A Continuing Exploration
The Bioanthropology Research Institute formed in 1998 and is administered through the College of Arts and Sciences. The institute conducts research in biology, archaeology, anthropology and paleopathology through paleoimaging applications including diagnostic imaging, video endoscopy, photography and laboratory analysis. The research is conducted on mummified humans and animals and ancient artifacts without destruction. The co-directors collaborate with bioanthropological researchers from around the globe. The institute conducts workshops, gives presentations and conducts field paleoimaging research worldwide.
Research projects, field experiences and international course work provide unique opportunities to experience current and ancient cultures. Research projects often lead to publications and presentations at professional conferences. The field of bioanthropology naturally crosses many disciplines, including both science and arts. The Bioanthropology Research Institute has formal relationships with international research groups such as Centro Mallqui in Peru as well as with many well-known domestic and international museums.
Ronald Beckett, professor emeritus of health sciences, Gerald Conlogue, professor emeritus of diagnostic imaging, and Jaime Ullinger, assistant professor of anthropology, are the co-executive directors of the institute.