Marvin Dunnette, 80, a professor emeritus of Psychology at the University of Minnesota died September 18, 2007, in St. Paul, Minnesota.
November 2008 Archives
For Psychology Students who want to broaden their undergraduate experience, the sky's the limit at the University of Minnesota. From opportunities for community engagement to high-tech classroom learning, today's students are not only getting a solid foundation, but also rich and exciting opportunities to broaden their professional horizons.
by Danny Lachance
Keith and Nancy Nuechterlein established a fellowship in their mentor's name
by Emily Sohn
Gary Kohler's undergraduate psychology degree has provided a unique advantage in his financial career
by Mary Winstead
Stephan Dilchert links low cognitive ability with negative work behaviors
by Helen West
Maureen Kunkler is an ambitious, top-tier student--and an outspoken advocate for equality.
by Emily Sohn
In a huge lecture hall, it can be easy for students to fade into the crowd while professors rhapsodize about abstract academics. But that scenario is no fun for anyone -- teachers or students. And passive listening rarely leads to a lifelong love of learning. Instead, psychology professors at the University find entertaining and unusual ways to engage their students, whether they are teaching a class of 20 or 200. Meet three professors who are inspiring students to learn -- and enjoying themselves in the process.
By Judy Woodward
In our Department of Psychology, Minnesota Twins refers not to baseball, but to revolutionary studies of behavioral genetics that have changed what we know about the heritability of physical, mental, and psychological traits. The pioneers of these fields continue to be honored for their work: Professor Irv Gottesman was named one of the Top 30 Most Influential Psychologists in 2013, as well as being named an Honorary Fellow of King's College in London. On August 8, Professor Thomas Bouchard received the American Psychological Foundations Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology.
Learn more about the pathbreaking findings of Professors Bouchard and Gottesman through the Minnesota Twins studies.
You have watched the debates, pondered the issues, and endured more campaign commercials than you ever wanted to see. Even with all of those good-citizen factors in place, you don't have the full equation for the votes you will cast on Election Day. >>> An array of other variables play into voting. They all are about you.
by Deane Morrison
University of Minnesota psychologists are the best in sight -- finding answers to how we make sense of what we see
by Lynn Argetsinger
Undergraduate James Imes is a model of perseverance in his pursuit of study-abroad experiences
By Helen West
Alumna Juanita Rice's path has been anything but prescribed
By Carrie Collenberg
Ph.D. candidate Carrie Collenberg argues that art and terror have an inescapable relationship
Shortly after 9/11, Karlheinz Stockhausen caused an international uproar by commenting that the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center were the greatest work of art in the cosmos.
by Anne Wallen
Ph.D. Candidate Anne Wallen Examines the Role of Masked Balls in 18th-Century GERMANY AND Scandinavia
by Helen West
Dutch instructor Jenneke Oosterhoff uses the real world in language instruction
by Paul Houe
Professor Poul Houe reflects on Kierkegaard's practice of walking and talking and thinking
by Sheila Eldred
German language students explore age-old questions of coexistence on stage
By Susie Eaton Hopper
Ayse Erdogan looks at international trade and the environment
By Linda Shapiro
Morton and Artice Silverman support students with ranging interests
By Susie Eaton Hopper
Dan Miller researches the economics of construction costs
By Douglas Clement
Best friends since high school are expanding the frontiers of economics
By Helen West
Svetha Janumpalli combines economic wisdom, global studies savvy, and artistic talent in her quest to solve social problems in the developing world
By Douglas Clement
While creating mechanism design theory, the late Leo Hurwicz was also transforming the economics department
By Douglas Clement
With new offices and faculty members, the Department of Economics is preparing for the future
by Larry Jones
The Department of Anthropology is offering a new graduate focus with training and research opportunities
in the integrated areas of paleoanthropology and behavioral biology.
As John Soderberg, Director of the Evolutionary Anthropology lab, showed me around their lab space, I couldn’t help but contemplate going back to school for a degree in anthropology. There were fascinating objects such as giraffe bones, stone tools, chimpanzee teeth, and fossil casts. I looked through drawers full of comparative anatomical materials that are used by students each semester in the Human Evolution class—which enrolled nearly one thousand students this past year!
Faculty and Staff Awards for 2008
Speakers to the 2007–2008 colloquia series were asked to respond to the broad thematic call of the notion “creativity."
"Humans through Deep Time: Archaeology and the Pace of Change" was the title of a two-day symposium organized by the Department of Anthropology and held in the Cowles Auditorium in the Humphrey Center, March 13–14, 2008.
I am Mentor C. Addicks, Jr., better known as Duke. I received my B.A. in anthropology in 1963, and especially remember enjoying classes with my adviser, department chair E. Adamson Hoebel, and professors Elden Johnson, Rupert Murrill, James Gibbs, and Jesse Jennings.
Hans Johnson co-founded the Maasai Cultural Foundation, a nonprofit organization, with his Maasai friend
Simon Saitoti in 2005 after having traveled to Kenya over the previous five years documenting Maasai music and oral histories.
Chris Winger undertook a project to conserve, document, and research a collection of about thirty iron artifacts held by the department. The collection consists of swords, spear points, belt fittings, and other utilitarian objects. The department acquired these artifacts in the early 1930s through an expedition conducted by Professor Albert Jenks. The artifacts were inadequately documented by Jenks and sat in
storage for over seventy years in a very poor state of conservation. In 2006, the artifacts were brought out of storage and Winger began a project to properly conserve and catalog these objects.
We sat down with Peter Harle, the Department of Anthropology’s undergraduate adviser, to learn more about the undergraduate program, resources available to students, and a little about the man behind-the-scenes.
The Undergraduate Anthropology Club seeks to provide undergraduates at the University of Minnesota with the opportunity to explore the fields of anthropology beyond the classroom setting. The club also serves as a resource for anthropology students, who can find information about classes, help with homework, and meet other students who share similar interests.
June 19, 2008
This summer’s fieldwork has taken me to France and the Czech Republic. In Carsac-Aillac, in France’s Dordogne region, where I am writing this, I am working with a small group of people re-analyzing the lithics from Combe Grenal housed at the Musée National de Préhistoire in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, an important Middle Paleolithic cave site dug by François Bordes, in anticipation of possible future excavations at the site by Harold Dibble, Shannon McPherron, and Dennis Sandgathe, the principal investigators of the Middle Paleolithic cave site of Roc de Marsal. Roc de Marsal is currently being excavated by Dibble, McPherron, and Sandgathe, and I am also assisting in analyzing the new lithic materials that have come from the site. This work is providing me with a great opportunity to work with, and be trained by, leaders in the field of paleoanthropology, and especially lithics.
My dissertation titled “‘Hiding in the Open’: Whiteness and Citizenship in the (Re)production of Difference in Jamaica" is based on research conducted primarily in Kingston, Jamaica beginning in July 2000 through June 2003. This work is part of an ongoing dialogue about the production of difference.
Through an analysis of the reproduction of whiteness(es) and citizenships in Jamaica, I argue against notions of difference as rooted in simplistic binaries that are often naturalized and seen as independently produced. Through nuanced explications of ethnographic details, this project demonstrates the complexities of the mutually productive relationships among the classed, gendered, and sexual components of whiteness and citizenship and documents how these operate in the daily
experiences of Jamaicans. While this is not a comparative work, it has implications for the ways in which whiteness is conceived and theorized in the United States (as well as in other countries) because it fundamentally de-centers whiteness by recognizing other whitenesses, by questioning the social/political investments in whiteness, and by analyzing the ways in which color, class, gender, and
sexuality operate in the production of subjects and the historically and culturally specific forms of those subjectivities.
Daphne Berdahl was born on June 14, 1964, in Freiburg, Germany, to Robert and Margaret Berdahl. She
graduated from Oberlin College, earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1995, and was a James Bryant Conant Fellow in German and European Studies at Harvard University. She joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota as an assistant professor of anthropology in 1997 and was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in 2000. She was also a faculty member in the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Anthropology professor Martha Tappen investigates human evolution in Eurasia.
by David Valentine
David Valentine has had a busy year. His book, Imagining Transgender: An Ethnography of a Category was finally published in August of 2007, and it has been awarded the Ruth Benedict book prize (SOLGA/AAA), and honorable mention for the Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Prize for the Critical Study of North America (SANA/AAA). Imagining Transgender was also nominated in the nonfiction category for the Lambda Literary Awards, but sadly failed to win. David has continued to write on this topic, including a paper he presented at the first Transsomatechnics conference this past May titled “Sue E. Generous: Toward a Theory of Non-Transexuality." True to form, the main title is a bad pun with good intentions. In this paper, which David told us is his favorite thing he has ever written, he asks us to consider the politics of being non-transexual, which may sound counter-intuitive, but he believes that it is a key question in highlighting how gendered power works out in contemporary society.
Honors, awards, and fellowships: Fall 2007 to Summer 2008.
John Sonderberg is the Managing Director of the Evolutionary Anthropology Laboratory
Each year the department hosts the Paleo picnic in conjunction with Dr. Martha Tappen’s Skeletal Materials for Archaeologists course. The picnic is a chance for students interested in Paleolithic lifeways to experience, first hand, animal butchery with stone tools much the way our Paleolithic ancestors did. After butchery, the meat is cooked and shared amongst the participants and the animal bones cleaned and incorporated into the department’s zooarchaeological teaching collection.
In April, the EAL provided a behind the scenes tour of our three-dimensional modeling equipment. The Institute for New Media Studies invited anthropology faculty to discuss their research as part of Emerging Digerati Week, a series showcasing high-tech research at the University.
Students use ground-penetrating radar to map the 1010 Park site on the first day of the 2007 Elliot Park Neighborhood Archaeology Project in downtown Minneapolis. Volunteers shovel testing in the background found a late 19th century trash pit and a mid-20th century pair of hand-sewn pants.
As an anthropologist from Germany and a German Studies scholar, it is my heartfelt concern to honor Daphne Berdahl. On my personal academic map, she became the star of the University’s Department of Anthropology. I am desolate knowing that when I come to the University of Minnesota I will not be seeing Daphne again. I not only enjoyed her warmth; my own research and teaching activities have benefited from
her scholarship. I will hence join your department with an acute sense of loss, but also with joy and a feeling of honor. I will do my best to support Daphne Berdahl’s students in their future scholarly endeavors.
I am thrilled to be joining the faculty of the Department of Anthropology. Many of you are already familiar with my work and my teaching—I have been a lecturer and researcher in the department for several years. Most of you also know my husband, Gil Tostevin. It is with great enthusiasm that I accept my new responsibilities as assistant professor. One of the aspects of my new job I look forward to the most is meeting more students—I hope you will stop by my office to say hello!
I am very pleased to be joining the anthropology faculty at the University of Minnesota. Up until now, I had only known the department, the University, and the region by reputation, so it is exciting to be given the chance to learn them first-hand instead. As an archaeologist, it’s like starting a new site.
Our 2007–2008 academic year was saddened by the loss of our esteemed colleague, Professor Daphne Berdahl, whom we feature in this issue of World Views. Professor Berdahl was an inspiration to us all in her multi-year bout with cancer. She was a tower of strength to the end. We commemorated her at a wonderful symposium and dinner held at the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center on
February 28, 2008. Thanks to the generosity of the Berdahl family, the Daphne Berdahl Memorial Lecture will be an annual event. Please see pages 10 and 11 for more information about the Daphne Berdahl Memorial Lecture.
When one door closes another one opens. The all too short life of Andrew Dickinson, Efimenco scholar and political science Ph.D. candidate, ended unexpectedly on April 24, 2006, but the impact he left on the department will live on thanks to the generosity of his family, friends, and colleagues.
Alumnus N. Marbury Efimenco translates his political science degrees and a career in foreign service into a fellowship for international relations graduate students
Traveling through his undergraduate experience, Tim Schuster picks up souvenirs in leadership, communication, and service.
Graduate student Jonneke Koomen investigates the global politics of human rights.
By Susie Eaton Hopper
More than 2000 years ago, that brilliant politician Julius Caesar famously launched a chronicle of contemporary international relations with the observation that "Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres."
Assistant Professor Kathryn Pearson on likelihoods of policy change
I am very pleased to introduce the new format of PoliSci Connection, the magazine for friends and supporters of the University of Minnesota Political Science Department. Until now, PoliSci Connection was a departmental newsletter, capably managed by our undergraduate advisor, Rose Miskowiec. We have upgraded the newsletter to a magazine, now containing professionally written articles about the research and teaching of departmental personnel, as well as in-depth reports on select experiences of Political Science students.
Perhaps you have a hard time giving up on the idea that political behavior is--or at least can be--based heavily on facts and ration-al processing of facts. But it's a hard conviction to maintain in the face of, well, established facts.