<h2>Staff &amp; Student News</h2><h2>Research &amp; Publications</h2><h2>Fieldwork &amp; Collections</h2><p><img alt="" class="wysiwyg-left" src="http://fieldmuseum.org/sites/default/files/11-4-11_0.png" title="" typeof="foaf:Image" wysiwyg="1">Curator Gary Feinman and Adjunct Curator Linda Nicholas (both Anthropology) led their third season of excavations at the Mitla Fortress in Oaxaca, Mexico.&nbsp; The 2011 excavations focused on a lower terrace at the site, where the Museum team unearthed a residence that had four sequential occupations and was inhabited for at least 500 years (ca. AD 500–1000). &nbsp;The residence included a modest subterranean tomb and numerous offerings and burials. &nbsp;Because the residents of this house were of relatively low socioeconomic status, plain, utilitarian ceramic vessels were the main items deposited as offerings. &nbsp;Overall, approximately 60 whole or mostly complete pottery pieces were discovered, which should prove very important for more precisely dating the sequence of remodelings of the residence on the terrace. &nbsp;Students from the University of Illinois-Chicago, Southern Illinois University, the University of Michigan, and Iowa State University participated in the research.</p><hr><p>The Division of Mammals welcomed two more long-term visitors to utilize its Neotropical collections.&nbsp;<img alt="" class="wysiwyg-right" src="http://fieldmuseum.org/sites/default/files/11-4-11patterson_1.jpg" title="" typeof="foaf:Image" wysiwyg="1">&nbsp;Ms. Valentina Segura of the Museo Argentino de Ciencias&nbsp;Naturales, Buenos Aires,&nbsp;is the recipient of an FMNH&nbsp;Visiting Scholarship entitled “Postnatal ontogeny in the skull of Neotropical canids and felids: functionality and evolutive patterns.”&nbsp;Both dog and cat families have undergone sizeable radiations in South America since colonizing that continent only a few million years ago during the Great American Interchange.&nbsp; Valentina’s project promises to shed light on the cranial remodeling and associated constraints that accompanied those radiations.&nbsp; Also visiting is the curator of mammals at the Argentine Museum, Dr David Flores, who is a world authority on didelphid marsupials. &nbsp;Both are working to collect morphometric data from skulls and jaws, using a 3-dimensional digitizer called a Microscribe. &nbsp;David and Valentina expect to work in the collections until December 2—bienvenidos!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2>Public Education &amp; Media Coverage</h2>