Rural to red carpet

UVM’s Jonah Steinberg, assistant professor in anthropology, recently won a grant to further research on street children of India. Inspired by his viewing of the 2008 film, “Slumdog Millionaire,” Steinberg hopes to use the $233,654 from the National Science Foundation to study street children in New Delhi, a July 20 Universit press release stated. The three-year grant will allow Steinberg to spend nearly a year in India and hire an assistant to observe the social and cultural aspects of the runaways.  According to the e-mail, Steinberg’s research “focuses on the demographics of street children and why the circumstances around them make it ‘normal’ to run away.”  The research will not only provide more information on street children, but also be useful to organizations that deal with runaways, the press release stated.