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NOVEMBER 2015: Dr Jessica Hendy Receives Postdoctoral Research Position

After passing her PhD viva, former EUROTAST Fellow Dr Jessica Hendy started a position as a postdoctoral research assistant with Dr Camilla Speller at BioArCh, University of York. In her EUROTAST research she explored the development of novel archaeological-biomolecular methods to understand the health and diet of enslaved Africans during the transatlantic slave trade. In this new…

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OCTOBER 2015: Erna Johannesdottir presents at BABAO Conference

EUROTAST Fellow Erna Johannesdottir presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the British Associate for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology September 2015 in Sheffield. Her presentation, African dental modification practices in the era of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade was presented with EUROTAST Research Supervisor, Kate Robson Brown. Title: African dental modification practices in the era of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade…

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Fatimah Jackson on Big Picture Science

Professor Fatimah Jackson was interviewed on Big Picture Science about research performed as part of EUROTAST. As she says: Healing comes about through knowledge. So, the knowledge can be the basis for healing this trauma, and it’s really an ongoing trauma, of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. To listen to the podcast go to The Big Picture Science Blog:…

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DECEMBER 2014: Three New Research Papers by EUROTAST

First, Petr Triska and his advisor, Luisa Pereira, authored an article in Nature’s Scientific Reports on the differences in selection signatures between human populations. By investigating the diversity in 104 nuclear-coded mitochondrial proteins from a worldwide sample of 1,092 individuals, the study showed a significantly lower amount of pathogenic mutations in Europeans when compared with…

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NOVEMBER 2014: Jessica Hendy – “Mysteries, Molecules and the Transatlantic Slave Trade”

Location: Handsworth Library, Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B21 9DP Date: 5 November 2014, 18.30-20.30 Through this interactive talk the audience will discover the different ways that scientists, archaeologists and historians learn about the transatlantic slave trade. They will also gain an understanding of how the transatlantic slave trade resulted in the spread of disease. Activities…

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OCTOBER 2014: Jessica Hendy and Winston Phulgence on BBC Radio York

Winston Phulgence and Jessica Hendy appeared on BBC York with Elly Fiorentini to talk about their EUROTAST research. Listen to their segment above, or the whole show on the BBC website. They chatted with Elly about the importance of educating students in Europe, Africa, North America, and the Caribbean about the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and…

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OCTOBER 2014: Sarah Abel – “Black Beneath the Skin? A Conversation on Genetics, Colour and Ancestry in the Atlantic World”

Black Beneath the Skin? A Conversation on Genetics, Colour and Ancestry in the Atlantic World. Drawing on case studies and research from Brazil, America, Britain and West Africa, EUROTAST research fellow Sarah Abel will be discussing how genetics, race, politics and memory are coming together in new and thought-provoking ways in post-slavery Atlantic societies. An…

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JUNE 2014: Possession: Art, Power and Black Womanhood

EUROTAST Experienced Researcher Dr. Temi Odumosu is curating an art show with performances in Copenhagen. The show opens June 6th and features art from: Liliana Angulo Cortés, Florine Demosthene, Jeannette Ehlers, Michelle Eistrup, Sasha Huber, Ayana V Jackson, Luanda Carneiro Jacoel, Patricia Kaersenhout, Ope Lori, Hellen Nabukenya, Eneida Sanches, and Mary Sibande. For more information, visit the website: http://newshelterplan.com/project/possession/…

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February 2014: EUROTAST and Research on the Material from Saint Helena

February 2014: EUROTAST and Research on the Material from Saint Helena

Curious about how scientific research is conducted? Or how our ideas about ethnic origins, ancient diet, and cultural identity are discussed and interpreted in the lab? Further, how are decisions made that may change our fundamental viewpoints on the past? As the incoming Marie Curie Research Fellow for EUROTAST, I attended a mid-term meeting at…

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January 2014: EUROTAST fellow Jessica Hendy wins “Inspiring Minds” research showcase poster competition

January 2014: EUROTAST fellow Jessica Hendy wins “Inspiring Minds” research showcase poster competition

Can you make your research visually appealing and accessible to a non-specialist audience? EUROTAST fellow Jessica Hendy took on this challenge for the University of York’s 50th anniversary campaign. The requirements for the posters included that should be visually appealing with a coherent design sense, provide an appropriate balance of graphics and text, put across…

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