The Center for Public Anthropology has recognized students in UNM Department of Anthropology Associate Professor Keith Prufer's Introduction to Anthropology class for their opinion pieces. The students participated in a North American competition involving more than 3,500 students from 25 schools.

For a list of the winners, visit: Center for Public Anthropology.

Rob Borofsky, director of the Center for a Public Anthropology says, "Once again Professor Prufer has played an integral part in Public Anthropology's online student community, showcasing the ability of UNM students to learn effective writing skills while being active global citizens. He demonstrates how combining technology with cultural concerns in academic courses positively engages students to participate in the broader world beyond their academic setting, while gaining the skills needed for a productive, active life after graduation."

Prufer's research focuses on complex society, landscape transformation, evolutionary ecology and political economy in Mesoamerica. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation.

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