Lambda Alpha Journal, v.46, 2016

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About the Lambda Alpha Journal

The Lambda Alpha Journal is a publication of student papers by members of the Lambda Alpha National Honors Society for Anthropology and is published regularly at the Wichita State University Department of Anthropology. Professional, avocational, student manuscripts, and book reviews of recent publications are welcome. The journal is made possible through the efforts of the Journal editorial staff residing at the founding chapter, Alpha of Kansas . Funding for the Journal is obtained through subscriptions and continuing sponsorship by the Student Government Association of Wichita State University.

Editor in Chief : Dr. Peer H. Moore-Jansen

Founded by Dr. Lowell D. Holmes


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    Lambda Alpha Journal, v.46 (complete version)
    (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2016) Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology
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    Letter from the editor
    (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2016) Moore-Jansen, Peer H.
    Papers entertain questions pertaining to greater appreciation of 1) how social media platforms can facilitate broader communication and discourse among Latin American youth (Sierra); 2) the significance of the Ghost Dance as a means to defend the Lakota way-of-life (Clough); 3) the relationship between health, worth and palliative care in resource limited communities in North India (Richard and Hosaka); 4) confounding issues associated with the pursuit of artistic expressions of Utopian ideals of cultural universalism in contrast to the reality of cultural relativity of symbolic meaning (Cheadle); 5) the potential role of neurological development and human behavior throughout human biological history and by extension affirming the adaptative value of pair-bonding and even romantic love (Figueras); 6) human variation through the association of skeletal morphological diversity to human. Particularly with reference to the assessment of efficacy related to the understanding of sexual dimorphism in portions of the skeleton (Longe). In spring 2016 we celebrated the 16th annual Lambda Alpha Student symposium in the campus or Wichita State University. The day-long program included 17 undergraduate podium presenters speaking to research in archaeological, biological, and cultural anthropological investigations.
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    18th Annual Lambda Alpha Symposium, Wichita State University, April 16, 2016
    (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2016) Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology
    Abstracts of student papers delivered at the 18th Annual Lambda Alpha Symposium held on April 16, 2016, Wichita State University.
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    Disagreeing in bogota YouTubers' sites: A playful display of identities and solidarity through the use of disagreement
    (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2016) Sierra, Jennifer
    As Social Media continues to transform and expand contemporary linguistic landscapes, this paper intends to add to the analyses of the new communicative practices taking place in these sites. Even though social media has been a worldwide phenomenon, Latin American participants have been rather overlooked in the scope of social media studies. Thus, in this research project, I focus on Latin American youth as active interactants of social media discourse. This project displays the preliminary stages of what is currently unfolding as my senior thesis. Through analyzing conversations taking place in popular YouTubers' channels from Bogota, Colombia, this study focuses on disagreement as a positive communicative strategy to build a set of identities (Ardington, 2013). Participants in these communities of practice display skillful communicative competence to successfully demonstrate their identities as followers. Disagreement in these sites have multiple functions, it allows interactants to increaseparticipation, to create connections between participants, and to actively negotiate a different set of identities, thus creating agency.
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    Sex estimation in forensic anthropology using the radius, femur, And scapula
    (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2016) Longe, Simone
    According to the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, "forensic anthropologists apply standard scientific techniques developed in physical anthropology to analyze human remains, and to aid in the detection of crime" (ABFA, 2010). Furthermore, forensic anthropology today is defined as "the scientific discipline that focuses on the life, the death, and the post life history of a specific individual, as reflected primarily in their skeletal remains and the physical and forensic context in which they are emplaced" (Dirkmaat et al., 47). Forensic anthropologists are responsible for a number of duties including skeletal trauma analysis, forensic taphonomy, and forensic archaeology. It is important to note that forensic anthropologists only work with human remains that are of both modem and of forensic significance (Tersigni-Tarrant and Shirley, 2013). For example, a forensic anthropologist would not be interested in working with ancient remains, as law enforcement would have no use for them.