Gavin Miculka
2014 Valene Smith Winner – First Place

smith_miculka.jpegGavin Mičulká received his Masters of Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland in May 2014. His academic and professional interests revolve around sustainable heritage tourism. During summer 2013, Gavin conducted ethnographic research with visitors to the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area in Price George's County, MD. His research explored heritage identity and representation, underrepresented narratives, and potential target audiences. Findings will help shape the Heritage Area's interpretive planning, tourism development, and marketing initiatives. In the future, Gavin plans to use ethnographic research methods to inform planning and development decisions for tourism destinations.


Stacia Sydoriak
2014 Valene Smith Winner – Honorable Mention

smith_sydoriak.jpgStacia Sydoriak is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University, and a graduate research assistant at the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis.  She is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies, and recently completed her M.A. thesis, which served as the basis for her poster submission.  Currently, her research focuses primarily on public policy, inequality, and vulnerable populations, particularly in the context of disasters.  Recently, Stacia was named a 2014-2015 CSU Center for Collaborative Conservation Fellow.  For her fellowship she will be examining the different collaborative approaches to regulating natural gas development at the local level in two cities in the state of Colorado. 


Tanachy Bruhns, Heather Eastman, and Shayna Marks
2014 Valene Smith Winner – Honorable Mention

smith_bruhns.jpgTANACHY BRUHNS

Tanachy is a M.A. student in Applied Anthropology at Northern Arizona University. He received his B.A. in Anthropology and two certificates in Asian American Studies and Southeast Asian Studies from Arizona State University in 2005. In 2013, he received his Masters of Advanced Study degree in Geographical Information Science from Arizona State University. Between 2005 and 2013 he worked in the private sector as an archaeological field technician. At Northern Arizona University Tanachy plans to continue his interests in southwest archaeology and archaeological compliance. His work focuses on origins and understanding the life ways of the Ancestral Pueblo Basketmaker III peoples in the southwest.


smith_eastman.jpgHEATHER EASTMAN

Heather Eastman is a second year archaeology masters student at Northern Arizona University. She received two bachelor of arts degrees from Northern Arizona University, in applied indigenous studies and anthropology. Her interests include gender and sexuality, religion and society, public outreach, Indigenous archaeologies and postcolonial theory, museology, nation building and heritage management. She hopes to continue her work with communities in Arizona and the greater Southwest and to foster meaningful collaboration and communication between all stakeholders in the human past.