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This Week at the Museum

November 1, 2017

The Winners

Congratulations to Rachel Horton and Katherine Jones, winners of the Joshua Laerm Academic Support Awards for 2016-2017. These awards support undergraduate and graduate studies in natural history by students currently enrolled at the University of Georgia.

Rachel Horton received the Joshua Laerm award for Undergraduates. Rachel is majoring in Anthropology and was nominated by Dr. Laurie Rietsema. She is studying diet and migration in Albania from Iron Age Greek colonization to the medieval period. Her award will help to prepare specimens at the UGA Center for Applied Isotope Studies and present her results at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists annual meeting.

The Academic Support Award for Graduate Students was earned by Katherine C. Jones, who is conducting her doctoral research under the direction of Dr. Steven B. Kowalewski, Department of Anthropology. Katherine will study changes in settlement chronologies for some of the earliest human communities in Georgia (ca. 4500-3500 BP). Her study takes a regional perspective to examine the effects of long- and short-term settlement patterns along the Georgia coast and interior coastal plain. Funds will be used to obtain radiocarbon dates from the fibers used as temper in a ceramic type characteristic of very early sites in Georgia.

The Georgia Museum of Natural History is grateful for your past contributions to the Laerm Academic Support Fund that makes these Awards possible. Through your generosity, the Museum has provided research support to 24 graduate and 25 undergraduate students since 1998. Contributions in support of the Georgia Museum of Natural History are tax deductible. For more information about the Laerm Award, or to read about projects funded previously, please go to"

Natural History November

Join Dale Hoyt and the Nature Ramblers on Thursday, November 3rd  at the State Botanical Garden. Meet at 8:30 am, at the Arbor by the lower parking lot. Visit for directions.
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