Student Blog

Courtney Sexton presents her CASHP thesis

Gene Discovery Helps Explain How Humans May Have ‘Self-Domesticated’

Scientists may have come one step closer to figuring out what makes humans look and act like humans, according to a 

a human wearing a dog mask next to a dog

What's in a Face?

The coyote came to me in a box—just her head—wrapped with care by a hunter on the other side of the country.

Courtney Sexton holding her camera on the field

On the Privilege of Pursuing Higher Education

As a 32 year-old first-year Master’s degree student hopefully en-route to a PhD program, I have done a lot of soul-searching in the past few months.

The Large Hadron Collider, with a person for scale. © NASA

Pounding Tools and Particle Colliders

What does particle physics have in common with paleoanthropology? A lot, actually.

Image of the poles as they may have been 56 million years ago, ice-free. Photo from National Geographic Magazine.

Seeing the Past in the Future

As I approach the New Year, I have been inundated with thoughts of change: personal, political, social, and, always at the top of my mind, climate change.

andrill (Mandrillus sphinx) at the San Francisco Zoo ©the author

Asking Big Questions for Primatology

In a program dedicated to interdisciplinary (or, according to paleoanthropologist and recent invited speaker Curtis Marean , “transdisciplinary”) research, CASHP scientists an


The Ghosts in the Collection

In my previous entries for this blog I have mostly focused on the fieldwork aspects of archaeology, particularly my and my peers’ travels in Africa during the summer field season.

Kate McGrath at Crater Lake, Mt. Visoke, Rwanda

How to Excavate a Gorilla with a Spoon

Although I am just a ‘first year’ CASHP student, I spent my summer in the field with my advisor, Dr.

Students playing soccer with the locals in the dried up Il Eriet river in 2007.

“Jam Session” in the Field

Do you know the story of “Under Pressure,” the 1981 rock hit recorded by Queen and David Bowie?

Chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park

Interdisciplinary Adventures in Tanzania

One of the best parts about being a CASHP graduate student is the endless research opportunities available to us. These opportunities can come in any form, and are rarely predictable.


Primates! An ASP Conference Report

The American Society of Primatologists held their 2012 meeting in Sacramento, California. Conferences have a way of re-igniting excitement and giving rise to research ideas.

Safari sunset

Safari Njema

The academic year here at GW is officially over; classes and exams are done, all of the undergraduate anthropology students have gone, and the graduate students are preparing for the summer.

SciFest 2012

Igniting Curiosity in Children at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

As I wrap up my first year of graduate school, I can’t help but be reflective.

Laura Reyes looking frustratingly at a microscope

Microscope Games

I’ll set the scene for you: It’s late afternoon, and I’m in the lab, alone. Well, not exactly alone. It’s me and the microscope. How could I even forget?

This is one of the computer tasks given to apes and children: these items are inherently ordered (by size), and we are intereste

How do you Choose? Use Visible Cues!

February was an exciting month, and March promises to be equally stimulating!