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New Podcast Features Dr. Julienne Rutherford

Listen to the latest podcast, featuring biological anthropologists, Dr. Julienne Rutherford.

Dr. Rutherford in front of portrait entitled Psychedelic Placenta, by Mark Mershon, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing

Dr. Rutherford in front of portrait entitled Psychedelic Placenta, by Mark Mershon, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing

Julienne Rutherford earned her PhD in Biological Anthropology from Indiana University in 2007. She is an assistant professor of Women, Children, and Family Health Sciences and adjunct assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is currently the President of the Midwest Primate Interest Group. She is also the Biological Anthropology Section editor for Anthropology News. She was named a Leadership Fellow by the AAA in 2011, and was the 2013 recipient of the American Society of Primatologists Legacy Award. She was recently named the UIC Researcher of the Year “Rising Star” in the Clinical Sciences.

Rutherford’s research revolves around a central interest in the dynamic maternal environment in which a fetus develops. She is primarily interested in the primate placenta as a signaling interface between mother and fetus. She works with both humans and non-human primates to address questions regarding the effect of maternal ecology (nutrition, life history experience, behavior) on placental morphology, metabolic function, and gene expression and downstream sequelae for offspring health both postnatally and later in life. She has published her multifaceted research in American Anthropologist, Placenta, American Journal of Physical Anthropologists, American Journal of Primatology, American Journal of Human Biology, Obesity, and Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences. She recently co-edited the volume Building Babies: Primate Development in Proximate and Ultimate Perspective. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Society of Primatologists.

Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment

In response to the recent survey about sexual harassment in anthropology, reported by Kathryn Clancy (U Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Katie Hinde (Harvard), Robin Nelson (U California, Riverside), and Julienne Rutherford (U Illinois, Chicago) the American Anthropological Association has issued the following statement on behalf of its more than 11,000 members.

 The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is shocked and dismayed to learn about the results of a recent survey reported at the April 2013 meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Knoxville, TN. The AAA has zero tolerance for sexual harassment in academic, professional, fieldwork or any other settings where our members work.  While the AAA does not have adjudicatory authority over these matters, our Statement on Ethics: Code of Professional Responsibility sets out our clear expectation that anthropologists “…have a responsibility to maintain respectful relationships with others. In mentoring students, interacting with colleagues, working with clients, acting as a reviewer or evaluator, or supervising staff, anthropologists should comport themselves in ways that promote an equitable, supportive and sustainable workplace environment.”

 We deplore the reported incidents of sexual harassment, and  expect employers and institutions of higher education to enforce the law as well as their specific anti-harassment policies for implementing the law. While sexual harassment is an issue that affects men and women alike, women bear the greatest burden of these incidents by far. The AAA has a long-term commitment to monitoring the status of women in anthropology through the Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology, renamed in 2011 the Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology. We encourage harassment victims who do not feel that adequate protections are available through their employer or home institution to contact the Association’s Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology confidentially for advice.

2011 AAA Leadership Fellow

 At the 110th AAA Annual Meeting, AAA recognized Dr. Heide Castañeda and Dr. Julienne Rutherford as the 2011 AAA Leadership Fellows.  Leadership Fellows gain a unique opportunity early in their careers to become strong leaders in the field of anthropology and within the Association. Fellows are mentored by members of the AAA Executive Board in association governance, leadership, and various other areas.

“This program augmented my career in anthropology and provided valuable insight into AAA Leadership,” said Dr. Ritu Khanduri, a 2010 AAA Leadership Fellow. “Because of this opportunity I look forward to furthering my career in a leadership role and contributing to the AAA initiatives bridging world anthropologies.” 

Heide Castañeda is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida, and is paired with mentor Jean J. Schensul.  Schensul serves a three-year term, 2009-2012, as an AAA Executive Board member and is a medical anthropologist at the Institute of Community Research. Julienne Rutherford is an assistant professor in the Department of Oral Biology and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is being mentored by Lee Baker.  Baker served as AAA Executive Board member from 2008-2011 and is the Dean of Academic Affairs and professor of cultural anthropology for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University.

Castañeda and Rutherford were formally recognized at the AAA Awards Ceremony during the 110th AAA Annual Meeting in Montréal in November of this year.

The deadline for applications to be one of the 2012 Leadership Fellows is March 15, and the application is available on the AAA website.

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