Teaching AAA 2016: Teaching evidence in medicine

This is the fourth post in our blog series designed to help you link your teaching with the 2016 Annual Meeting theme, Evidence, Accident, Discovery. The series offers relevant teaching resources to instructors of undergraduate and graduate courses on methods, ethics and theory. Think of it as a week’s course readings in a (virtual) box… This week’s post … Continue reading Teaching AAA 2016: Teaching evidence in medicine

Bringing art to breast cancer care: 3D nipple tattooing

Few people realize how long and complex breast cancer treatment is. The Komen Foundation and Avon rarely highlight post-surgery debacles in their fundraising literature, and the visceral reality of scars is seldom discussed unless being celebrated. As the model Matuschka showed in her 1993 photograph and more recently anthropologist Lochlain Jain in her bio-ethnography Malignant, … Continue reading Bringing art to breast cancer care: 3D nipple tattooing

AAA Webinar Wednesday Returns with Lenore Manderson September 2nd at 2 PM Eastern

Medical Anthropology in the 21st Century with Lenore Manderson The AAA’s Webinar Wednesday is back for the Fall Semester. Medical anthropology has expanded in its fields of study and the number of people who identify as medical anthropologists. Yet it is hard to describe what we do: studying people’s experience of sickness and heath, care … Continue reading AAA Webinar Wednesday Returns with Lenore Manderson September 2nd at 2 PM Eastern

Dr. Nancy Scheper-Hughes Named First AAA Public Policy Award Winner

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is pleased to announce that its Committee on Public Policy has selected medical anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes as the first recipient of the new Anthropology in Public Policy Award. Dr. Scheper- Hughes is a nationally-recognized expert on several important health issues, including hunger, illness and organ trafficking. The Anthropology in Public … Continue reading Dr. Nancy Scheper-Hughes Named First AAA Public Policy Award Winner

Touch in the Classroom: Should Schools Teach Students to Give Each Other Massages?

Written by Elisa (EJ) Sobo Every semester, I teach a college course exploring the interrelationships between human culture and biology. Feedback loops connecting culturally-patterned behavior and body chemistry, such as in the stress response, provide a handy example of our bioculturality. So, among other topics, I have a well-developed unit in my course (and related … Continue reading Touch in the Classroom: Should Schools Teach Students to Give Each Other Massages?

“Aliceheimer’s” – one family’s journey through Alzheimer’s

AAA member, Dana Walrath is a medical anthropologist that tilts perspective on how to heal. UVM News reporter, Lee Ann Cox describes Walrath’s work: As a professor and anthropologist in UVM’s College of Medicine, as well as an artist and writer, Walrath advances ideas about what world cultures can teach doctors and other caregivers about nurturing … Continue reading “Aliceheimer’s” – one family’s journey through Alzheimer’s