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Rebekah Shepherd at Haslar Royal Navy excavation in EnglandAfter Rebekah Shepherd graduated from the University of San Diego in 2009 with a BA in BioAnthropology, she was accepted into the Human Osteoarchaeology Masters of Science Program at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Rebekah has been studying under the tutelage of Dr. Kath McSweeney, a leading Osteoarchaeologist in Scotland. She is currently writing a dissertation on the comparative healing rates of Pre-Columbian Peruvian Trephinations. In the Summer of 2010 she was awarded the Abercromby Grant to come back to the United States and work on a collection of 75 Pre-Incan trephined skulls from Peru, currently housed at the San Diego Museum of Man. Recently, she was also awarded a scholarship to work as a bioarchaeologist on the Haslar Royal Naval Excavations in Gosport, England (see photo). After her dissertation is complete, Rebekah will be in Egypt pursuing work in the field of Osteoarchaeology.

Kristi "Miller" Ulrich graduated from USD in 1998 with a BA in Anthropology. She then attended the graduate program at the University of Texas at San Antonio and received her MA degree in Anthropology in 2004. She has been working for the UTSA-Center for Archaeological Research, a cultural resource management firm tied to the university, since 1998. Currently, she is employed as a Project Archaeologist and Principal Investigator at the Center, with a specialty in historic archaeology and an emphasis on the ceramics of Spanish Colonial Texas. She was given the honor of teaching the 2007 UTSA Field School at the Alamo, and recently co-authored a publication entitled "A Guide to Ceramics from Spanish Colonial Sites in Texas" with Anne Fox.

As Kristi quotes, "I do have to say that I credit the enthusiasm of Dr. Cordy-Collins (and in my senior year, Dr. Hall) for grabbing my interest in this field. If it wasn't for (my) taking an Intro to Archaeology class which was taught by Dr. Cordy-Collins, I would likely be doing something much different with my life."

Contact Information:

Kristi Miller Ulrich
Research Scientist Associate III/Project Archaeologist
Center for Archaeological Research- The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249
(210) 458-5150

StudentYusuke Ozawa, a 2006 graduate in Anthropology at the University of San Diego, will be leaving soon for Bangladesh. Mr. Ozawa, who also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from a university in Japan, is a diplomat in the Japanese Embassy. In his new position, he will be working in the cultural and social development areas within the Japanese Embassy in Bangladesh.