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Distinguished Alumna Dr. Michaela Howells visiting CWU to share field experience titled "Fight The Bite! Zika, Tattooing, and Health in American Samoa"

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Please join the Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies in honoring our 2018 Distinguished Alumna, Dr. Michaela Howells, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Dr. Howells will give the inaugural Anthropology & Museum Studies Alumna Award Distinguished Lecture on Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. in CWU's Museum of Culture and Environment. This event, titled "Fight The Bite! Zika, Tattooing, and Health in American Samoa," is free and open to the public.

Fight The Bite! Zika, Tattooing, and Health in American Samoa

How can marriage and tattooing improve your health? In this talk Dr. Michaela Howells uses her field experience in American Samoa to explore why married women are less likely to get Zika, and tattooed people may have stronger immune systems. Using a bio-cultural anthropological approach she discusses how the bite of the mosquito or the bite of the needle can have unexpected health consequences.

For more information contact Lene Pedersen, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies, at 






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