is book investigates the controversial position of religious healing in modern Turkey, demonstrating that the authority of the religious healer is deeply embedded within Turkey's history of secular reform, and that religious healing and secularism share a set of common stakes.  

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C. Jeffrey Jacobson, PhD

Jeff (PhD, 2001) received a promotion to Associate Professor of Anthropology with tenure in the fall of 2010 at the University of Cincinnati.

His recent publications include "Disclosure and Self-Report of Emotional, Social, and Physical Health in Children and Adolescents With Chronic Pain -- A Qualitative Study of PROMIS Pediatric Measures" in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, "Work Experiences of Latina Immigrants: A Qualitative Study" in the Journal of Career Development, and "Temporal and Subjective Work Demands in Office Based Patient Care: An exploration of the dimensions of physician work intensity" in Medical Care.

C. Jeffrey Jacobson in Honduras conducting research

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Carmit McMullen, PhD

Carmit (PhD, 2003), has just been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to compare outcomes of two different types of reconstructive surgeries following bladder cancer surgery. Her grant, "Urinary Diversion Among Bladder Cancer Survivors: Cost, Complications, and QOL," aims to provide comprehensive comparative information to help guide treatment choices.

Currently, patients, families, and providers have little information about the long-term impacts of different types of urinary diversions that are created after surgery to remove the bladder (cystectomy). The study will survey 450 participants and will analyze medical record data from over 1,000 patients who are members of three Kaiser Permanente regions.

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David M. Stothers, PhD

David (PhD, 1974) was a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toledo for 38 years before retiring in 2011. His status as Professor Emeritus is in progress. He continues to actively carry-out research, field archaeology and laboratory analysis as Director of the Western Lake Erie Archaeological Research Program based at the University of Toledo.

In May 2012, Stothers was presented a Life Time Achievement Award by the Archaeological Society of Ohio. Over the years, Dr. Stothers has published or co-published more than 60 articles or book chapters from all time periods of Native American prehistory.

Stothers observing the Heckelman site

exploratory trench April 2012

From some of his early work he described the Princess Point Complex in Southwestern Ohio, he redefined the sequence of development in Northwest Ohio, Michigan and Southeast Ontario as the Western Basin Tradition, and he identified the linguistic /ethnological basis of both the Western Basin Tradition and Sandusky Tradition groups in prehistory. David is a community educator and organizer, a mentor of students, and has contributed greatly to archaeology in the region.

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Nancy Marie White, PhD

Nancy (PhD, 1982) is beginning her 30th year as an archaeologist and professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Her current research projects with graduate students include some fascinating sites in northwest Florida from a lost American town that existed only from 1836-1841 to a shell midden on St. Joseph Bay where stable isotopes of whelk shells harvested in A.D. 1250 show not only the season that Native Americans camped there but also how polluted the bay has become through the centuries.
Over the years she has received two outstanding undergraduate teaching awards and the Florida Anthropological Society's Ripley P. Bullen Award for work with avocational archaeologists. In addition to annual fieldwork in the summer jungles of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, White has worked in Borneo with hopes to return next year to help with the new anthropology program at the University of Malaysia Sarawak.

Nancy recently published a new book, co-edited with Keith Ashley, titled "Late Prehistoric Florida: Archaeology at the Edge of the Mississippian World" (2012, University Press of Florida.) The book describes many sites first recorded when herself, other students and their CWRU professor traveled from Cleveland one January between semesters to explore Florida archaeology.

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