Around the Web Digest: Week of August 17

Here’s a recap of what you might have missed this week. If you have something to send me for next week, shoot me an email at or on Twitter at @dtpowis. Classes start this week for me, and I know they’ve already started for some of you. If you’re teaching a course with a Twitter component, tell me about it! If you have articles or blogs that you’re linking your students to, let me know! I want to see what kinds of class discussions are springing out of the blogosphere.

Until then, let’s see what we have from last week.

Stories by anthropologists:

Meg Stalcup wrote some notes on police officers’ training (or lack thereof) and militarization in Ferguson. (Anthropoliteia)

Brad Erickson reflects on Ferguson from his perspective, having done research related to police and community of Oakland. (Anthropoliteia)

Tom Ozden-Schilling discussed the mountain pine beetle and the timber economy of British Columbia during the first decade of the 2000’s. (Okay, it’s much more interesting than it sounds.) (CASTAC Blog)

Jennifer Cool explained why the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral. (CASTAC Blog)

Sarah Kendzior recapped the articles that she has written on St. Louis, for those that need to contextualize the events and militarization of Ferguson. (Sarah Kendzior)

Kate Clancy smacked down the bad science in Gillings’ paper on PMS. (Daily Beast)

Also, check out Allegra Lab’s ongoing recap of EASA 2014 highlights (and lowlights). (Allegra Lab)

Stories for anthropologists:

Gretchen McCulloch wrote on historical linguistics, the evolution of languages, and whether or not they are all derived from a single common ancestor. (Slate)

Michael White eschewed binary opposition in the “nature versus nurture” debate. (Pacific Standard)

Dick Powis

Dick Powis is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, and is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His research interests include men and childbirth, prenatal screening technologies, and reproductive health in urban settings in Senegal. Read more at