The UnEssay

This week marks the end of my first year of teaching at Appalachian State University. It has been great getting to know my colleagues in the anthro department and learning to live in the mountains (before coming here we lived in South Bend, IN, which is a lot flatter than Boone, NC…In South Bend you can watch your dog run away for 2 days). I’ve been teaching two of the General Education courses in the department (Our Primate Heritage and Gender, Race, & Class).

On doing scary things

Last May I was visiting family in New York when I got a call from the amazing and irreplaceable Natalia Reagan. She asked me if I was interested in being on “StarTalk All Stars” (a podcast that is part of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s network of science outreach). My first reaction was panic! It sounded very scary as I hate my voice and get very nervous at the thought of having to seem like I know what I’m talking about.