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William Bestor - Associate Professor of Anthropology - Portland Campus Anthropology/Sociology Chair

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  • Ph.D. Anthropology, Harvard University
  • MA, Anthropology, Harvard University
  • BA, Anthropology Honors, Yale University
  • Graduate work Universite de Poitiers (France), Ludwigmaxmiliansuniversitaet (Munich), Universidad nacional autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) (Mexico City), University of Washington, Pittsburg University

Academic Interests:
ANTHROPOLOGY, especially cultural anthropology. Professional sub-specialities: medical anthropology, psychological anthropology, clinical anthropology.
LANGUAGES and linguistics, especially Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, Russian and Mesoamerican.
RELIGION, especially world folk religions, sociology and anthropology of religion, Buddhism and Islam, mythology.
RESEARCH METHODS, especially community studies, cross-cultural health and psychological assessment, childhood ethnography, cross-cultural use of projective techniques.
ADULT EDUCATION, continuing education, non-traditional students, anthropological field schools, educational travel courses.
HEALTH SCIENCES, especially comparative health care systems, international public health.
CINEMA AND FILM, especially foreign film, visual anthropology, ethnographic film.
INTERDISCIPLINARY collaborative research, especially medical (Portugal) and public health (Mexico) and mental health of vulnerable populations (USA).

Director and principal investigator, THE ALDEIA PROJECT, a longitudinal community study in rural Portugal initiated in the 1960's and currently focussed on transformation in the almost 200 Portuguese families studied over decades from perspectives rooted in psychological anthropology, medical and clinical anthropology, and community ethnography of peasant societies.
The TEPOZTLAN PROJECT, initiated 1990 as a language and culture immersion site in village Mexico for student and faculty learning and research, an active anthropology field school site, collaborating with a local language school providing family home stays.
FOUNDING MEMBER: Mediterranean Studies Association; Society for Medical Anthropology, Society for Psychological Anthropology; Fellow, American Anthropological Association; Senior Visiting Scientist, National Science Foundation

Mary Lee R Nitschke - Professor of Humanities/Social Sciences Chair

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  • PhD. Michigan State University
  • MA Michigan State University
  • BA Wichita State University

Academic Interests: The lifelong focus of Dr. Nitschke is on behavioral observation of other species and is the foundation of her identity. She was exhilarated to discover this passion could be grounded in the study of Animal Behavior and Psychology as she became educated in the systematic foundation of science. Dr. Nitschke continues to seek a better understanding of the most effective ways to communicate with other species as well as educate her own. Mary Lee is a Professor of Psychology at Linfield College. She teaches courses in Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Research Methods in Health Sciences, Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality: A Developmental View, The Psychology of Animal-Assisted Therapy, and Health Psychology. She is currently chairing the Humanities Social Science Department and is a member of the Health Sciences Department. She practices as an ABS (Animal Behavior Society) Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. She directs the OTIS (Owner Trained Individualized Service) dog program with Animal School Behavior Services, consults nationally on training programs, pet product development, research in animal behavior and litigation involving human and other animal interactions. She continues an active career contributing to professional, scientific, and membership societies in various capacities. She holds invited professional-level memberships in the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, American Psychological Society, Animal Behavior Society, Interdisciplinary Forum of Applied Animal Behavior, New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation Society and Animals and Society Institute. She is currently chairing the Behavior Practice Committee in the Animal Behavior Society. Her current research activities involve service animal medical detection sensory behaviors, selection and training of service and assistance animal teams, systematic observations of New Guinea Singing Dog behavior in a domestic environment and differential gender expressions in popular music written by women.

Hetts, S., Williams, N., Estep, D. Q., Nitschke, M. L., & Reid, P. (2002). Letter to the editor regarding "How do we obtain and disseminate accurate information" by Karen Overall. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications & Research, 2(3), 77-79.