YBAL demonstrations and exercises for local children
As the YBAL Director, I try to provide outreach to local schoolchildren by explaining what biological anthropology is, and its applications to everyday life. I have provided lectures and demonstrations to New Haven and West Haven schools, as well as Peabody Museum camps and organizations such as West Haven Boy Scout Troop 208, seen here performing a forensic exercise.
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Support of Ugandan schools and conservation education
While I have lectured often to schools around New Haven, I had my first opportunity to explain my primate and forest research to the Rugonjo School, Kabarole District, Uganda. What I thought would be a brief lecture to a small group of older students turned out to be a wildly gesticulating pantomime (with pant-hoots) to about 300 children and their teachers. With the patient translation and support of my Ugandan colleagues, I found this to be a highlight of my career thus far. In 2010, I carried over about 60 pounds of school supplies donated by New Haven’s Mauro-Sheridan Magnet School. I hope to continue supporting this and other schools along the border of Kibale National Park.
Support to local authorities and institutions for skeletal identification
I have provided descriptions of human skeletal remains for the Yale Peabody Museum and the Connecticut State Archaeologist. I recently assisted in the excavation and identification of human remains from a 19th century cemetery. I am also a member of the CT Disaster Identification and Recovery Team (DIRT).