Twenty-Year Summary of Surveillance for Human Hantavirus, USA

Hard to believe it has been that long ago [see also camai-start-here] when a new killer emerged among NM and the Pueblos. No one knew at first what it was and how to avoid the mystery illness which seemed to target young Native people. We couldn’t wait for the “outside experts” but needed to rely on the Pueblos’ own experts to begin to combat the disease and rumors. It was frightening.

The Navajo Medicine Men society was an immense help in uncovering the ecology of this disease. [Dr Jim Cheek worked with them. See this paper and the People Magazine article at the time,

This is only the third time this century that there has been a year-round supply of the nuts. Says Dr. James Cheek of the Indian Health Service: “I believe the elders and medicine men might have been much closer than any of us to the cause of the disease.”

BTW, before an official name sin nombre was assigned, the CDC did receive suggestions and concerns from the Pueblos about the suggested names which inadvertently used Pueblo sacred site names or other names which were used by folks other than CDC researchers. Sin nombre was a good choice.

Twenty-Year Summary of Surveillance for Human Hantavirus Infections, United States — B. Knust and P. E. Rollin

In 1993, an outbreak of severe respiratory illness in the Four Corners region of the United States (defined by the shared borders between the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah) made national headlines. The subsequent discovery of a new disease, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) (1), its etiologic agent, Sin Nombre virus (SNV) (2), and its rodent reservoir, the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) (3), were among the most prominent findings in a flood of new revelations about hantaviruses in the Americas.

Important–Rural Criteria for Subsistence

I have a feed on this site which comes from another site I set up about rural criteria for subsistence in Alaska. Comments to the federal board are needed before 1 Nov 2013

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I can’t figure out how to post at both nlogs, so i must direct you to the site. Sorry.

Alaska Native Ph.D.s from Dr. Jessica Bissett Perea

Dr Perea’s paper has a listing of Alaska Native Ph.D.s which complements the existing list previously mentioned American Indian and Alaska Native Ph.D.s in the US– How many? Who are they?

Her paper has just been posted at Academia,

Jessica Bissett Perea 2013 “A Tribalography of Alaska Native Presence in Academia.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 37 (3) pp. 3-27. Invited essay for special issue “Reducing Barriers to Native American Student Success in Higher Education: Challenges and Best Practices,” ed. Robert Keith Collins.

Alaska native men and Women with Earned Research Doctorates

Alaska native men and Women with Earned Research Doctorates

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Note to FullTextReports followers — Grab It When You See It!

Our friends Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy over at Full Text Reports have a handy reminder today: …some of the papers and reports posted on are freely available online for just a limited time before they disappear behind a paywall (or go away entirely). If you see something you suspect might be useful to you (or a colleague) in the future, download it the day you see it because it may not be accessible later without a subscription (or it may have been moved or taken offline). — Note to FullTextReports followers Grab It When You See It!, Full Text Reports (April 17, 2013). Just another reason to remember that libraries should be collecting, not pointing. (See: When we depend on pointing instead of collecting.) (By the way, in case you hadn’t noticed: the left hand navigation pane here at FGI has a feed of the latest reports listed at Full Text Reports!)

Utility of an alternative bicycle commute route of lower proximity to motorised traffic in decreasing exposure to ultra-fine particles, respiratory symptoms and airway inflammation — a structured exposure experiment

Background: Bicycle commuting in an urban environment of high air pollution is known as a potential health risk, especially for susceptible individuals. While risk management strategies aimed to reduce motorised traffic emissions exposure have been suggested, limited studies have assessed the utility of such strategies in real-world circumstances.Objectives: The potential of lowering exposure to ultrafine particles (UFP; < 0.1 mum) during bicycle commuting by reducing proximity to motorised traffic was investigated with real-time air pollution and intermittent acute inflammatory measurements in healthy individuals using their typical, and an alternative, bicycle commute route. Methods: Thirty-five healthy adults (mean +/- SD: age = 39 +/- 11 yr; 29% female) completed two return trips, one each of their typical route (HIGH) and a pre-determined alternative route of lower proximity to motorised traffic (LOW; determined by the proportion of on-road cycle paths). Particle number concentration (PNC) and diameter (PD) were monitored in-commute in real-time. Acute inflammatory indices of respiratory symptom incidence, lung function and spontaneous sputum (for inflammatory cell analyses) were collected immediately pre-commute, and one and three hours post-commute. Results: In LOW, compared to HIGH, there was a significant decrease in mean PNC (1.91 x e4 +/-
0.93 x e4 ppcc vs. 2.95 x e4 +/- 1.50 x e4 ppcc; p <= 0.001), the incidence of in-commute offensive odour detection (42 vs. 56%; p = 0.019), and the incidence of dust and soot observation (33 vs. 47%; p = 0.038) and nasopharyngeal irritation (31 vs. 41%; p = 0.007). There were no significant differences between LOW and HIGH in the commute distance and duration (12.8 +/- 7.1 vs. 12.0 +/- 6.9 km and 44 +/- 17 vs. 42 +/- 17 min, respectively), or indices of acute airway inflammation. Conclusions: Exposure to PNC (and the incidence of offensive odour and nasopharyngeal irritation) can be significantly lowered when utilising a route of reduced proximity to motorised traffic whilst bicycle commuting (without significantly affecting commute distance or duration), which may bring important benefits for both healthy and susceptible individuals.

On-line Library to close (Connotea)

Connotea,’s social bookmarking site, is closing on March 12th, 2013. We would like to thank you for your patience with and support for the site.

This was a very useful resource. I’m not sure there is an alternative. Google Reader no longer allows anyone to share their recommended readings (the Reader here was grandmothered in).

I’ll have to figure a way to export the materials collected.

American Indian and Alaska Native Ph.D.s in the US– How many? Who are they?

Jeannie Greene, documentary producer (Heartbeat Alaska) raised an interesting topic– that there were only 45 Natives who hold Ph.D.s in the US.

That seems awfully low. Can you help add more names? Below are folks I have found, using AISES and SACNAS. Amazingly, I’m lucky enough to know many of the names and people, some personally.

Alaska Native– 2012-09-15, 2012-dec-24, 2013-03-03 now 25!

Dr. George Charles (Yup’ik)
Dr. Patricia Cochran (AN)
Dr. Walkie Charles (Yup’ik)
Dr. Denise Dillard (AN)
Dr Alisha Drabek (Alutiiq-Sugpiaq)
Dr Phyllis Fast (Koyukon Athabascan)
Dr. Dolly Garza (AN)
Dr. Sara Hicks (AN)
Dr. Sven Hakaanson (Alutiiq-Sugpiaq)
Dr. Theresa John (Yup’ik)
Dr. April Lakonten Councillor (Alutiiq-Sugpiaq)
Dr. Beth Leonard (AN)
Dr. Jordan Lewis (AN)
Dr. Dorothy Pender (AN)
Dr. Elizabeth Parent (AN)
Dr. Gordon Pullar (Alutiiq-Sugpiaq)
Dr. Catherine Swan Reimer (Iñupiaq)
Dr. Thomas Michael Swensen (Alutiiq-Sugpiaq)
Dr. Roy Roehl (AN)
Dr. Bernice B. Tetpon (AN)
Dr. Lisa Rey Thomas (Tlingit)
Dr. Kamilla Venner (AN)
Dr. Steven Verney (AN)
Dr. Tony Vaska (Yup’ik)
Dr. Maria Williams (Tlingit)
Dr. Rosita Worl (Tlingit)

American Indian– 2012-09-15 110 (haven’t checked for duplicates)
Dr. Alison Ball (Colville) University of Oregon
Dr. Amy Lonetree Ethnic Studies Ho Chunk
Dr. Andrea Smith History of Consciousness Cherokee
Dr. Andrew Jolivette
Dr. Annette Reed,Ethnic Studies Tolowa
Dr. Anton Treuer, Leech Lake Ojibwe
Dr. April Lea GoForth Eastern Band of Cherokee,
Dr. Audra Simpson Anthropology Mohawk
Dr. Bette Jacobs, Public Health Professional
Dr. Beverly R. Singer (Santa Clara Pueblo/ Diné), Associate Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies, Director of Institute for American Indian Research (IFAIR) , Director of Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, UNM. The late Dr Ortiz was also an anthropologist and another who demonstrated great courage in proceeding to his studies.
Dr. Bonnie Duran
Dr. Brenda Child, History, UMN, Red Lake Ojibwe
Dr. Brendan Fairbanks, Linguistics, Ojibwe
Dr. Carmen Nappo, Meteorologist
Dr. Carter Revard
Dr. Chris Sims
Dr. Christine Lowery (Dine) Utah;
Dr. Christopher Andronicos, Geologist
Dr. Claudia Welala Long, (Nez Perce) Professor of Indigenous Nations Studies;
Dr. Clifton Poodry, Biologist
Dr. Craig Love, Psychologist
Dr. David Chang, History UMN, Kanaka Maoli
Dr. David E Wilkins Political Science Lumbee
Dr. David E. Wilkins, Poly Sci, UMN, Lumbee
Dr. David Martinez, Philosophy, Arizona State
Dr. David R. Burgess, Biologist
Dr. David Truer, Literature (i think), UMN Leech Lake Ojibwe
Dr. Denise Low, English Lenni Lenape
Dr. Devon A. Mihesuah
Dr. Donald Fixico History Shawnee, Sac and Fox, Muscogee Creek, and Seminole
Dr. Donna Langston, University of Colorado at Denver;
Dr. Donna Nelson, Chemist
Dr. Duane Champagne Sociology Chippewa
Dr. Emily Haozous, (Apache)
Dr. Fred_Begay (Navajo)
Dr. Gilbert John, Microbiologist
Dr. Glenabah Martinez, (Taos/Diné)
Dr. Gregory Cajete
Dr. Healani Chang, Clinical Behavioral Scientist/Pacific Biosciences
Dr. Hillary Weaver
Dr. Ian Thompson Choctaw
Dr. Jace Weaver
Dr. Jacquelyn Bolman, Environmental Scientist and Academic Advisor
Dr. Jani Ingram, Chemist
Dr. Jay Hansford C Vest, Saponi-Monacan, UNC-P
Dr. Jean O’Brien, History, UMN White Earth Ojibiwe
Dr. Jeff Means History Lakota
Dr. Jennifer Denetdale (Diné), Associate Professor of American Studies,
Dr. Jennifer McAlpin Navajo
Dr. Jennifer Nez Denetdale History Navajo
Dr. Jerrel Yakel, Neuroscientist
Dr. Jim Northrup
Dr. Joan Esnayra, Geneticist
Dr. Joanne Barker
Dr. Jodi Byrd English Chickasaw
Dr. John Spence, retired;
Dr. K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Anthropology, Creek
Dr. Karen Magnus, Biophysicist
Dr. Karina Walters,
Dr. Ken Ridgway, Geologist
Dr. Kimberly Huyser, (Diné)
Dr. Kimberly Roppolo
Dr. Lee Anne Howe, Literature, Choctaw, UI-Champain-Urbana
Dr. Lee Bitsóí, Educator
Dr. Leola Tsinnajinnie, (Diné)
Dr. Linda Burhansstipanov, Public Health Educator
Dr. Linda E. Oxendine, History emeritus, UNC-P Lumbee
Dr. Lloyd L. Lee (Diné), Assistant Professor of Native American Studies
Dr. Lorenda Belone, (Diné)
Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery, History, UNC-Chapel Hill Lumbee
Dr. Mandy Fretts, U of Wash first Nations Mik’maq
Dr. Marcus Cloud Briggs Divinity from Harvard Miccasukee (sp?),
Dr. Margaret Hiza, Geologist
Dr. Margaret Nelson Cherokee 90 years young!
Dr. Maria Tenario,
Dr. Maria Yellow Horse Braveheart,
Dr. Marigold Linton, Cognitive Psychologist
Dr. Mary Alice Tsosie (Diné), Director of Oral History Project, University Libraries, IFAIR Board
Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs, History UNC-P, Lumbee
Dr. Mattie Harper Ethnic Studies Anishinabe
Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua Ethnic Studies Chamorro
Dr. Michael Yellow Bird (Arikara/Hidatsa), Professor of Social Work, Humboldt State University
Dr. Monica Tsethlikai, Psychologist
Dr. Nancy Jackson, Chemist
Dr. Natchee Blu Barnd Ethnic Studies Anishinabe
Dr. Ned Blackhawk History Shoshone
Dr. Philip Deloria History Lakota
Dr. Rebecca Garcia, Mathematician
Dr. Reyna Ramirez Anthropology Ho Chunk
Dr. Rina Swentzell

Dr. Robert Megginson, Mathematician
Dr. Robert Perez Ethnic Studies Apache
Dr. Robin Kimmerer, Plant Ecologist
Dr. Robyn Hannigan, Environmental Scientist
Dr. Rodney C. Haring
Dr. Russell Stands-Over-Bull, Geologist
Dr. Scott Richard Lyons English Ojibwe
Dr. Scottie Henderson (Navajo) Scottie worked with me on tribal water quality codes before going on to marine biology
Dr. Stacy Leeds Cherokee
Dr. Steven Crum History Western Shoshone
Dr. Tassy Parker, (Seneca)
Dr. Theresa Gregor English Santa Isabel
Dr. Thomas Crofoot,
Dr. Tiffany Lee, (Diné)
Dr. Tom Ball (Klamath/Modoc), University of Oregon;
Dr. Vibrina Coronado, Performance Studies, independent scholar, Lumbee
Dr. Vincent Werito, (Diné)
Dr. Waziyatawin Angela Wilson PHD History Dakota
Dr. Wilfred Foster Denetclaw, Zoologist
Dr. William Bauer History Round Valley

Please add names to the comments and whether Alaska Native or American Indian. I’ll update the listing.

NSF listing (sans names) is