Faculty Notes

Anne Skinner: Named a Senior Scientist Mentor by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Posted Nov. 15, 2012: Anne R. Skinner, Senior Lecturer emerita, has been named a Senior Scientist Mentor by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The award includes $20,000 over two years to support undergraduate research through summer stipends and other expenses. Dr. Skinner’s research applies electron spin resonance to the dating of archaeological and paleontological material. The Dreyfus project is titled “The Evolution of Modern Humans in Southern Tanzania’. In the summer of 2012 she collected material in the Iringa region, under an SSHRC grant from the Canadian government to her collaborator, Dr. Pamela Willoughby. The site contains Homo sapiens remains. Earlier preliminary dates suggested it might be 200,000 years old, which would make it one of the earliest sites containing our species, and would suggest that East Africa is a probable locus for this evolutionary step.