SPECIAL THIS MONTH! We are meeting at Sunset Grill in Hillsboro Village this month and offering a social hour before the speaker portion starts at 7 p.m. Come early and get to know some of your fellow science enthusiasts over drinks or even order dinner. Adventure Science Center will provide a few light hors d'oeuvres.
We are delighted to have Tiffiny Tung, an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University, join us to speak about her work studying mummies in the Peruvian Andes. Tung is an anthropological bioarchaeologist who excavates and analyzes mummies and skeletons from archaeological contexts. She studies those skeletons to document the health and disease profiles of ancient populations. The majority of her research has focused on how policies of the ancient Wari Empire (AD[masked]) affected the health and lifeways of citizens and subjects in the Wari imperial domain. She has presented those findings in her recently published book, "Violence, Ritual, and the Wari Empire: A Social Bioarchaeology of Imperialism in the Ancient Andes". Both are available on Amazon and through University of Florida press.
At Vanderbilt, Professor Tung teaches courses on Bioarchaeology and Forensics, Human Evolution, Mortuary Archaeology, and Violence and Warfare. She has received the Madison Saratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate teaching, and the Chancellor's Cup for the greatest contribution to student learning outside the classroom. She also teaches students excavation and skeletal analysis techniques in the field in Peru, where she has taken over 80 students to the field over the last decade.