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2020


September 24th, 2020

Johannes Haile-Selassie

Announcing a Research Webinar by Dr. Johannes Haile-Selassie

We would like to announce that the 50th Journal of Anthropological Research Distinguished Lecture will be given by Dr. Johannes Haile-Selassie on Thursday, September 24th, 2020, at 9pm EDT, via webinar. The research webinar... more


March 2nd, 2020

Janis Ian

The Stone Age Institute Presents Janis Ian

The Stone Age Institute, through a grant from the Kaman Foundation, is proud to present Janis Ian. Janis will be giving a Master Class in Artistry to be held at the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium in Bloomington on March 2nd, 2020 at 7pm... more


February 27th, 2020

Kenny Aronoff

The Stone Age Institute Presents an Evening with Kenny Aronoff

Through the support of the Stone Age Institute and a grant from the Kaman Foundation, famed drummer Kenny Aronoff is coming to the Buskirk Chumley Theater in Bloomington on Thursday February 27, 2020 at 7:30 pm. The event is.... more


February 26th, 2020

Jesse Eisenberg

The Stone Age Institute Presents an Afternoon with Jesse Eisenberg

The Stone Age Institute is proud to present an Afternoon with Jesse Eisenberg at the Buskirk Chumley Theater on February 26th, 2020 at 4pm. During the event, Eisenberg will share his experiences as an actor, author, and playwright. The event is.... more




2019


September 23rd, 2019

Nicholas Toth and Kathy Schick

Nicholas Toth and Kathy Schick Receive Honorary Doctorates

On Monday, September 23rd, Co-Directors Kathy Schick and Nicholas Toth received honorary doctorates from Tbilisi State University, Georgia’s oldest and largest university, for their contributions to Georgian Archaeology. In its 101-year history... more


August 1st-4th, 2019

Danielle Peltier presenting a poster exhibit

SAI Researchers attend 2019 EAAPP Conference in Nairobi, Kenya

The 2019 EAAPP conference was held August 1st-4th in Nairobi, Kenya, on the campus of the Nairobi National Museum. Stone Age Institute researchers Dr. Jackson Njau, graduate students Lana Ruck and Danielle Peltier-Thompson, and... more


May, 2019

Danielle Peltier presenting a poster exhibit

J.K. Rowling Receives Outstanding Craftsmanship Award

J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter book series, received the Stone Age Institute’s Outstanding Craftsmanship Award in 2019 for her contributions to literature, cinema, and philanthropy. Past awardees have included such luminaries as.... more


April, 2019

Shelby Putt

SAI Post-doctoral Fellow Shelby Putt Accepts Tunure-track Postition

Our current postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Shelby Putt, has accepted a tenure-track position at Illinois State University, where she will be Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology, beginning August, 2019. Shelby has been working for the... more


February, 2019

Jazz performance at SAI

All-female Jazz Performance at the Stone Age Institute

In February of 2019, the Stone Age Insitute welcomed famed jazz harpist Destiny Muhammad, Monika Herzig on piano, Cami Mennitte-Pereyra on drums, and Crystal Rebone on bass. Their performance was a part of the “Jazz Girls” program... more


January, 2019

Lisa Loeb and others at NAMM Show

Lisa Loeb Receives Outstanding Craftsmanship Award

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb is awarded the 2019 Outstanding Craftsmanship Award for her contributions to songwriting, performance, television, film, and philanthropy, and for her entrepreneurship in eyewear and coffee... more




2018


December, 2018

Mohammad Al-Barwani with Nicholas Toth and Kathy Schick

Mohammed Al-Barwani Receives Craftsmanship Award

Dr. Mohammed al-Barwani, MB HOLDINGS, Sultanate of Oman, was presented with the Outstanding Craftsmanship award for his international entrepreneurship in oil, gas, minerals, real estate, hotels, and super-yacht manufacture... more


October 12th-13th, 2018

SAI Workshop group

Human Cognitive Evolution Workshop at the Stone Age Institute

Stone Age Institute researchers joined their international research partners at the Stone Age Institute in Indiana October 12th-13th, 2018 to participate in a set of workshops where they presented lectures and had discussions.... more


August, 2018

Image of winning poster

Stone Age Institute Researchers Win Best Poster Award

Graduate student Lana Ruck and S.A.I. researcher Dr. Tom Schoenemann won "Best Poster Award" at the 6th North Sea Laterality conference, which was held in Dundee, Scotland, in August of 2018. The poster, which was titled "Handedness... more


July, 2018

Kaman Foundation Laboratory exterior

Kaman Foundation Laboratory at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania Completed

The Stone Age Institute, with a generous grant from the Kaman Foundation, is happy to announce that construction of the new geoarchaeological research laboratory has been completed at Olduvai Gorge, “The Cradle of Humankind,” in northern... more


April 12th, 2018

Michael Molenda

The Stone Age Institute Presents Michael Molenda

Michael Molenda, the recipient of the 2018 Stone Age Institute Award for Outstanding Craftsmanship, will give an informal presentation and answer questions on all things related to guitars and the music industry, including technological trends... more




2017


November 14th, 2017

Ronan Young and Carl Cook

Carl Cook and Ronan Young Receive Outstanding Craftsmanship Award

Carl Cook, CEO of the Cook Group, Bloomington, and Ronan Young, senior engineer at Cook, are this year’s recipients of the Stone Age Institute’s Craftsmanship Award. Carl and Ronan have “reverse engineered” Bloomington’s first automobile... more


November 2nd, 2017

Linda Marchant

Linda Marchant Receives 2017 Outstanding Research Award

Primatologist Linda Marchant is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Research Award and will deliver this year's Leighton Wilkie Memorial Lecture, "Chimpanzees, Hands, and Tools: Models for the Evolution of Technology in Humans" on November 2nd... more


August, 2017

Workshop participants examine stone tools at Olduvai Gorge

Human Cognitive Evolution Workshop in Tanzania

Stone Age Institute researchers joined their international research partners in Tanzania in August of 2017 to participate in a set of workshops where they presented lectures, had discussion meetings, visited important sites, and examined prehistoric... more


April 26th, 2017

Suzana Herculano-Houzel

The Stone Age Institute Presents Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel

The Stone Age Institute and the I.U. Cognitive Science Program are happy to present a lecture by Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel on April 26th at 6 pm in room of 109 Ballantine Hall on the IU campus. Dr. Herculano-Houzel is a Brazilian neuroscientist... more


April 14th, 2017

Natalie Uomini

The Stone Age Institute Presents Dr. Natalie Uomini

The Stone Age Institute and the IU Cognitive Science Program present a lecture by Dr. Natalie Uomini on April 14th at noon in Woodburn Hall on the IU campus. Dr. Uomini is a professor at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History... more


March 8th-22nd, 2017

Researchers at Homo erectus monument in China

Human Cognitive Evolution Workshop in China

Stone Age Institute researchers joined their international research partners in China for two weeks in March 2017 to participate in a set of workshops where they presented lectures, had discussion meetings, visited important sites, and examined... more




2016


November 18th-19th, 2016

OGCP slide

Olduvai Gorge Coring Project Workshop

The Stone Age Institute gathered an interdisciplinary, international team of researchers from November 18-19, 2016 for the second Olduvai Gorge Coring Project Workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to present results of analyses of the Olduvai Gorge core samples retrieved during the Summer 2014.... more


November 11th, 2016

Kenny Aronoff

The Stone Age Institute Presents An Evening with Kenny Aronoff

Kenny Aronoff has worked with iconic musicians such as John Mellencamp, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Melissa Etheridge, Joe Cocker, Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Grohl, Sting, Steven Tyler, John Fogerty, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and the Stone Age Institute Band. Join him at the Buskirk.... more


October 10th, 2016

Dietrich Stout

The Stone Age Institute Presents Dr. Dietrich Stout

Kenny Aronoff has worked with iconic musicians such as John Mellencamp, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Melissa Etheridge, Joe Cocker, Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Grohl, Sting, Steven Tyler, John Fogerty, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and the Stone Age Institute Band. Join him at the Buskirk.... more


September 26th-30th, 2016

Excavations at Dmanisi site near Tbilisi, Georgia

Human Cognitive Evolution Workshop in the Republic of Georgia

Stone Age Institute researchers joined their international research partners in Tbilisi, Georgia September 26th-30th, 2016 to participate in a set of workshops where they presented lectures, had discussion meetings, visited important sites, and examined prehistoric artifacts and fossils. Workshop activities took place at... more


September 20th-24th, 2016

Georgian National Museum fossil skull exhibit

2016 Senckenberg Conference on Homo erectus

In commemoration of a century and a quarter of research, the 2016 Senckenberg Conference focused on Homo erectus evolution and behavior in a broad perspective, bringing together Homo erectus specialists from... more


April 1st, 2016

Michael Pante

The Stone Age Institute Presents Dr. Michael Pante

Dr. Michael Pante is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Geography at Colorado State University. He conducts paleoanthropological research on the evolution and feeding behavior of early members of the human genus (Homo). He has conducted fieldwork and research at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania for many years and is currently the senior zooarchaeologist for the Olduvai Geochronology and Archaeology Project... more


March 20th, 2016

Thomas Wynn

The Stone Age Institute Presents Dr. Thomas Wynn

Dr. Thomas Wynn is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He earned his AB in Sociology/Anthropology at Occidental College, and his MA and PhD in Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana. He focused on the archaeology of the Lower Palaeolithic, early Stone Age... more


February 12th, 2016

Gerard Schuster

The Stone Age Institute Presents Dr. Gerard Schuster

Dr. Gerard Schuster is professor of Earth Science and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. His research interests are in seismic imaging, interferometry, waveform inversion, EM methods, seismic field techniques, and the use of novel methods for super resolution imaging. He has a strong interest in geophysical characterization of archaeological sites... more


January, 2016

John Templeton Foundation logo

Stone Age Institute Awarded $3.2 Million Research Grant

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb is awarded the 2019 Outstanding Craftsmanship Award for her contributions to songwriting, performance, television, film, and philanthropy, and for her entrepreneurship in eyewear and coffee... more




2015


October 8th, 2015

Sonia Harmand

The Stone Age Institute Presents Dr. Sonia Harmand

Dr. Sonia Harmand is Associate Professor at Stony Brook University, co-Director of the West Turkana Archaeological Project, and worked as a Research Scientist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France from 2009 to 2012. Dr. Harmand is an expert in Early Stone Age archaeology... more


June, 2015

Nick Toth, Steve Wozniak, and Kathy Schick

Steve Wozniak Receives the Stone Age Institute's Award for Outstanding Craftsmanship

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer and inventor of the first personal computer, received the Stone Age Institute's 2015 Award for Outstanding Craftsmanship in recognition of his contributions to computer technology, design, and entrepreneurship... more




2014


May 2nd, 2014

David Lordkipanidze

The Stone Age Institute Presents Dr. David Lordkipanidze

Dr. Lordkipanidze is Director of the Georgian National Museum in the Republic of Georgia, located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. He is also a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science... more


March 28th, 2014

Ralph Holloway

The Stone Age Institute Presents Dr. Ralph Holloway

Dr. Ralph Holloway is a paleoneurologist at Columbia University, a Research Associate with the American Museum of Naural History, and a Guggenheim Fellow. He is a pioneer in paleoneurology, the study of the evolution of the brain using fossil brain cases (endocasts). Holloway's research interests are in craniology, endocasts... more




2013


October 29th, 2013

Fred Smith

The Stone Age Institute Presents Dr. Fred Smith, 2013 Outstanding Research Award Winner

Fred H. Smith is a professor and department chair of the Anthropology Department at Illinois State University. He has worked on Neanderthal and early modern human fossil material for almost 40 years. His research is focused on the role of Neanderthals in the emergence of modern humans in western Eurasia... more


October 20th, 2013

Origins Symposium poster

The Stone Age Institute Presents the 2013 Origins Symposium

The Origins Symposium features I.U. faculty in physics, astronomy, geology, biology, paleontology, and anthropology involved in cutting-edge origins research... more


October 16th, 2013

Doug Dayhoff

The Stone Age Institute Presents Doug Dayhoff, 2013 Outstanding Craftsmanship Award Winner

Doug Dayhoff is the president of the Upland Brewing Company and chairman of Kline Cabinetmakers. He has worked with several successful entrepreneurial teams in high growth businesses, raising over $35 million in venture capital and completing transactions totaling more than $150 million. He is also a director of the Sycamore Land Trust and... more


September 8th, 2013

Nick Toth and Kathy Schick presenting at Celebrate Science Indiana 2013

The Stone Age Institute Exhibits at Celebrate Science Indiana's Annual Science Festival

The Stone Age Institute participated in the Celebrate Science Indiana 2013 festival which welcomed more than 5000 visitors. The Stone Age Institute exhibits promoted the study of evolution and critical scientific analysis with displays of fossil casts of our ancient ancestors and presentations by our scientists... more


February 20th, 2013

Big Bang to WWW painting

A Public Lecture by Stone Age Institute Co-directors Nick Toth and Kathy Schick

Kathy Schick and Nicholas Toth, Professors at Indiana University and Co-Directors of The Stone Age Institute and CRAFT Research Center, will draw on over three decades of archaeological research investigating the origins and evolution of human technology and its role in human evolution... more




2012


May 1st - October 15th, 2012

Brain Sculpture

Stone Age Institute's Brain Sculpture Reveals the Evolution of the Human Brain

When Stone Age Institute co-Directors Kathy Schick and Nicholas Toth were invited to participate as a sponsor of The Brain Extravaganza project, they knew it would be a great way to support the community while furthering the Stone Age Institute's science and education mission.... more


April 26th, 2012

Gayle Cook

The Stone Age Institute Presents Gayle Cook, 2012 Outstanding Craftsmanship Award Winner

Gayle Cook graduated from Indiana University in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1963, she co-founded the Cook Group, a medical equipment manufacturer, with her husband Bill Cook, where she served on the board of directors. She has co-written two books.... more


March 21st & 26th, 2012

Walter Alvarez

The Stone Age Institute Presents Dr. Walter Alvarez, 2012 Outstanding Research Award Winner

Walter Alvarez is Professor Emeritus of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and recipient of the Penrose Medal, the highest honor of the Geological Society of America. Alvarez and his father Luis W. Alvarez are.... more




2011


October 27th, 2011

Illustration

The Stone Age Institute Presents Dr. Henry Gilbert, 2011 Outstanding Research Award Winner

Henry Gilbert is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Geography, and Environmental Studies at California State University, East Bay. Gilbert received a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley in 2003. Gilbert will deliver the 2011 Leighton A. Wilkie Memorial Lecture on the IU campus on October 27th... more



October 23rd, 2011

Origins Symposium

The Stone Age Institute Presents the 2011 Origins Symposium

Origins: The Evolution of the Universe, the Earth, Life, and the Human Species. Featuring IU faculty in physics, astronomy, biology, paleontology, and anthropology involved in cutting-edge origins research... more


October 8th, 2011

Nick Toth and Kathy Schick at the festival exhibit

The Stone Age Institute Exhibits at Celebrate Science Indiana's Annual Science Festival

Celebrate Science Indiana is Indiana’s Premier Science Festival. The annual festival held in Indianapolis is a public event that demonstrates the importance of studying science and the joy of discovery, the economic value of science, and its significance to society. For all age groups and for individuals from all walks of life... more


April 22nd, 2011

Shumaker lecture poster

The Stone Age Institute Presents a Lecture by Dr. Robert Shumaker

Dr. Robert Shumaker, President of the Indianapolis Zoo and has studied orangutans for more than 30 years. ... more



April 7th, 2011

Mary Krupinski

The Stone Age Institute Presents Mary Krupinski, 2011 Outstanding Craftsmanship Award Winner

Mary Krupinski, AIA, is owner of Kirkwood Design Studio, pc practicing architecture and planning throughout South Central Indiana. Kirkwood Design Studio is the architect for The Stone Age Institute and most recently, Fairview Elementary School, among other local and regional works... more




2010


October 23rd, 2010

Big Bang to WWW exhibit poster

Announcing the Opening of the Big Bang to the World Wide Web Exhibit

Stone Age Institute co-directors Nicholas Toth and Kathy Schick are proud to announce the opening day event of their museum exhibit From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web which reveals the origins of everything, from the birth of the universe to the development of the cutting-edge technology of today. The exhibit allows... more


October 22nd, 2010

Big Bang to WWW exhibit lecture poster

A Special Lecture Introducing the Big Bang to the World Wide Web Exhibit

Stone Age Institute co-directors Nicholas Toth and Kathy Schick will give a special lecture introducing From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web, a new exhibit which will open at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures on October 23rd. The new exhibit reveals the origins of everything, from the birth of the universe to the... more


October 14th, 2010

Lawrence Straus

The Stone Age Institute Presents Dr. Lawrence Straus, 2010 Outstanding Research Award Winner

Dr. Lawrence Straus is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. He earned his PhD in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. His research interests include paleolithic prehistory, paleoanthropology, archaeology of caves, and lithic analysis. His research locations have included Spain... more




2009


December 1st, 2009

Yohannes Haile-Selassie

The Stone Age Institute Presents Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Outstanding Research Award Winner

Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie is the Curator and Head of Physical Anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropogy at Case Western Reserve University. Yohannes is well known in the field of paleoanthropology for having a gift for fossil spotting, with his ... more


October, 2009

Origins Symposium

The Stone Age Institute Presents the 2009 Origins Symposium

Origins: The Evolution of the Universe, the Earth, Life, and the Human Species. Featuring IU faculty in physics, astronomy, biology, paleontology, and anthropology involved in cutting-edge origins research... more




2007


April 27th & 28th, 2007

Human Brain Evolving book cover

The Human Brain Evolving: A Symposium in Honor of Ralph L. Holloway

Dr. Ralph L. Holloway is a physical anthropologist at Columbia University and research associate with the American Museum of Natural History. Since obtaining his Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley in 1964, Holloway has served as a professor of anthropology at Columbia. Holloway's interests lie in craniology... more




2006


November 8th, 2006

David Lordkipanidze

The Stone Age Institute Presents Dr. David Lordkipanidze, Outstanding Research Award Winner

Dr. David Lordkipanidze is the first Director General of the Georgian National Museum (GNM). Lordkipanidze led the discovery of the earliest known hominid remains outside of Africa at Dmanisi in the Republic of Georgia and has authored more than 120 scientific articles published in scientific journals such as Nature, Science... more




2004


April 28th - May 1st, 2004

C.K.

African Taphonomy: A Tribute to the Career of C.K. "Bob" Brain

From April 28th through May 1st, 2004, scientists from around the world convened in Bloomington, Indiana to celebrate the life and career of Bob Brain, Curator Emeritus of the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria, South Africa. Dr. Brain is an African prehistorian with over 50 years of experience in the natural sciences... more




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