Department of Anthropology

A bonobo stares back at the camera while another walks away A new federal grant will help Kent State University expand an international relationship and provide invaluable opportunities for some graduate students. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Kent State a three-year, $298,000 International Research Experience for Students (IRES) grant that will allow graduate students to travel to...

A bonobo stares back at the camera while another walks away A new federal grant will help Kent State University expand an international relationship and provide invaluable opportunities for some graduate students. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Kent State a three-year $298,000 International Research Experience for Students (IRES) grant that will allow graduate students to travel to...

Mary Ann Raghanti, Ph.D., anthropology professor and chair in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, is involved in a collaborative research project to examine heart disease in gorillas. Kent State Anthropology Professor Contributes to Collaborative Research Project We’ve known for some time that heart disease is prevalent in captive gorilla populations and is a leading cause of death. This is why, in 2010, the Great Ape Heart Project based at Zoo Atlanta (www.greatapeheartproject.org) was formed. The project provides a network...

Linda Spurlock, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Kent State, discusses her field of study, which includes forensic art, reconstructing fossils and more. Strength, tenacity, courage and unrelenting persistence.   March is Women’s History Month, and all across our country, we are honoring women who have shaped America’s history by working together and showing their strength, tenacity and courage to not only overcome great obstacles, but also achieve at the highest level.    In Northeast...

Linda Spurlock, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Kent State, discusses her field of study, which includes forensic art, reconstructing fossils and more. Recent research has uncovered that up to 5 percent of the DNA of many modern humans originated from ancient interbreeding with Neanderthal populations. This raises the broader question of whether a species’ genetic makeup includes genes brought together through occasional episodes of hybridization. Are we an amalgamation of DNA from a variety of...

Two chimpanzees are pictured sitting in the grass. A recent study co-authored by researchers at Kent State University looks at the differences of human brains compared to the brains of other primates such as chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys.  How different are human brains compared to the brains of other primates such as chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys? It’s one of many important questions that scientists have asked for years while pursuing a better understanding of human evolution. Researchers in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences recently co-authored an...

Two chimpanzees are pictured sitting in the grass. A recent study co-authored by researchers at Kent State University looks at the differences of human brains compared to the brains of other primates such as chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys.  Marilyn Norconk, Ph.D., a Professor Emerita of Anthropology in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. This year, 396 members have been awarded this...

Two chimpanzees are pictured sitting in the grass. A recent study co-authored by researchers at Kent State University looks at the differences of human brains compared to the brains of other primates such as chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys.  Dementia affects one-third of all people older than 65 years in the United States. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, irreversible brain disease that results in impaired cognitive functioning and other behavioral changes. Humans are considered uniquely susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease, potentially due to...

Todd Diacon, Kent State’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, places the President’s Medal on Distinguished Professor of Human Evolutionary Studies C. Owen Lovejoy as Kent State President Beverly Warren watches. Kent State University Distinguished Professor of Human Evolutionary Studies C. Owen Lovejoy, Ph.D., received the President's Medal from President Beverly Warren during the One University Commencement Ceremony on May 13 in Dix Stadium. The President’s Medal is the highest honor conferred by Kent State. It recognizes faculty and administrative...

Todd Diacon, Kent State’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, places the President’s Medal on Distinguished Professor of Human Evolutionary Studies C. Owen Lovejoy as Kent State President Beverly Warren watches. Kent State University Distinguished Professor of Human Evolutionary Studies C. Owen Lovejoy, Ph.D., received the President's Medal from President Beverly Warren during the One University Commencement Ceremony on May 13 in Dix Stadium. The President’s Medal is the highest honor conferred by Kent State. It recognizes faculty and administrative...