Podcast Episode 91 – Michele Buzon
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In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Michele Buzon, professor of anthropology in Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts.
This marks the final episode in our 2023 Purdue Research Series, which shares how Purdue provides practical solutions to the world’s toughest challenges.
As a bioarchaeologist, Michele’s examination of skeletal remains can help us better understand the lives of everyday people who lived thousands of years ago. She and her team conduct research along the banks of the Nile River Valley in Tombos, Sudan, exploring what life was like in ancient Nubia — and why that still matters today.
Although Michele’s work explores the past, collaboration with researchers like Dr. Randall Loder at IU Health is helping her better understand present-day medical conditions like CAM lesions, an injury on the femur that has been found in young athletes. Previously thought to be a modern issue exclusive to athletes, Michele discusses how she and Dr. Loder found evidence of its existence in the ancient communities she studies.
Hear how Michele’s work brings many different people and disciplines together as she and her team look to better understand the past, from relationship-building with the local community in Sudan to analyzing finds.
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- Michele Buzon, bioarchaeologist and professor of anthropology in @PurdueCollegeofLiberalArts [Purdue University College of Liberal Arts], conducts research along the banks of the Nile River Valley in Tombos, Sudan, exploring what life was like in ancient Nubia — and why that matters still today. “Bioarchaeology is … the window into the past for most people who existed — because while historical records do exist, they don’t exist for everyone,” Michele explains. “This is really our glimpse at people in the past who have no voice otherwise.” Tune in to #ThisIsPurdue to find out more about Michele’s research: <link>
- Tune in for the fourth and final installment of our #ThisIsPurdue 2023 Purdue Research Series featuring Michele Buzon, bioarchaeologist and professor of anthropology in @PurdueCollegeofLiberalArts [Purdue University College of Liberal Arts]. She has been working at a dig on the Nile River in Tombos, Sudan, for more than two decades. While her work focuses on understanding what life was like 3,000 years ago, it contains surprising lessons for scientists today. <link>
- “My research has shown me how people can persist through all sorts of different circumstances. By looking at the past, we can see that people are resilient, and they figure out ways to make life work and to move forward.” Tune in to our latest #ThisIsPurdue episode to hear from Michele Buzon, professor of anthropology in @PurdueCollegeofLiberalArts [Purdue University College of Liberal Arts] as she discusses her work researching ancient Nubian culture — and how her team’s examination of skeletal remains can help us better understand the lives of everyday people who lived thousands of years ago. <link>
- Michele Buzon, professor of anthropology in @PurdueCollegeofLiberalArts, studies what life was like along the banks of the Nile in ancient Nubia. But her work has surprising relevance for us today. In collaboration with Dr. Randall Loder from @IUHealth, they’re exploring CAM lesions. Previously thought to be a modern phenomenon in athletes, they have found evidence of its existence among the ancient Nubians more than 3,000 years ago. Learn more: <link>
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- Michele Buzon, professor of anthropology in @purduelibarts, conducts research along the banks of the Nile River Valley, exploring what life was like in ancient Nubia — and why that matters still today. Tune in to #ThisIsPurdue to learn more about her work. ➡️ <link>
- Tune in for the final installment in our 2023 #ThisIsPurdue Research Series ft. Michele Buzon, professor of anthropology in @purduelibarts. Although her work focuses on understanding life 3,000 years ago, it contains surprising lessons for scientists today. <link>
- “By looking at the past, we can see that people are resilient, and they figure out ways to make life work and to move forward.” @PurdueLibArts’ Michele Buzon discusses her work researching ancient Nubian culture — and why it matters to us today on #ThisIsPurdue. <link>
- Michele Buzon, @PurdueLibArts prof. of anthropology, studies life along the Nile Valley in ancient Nubia — but it holds surprising lessons for today’s medical researchers. Tune in to the latest episode of #ThisIsPurdue to learn how. 🎧 <link>
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