Abandoning Textbooks

Whenever I prep a new course, I always prickle at choosing a textbook and teaching from a textbook. No book has ever covered what I like the way I want it to be covered. Usually, after I teach a course for a semester, I toss the book out the window, and develop my own curriculum from various online and primary sources. However, I don’t always need to re-invent the wheel.

Dr. Holly Dunsworth has always been extremely kind and generous by sharing her text-less Human Origins and Evolution Syllabus. This is a fantastic resource, and it has given me lots of inspiration for abandoning my textbook next semester.

SoS Episode 49: A Chat with Phyllis Eveleth Award Winner Jelena Jankovic

Sausage of Science LogoThis week on the Sausage of Science, Chris and Cara chat with Jelena Jankovic, this year’s recipient of the HBA Phyllis Eveleth Award for Outstanding Graduate Presentation or Poster. Jelena’s poster titled, “Forced migration and chronic stress: A study of traumatic experiences, mental health, and cortisol among refugees in Serbia” was one of over 100 posters at the 2019 Conference. As a biocultural anthropologist, Jelena’s research focuses on migrant and refugee studies as well as human biology. In this episode, she chats with Chris and Cara about her work in Serbia, the science behind fingernail clippings, and her future research goals. To contact Jelena, send her an email at jjankovi@nd.edu or learn more about her research by visiting her Notre Dame webpage: anthropology.nd.edu/graduate-progra…kovic-rankovic/.