Tags : ask an anthropologist

With a Rebel Yell or a Fist in the Air:

I began singing and dancing very early on in life. It is in no way surprising that my mother, a trained opera singer, and father, a music loving piano player, would have 6 very musical children. We all sang together and many of us played an instrument. At some point or another we all had […]Read More

Woot! Woot! 'THANK YOU' Giveaway!!

Since I really (like, REALLLLLLY) started this blog this year, I’ve just reached my 50th post and 200th Twitter follower! Not to mention, I’ve learned so much from this awesome blogging/ science communication/ education community, so I want to celebrate with you!! It’s summer time and with the World Cup 2014 coming up, I found […]Read More

Forensic Anthropology: Bone Trauma

I think one of the more interesting things that forensic anthropologist do is look at bone pathology. (Side note: I am biased. Skeletal pathology is my jam!) Pathology looks for abnormality- weird stuff. These abnormalities can tell a very rich story! Bones tend to operate, grow, and react with a fair bit of regularity within […]Read More

Bone Pathology: A Look at Osteosarcoma of the Skull

“Osteosarcoma is an aggressive malignant neoplasm arising from primitive transformed cells of mesenchymal origin that exhibit osteoblastic differentiation and produce malignant osteoid.” That is a fancy way of saying BONE CANCER   Osteoblasts are cells  that synthesize, or make, bone. Sometimes, it doesn’t work like it’s supposed to. When there is not enough nutrient minerals, the osteoblast are dysfunctional and the bone doesn’t […]Read More

I Fell in Love with a Robo-Naut!

  During my visit to the Kennedy Space Center, I had the opportunity to hear about a number of innovations and experiments being conducted on and off the International Space Station. My absolute favorite was ROBONAUT! “The core idea behind the Robonaut series is to have a humanoid machine work alongside astronauts” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robonaut). While many find […]Read More

The 'Rockstar' Goes to NASA

It had only been a few short hours since I left the cold, harsh NYC weather, and landed in sunny, warm, unfamiliar Orlando, Florida. I had no idea what to expect. My idea of Orlando had been theme parks and resorts. In fact, I really had never contemplated the Kennedy Space Center in terms of […]Read More

"How can you believe in God if you believe in

  If you follow me on my Facebook page, you would have seen that this week that I declared this week, “Ask An Anthropologist” week. I thought it would give us a chance to get to know each other, and provide an opportunity to answer questions that I get asked pretty frequently. But then… I got asked […]Read More