Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Award 2016
Asher Rosinger, a recent doctoral graduate in anthropology, is recognized for his work on human water consumption and nutrition. During one year of fieldwork in lowland Bolivia, Rosinger combined ethnographic methods with objective biomarkers of nutrition and disease to test how diet and local knowledge protect health. By considering both foods and drinks, he investigated how people meet their water needs in an environment with little to no access to potable water throughout the majority of the year. His research has broader implications within anthropology for advancing our understanding of human adaptations to heat as well as developing a holistic understanding of human water needs. Rosinger is now working as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.