Comet Quest

How the Rosetta mission created a new archaeological site in space.   A tale of two Rosetta Stones Archaeological sites where humans have carried out scientific activities beyond the Earth are not as rare as you might think. The planets nearest us—the Moon, Mars, and Venus—are littered with landers, rovers, probes, and craters where spacecraft […]

The Future of Education is Now

We must radically reform higher education to meet the most pressing needs of our age. It’s Taco Day at Meadowlark Retirement Community in Manhattan, Kansas. “The students usually sit with the other residents,” the host says, pointing to a round table with crisp white table linens at the opposite end of the dining room, beyond […]

What’s Your Beef

How eating brisket shapes the future in the present.   A strong and well-constituted man digests his experiences (deeds and misdeeds all included) just as he digests his meats, even when he has some tough morsels to swallow. —Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Essay 3, Aphorism 16, (1887) If it’s true as Nietzsche […]

When Social Media Are the News

As social media become commonplace, they reorganize publics, places, and politics in ways history cannot predict. Over a decade ago, a tectonic shift in communication technologies began remaking the media landscape in the US and elsewhere. During the 2004 presidential election, television network news lost ground to talk-based cable news, especially conservative Fox News. Print […]

Big Data, Ethical Futures

Social media and digital networks research is human subjects research. Why not make it more ethical? As more and more disciplines crisscross and work together to study the worlds of social media and digital networks, we are pressed to rethink our basic methods and the ethical obligations pinned to them. Indeed “ethical dilemmas” are often […]

Letter from the Incoming President

This new year will be a challenging and exciting one for me as I assume the responsibilities of ABA President.  I first became acquainted with the ABA as a graduate student attending the ABA International Conference in Panama.  There, I gave the second conference paper of my fledgling career, received supportive yet critical feedback from […]

Arctic Anthropology

Thawing permafrost, rising sea levels, and erosion are rapidly destroying unique and irreplaceable sites and artifacts in several Arctic regions, including the Ilulissat Ice Fjord in Greenland, the Mackenzie Delta in Canada, the Seward Peninsula in Alaska, and the Altai Mountains in Russia. Greenland The Ilulissat Ice Fjord is located approximately 150 miles north of […]

When the Wind is Called Haydar

“I came like water, like the wind I go,” Omar Khayyam said as he contemplated life. Rumi found an affinity between anger and the wind as he stated, “anger is like a strong wind; after a while it calms down but many of the tree branches are already broken.” However, he also saw beauty and […]

“Making a Bill” in Search of Health

The Poorest, Sickest State Mississippi is the U.S.’s poorest state and has the lowest rates of insurance coverage. Mississippi also has very poor health outcomes including the highest or second highest rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and age-adjusted death rate due to cancer (Mississippi State Department of Health 2014). These rates are nothing new and […]

SLA Business Meeting Report

SLA Business Meeting Saturday, November 19th, 2016 For the complete report, please see the slideshow linked below: sla-2016-report-slideshow President’s Report Report on SLA Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Award: Supported invited colloquium at AAAL by Jonathan Rosa, Netta Avineri, Susan Blum, Eric Johnson, Bernard Perley, Kathleen Riley, and Ana Celia Zentella: “Applied Linguistics, Linguistic Anthropology, and Social […]