Anthropology Faculty and Students Recognized in IUP and State Award Ceremonies

Posted on 4/26/2011 1:54:15 PM

Dr. Laurence Kruckman, Jonathan Libbon, Callista Holmes, Andrea Boone, Thomas Wambach, and Lisa Dugas have been recognized for their research by IUP and the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology this spring.

Dr. Kruckman is a professor in the Anthropology Department; Jonathan, Callista, Andrea, and Lisa are students in the M.A. in Applied Archaeology Program; and Thomas is an undergraduate Anthropology–Archaeology Track major.

During Research Appreciation week, Dr. Laurence Kruckman was the recipient of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Outstanding Researcher Award.

Kruckman has been at IUP for twenty-six years and has published extensively on the topic of postpartum depression. His 1983 article, “Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Postpartum Depression: An Anthropological Critique,” is still widely quoted today. In the 1990s, he assisted in the establishment of several self-help groups, and led the effort to create the most popular website on postpartum depression in the world, Postpartum Support International.

Jonathan Libbon receiving award from Provost Intemann and Graduate School Dean Timothy MackJonathan Libbon was recognized with one of the Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher awards. His thesis is titled “We Had Everything but Money: A Study of Buying Strategies at a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in the Allegheny National Forest.” Right: Jonathan Libbon receiving award from Provost Intemann and Graduate School Dean Timothy Mack

Jonathan contributed a new approach to the study of archaeological consumer choice and new data to the study of American history by focusing on the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a group for which the federal government provided the basic needs in addition to a fixed income that could be spent on non-essential items. He excavated and analyzed an archaeological collection, compared his findings to historical documents, and examined previously excavated data. Libbon’s findings include a strong relation between the rural or urban origin of CCC employees and their adaptability to economic stress during the Great Depression. Dr. Ben Ford is the chair of his thesis committee.

Libbon was also recognized by the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology as the recipient of the Kinsey Award at the Annual Meeting of the SPA April 8-–0, 2011.

To apply for the award, students are required to submit a paper to the conference. The selected paper will be published online through the PHMC website and submitted for review to the editor of the journal Pennsylvania Archaeologist for possible publication. The editor of the journal will make the final decision on publication.

The annual W. Fred Kinsey Meeting Scholarship provides student membership to the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology for one year and a $100 award. Dr. Kinsey was a curator with the PHMC before going to Franklin and Marshall College and the North Museum from the late 1950s through the mid-1980s. His work on the prehistory of the Upper Delaware laid the foundation for much of the interpretation of this region of Pennsylvania. In addition to his contributions to archaeological investigations, he mentored many students who went on to become significant archaeologists on their own merits.

Two other students, Callistra Holmes and Andrea Boone, also received James W. Hatch Scholarships to attend the meeting. The award is presented by the Pennsylvania Archaeological Council (PAC) in cooperation with the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, and awards scholarships to enable students of archaeology in Pennsylvania schools and universities to attend the joint annual SPA/PAC meeting in April 2011.

Callista and Andrea received scholarships of $100 apiece to attend the conference. Callista, Andrea, and co-author David Kroskie presented a paper at the conference, “Faunal Analysis of the Hatfield Site (36WH678).”

Tom Wambach at the Undergraduate Scholars ForumTwo students were recognized during the IUP Undergraduate and Graduate Scholars Forums in early April 2011.

Thomas Wambach's research poster (at right), “Firing Techniques and Their Effects on Susquehannock Ceramic Vessels,” was selected as Best Poster from the College of Humanities and Social Science in the Undergraduate Scholars Forum.

Lisa Dugas, graduate student in the Applied Archaeology M.A. program, received an Honorable Mention in the Graduate Scholars Forum for her poster, “Searching for Social Identity in Monongahela Bone and Shell Artifacts.”