A groundbreaking ceremony taking place on November 16, 2017 at the new Crofton High School site in Gambrills| Image from the Capital Gazette

“Years in the making,” The community of Crofton (virtually) opened its own high school in the Fall of 2020. After 21 years of Crofton Middle School graduates being split between Arundel and South River High Schools, having a high school in Crofton became a dream. But now, that dream has become a reality for residents of the greater Crofton area — well, at least for most people in the greater Crofton area. Last year in April, residents of Crofton, Odenton, and Gambrills met inside of the Arundel High School auditorium to vote on attendance boundaries for the brand new Crofton…


In Annette B. Weiner’s The Trobrianders of Paupau New Guinea, the author follows in the footsteps of one of the fathers of modern anthropology, Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski and conducts an ethnographic study in the Trobriand Islands of Paupau New Guinea. The author mentions how the “…Trobriand Islands are one of anthropology’s most ‘sacred places,’ having attained scientific renown through Malinowski’s fieldwork” (Weiner 1). The reason the Trobriand Islands is known as a very sacred place for anthropologists is because it is where Malinowski ended up temporarily living for 3 years and studied the Natives closely. In the book, Weiner mentions…


Despite being a chronic medical disorder, bipolar disorder and individuals with bipolar disorder face massive amounts of crippling stigma that can sometimes be more stressful than the condition itself.

Ever since I received my diagnosis of Bipolar type II disorder in April of 2018, my life and how I see the world completely changed. Prior to my diagnosis, I had many misconceptions about bipolar disorder myself. I was also completely incognizant of the stigma attached to having bipolar disorder. In my pre-diagnosis life, I often overlooked ignorant and irascible comments made about mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder. I also had great disdain for negative comments about people who have those disorders. I never realized how detrimental calling individuals with severe mental illnesses…


Polymorphisms in the genome play a large role in disease risks in different human populations. However, it is debatable how significant these polymorphisms are, and believing that these polymorhpisms are confined to only certain populations can be problematic.

There is no doubt that our genes play a significant role in our chance of acquiring diseases. Our genes also play a noteworthy role in our immunity to diseases as well. It is natural to assume that since humans vary genetically, our genetic predispositions to diseases should also vary. As such, many scientists have searched the human genome for polymorphisms that could be attributed to increased disease risk or resistance. By identifying polymorphisms associated with diseases, population geneticists have made stringent, life-saving discoveries, have reduced medical care costs for patients and facilities, and have been able help make medicines that…


Human population genomic studies and direct-to-consumer ancestry tests are produced by multiple social constructs. All the social constructs that interplay with human population genomic studies (race, ancestry, ethnicity, geography, and culture) are offspring of or tie back to a single social construct: the sense of personhood. Whether human population geneticists realize it or not, when they define populations, they are also delineating the people within those populations. Population geneticists devise their populations out of the multiple closely related social constructs that all interplay with each other.

The most important social construct that human population geneticists operate on is the concept…


The study of human population genomics and direct-to-consumer ancestry testing has had societal consequences since its inception. As the child of 18th and 19th century biological anthropology, population genomics has contributed to furthering harmful and problematic ideas and practices in history, such as eugenics. Additionally, although population genomics have also been used to unite humanity, it also has “otherized” specific groups of vulnerable and marginalized people. Just as the study of human variation was surrounded by the pursuit of knowledge politics in the 18th and 19th centuries, it is encompassed by knowledge politics today as well. The complex issues of…

Abraham Fetin

A Cultural and Biological Anthropology student based in the Washington, D.C. area

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