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LABORATORY FOR BEHAVIOR, ONTOGENY AND REPRODUCTION

LABOR is a multi-disciplinary research group directed by Amanda Veile. LABOR is dedicated to conducting ethical field and laboratory research in human biology, focused on maternal-child health and and immuno-nutritional function. LABOR consists of a working Biohazard Level 2 wet lab in Stone Hall (Purdue University) with capacity to run Enzyme Linked Immunoassays (ELISA) to measure metabolic hormones and immunoproteins in human saliva and dried blood spots. Additional dry lab spaces are equipped with computer work stations and basic and specialized anthropometric equipment, including portable ultrasound machines, for training in field-based human nutritional assessments. Internship and training opportunities are available for undergraduate and graduate students in the lab and field. While most LABOR students are in Anthropology or Public Health, we invite students with aligned research interests from a variety of related fields. Meet current LABOR students here.

Special AJHB Issue is out!

Karen Rosenberg and I are pleased to announce that our co-edited American Journal of Human Biology Special Issue "The Evolutionary and Biocultural Causes and Consequences of Rising Cesarean Birth Rates" has been published! Evolutionary perspectives are useful for understanding global patterns and local contexts under which cesarean birth rates inevitably rise, and to analyze cross-cultural variation in maternal-child health outcomes associated with this trend. This issue draws together reviews, original research articles, and commentary by anthropologists, biologists and health practitioners who study cesarean birth using evolutionary and biocultural theoretical approaches.

LABOR IN THE NEWS!

'Mommy brain' might make new mothers forgetful but it doesn't last finds new study. Yahoo News, 6/24/20.

Does 'mommy brain' last? Study shows motherhood does not diminish attention. AAAS Eureka Alert, 6/23/20.

Does 'mommy brain' last? Study shows motherhood does not diminish attention. Science Daily, 6/23/20.

Nope, ‘Mommy Brain’ Doesn't Sap Attention. Futurity, 6/23/20.

C-sections are seen as breastfeeding barrier in US, but not in other global communities: Indigenous Mexican mothers practice prolonged breastfeeding even after C-sections and their babies benefit. AAAS Eureka Alert, 10/21/19.

C-sections are seen as breastfeeding barrier in US, but not in other global communities. Science Daily, 10/21/19.

Yucatec Maya Moms Breastfeed Longer After C-section. Futurity, 3/21/2019.

"Born Identity" -- The Discovery Files (NSF podcast by Bob Karson).

Indigenous group add to evidence tying Cesarean birth to obesity, AAAS Eureka Alert, 10/12/16.

Mayas nacidos por cesarea pesan mas hasta los 5 años (Maya born by cesarean weigh more up to 5 years), 11/4/16.

Indigenous group add to evidence tying Cesarean birth to obesity, Science Daily, 10/12/16.

Feminism's Future: The Complexity of Progress. Think MAgazine, Fall 2016.