Nominations Due: May 1 to Suzanne Mattingly, AAA CoGEA Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CoGEA Award (formerly known as the Squeaky Wheel Award), sponsored by the AAA Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology (CoGEA), recognizes individuals whose service to the discipline, and the collective spirit of whose research, teaching and mentoring, demonstrates the courage to bring to light and investigate practices in anthropology that are potentially sexist and discriminatory based on gender presentation.
Dr. Marta Mirazon Lahr has a research assistant position available for 40 months from March 2014, see http://in-africa.org/opportunities/research-assistant-position/.
The Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP), one of the most prestigious research institutions on the social sciences in Latin America, announces the third season of its international field school in archaeological methods “Peruvian Central Coast”. Our field school offers training in mapping, survey and excavation techniques in the field as well as basic training via onsite workshops on statistical sampling in archaeology, bioarchaeological analysis, ceramic analysis and cataloguing, and lithic analysis. Prior experience in archaeological fieldwork is not required.
As the co-editors of the AFA’s (Association for Feminist Anthropology) Anthropology News section notes, we are looking for submissions for both in print and online columns. This is a great opportunity to share your research with the readers of AN and support feminist research in humanities and social sciences!
There are no limitations on themes. Any contribution/report that focuses on feminist anthropological concerns and/or employs feminist research methodology is welcome.
The winner of the BAS Student Paper/Poster Award for 2013 is Marc Kissel (University of Wisconsin, Madison) for his paper, “Testing Genetic Models of Human Evolutionary History against the Anthropological Record.”
Comparing measurements of supraorbital skeletal features from two Neandertal populations (Vindjia and Krapina), Kissel explores whether genetic drift or natural selection best explains observed morphological variability. Having found that observed variability cannot be explained by drift alone, he suggests that closer attention be paid to human reproductive behavior as illustrated in ethnographic record of hunter-gatherer communities, and that effective population size may not be a good indicator of census size in the Pleistocene.
Honorable mention for this prize went to Jill E. Scott (University of Iowa) for her paper, “A 3-D Morphometric Analysis of Mandibular Symphyseal Variation in Homo.”
In this paper, Jill Scott tests whether various measurements of chin morphology can be used to successfully differentiate H. sapiens, H. neanderthalensis, and H. heidelbergensis. Using Principal Component Analysis, she finds that H. sapiens separate from both Neandertals and H. heidelbergensis along PC1. However along PC2, H. sapiens group with Neandertals to the exclusion of H. heidelbergensis. In this study, she explores new ways to measure and statistically test morphological differences that have been explored primarily in a qualitative manner in the literature.
BAS Student Representative Sarah Livengood initiated an informative survey to investigate the barriers to student participation in AAA. Eighty percent of 113 respondents indicated that they had never attended a AAA meeting. In large part this is because students don’t feel they have anything to present, but the cost of membership and registration is also an important factor. Students also indicated that they would be very interested in mentorship programs and sessions on professionalization. BAS is committed to engaging biological anthropology students in the broader discipline of anthropology and in AAA activities in particular and this preliminary survey sets the stage for future action.
The School of Anthropology (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences) at the University of Arizona
Position Title: Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Job Number: 53656
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The Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is conducting an open search for a Biological Anthropologist with a specialization in paleoanthropology at Assistant, Associate, or Full Curator rank. This is a tenure track position with rank and tenure negotiable depending on the candidate’s professional experience and accomplishment. Candidates of any rank should have a strong background and evidence of international leadership in paleoanthropological research. AMNH Biological Anthropology collections are some of the most comprehensive in the world, offering a unique opportunity for collections research. Continue reading
The Department of Exercise Science in The School of Health Sciences at High Point University is currently accepting applications for a full-time, tenure track, 12 month, assistant/associate professor position in anatomy. A start date of June 2014 is expected.
BAS members are invited to submit pieces to the AAA Writers Circle. As explained at the link below, this is a project meant to encourage anthropologists to write op-eds and magazine articles, and to engage in other ways with public media:
This is an opportunity for biological anthropologists to convey the importance of our science to broad audiences. Please feel free to contact Dr. Barbara J. King about this.
The Department of Anthropology at Boise State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Human Evolutionary Ecology at the level of assistant professor beginning August 1st, 2014. We seek a scientific anthropologist who will contribute to the department’s commitment to the study of human behavior from an evolutionary and ecological perspective. Areas of specialization may include human behavioral ecology, life history theory, reproductive ecology, cooperation and resource management, game theory and network analysis. In additional to strong quantitative skills, a fieldwork or lab component is preferable. Geographic area of specialization is open.
Max Planck Weizmann Center for Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
The newly established Max Planck Weizmann Center for Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany) invites applications for post-doctoral positions in the field of physical anthropology, palaeontology or zoology. The research track based in Leipzig will investigate bone and tooth structures with an emphasis on the evolutionary and functional morphology of the masticatory apparatus in primates and other mammals using morphometric, experimental and simulative approaches.
This research track will work in close contact with the Department of Human Evolution of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and with the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
We would expect the successful candidates to participate in research projects related to one of the following topics:
- Structure-Function studies of hard tissues (bone and teeth)
- Anatomy and histology of masticatory muscles and tooth supporting structures
- Kinematics and dynamics of the masticatory apparatus
We seek highly qualified and motivated candidates with experience in tomographic imaging, experimental stress/strain analysis, finite element modelling, motion analysis, material testing, microscopy, immunohistochemistry and/or geometric morphometrics.
These positions are set to begin as early as January 2014, and applications will be considered until the positions are filled. The initial length of the appointments will be two years, with an option for extension. The selected candidates should have a Ph.D. (or be close to completion) and a significant track record of research. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more physically impaired individuals and to increasing the share of women in areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore expressly encourages applications from such qualified individuals.
Applications including cover letter, curriculum vitae, reprints of selected publications, a short statement of research interests and the names of three referees should be sent to Dr Kornelius Kupczik (email@example.com). You can email him with any questions as well
Biological Anthropology Positions at the ANU
Bioarchaeology/Forensic Anthropology (permanent position)
Human Ecology (fixed 4 year term)
Fixed term: http://jobs.anu.edu.au/PositionDetail.aspx?p=3525
Closing date is 16th October for both.
III Edition now launched! – 24 August – 6 September 2013
Following on the successful first two editions, attended by students and professionals from all over the world, Trento Science Museum (Italy) and the University of Trento, in collaboration with Tanzania National Parks and the Danish Natural History Museum, announce the third edition of the Summer School on Tropical Rainforest Biodiversity to be held in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania, during 24 August – 6 September 2013.
The school will be based at the Udzungwa Ecological Monitoring Centre, a field station annexed to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park and managed by Trento Museum.
All information about the summer school can be downloaded following the links below (registration details will be posted soon). You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Julienne Rutherford has been selected as a AAA Leadership Fellow
We are very pleased to announce the winner of this year’s student prize for outstanding presentation:
Meredith Ellis (Syracuse University) for her paper, “A Disciplined Childhood: A Social Bioarchaeology of the Subadults of the Spring Street Presbyterian Church”. This paper is going to be published in an edited volume by Jennifer L. Thompson, Marta Alfonso-Durruty, John J. Crandall, “Tracing Childhood: Bioarchaeological Investigations of Early Lives in Antiquity”.
We are also pleased to announce a runner-up:
Valentine Volk (Cleveland State University), for her paper, “A Preliminary Assessment of Health and Disease at the Late Woodland Mayer Site, Vermillion, Ohio”.
The 2011 W.W. Howells Book Award was presented to Wenda Trevathan for her book, Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives: How Evolution Has Shaped Women’s Health. Oxford University Press.
The book was recognized as an insightful and compelling consideration of the importance of evolution to women’s biology and health.
“Written by a leading light in the field of evolutionary medicine, Wenda Trevathan’s Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives describes how many contemporary health problems, particularly those of women, are the result of a mismatch between our “Stone Age” bodies that evolved over millions of years and our current (and radically changed) life styles. Thorough, authoritative, and easy to understand, this book offers suggestions for making informed decisions that impact the health of contemporary women and that of their children and their children’s children. Run, don’t walk (or stroll bipedally), to give this important and elegantly written book to your favorite bride-to-be, mother-to-be, mother, grandmother, or great grandmother! Inquisitive men will also find this book engaging.” –Dean Falk, Ph.D., Hale G. Smith Professor of Anthropology, Florida State University.
Nelson Ting, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology
University of Iowa
Applications for the Primate Conservation Summer Study Abroad Program in Tanzania are now available (follow this link). The applications are due by March 15th and the program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.
The Dmanisi Field School is a four-week program that provides a unique opportunity to engage in ongoing excavations and acquire practical archaeological skills in combination with theoretical knowledge at one of the world’s most important prehistoric sites in an amazing setting! See flyer.