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Professor’s Research on Prehistoric Californians’ Diets Is Topic of BSS Colloquium

Date: 11-27-2013

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

The College of Behavioral and Social Science (BSS) recognizes the outstanding scholarship of Professor Eric Bartelink, Department of Anthropology, at its annual BSS Faculty Colloquium Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Auditorium.

Bartelink will give a presentation titled “Are You What You Eat? Anthropological Perspectives on Diet and Health in Human Prehistory.” He will discuss the use of chemistry to analyze the interaction of diet and health among prehistoric California hunter-gatherers.

A poster session will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Bartelink will speak from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The BSS Faculty Colloquium Series is an annual event recognizing faculty members who have received national and international accolades for their work.

Recognized in 2008 by CSU, Chico’s Faculty Recognition and Support Committee for significant professional achievement, 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 the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Anthropology, where he is working to establish best practices in forensic anthropology.

Bartelink serves as the director of the CSU, Chico Human Identification Laboratory and as the co-coordinator of the University’s certificate in forensic identification. He is regularly consulted to assist in identifying remains and works extensively with law enforcement agencies across California, as well as with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“Being selected as this year’s BSS colloquium speaker has been a true honor,” said Bartelink. “I am very appreciative of the support I have received from the Department of Anthropology and the College of BSS, which has allowed me to pursue my research on ancient health and nutrition in California prehistory. I am thankful for this opportunity to discuss my research in this public forum.”

CSU, Chico’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences comprises the departments of Anthropology, Child Development, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, Health Science, International Business, Multicultural and Gender Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Science, Social Work and Sociology. For more information about the college, please visit www.csuchico.edu/bss.