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00:00:00 - Family history and early cultural influences

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Partial Transcript: Alright, it's, uh, Phil Stevens talking with, uh, Ann McElroy.

Segment Synopsis: McElroy discusses her childhood and family history, including the origins of her mother and father's families, how her family established themselves, and how her mother and father met. She recalls living in several states due to her father's military career, as well as the great cultural influence her family had on her because of the vast differences between her mother and father's family.

Keywords: Backgrounds; Bilingual; Businessmen; Colleges; Hudson Valley; Mexican food; Military officers; Poor; Relatives; Spanish; United States Military Academy (USMA); West Point

Subjects: Anthropology.; Childhood; Diversity; El Paso (Tex.); Families.; Family histories.; Farmers.

00:07:07 - Her anthropological education

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Partial Transcript: Okay, so, get, get into that.

Segment Synopsis: McElroy discusses her undergraduate and graduate education in anthropology, as well as the applied anthropology that she was involved in during and between semesters of school.

Keywords: Alcoholism; Arctic Institute; Children; Clinical psychology; Concentrations; Consultants; Coping mechanisms; Dissertation; Dorothea Layton; Field work; Funding; Graduate schools; Haskell Indian Institute; Healing; Honors programs; Hospitals; Influences; Inuits; James Clifton; John Honigmann; Libraries; Mental health; Mistakes; Navajo; Nunavut (Canada); Opportunity; Rice University; Thesis; University of Kansas; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Subjects: Anthropology.; Baffin Island (Canada); Careers; Education, Higher; Medical anthropology.

00:19:27 - The beginnings of her career

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Partial Transcript: How did your career evolve from then on?

Segment Synopsis: McElroy discusses how her career got started in terms of teaching, as well as how she became involved in several other projects that helped to define her career.

Keywords: African Americans; Arctic; Arctic Ethnology and Thought; Barbara Meeks; Birth centers; Buffalo Childbirth Coalition; Courses; Farm worker rights; Health survey; Hispanics; Indians of North America; Iran; Jamaicans; Migrant Ministry; Sabbatical; Stacy Johnson; Students; Teaching; The Great Society

Subjects: Anthropology.; Applied anthropology.; Careers; Medical anthropology.; United Farm Workers.

00:26:54 - Writing a textbook, "Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective"

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Partial Transcript: So, these early, uh, influences k, kind of coalesced, uh, and formed the foundation for your textbook.

Segment Synopsis: McElroy discusses how she came to write a textbook, the criticisms the textbook faced, and what the textbook now contains after several editions.

Keywords: "Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective"; Barb Anderson; Climate change; Conservative; Criticism; Duxberry Press; Ethics; Evolutionary; George Foster; Health disparities; Misinterpretation; Patricia Townsend; Political ecology

Subjects: Anthropologists; Anthropology.; Applied anthropology.; Medical anthropology.; Textbooks.

00:35:10 - Some other applied anthropology work

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Partial Transcript: Another area of your activity that you haven't mentioned yet is d, is disability.

Segment Synopsis: McElroy discusses some of the other work she has done in applied anthropology with research regarding traumatic brain injuries. She also talks about a student of hers putting her name on his dissertation about infant morality in India.

[Interview is briefly interrupted by a phone ringing from 40:16-41:13]

Keywords: Birth centers; Infant mortality; Opportunities; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center; Social preventative medicine; Students; Training; Traumatic brain injuries; Traumatic loss

Subjects: Applied anthropology.; Disability.; Medical anthropology.; Research.

00:41:30 - Her involvement in the Society for Applied Anthropology

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Partial Transcript: Okay, um, so, when did you first become involved in the Society for Applied Anthropology?

Segment Synopsis: McElroy discusses her involvement in the Society for Applied Anthropology. She talks about the meetings that she attended, the committees that she was a part of, as well as a major publication that resulted of her involvement.

Keywords: "Making Our Research Useful: Case Studies in the Utilization of Anthropological Knowledge"; Barbara Rylko-Bauer; Caroline Sergeant; Ethics; Executive committee; Involvement; John Van Willigen; Malinowski Award; Malinowski Award Committee; Manuscripts; Papers; Resource Crew in Health and Anthropology; Robert Trotter; Sessions; Sol Tax Award; Tom Graves; Westview Press; Women

Subjects: Anthropologists; Applied anthropology.; Edinburgh (Scotland); Knowledge.; Research.; Society for Applied Anthropology

00:49:08 - Comparing the Society for Applied Anthropology to other organizations

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Partial Transcript: What other organizations, uh, were you a member in and active in--

Segment Synopsis: McElroy compares the Society for Applied Anthropology to other organizations that she is involved in and talks about how well organizations are opening their doors to students.

Keywords: American Anthropology Association; Anthropology and Environment Society; Arctic Institute of North America; Margaret Locke; Students; University of Cadbury

Subjects: Anthropology.; Applied anthropology.; Society for Applied Anthropology

00:53:06 - Her students

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Partial Transcript: So, in my knowledge--my knowing you, Ann, I've been impressed with your--the efforts, uh, you have, uh, taken for your students.

Segment Synopsis: McElroy discusses the students that she has had throughout the years and how she does her best to guide them in the right direction throughout their graduate education.

Keywords: "Epidemic in the Making"; American Anthropology Association; Applied medical anthropology; Food insecurity; Hispanic Health Council; Ithaca College; Master's programs; Meryl Singer; Nancy Romero-Daza; Pam Erikson; Peter K. New Award; Society for Applied Anthropology; Students; Tim Dye; University of South Florida

Subjects: Anthropologists; Anthropology; Applied anthropology; Careers; Education; Teachers

00:59:30 - The future of applied anthropology

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Partial Transcript: Here in, in, in, in the year 2015, um, uh, some, uh, of our colleagues across the discipline have, um, have bemoaned what they see as, uh, lack of success, uh, on our part as applied anthropologists.

Segment Synopsis: McElroy discusses the cynical criticisms made about the field of applied anthropology and how future students are going to have to start branching out and doing field work while earning their bachelor's degrees.

Keywords: Bill Townsend; Bob Hayden; Business schools; Credibility; Cultural differences; Degrees; Disciplines; Edward T. Hall; Ethnography; Health sciences; Observations; Relevance; Reluctance; Research methods; Social sciences; Society for Applied Anthropology; Students; Support; Training

Subjects: Anthropologists; Anthropology; Applied anthropology; Education

01:10:57 - Some final thoughts about anthropology

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Partial Transcript: So, what do you think, uh, if anything, that we have overlooked or under emphasized? What, what would you like to add to this, uh, conversation?

Segment Synopsis: McElroy shares some of her personal thoughts about the field of anthropology and the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Keywords: Activism; American Anthropology Association; Boycotting; Departments of anthropology; Diversity; Flexibility; Native Americans; Society for Applied Anthropology; Sol Fax Awards; Suspicion; Wars

Subjects: Anthropology; Applied anthropology; Leadership