HRAF News Vol. 2019-7
We have been busy at HRAF with the expansion of our human and digital resources. HRAF recently welcomed three new members ( Matthew Longcore , Abbe McCarter , and Kate Kirby ) to our team and we have added five new culture collections ( Babylonians , Hazda , Kanak , Kimam , and Mao ) to our database. Research anthropologist Teferi Abate Adem was interviewed about climate change and the newest member of our IT team Furkan Teke has added a beautiful new interactive map to eHRAF World Cultures .
HRAF is pleased to welcome Matthew Longcore as our new full-time member services manager. Matthew comes to HRAF from the University of Connecticut where he worked for five years as an academic advisor, and where he continues to teach Anthropology courses as an adjunct faculty member.
Matthew holds master’s degrees from Yale University in Archaeological Studies, Harvard University in Nonprofit Management, and Fairfield University in Education.
He is interested in material and visual cultures spanning several disciplines including anthropology, architectural history, and American studies.

Our anthropologists and programmers have been hard at work to bring you five new culture collections . Each of the cultures is part of the  Standard Cross-Cultural Sample (SCCS) .

The SCCS consists of 186 anthropologically described societies chosen by the sample’s creators to be representative of the world’s cultures.

With these additions, eHRAF World Cultures currently has nearly 82% of the SCCS societies.

We are planning to add the remaining SCCS societies over the next two years.

HRAF software developer Furkan Teke has added a helpful new feature to eHRAF World Cultures .

Browse Cultures by Map enables users to view the approximate location of each culture from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) on the map by latitude and longitude. Users may also filter by location or filter by culture.

An intriguing aspect of the map is that users can view locations in either English or the language of the country in which the cultures are found.

This exciting interactive feature is helpful for teaching and learning about the geography of world cultures.
HRAF research anthropologist Teferi Abate Adem was interviewed for the June 10 issue of Capital Ethiopia Newspaper.

The interview focused on the topic of climate change which has become a major challenge to Ethiopia’s socioeconomic development. Teferi was a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Program in Agrarian Studies at the Yale MacMillan Center.

Since 2014 he has been part of HRAF's NSF grant funded project . Teferi describes the objective as follows: "to study how local communities across different cultures and contrasting ecologies may have mitigated and adapted to climate change aggravated natural hazard s."

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