Fall 2016 Newsletter – Dr. Durband

Dr. Arthur Durband joined the Anthropology faculty at K-State in Fall 2015. Before his move to Manhattan he taught at Texas Tech for 10 years, and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Australia in 2014. He received his doctorate from the University of Tennessee in 2004, and he is a paleoanthropologist interested in the origins of modern humans and the peopling of Australia. Dr. Durband is teaching a variety of courses at K-State, including new courses like Myth and Mystery in Physical Anthropology and Introduction to Human Evolution. He will also teach upper level courses in Paleoanthropology and Primate Behavior while splitting the introduction to Physical Anthropology teaching duties with Dr. Alfonso-Durruty. He and his wife Dottie Durband, the Director of the School of Family Studies and Human Services, both received funding from the “Oz to Oz” program at K-State to develop a study abroad program to the Northern Territory of Australia. They are planning to launch this program with a trip during June 2017. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Durband has an active research agenda. In July 2016, he gave an invited lecture at the launch of the Research Centre of Human Evolution at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He is working with colleagues in Zurich, Switzerland to digitally reconstruct Australian fossil skulls, including Lake Mungo 3, currently the oldest known human skeleton in Australia. He was an author on two published papers during 2016, one in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology and the other in Australian Archaeology.

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