The Department of Anthropology hosted the 5th annual Northwest Evolution, Ecology and Human Behavior symposium (NWEEHB) at Boise State University Oct. 19-21. This regional conference included more than 80 participants from over 10 universities including Washington State, University of Utah, Arizona State, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Oklahoma State and University of Montana, among others.
This year’s conference began with a Friday night poster session during which 14 undergraduate and graduate students presented on their research projects, with topics ranging from the archaeological interpretation of lithic artifacts to explore the transmission of culture in British Columbia, to exponential random graph modeling of Alaskan food sharing networks, to the role of social networks in health outcomes in Haiti.
Top researchers from around the country came to give plenary presentations, including Mark Flinn (Baylor University), Robin Bernstein (University of Colorado, Boulder), Mary Towner (Oklahoma State University), Alyssa Crittenden (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) and Brian Codding (University of Utah).
Department of anthropology faculty Kathryn Demps, Kristin Snopkowski, John Ziker and Nicole Herzog served as conference organizers. This conference would not have been possible without the support of Sheryl Millard and the Anthropology and Archaeology Students Association Club officers. The two student organizations received support from the Associated Students of Boise State University and led efforts to recruit and organize student volunteers throughout the conference. The conference also was funded by the Human Behavior and Evolution Society and the Dan Montgomery fund.