Former Marine prepares for future with anthropology, education degrees

May 2, 2011

While serving as a Marine in Iraq, Chris Caseldine decided he wanted a career that allowed him to travel the world and learn about other cultures.

Archaeology, one of his long-time interests, seemed to fit the bill. He also thought teaching would be a good back-up occupation. When he returned stateside, he enrolled at Mesa Community College and then transferred to Arizona State University, where he has excelled in undergraduate anthropology and secondary education programs. Download Full Image

The recipient of the 2010 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Circle Scholarship, Caseldine has participated in several professional field and laboratory projects that have strengthened his interest in cultures — particularly native cultures — and given him experience with archaeological survey, remote sensing, mapping and artifact analysis.

In addition, he’s studied human-land relationships and produced an institutional analysis of whaling practices of Washington state’s Makah people, which as an e-publication is going into a common pool resource database managed by ASU associate professor Marty Anderies.

Caseldine is one of the rare undergraduates invited to participate in an annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. This spring, he traveled to Sacramento to present a poster on social dynamics of irrigation systems at the society’s yearly gathering.

Having been accepted into the School of Human Evolution and Social Change’s graduate anthropology program, Caseldine plans to focus on Southwest archaeology and specialize in studies of the Hohokam, an ancient people known for their vast irrigation network.

Caseldine, who is currently student teaching at South Mountain High School, sees a blend of anthropology and instruction in his future and hopes to one day teach at the university level.

Explaining the highlights of his undergraduate studies at ASU, he said, “With education, I enjoy my student’s ‘aha’ moments, those times when I realize they finally understand something. For anthropology, it has been the opportunity to do my own research.”

Caseldine will be graduating summa cum laude this May and doing field work in New Mexico this summer before beginning his graduate studies.

Rebecca Howe

Communications Specialist, School of Human Evolution and Social Change


Law professor named chair of bar foundation committee

May 2, 2011

Professor Myles">">Myles V. Lynk, the national Secretary of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (ABF) and a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, was elected Chair of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors on Friday, April 29. Lynk is the Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law and the Legal Profession at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

The ABF, the nation’s leading research institute for the empirical study of law, is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing justice through rigorous research on the law, legal practices and the law’s impact on society. An independent, nonprofit organization for more than 50 years, the ABF seeks to advance the understanding and improvement of law through research projects on the most pressing issues facing the legal system in the United States and the world. Download Full Image

The Foundation is committed to broad dissemination of research findings to the organized bar, scholars and the general public. The results are published in a wide range of forums, including leading academic journals, law reviews and academic and commercial presses.

Lynk also is a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Law, Science & Innovation’s Program in Public Health Law and Policy at the College of Law, and an Affiliated Faculty Member in Justice and Social Inquiry, the ASU School of Social Transformation. His areas of interest include business and corporate law, civil procedure, legal ethics and professional responsibility, bioethics in health care and law and literature.

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