Student News: Presenting anthropology research

Andrea Kruse ’08; Lori Stanley ’80, Luther professor of anthropology; and Rachel Hodapp ’13 got together in San Francisco in November 2012 at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, a gathering of 6,000 academic, practicing, and student anthropologists from around the world. Hodapp presented a poster (in the background of the photo) titled “Maasai Medicinal Plants: Preserving and Applying Traditional Knowledge in Northern Tanzania,” coauthored with Georgianna Whiteley ’13. (Whiteley would have been there as copresenter, but she was on her way to Chicago for the Rhodes Scholarship regional interview, after which she was named a Rhodes Scholar.) The poster presentation resulted from summer 2011 research in northern Tanzania, supervised by Stanley and Brad Chamberlain, Luther associate professor of chemistry, and supported by a Student/Faculty Summer Collaborative Research Grant and a grant from the R.J. McElroy Trust Student/Faculty Research Fund. Hodapp and Whiteley were among a very small number of undergraduates accepted to present at this highly selective conference. Hodapp is an anthropology and psychology major who hopes to combine both fields in her future career. Kruse, who majored in anthropology at Luther, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria from 2008–10. She remains active in the Peace Corps organization, currently serving as vice president of the board of the Minnesota Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Kruse is coordinator of public operations at the Science Museum of Minnesota and is working on a master’s degree at St. Catherine University.