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March 13–14, 2012

The Dynamics of Social Networks in the Late Prehispanic Southwest

Co-chaired by Jeffery J. Clark, Preservation Archaeologist, Archaeology Southwest; Deborah Huntley, Preservation Archaeologist, Archaeology Southwest; and Barbara J. Mills, Professor and Director, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona

This seminar brought together an interdisciplinary team for discussion of their NSF-funded project that was attempting to understand the coalescence and collapse of populations in the western U.S. Southwest during the tumultuous period from AD 1200 to 1550.

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April 10–11, 2012

The Role of Social Networks in Disaster Recovery in Mexico, Ecuador, and the U.S.

Co-chaired by Eric C. Jones, Research Scientist, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Linda M. Whiteford, Office of the Provost, University of South Florida

This seminar convened to more fully develop theory on collective action following extreme events, for which it is not only variation in networks that is important, but also the comparative or cultural context in which these networks are activated.

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June 19–20, 2012

The Evolutionary Demography of Fertility: The Influence of Social Networks

Co-chaired by Daniel Hruschka, Assistant Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University; Rebecca Sear, Reader, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK; and Mary Shenk, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri, Columbia

This seminar brought together an international team of researchers to develop a project and plan related grant proposals on the use of evolutionary demography to investigate the effects of individual characteristics and social influences on fertility.

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September 25–27, 2012

Microfinance: Assessing the Economic and Cultural Implications of Microfinance on Poverty from Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Co-chaired by Milford Bateman, Visiting Professor of Economics, University of Juraj Dobrila Pula, Croatia and Freelance Consultant and Lamia Karim, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon

This research team seminar examined the popular narrative that microfinance has achieved success in many countries. The focus was to assess the impact of microfinance on the community, rather than just upon a set of poor individuals or women.

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National Science FoundationGenerous funding for the Research Team Seminars provided by the National Science Foundation.