bond Life Sciences Center.

WHAT: The University of Missouri Department of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences and the MU Department of Anthropology will collaborate with Columbia Public Schools’ Planetarium to host “Dinosaurs, Cavemen and Our Changing Planet.” The family-friendly event will feature exhibits, activities and shows on the fossil record, climate variability, and human and dinosaur anatomy

WHAT: After 18 months of relocation and gallery reorganization, the

Christmas came early this year for the Museum of Anthropology.  An anonymous donor gave 700 stone tools from Africa and Europe to the museum.

The University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology will reopen to the public and begin normal operations on Saturday, Sept. 16.  Museum hours will be Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 12 – 4 p.m. on the weekends, and closed Mondays. The public is invited to a small event on Friday, Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m. to mark the museum’s reopening.

A couple who decides to have children faces a choice—whether consciously or not—to either have fewer children and invest their resources in the health and well-being of those children, or to have more children with the realization that there will be fewer parental resources to invest in each child. Robert Lynch, a postdoctoral student in anthropology, says this is the well-known biological concept of a quality–quantity trade-off.

No straight line exists between Move-In Day and commencement. This December, 2,243 students will earn degrees from the University of Missouri. Their journeys are as unique as the students themselves.

Student Affairs caught up with four soon-to-be-alumni, who agreed to share a little of their path to graduation and where the road leads next.

In the 1960s, archaeologists discovered in a valley near coastal Peru an artificial mound or pyramid with a crater in the top. At the time, the researchers from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts dismissed the find as a huge mound with a looters’ pit in the middle. Bob Benfer, a professor emeritus of anthropology at MU, still isn’t sure what the structure is, but he’s certain it’s more than just a vandalized pile of rubble.

Robert Lynch, a postdoctoral fellow in anthropology, says the level of devotion one feels toward religious beliefs can predict how that person likely will interact with members of his own group or with members outside of the group.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Lowland South America, including the Amazon Basin, harbors most of the last indigenous societies that have limited contact with the outside world. Studying these tribes, located deep within Amazonian rainforests, gives scientists a glimpse at what tribal cultures may have been like before the arrival of Europeans.

The Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Department of Anthropology will welcome the public to celebrate the re-opening of Swallow Hall Sept. 15, but departmental chairs Sue Langdon and Lisa Sattenspiel and campus officials took local reporters on a preview tour of the renovated building Sept. 14.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that roughly one-third of the world’s population became infected with the flu virus during the 1918–19 pandemic, and about 50 million of those infected worldwide died, either from the virus itself or from secondary bacterial infections like pneumonia.

Join us for our March Tea Time Talk. This is a topic most of us have had on our mind this winter - influenza. Come hear Dr. Lisa Sattenspiel discuss the disease that that wiped out a significant portion of the world's population 100 years ago and learn what it means for us today.

People are used to seeing construction on the MU campus, from the erection of new student housing to the ever-expanding facilities at Memorial Stadium, but the ongoing construction project on the southeast corner of the Francis Quadrangle merits a second look. That’s because the reconstruction of Swallow Hall is not following the usual script—its interior structure is being built and then the exterior walls will be connected to the interior structure along the way.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The 1918 Flu Pandemic infected over 500 million people, killing at least 50 million. Now, a researcher at the University of Missouri has analyzed the pandemic in two remote regions of North America, finding that despite their geographical divide, both regions had environmental, nutritional and economic factors that influenced morbidity during the pandemic. Findings from the research could help improve current health policies.

Annual award used to promote professional growth among graduate students of archaeology.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 (All day)

Celebrate World Anthropology Day with us!

We will have extended museum hours (open until 6pm) followed by a lecture by Dr. Bruce McMillan at 6 p.m., "The Ozark Bluff Shelters: A Window into the World of Perishable Artifacts"

Join the Museum of Anthropology for a FREE family event celebrating World Anthropology Day. Activity tables will be throughout Mizzou North and kids can participate in a museum scavenger hunt!

family day flyer


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