Wednesday, April 6, 2016

PPA 2016 - Posters

Please click on the links below to access our Paleopathology Association (PPA) 2016 posters.

"Fetal Development in a Set of Twins from Tell el-Hesi: A Comparative Morphometric and Biochemical Analysis" by Amel Langston (QU), Paige Ferreri(QU), Brittney Highland (USA), Jaime Ullinger (QU) & Lesley Gregoricka (USA)

QU = Quinnipiac University; USA = University of South Alabama

"Macroscopic and Radiologic Evidence of Pathology in Skeletons from Tell el-Hesi" by Daniella Tarquinio, Jaime Ullinger, Gerald Conlogue and Ramon Gonzalez (all from QU)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Cushing Center Field Trip (aka Brains, Books & Bones)

Several of us visited the Cushing Center at the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale.  The center curates hundreds of preserved brains and tumors that were collected by Dr. Harvey Cushing - the "father" of neurosurgery. He also collected antique books, many of which were related to science and medicine.  We got an incredible tour from Terry Dagradi, the coordinator of the center. 

We also got a chance to look at the fetal skeletons that Erika D will work with this semester.

And, we met Finn, the therapy dog who passes out happiness to anyone visiting the library.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Darwin Day!

QU students celebrated Darwin Day in Buckman Center. With donuts, coffee, and "I select you. Naturally!" Valentine's day cards, students had a chance to celebrate Charles Darwin, and his Theory of Evolution. Activities included examining the skulls of some human ancestors, and taking a short "True or False?" quiz about evolution as we know it. The event was hosted  by Professor Ullinger, a professor of anthropology, and Professor Keller, a professor in Biology. 


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

QU students talk to the youth at Hamden Public Library

QU students talked to a group of students from ages 8-12 years old about skeletons and sustainable agriculture. QU students read stories and educated the eager group on science. The class got an opportunity to touch and examine bones, which sparked interest among the students. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Mystery of the Mummy!

Quinnipiac students got their hands on a mummified infant along with a woman’s mummified arm that was preserved more than 150 years ago. Scientist believe the infant is around 200 years old and was mummified soon after birth given the height of the body. Students were amazed by the technique of the mummification of the infant.

"It still has fingernails and toenails so the preservation is very good especially given the method." -Amel Langston, Quinnipiac Student

Quinnipiac's Bioanthropological Research Institute had the privilege to examine the specimen until it will be sent off to the Mutter Medical Museum in Philadelphia.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

QU Anthropology Takes Over DC!

This summer, Matt and I were lucky enough to assist Professor Ullinger at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian. The skeletons we examined were over 5,000 years old and from Jordan. It was amazing to see Anthropology in action!

We visited the National Museum of Natural History for two weeks to study bones excavated from Bab adh-Dhra’, an archaeological site in Jordan.  The data we collected will be used by undergraduates at QU to study health during the Early Bronze Age in Jordan.

Matt found out the occupational hazards of Anthropology.

When we had free time we were able to explore D.C.!

It was an unbelievable experience to be able to work on an interesting collection with wonderful people! ~Jirina

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Archaeologists and anthropologists in training

Once again, the Anthropology Program here at Quinnipiac University has invited middle school students from the Hamden area to learn about anthropology and archaeology. On October 14th and 16th, the students participated in workshops, which included a mock archaeology dig and three hands-on labs. They also answered questions in their own personal "field manuals" so that they could get a feel for how archaeologists and anthropologists have to record data while at a site. From trying to figure out what our ancestors ate to learning how to discern certain parts of the skeleton, the students learned about several key concepts in anthropology including: human evolution, the scientific method, stratigraphy, material culture, and osteology. The event was hosted by QU faculty, members of the Society of Anthropological Research Club, the QU MAT program, and the Bristol Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning. The 100 seventh grade students were able to the 100 seventh grade students were able to come to the QU campus and have these experiences. Thanks to everyone who helped out! Here are some of our photos from the event:

Here are some of the students and faculty that helped to make this event go smoothly!