Wenner-Gren Year in Review: A Few Media Mentions in 2012

Every year, our grantees see their hard work recognized both within the academic world and in more popular channels. To commemorate a very successful year for the Wenner-Gren Foundation and our mission to advance anthropological research, we thought to list some of these achievements.

Of course, these are just some of the grantees and former grantees that saw their work in print in 2012. The below represents a selection of some of the more visual and visible mentions that Wenner-Gren-sponsored scholars received in the past year. Congratulations to all published grantees regardless, and if you would like to tell us about a media mention of your own, please don’t hesitate to do so!


In March, Notre Dame professor of anthropology and longtime Wenner-Gren associate (as well as the author of the Psychology Today blog “Busting Myths About Human Nature”) Agustin Fuentes appeared on New Zealand’s TV One to discuss what primate behavior can teach us about human sexuality.

In August, George Washington University postdoctoral researcher Erin Marie Williams was one of five scholars awarded the L’Oreal For Women in Science Fellowship for 2012. Williams, who received a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation to aid her Ph.D. dissertation while studying at GWU, works on the biomechanics of stone tool production and will receive up to $60,000 to aid her postdoctoral research. In the Fall we interviewed Erin to learn more about her research and this tremendous honor.

In September, Notre Dame anthropologist and former Wenner-Gren grantee Lee Gettler received press in the Huffington Post for his study investigating the effects on male physiology in the context of paternal care.

In December, Post-Ph.D. Grant recipient and professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Mahir Saul was named one of 12 “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World in 2012” by UTNE Reader. Dr. Saul, whose research has covered many facets of African anthropology, was recognized for his work promoting African cinema outside of the continent.