Faculty Colloquium

Event held on December 5, 2013
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Eric Bartelink
"Are You What You Eat?" Anthropological Perspectives on Diet and Health in Human Prehistory (pdf)


Are You What You Eat

You are cordially invited to the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Faculty Colloquium to be held on campus in the Bell Memorial Union on December 5th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  Dr. Eric Bartelink from the Department of Anthropology will deliver the keynote address. 

Recognized in 2008 by Chico State’s Faculty Recognition and Support Committee for significant professional achievement, Dr. Bartelink is actively involved in research using stable isotopes and paleopathology to analyze the diet and health of ancient cultures. He holds invited appointments in significant organizations including the American Board of Forensic Anthropology as a Diplomate and Board Member, and in SWG-ANTH-the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Anthropology-where he is working to establish best practices in forensic anthropology. 

In addition to Dr. Bartelink’s numerous and prestigious publications and presentations, he serves as the director of the CSU, Chico Human Identification Laboratory and the co-coordinator of the Certificate in Forensic Identification.  He has studied the diet and health of prehistoric societies in California and American Samoa.  He is regularly consulted to assist in identifying remains working extensively with law enforcement agencies across California including those in Butte, Placer, Shasta, Tehama, Modoc, Siskiyou, Humboldt, Sutter, El Dorado, Yolo, Lake, Napa, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo counties as well as the FBI.

The evening event will begin with a poster session running from 5:30 to 6:30, followed by Dr. Bartelink’s keynote address and a question/answer period from 6:30 - 7:30. His talk is entitled“Are You What You Eat?  Anthropological Perspectives on Diet and Health in Human Prehistory.” Dr. Bartelink will discuss the use of chemistry to analyze the interaction of diet and health among prehistoric California hunter-gatherers as studied through stable isotope analysis and paleopathological and nutritional stress indicators.