Lara Noldner from Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, candidate for the Bioarchaeology Director position at the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist, will present on "The Future of Bioarchaeology--Balancing Cultural Sensitivity and Scientific Inquiry."
Wednesday August 27, 2014
4 PM Old Capitol Senate Chamber, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Lara Noldner is a graduate of the University of Wyoming (2006) and earned a MSc. (2008) and Ph.D. (2013) from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in evolutionary anthropology with an emphasis in bioarchaeology. Dr. Noldner's dissertation title is "Spanish Missionization and Maya Social Structure: skeletal evidence for labor distribution at Tipu, Belize." In this research she explored interpreting past human behavior from skeletal signatures of habitual biomechanical activity. Dr. Noldner has six years experience at the UNM Maxwell Museum's Laboratory of Human Osteology where she analyzed the skeletal remains of over 500 individuals from Puebloan archaeological contexts as part of repatriation efforts and she has participated in consultations with members of the Acoma and Santa Ana Pueblos. Dr. Noldner is currently employed at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center conducting research, managing collections, and participating in public education, all done in consultation with their Native American Advisory Group. Dr. Noldner recently published a method-based article the American Journal of Physical Anthropology related to 3D scanning technology and its application to quantifying rather than qualitatively analyzing muscle insertion development on the skeleton.