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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has honored Stanford anthropologist IAN HODDER for his work in archaeology and his contribution to the relations between the United Kingdom and Turkey.


Hodder, the Dunlevie Family Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, received the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George – a British order of chivalry usually awarded to diplomats and people who have made important contributions to the country’s foreign affairs.

The Office of International Affairs’ Roberta and Steve Denning International Research Exploration Fund has helped faculty pursue innovative international research since 2013.

The grants support faculty to engage with a global network of researchers, mentor graduate students, and encourage further involvement with stakeholders at Stanford and abroad. This year’s International Research Exploration Fund was open to all faculty across Stanford and winning proposals will be awarded up to $15,000 to resolve various research challenges such as operational costs in establishing research infrastructure at Stanford or abroad, international travel, conference engagements, expanding or forming new partnerships and programs, or securing supplies in the field.

Krish Seetah, assistant professor of anthropology, is conducting research on malaria spanning 300 years at sites with historic epidemics. In particular, Professor Seetah and his research team are seeking new sites in Africa, where an overwhelming 90% of malaria deaths are reported each year. From previous work in Mauritius and Madagascar, the team seeks to move research from an isolated island environment to a larger one with endemic malaria, and afterwards, to continental Africa, with Zimbabwe as a potential case study for the team. With extensive datasets, Professor Seetah aims to produce a framework that could predict the impact of malaria in the next 50-100 years. The work will involve multiple disciplines such as archaeology, history, and climate science, as well as over 20 collaborators across 5 countries.

Credit: Stanford HAI

Stanford Archaeology Center Professor Krish Seetah and his research team have received a 2019 HAI (Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence) Seed Grant.

The HAI Seed Grant is awarded to exceptional scholars for their investigation into cutting-edge AI solutions to support or advance humanity, foster interdepartmental or interschool collaborations between faculty, postdocs, students, and staff, and present new, ambitious research that will help guide the future of AI. 

Professor Krish Seetah's project is titled Predicting malaria outbreaks: AI to learn, classify and predict across diverse paleo-demographic, climatic and genomic data. 

His research team includes Robert Dunbar (Earth System Science), Carlos Bustamante (Biomedical Data Science, Genetics), Giulio De Leo (Biology), Erin Mordecai (Biology), Desiree LaBeaud (Pediatrics - Infectious Diseases), Michelle Barry (CIGH), Bright Zhou (Medicine), David Pickel (Classics), and Hannah Moots (Anthropology).


Gardener working at Stanford's PA residence - Stanford Special Collections

Credit: Stanford Special Collections


In 2017, archaeologists with Stanford Heritage Services conducted archaeological testing at a site in the Stanford Arboretum. The research confirmed that Chinese laborers who helped build the Stanford campus had once lived there. Now, a new spring archaeology course seeks to tell the stories of those forgotten workers by unearthing where their living quarters stood...

Jiajing Wang receives Stanford Centennial Teaching Award

Stanford Archaeology Center graduate student Jiajing Wang has received the 2019 Centennial Teaching Assistant award. This award recognizes outstanding teaching assistants (TAs) for their tremendous service and dedication in providing excellent classroom instruction for Stanford students. Administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning (VPTL), the recipients of the award are selected from a wide range of individuals throughout the Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering. 

A Future in Ruins

The Society for American Archaeology has announced the recipients of its 2019 awards, four of whom are members of the Stanford Archaeology Community. Professors Lynn Meskell and Krish Seetah, as well as alumni Hao Zhao and current graduate student Weronika Tomczyk have all been selected as 2019 SAA award recipients.