MisCon 30 Attending Professional
I am a visiting assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Montana. My research specializes in bioarchaeology, which is the study of the biological and cultural processes of historic and prehistoric populations. I am interested specifically in changes to human populations over time through cultural and evolutionary processes, and what human skeletal remains tell us about health, violence, labor, and social/cultural context. Additionally, I participate in work related to forensic anthropology. I teach courses related to these subjects at the University of Montana, and have published in numerous academic journals as well as edited volumes. I have recently been in the scientific press regarding my work with Aztec human skull masks. I received my Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico.
Scheduled Panels and Presentations:
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Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Ancient Burial Practices, Madison
Panelists: Corey Ragsdale
A presentation on how our interpretations of burial practices from historic and prehistoric populations are influenced by cultural factors such as folklore as well as how, in some cases, folklore and mortuary archaeology overlap.
- Break Sat 3:50 - Sat 6:00
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, The Treasured Past, Montana Boardroom
Panelists: Bob Patten, Corey Ragsdale
The past has captured the imaginations of countless people and has inspired films, legends, and stories. Why do relics from the past captivate us and how do we know what we know about them? Can we rely on archaeologists and other scientists to be accurate? Or is the holy relic we treasure just an ancient form of toilet paper roll?
- Break Sat 6:50 - Sun 2:00
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Eugenics For A New Era, Jefferson
Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, Meradeth Houston, Corey Ragsdale
Gene therapy, stem cells, glow-in-the-dark cats. In the UK, scientists are experimenting with genetically modified human embryos. Will eugenics play a key role in the future of humanity, and if it will, did Aldous Huxley have it right? Is this the start of a �Brave New World?�
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Clash of Titans: Horror Monsters and Science, Madison
Panelists: James Glass, Guy Pace, Corey Ragsdale, Brooke Stanley
Godzilla couldnít have stood up on his own due to the effects of gravity. Itís doubtful that he could have even breathed. Scientists agree that thereís no way that a massive Decepticon can transform into something so tiny! At what point do fans finally balk at a blatant flaunting of natureís laws? How can we avoid this in our own work?