Close encounter, or just half asleep? How scientific inquiry can inform paranormal experiences

Since it’s getting close to Halloween, I thought I would discuss something a little more creepy than usual that actually happened to me.


“Hey Laurence, did you find cool stuff digging in Africa this summer?”

I’ve been asked this question a lot recently because in June, I spent two weeks at Kanapoi, the famous site in northern Kenya.

Anatomy of a Lab Rotation

One of the many great opportunities provided by CASHP for its lucky graduate students is the chance to widen the scope of our research and to build interdisciplinary partnerships with researchers a

Evolution in Education

Starting the Evolution in Education Program at CASHP

This past fall, a group of CASHP members came together to create a public outreach program about science and evolution.

AAPA Calgary

Conference Time!

This past week I attended the 83rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) with several others students and facul

Vance Powell

The Researcher Emergent: Prologue

Toward the end of my first semester as a PhD student in the HomPal program at GW I was invited to collaborate with my advisor and two of our post-docs on a project they’d developed.

The author studying her favorite topic (desserts).

A Serious Question: How Do You Study?

Graduate students experience various facets of pedagogy simultaneously. For their own studies, they are expected to master a vast literature in a particular field of interest.

Sites of Les Eyzies (M. Peyrony, in Munro 1912)

Paleolithic Pilgrimage

In southwestern France, hours outside of Paris on the way to Bordeaux, lies a small village called Les Eyzies. Haven’t heard of it?

Darwin and Medicine

Does Evolution have a Place in Medicine?

As a student in the highly interdisciplinary Hominid Paleobiology Doctoral Program, with an even broader interdisciplinary focus on evolutionary neuroscience, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from

Laurence Dumouchel

Birds Do It

My life changed significantly in the past few months. I started a new degree, in a different country, in another language.

Paleosouls San Pedro Formation

A Paleo-Cation

Vacations used to be a time when I took my mind off work. I would take a few days to decompress, relax, and, more specifically, escape from the ancient past that I study on a daily basis.

Elephant fossil

The Anatomy of a Paleontologist

For the past semester, I’ve been assisting students in the GW medical school with Human Gross Anatomy.

Food photography

The Wherefore and Why of Food Photography Faux Pas

Martha Stewart’s Twitter account (@MarthaStewart) recently caused a minor uproar in social media this week when she tweeted some…interesting pictures of her food

Rwandan canopy walk

Rwandan Adventure: Part II

Shortly after sunrise we walked a few kilometers to the bus station in Musanze town. To Kigali we go. Amandine Erikson (U.

Kaitlin Wellens

A Data ID to a Chimpanzee

If a stranger walked in and out of my office without ever speaking to me, they would most likely know one very crucial fact—I really, really like chimpanzees.