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tulane students in Costa Rica Tulane Students in the CIAPA program exploring Costa Rica (Photo provided by CIAPA)

Story by Mary Sparacello

What better place to study the environment than in Costa Rica, a world-wide leader in eco-tourism and conservation?

Currently, seven Tulane undergraduates are spending the spring semester studying tropical and environmental studies at a Tulane-run campus in Costa Rica called Centro de Investigación y Adiestramiento Político y Administrativo (CIAPA). Located in a quiet neighborhood about 20 minutes from the bustle of Costa Rica's capital city San José, CIAPA has been offering extraordinary study abroad experiences for more than a decade.

"There is a whole infrastructure in place in Costa Rica for students to travel around the county and experience nature," says Ludovico Feoli, executive director of the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane.
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Widow Makes Gift to MARI in Memory of Husband
Story by Mary Sparacello
High school sweethearts Yvonne and Lt. Col. Clinton Effinger III were reunited in mid-life and were married almost 40 years. After Clint's death last year, Yvonne ensured his legacy would live on by making a gift to the Middle American Research Institute (MARI) at Tulane.

Yvonne and Clint drifted apart after high school, and they both married other people. Yvonne became loving mother to three sons. Clint (A&S '49) went to Tulane, then into the Air Force, serving as a fighter pilot in Korea. After that, he played the head Japanese pilot in the movie "Tora! Tora! Tora." He retired from the military in 1970 and worked as an urban planner in Palm Beach County, Fla. Almost 30 years after their first courtship, Clint and Yvonne saw each other by chance in their hometown of West Palm Beach.

"It was just like we had never been separated," says Yvonne. She and Clint shared a wonderful 38 years together, until he passed away at the age of 88 last February. "He was a kind man and made an impression on everyone he met. I miss him terribly."
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News from the Field:
John Verano

Holes in the Head

veranoWith the help of a sabbatical leave, I'm making 2013-14 my "writing year", with the goal of finishing a book I have been promising my colleagues for some time now. It is the culmination of many years of data collection at archaeological sites in Peru (where I've been doing fieldwork continuously since 1983) and in museums in Peru, Europe, and the United States. The book has been delayed by a few distractions over the years (other archaeological field projects and publications, teaching and mentoring of students, and service at various levels to my department, school, university, and profession), but it is now on the front burner. Its working title is Holes in the Head: the Art and Archaeology of Trepanation in Ancient Peru.
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Erecting a Maya Stela
By Marcello A. Canuto, Judith Maxwell, and Marc Zender

maya stela On November 9, Ka'i' Aq'ab'al ("Two Night") in the Kaqchikel Maya ceremonial calendar, Tulane students and faculty followed Maya tradition in inaugurating a replica of Stela 14 from the Late Classic Maya site of Uxmal (located in Yucatan, Mexico). The ceremony was conducted in Kaqchikel, Spanish, and English and lasted the entire morning. During the event, the group offered ten colors of candles, three varieties of copal incense, and other customary offerings including chocolate, sweet breads, tobacco and liquor.
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