Do you want to learn more about anthropology or human and primate evolution and anatomy? In the Terhune Lab, we take sharing our science with the public seriously. Much of our funding—the money that keeps the lab running and gives us the ability to complete our research and learn new and exciting things about what makes us human—comes from taxpayers and government agencies like the National Science Foundation and the State of Arkansas. We want to share what we learn with you, and talk about why we love what we do. Talking with the public about anthropology challenges us to think about how to best communicate our science, and it never fails to inspire us to think about our work in new and exciting ways. By doing this, we hope we can inspire a new generation of scientists and critical thinkers, especially women and other underrepresented groups.

If you are an educator and would like to talk with us about outreach (either in person or virtually), or we can support you, a teacher you know, or a child interested in science in any way, please contact Claire Terhune directly.

Topics include:

  • What is anthropology?
  • Paleoenvironments
  • Using anthropology to teach math
  • Primate adaptation and evolution
  • 3D scanning and printing
  • Environments and decomposition
  • Fossil ecosystems
  • Human anatomy
  • Human and evolution
  • Osteology
  • Women in science

Schools/Organizations visited or partnered with:

  • Oakdale Middle School, Rogers, AR
  • Lincoln Junior High School, Bentonville, AR
  • Elkins Elementary School, Elkins, AR
  • Haas Hall Academy, Fayetteville, AR
  • Ozark Montessori Academy, Springdale, AR
  • Rogers School District Gifted and Talented Program, AR
  • Butterfield Trail Village, Fayetteville, AR
  • Girl Scouts- Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas