281FW: USF Department of Anthropology Second in U.S. in Public Engagement
- Jan 19, 2007
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USF Department of Anthropology Second in U.S. in Public Engagement
TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2007) – The University of South Florida’s department of anthropology is second in the nation in public engagement, according to a recent ranking by the Hawaii-based Center for Public Anthropology.
The ranking assesses academic departments’ levels of public visibility and engagement, using factors such as citations in public media, collaborative programs involving the community, and the engaged scholarship and outreach of individual faculty members.
The USF department of anthropology is widely recognized for its focus on applied anthropology, and has several active engaged units, including the Alliance for Applied Research in Education and Anthropology, the Center for Applied Anthropology, and the West Central Regional Public Archaeology Center .
“This is an excellent recognition of the department’s national visibility,” said Elizabeth Bird, chairperson of the anthropology department at USF. “It is especially gratifying that this came just as USF is being recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as an Engaged Institution; we certainly believe we have contributed to this in a significant way.”
Bird and fellow anthropology department faculty member Susan Greenbaum were listed with more than 50 citations in the public media, as determined by a LexisNexis search.
Among the programs that led to the USF anthropology department’s high ranking:
• The Alliance for Applied Research in Anthropology and Education (AAREA), a research group led by Kathy Borman, one of USF’s “Million Dollar Researchers.” AAREA coordinates several major grants (NSF, DOE etc) that conduct research in schools and universities looking at the effectiveness of educational reforms and programs
• The West Central Regional Public Archaeology Center , part of the Florida Public Archaeology Network. Funded by state funds through the department, and housed at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa , the center (and the network’s) goal is to increase public awareness and education about archaeology. Another goal of Public Archaeology is the preservation of fragile prehistoric and historic sites past that are being destroyed at an alarming rate through natural process and development.
• The annual Field School in Costa Rica: Globalization and Health, led by Nancy Romero-Daza and David Himmelgreen, which trains students in applied research methods; students then carry out original research on topics designed by community members, such as HIV/AIDS prevention and nutritional issues, and present results to the community.
• Multiple faculty applied projects, partnering USF faculty and students with communities in theU.S. and abroad.
• Multiple public outreach activities, including the USF anthropology department’s series of radio programs in 2006 year with WMNF Radio, our workshop for public school teachers on Teaching Evolution, or work being done to provide forensic training to law enforcement personnel.
The ranking included 394 schools, with Michigan State University at the top, followed in the Top 10 by USF; University of Pennsylvania ; Arizona State University ; University of California , Berkeley ; Emory University ; University of Arizona ; University of California , Irvine ; University of Michigan , Ann Arbor ; Boston University ; and University of Washington .
The assessment was done through a survey of anthropology faculty members throughout the United States , with a response rate of over 40%; a total of 394 schools were included in the assessment.
The University of South Florida is one of the nation’s top 63 public research universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF received more than $310 million in research contracts and grants in 2005, and it is ranked by the National Science Foundation as one of two of the nation’s fastest growing universities in terms of federal research and development expenditures. The university has a $1.6 billion annual budget and serves 44,038 students on campuses in Tampa , St. Petersburg , Sarasota/Manatee and Lakeland . USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.
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