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Anthro Scholar

Written by Cara J. Hayden



Anthropologists who unearth human remains have long considered that disease and malnutrition retard the skeletal growth of children. But is that really true? Pitt senior Katherine M. MacCord, an anthropology major, conducted independent research at three natural history museums on three separate continents to find out. Her results were surprising: Disease and malnutrition don’t significantly retard growth. In recognition of her enterprising research and other academic accomplishments, she was named a national Gates Cambridge Scholar this year. The scholarship, which is highly competitive, is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and will enable MacCord to pursue graduate work at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.