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Anthropology and Earth Science students, faculty attend 75th Annual Plains Anthropological Conference

Posted on October 12, 2017

Twelve students and five faculty members from the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science attended the Plains Anthropological Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota from October 4-17, 2017. The following seven co-authored talks and posters were presented, encompassing research across archaeology, cultural anthropology, geoarchaeology, geology, and GIS:  Read the rest of this entry →

Faculty Present at International Conference on Archaeological Prospection

Posted on September 25, 2017

Rinita Dalan and George Holley (Anthropology and Earth Science) recently attended the 12th International Conference of Archaeological Prospection at the University of Bradford, England. Rinita was invited to present a keynote lecture on the development of archaeological geophysics in the U.S. Rinita and George also presented a coauthored paper with colleagues from the University of Arkansas, PaleoCultural Research Group, and the Midwest Archeological Center on using subsurface geophysical methods to understand Northern Plains earthlodges.

Dalan and MSUM alumna publish in Remote Sensing journal

Posted on February 02, 2017

Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, MSUM alumna Rebecca Wallace (Geoarchaeology 2017), and colleagues from the Midwest Archeological Center of the National Park Service and the University of Kansas, have had an article published in the online journal Remote Sensing. Their paper “Cutbank Geophysics: A New Method for Expanding Magnetic Investigations to the Subsurface Using Magnetic Susceptibility Testing at an Awatixa Hidatsa Village, North Dakota” forwards an approach for enhancing geophysical studies of archaeological sites.

MSUM ‘Frontier Foundations: the History of Early Moorhead’ Exhibit Opening at the Hjemkomst Center Dec. 13

Posted on December 13, 2016

A traveling exhibit of 11 panels on Early Moorhead will be opening at the Hjemkmost Center on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The exhibit script was initiated by students in a History 390: Interpretive History course taught by Jayme Joos (Spring 2015) and then completed through a Legacy (Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund) grant awarded to Rinita Dalan and Jayme Joos (Anthropology and Earth Science) that covered additional research and writing by Jayme Joos and copyright permissions for the images. The panels were printed with funds from the Minnesota Historical Society.  Read the rest of this entry →

Special GIS Seminar: Telling your story with Esri Story Maps

Posted on November 02, 2016

Wednesday, Nov. 2 | 2 p.m. | LI 124

Presenters: Alexandria Fogarty and Rinita Dalan

Esri Story maps provide an incredibly easy means of combining maps, text, images, and multimedia in an online platform to share your story. Maybe your story is about a place that you love or an issue you are passionate about. Perhaps you would like to showcase your research or your students’ activities. Maybe you just want to utilize the wide variety of story maps that others have created to enhance your teaching. Come learn about the resources that are available through our Esri site license that will allow you to utilize and create these powerful story-telling experiences.

MSUM Faculty Members, Alumni Attend Geospatial Analysis Conference

Posted on August 15, 2016

A Faculty Development Associates team comprised of Andrew Chen, Computer Science and Information Systems; Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Sciences; Alexandria Fogarty, School of Media Arts and Design; and T. J. Hansen, Economics, Law & Politics; attended the Esri Education and User Conferences in San Diego, California June 25-29, 2016. The MSUM team members joined over 15,000 participants from academia, industry and government that participated in technical workshops, moderated paper discussions, industry-specific sessions and forums related to geospatial analysis.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dalan, Wallace Participate in ArcheoBlitz

Posted on May 13, 2016

Rinita Dalan (Anthropology & Earth Science) and Rebecca Wallace (Geoarchaeology major) participated in an “ArcheoBlitz” May 5-7 at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site (KNRI), North Dakota. This event, part of the National Park Service Centennial, built on a BioBlitz model that has been used to gather natural resources information and engage the public with science-based activities at National Parks across the country.  Read the rest of this entry →

Center for Geospatial Studies’ Campus Map Initiative introduced to Pine to Prairie GIS Users Group

Posted on January 08, 2016

MSUM faculty members Rinita Dalan (Anthropology and Earth Science) and T. J. Hansen (Economics, Law & Politics) joined Curtis Atkinson II, Lead System Engineer of HERE-Fargo, to address the Pine to Prairie GIS Users Group on December 9, 2015 in Fergus Falls. The presentation, “Partnering with the MSUM Center for Geospatial Studies: History, Campus Map Initiative, and You,” introduced regional GIS users to the center’s unique partnership with industry mapping leader, HERE. As part of the Campus Map Initiative, student interns from MSUM employed by HERE developed a 3-D map of the MSUM campus. HERE has also created interior maps of campus buildings as part of the initial phase of an ongoing partnership between these organizations. Representatives of MSUM and HERE answered questions about the Campus Map Initiative and invited those in the Pine to Prairie GIS Users Group to partner with the Center for Geospatial Studies in the future.

George Holley and Rinita Dalan attended archaeological conference

Posted on November 10, 2015

George Holley and Rinita Dalan (Anthropology and Earth Science) attended the 59th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference in Milwaukee, WI, November 5-7. George Holley presented a paper entitled “A New Incised Catlinite Tablet Style from the Red River of the Northeastern Plains”. Rinita Dalan coauthored a paper “Archaeological Prospection at Aztalan: Results of the 2014 National Park Service Geophysics Workshop” with fellow instructors from the National Park Service workshop. Five anthropology and geoscience alumni also presented papers and posters at the conference.

Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, contributed an article to the 2014 Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

Posted on October 10, 2014

Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, contributed an article on the “Magnetic Susceptibility of Soils and Sediments in Environmental Archaeology” to the 2014 Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. This comprehensive (11-volume) encyclopedia, edited by Claire Smith, and published by Springer Science+Business Media, New York, has an international and interdisciplinary focus and is available as both a print and online reference.

Rinita Dalan, George Holley, and Mike Michlovic attended 58th Annual Midwest Archaeological Conference

Posted on October 07, 2014

Rinita Dalan, George Holley, and Mike Michlovic attended the 58th Annual Midwest Archaeological Conference in Champaign, Illinois, October 2-4. Dalan co-authored two papers and participated in a meeting on the Digital Hopewell project. Holley was selected to represent Minnesota in an all-day ceramic workshop on the late prehistory of the Midwest.

MSUM faculty members attend Geospatial Analysis Conference

Posted on August 06, 2014

A Faculty Development Associates team comprised of Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Sciences; and T. J. Hansen and Margaret Sankey, Economics, Law & Politics; attended the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) Education and User Conferences in San Diego, California July 12-16, 2014. The MSUM team members joined over 15,000 participants from academia, industry, and government who participated in technical workshops, moderated paper discussions, industry focus sessions, and other events focused on geospatial analysis. Read the rest of this entry →

Rinita Dalan co-authored poster presented at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology

Posted on April 29, 2014

Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, co-authored a poster presented at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 23-27, in Austin, Texas. The poster, by Michael Hargrave, R. Berle Clay, Rinita Dalan and Diana Greenlee, titled “Posts at Poverty Point: A View from Haag’s Rise”, focused on post circles and seemingly un-patterned post features at the Poverty Point State Historic Site in Louisiana, integrating information from remote sensing and excavation with models generated from soil magnetic studies.

Rinita Dalan is keynote speaker for Student Research Conference at Southeast Missouri State University

Posted on April 10, 2014

Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, will present the keynote address at the 22nd Annual Student Research Conference at Southeast Missouri State University on April 16. Her talk is entitled “Creating Opportunities through Collaborative Research.”

Dalan and Geoarchaeology major conducted research at Poverty Point State Historic Site

Posted on March 25, 2014

Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, and Geoarchaeology major Rebecca Wallace traveled to the Poverty Point State Historic Site in Louisiana over Spring Break to conduct investigations into a new mound discovered at the site. The Poverty Point site, composed of a semicircular arrangement of six earthen ridges and mounds over 3,000 years in age, is the 2014 U.S. nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Dalan and students present “Darwin’s Cabinet of Curiosities”

Posted on February 18, 2014

Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, and majors Rebecca Wallace, Geoarchaeology, and Chelsey Quiring, Archaeology, presented an exhibit on human evolution at an outreach event at the Fargo Public Library. The event, called “Darwin’s Cabinet of Curiosities,” held in the community room at the main library on February 15, was sponsored by the North Dakota Association of Women Geoscientists.

Anthropology and Earth Science faculty present papers at Plains Anthropological Conference

Posted on October 02, 2013

Rinita Dalan, George Holley, and Michael Michlovic of Anthropology and Earth Science will be presenting papers at the 71st Annual Plains Anthropological Conference in Loveland, Co., during the week of Oct. 2-6. These papers present results on on-going research in North Dakota and Minnesota, which include student contributions.

Rinita Dalan to teach course in remote sensing for archaeologists in Verulamium this summer

Posted on April 09, 2013

As part of a development grant funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK, Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, will travel to the Roman site of Verulamium this summer to teach a course in remote sensing for archaeologists. The grant “Sensing the late Iron Age and Roman Past: geophysics and the landscape of Hertfordshire,” awarded to Drs. Kris Lockyear and Andrew Bevan, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, supports collaborative research involving community heritage groups. Read the rest of this entry →

Rinita Dalan to present papers at Society for American Archaeology meeting

Posted on March 26, 2013

Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, will present two papers at the Society for American Archaeology meetings in Honolulu, Hawaii during the week of April 1. The first paper, “Archaeological Prospection Advances for Non-Destructive Investigations: Contributions of the National Park Service Workshop”, was co-authored by Rinita Dalan, Steven L. De Vore, and Bruce Bevan. Read the rest of this entry →

Rinita Dalan publishes chapter

Posted on March 26, 2013

Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, has a chapter (Geophysical Exploration of Gardens, by Bruce Bevan and Rinita Dalan) in the recently published (2013) Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology, edited by Amina-Aicha Malek (2013, Peter Lang Publishers, Bern). This volume was published with the financial support of the Fondation des Parcs et Jardins de France.

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