Dr. Adrian Howkins has been awarded a NSF grant to construct a historical photo archive of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica. In conjunction with his work with the McMurdo Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site, the construction of a historical photo archive will help to facilitate a better understanding of the human history of this unique region (the McMurdo Dry Valleys are the largest ice free region in the Antarctic continent). In particular, the archive will help to address questions about the spatial scale of human impact in the Dry Valleys, and the effectiveness of management policies in limiting these impacts. Research will take place predominantly in the United States and New Zealand, as well as Antarctica. History Master’s Poppie Gullett will also be working on this grant, following work on the history of the McMurdo Dry Valleys as an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) student.
Three History Department M.A. candidates created posters for the recent Graduate Student Showcase: Celebrating Research and Creativity, held in the Lory Student Center on November 11, 2015. Maggie Moss Jones’s poster was based on her research about malfeasance at Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa. Will Wright’s poster explored the topic “Highways, Tourism, and the Great Acceleration Towards Unnatural Disaster.” Hailey’s Groo’s poster, which won honorable mention, was based on her research about the role of Hawaiian women in cultural, religious, and political change in the Hawaiian Islands. Congratulations to the participants