Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Student prizes for genetics presentations at AAPA

The president of the American Association of Anthropological Genetics, Dr. Lorena Havill, announces the 2011 Outstanding Student Presentation Awards for best presentation on genetics research:


Each award involves a $200 cash prize and a one year subscription to the journal, Human Biology. Students can apply directly OR be nominated by a AAAG member.
To apply for the award, please e-mail me at with:
a) your name
b) your institutional affiliation
c) the title of the student's presentation
d) the abstract
e) the day, time, and meeting (HBA or AAPA) of the presentation (either poster or podium)

To be eligible, the student*** must be the first author, and must deliver the presentation (poster or podium) at the HBA or AAPA meeting.

AAAG basic membership rates (payable at

Full member without journal subscription $20
Student member without journal subscription $10

*** Either the student OR the nominating AAAG member must be a member in good standing (dues paid) by the April 8 submission deadline in order to be considered for the awards.***

Opportunity for future PhD student

This fantastic opportunity just in from Pablo Nepomnaschy. I'm thinking maybe I need to get another PhD....

We are seeking to recruit a graduate student interested in pursuing a PhD on the early development of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (“stress”) axis.

Project description: The stress axis plays a critical role in determining an individual’s ability to cope with challenges throughout the lifetime. However, the extent to which stress axis function is ‘calibrated’ by prenatal stress at different gestational stages is unclear. This project involves the use of a unique longitudinal data set to explore the impact of stress experienced during the first six weeks of gestation on post-natal stress response in later life.

Qualifications: We are seeking an individual with:

• Excellent academic record
• Background in evolutionary biology, physiology, genetics and/or epigenetics
• An evident commitment and passion for science

Start : ideally, September 2011

We offer: annual stipend, research funds, training at the interface of evolutionary biology with physiology, development, genetics and epigenetics, innovative intellectual environment

Institution and location: Human Evolutionary Studies Program, Faculty of Health Sciences and Dept. of Biology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada.

PIs: Dr. Pablo A. Nepomnaschy and Dr. Bernard Crespi

Required materials: Please send a letter of intent and a CV to Dr. Katrina Salvante at

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Genetic Past and Genomic Future: lecture series at UNCG

Many thanks to Dr. Carlina DeLaCova of the University of North Carolina Greensboro for letting me know about the exciting 2010-2011 Harriet Elliott Lecture Series taking place this week at UNCG. John Hawks will be delivering the keynote address.

Dear Colleagues and Community,

As hosts of the 2010-2011 Harriet Elliott Lecture Series, the Department of Anthropology at UNCG is pleased to announce the upcoming keynote address and panel discussion on the theme, “Our Genetic Past and Genomic Future: Connecting the Science of Human Origins to Contemporary Life.” This year’s events will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.

In preparation for the event, we would like to invite you to visit the event’s blog: The blog will provide an opportunity to engage with the events’ themes, generate questions to be posed to our panelists and keynote speaker, and archive interesting news pieces related to the theme.

Please find below our participant’s bios and a summary of the day’s events. For more information, visit:

Panel Discussion (3-5 pm in the EUC Auditorium)
The panel will focus on the intersection between the scientific study of human origins, evolution, and variability and its everyday applications--that is, how it affects people’s lives in terms of biomedical practice, conceptions of difference and risk, and social identity. Moderated by Dr. Cheryl Logan (UNCG History and Psychology), the panel will bring together three distinguished scholars:

Lee Baker (Duke University) - Dean of Academic Affairs, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies. Dr. Baker is the author of From Savage to Negro: Anthropology and the Construction of Race, 1896-1954 (University of California Press, 1998), Anthropology and the Racial Politics of Culture (Duke University Press, 2010), and editor of Life In America: Identity and Everyday Experience (Blackwell Publishing, 2003).

Alondra Nelson (Columbia University) - Associate Professor of Sociology. Dr. Nelson holds an appointment at Columbia’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender and is the author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party's Politics of Health and Race (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and co-editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of Race, DNA and History (Rutgers University Press, 2011).

Fatimah Jackson (UNC Chapel Hill) Professor of Biological Anthropology and Director of the Institute of African-American Research. Dr. Jackson’s research has focused human metabolic and genomic effects of exposure to plant allelochemicals, genomic models of biological diversity in contemporary and historic African peoples, and bioanthropological perspectives on human disease (especially infectious diseases). In 2000, she cofounded the first human DNA bank on the African continent.

Harriet Elliott Keynote Address (7-9 pm in the Meade Auditorium, 101 Sullivan)
“Neandertime: Deciphering the Secrets of Ancient Genomes”
Following the panel discussion, the invited talk will address current debates within the field of anthropology around the topic of human genetic evolution.

John Hawks (University of Wisconsin Madison) - Associate Professor of Anthropology. He is well known within the field of biological anthropology for his public engagement with current topics of research, including his own blog (

Please note that in between the panel discussion and featured talk there will be a reception held from 5-6:30 pm in the Kirkland Room of the EUC.

For a map of UNCG’s campus, which includes the parking garages for both events, please see:

We look forward to the exciting debates this year’s lecture series will foster and hope that you will join us in the on-going discussions. Finally, we are attaching a PDF of the poster announcing the events.

Thank you very much.


Carlina de la Cova

Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Anthropology Department

Postdoc in anthro/demography/evo biology

Just got word about a great postdoc opportunity at Durham University (UK):

This position will form the first part of a team working on 'Family matters: Intergenerational influences on fertility', an interdisciplinary research project funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant to Dr Rebecca Sear, combining evolutionary biology, anthropology and demography.

The appointment will begin this project by using existing large-scale demographic surveys to investigate the impact of kin on fertility outcomes in the developing world. The object of this post is to undertake statistical analysis of these large-scale datasets to determine correlations between kin availability and fertility outcomes at the individual level; and at the population level to determine whether kin influence varies systematically between populations according to factors such as economic development, marriage and residence patterns, and levels of mortality or fertility. The post holder will work closely with two additional team members who will be appointed over the year subsequent to this appointment.

The post would suit candidates interested in interdisciplinary work, who are trained in evolutionary biology, evolutionary anthropology, or in a quantitative social science.

AAA Ethics Task Force Blog

The AAA has been working hard over the last several years to update its ethics position. In an exciting move toward transparency, the AAA membership is being asked to give feedback on the process thus far. I am passing along a message from Katie MacKinnon:

The AAA’s Task Force for Comprehensive Ethics Review is in the process of reviewing and revising our code of ethics, and we are soliciting the help of the members in this process.

Thus far, five principles have been posted to the Ethics Task Force blog.

I would like to ask that you please circulate this info with your blog readership (and/or other anthropology colleagues who might be interested), and suggest that folks send any comments/thoughts back to the task force, preferably as entries on the blog. We would like a wide readership to generate a useful discussion on these topics, and we will re-send the entire list when all principles have been posted.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Katie MacKinnon
Member, Task Force for Comprehensive Ethics Review

Posted principles (from the blog):
•Informed consent is a dynamic, continuous and reflective process
•Balance the responsibility to disseminate with its potential consequence
•Be open and honest regarding your work. Make your results accessible
•Balance competing ethical obligations due collaborators and affected parties
•Do no harm

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Northwestern Summer Biomarker Institute

New to biomarker research? Need a refresher? Northwestern University offers an accessible three day workshop on incorporating biomarker research into survey research. This is largely introductory with an emphasis on biocultural applications to human survey and population studies, so those researchers with little to no experience in biomarkers or lab science more generally will benefit the most.

C2S Summer Biomarker Institute
June 6-8, 2011

Application Deadline: April 1, 2011

Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health invites applications for the 6th annual three-day summer institute on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University, June 6-8, 2011.

About the Institute

Interest in incorporating biomarkers into survey research is currently high, but disciplinary training is such that few investigators possess the necessary dual expertise in the social and biomedical sciences.

The institute is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to state-of-the-art methods for integrating biomarkers into population-based, social science research, covering technical as well as conceptual issues associated with biological measurement in naturalistic settings.

Thomas McDade (Anthropology), Emma Adam (Human Development and Social Policy), and Christopher Kuzawa (Anthropology) direct the workshop. Presentations by additional researchers with extensive biomarker experience will also be featured.

By the end of the institute, participants should have the tools necessary to make informed decisions about the appropriateness of specific biomarkers for their research agenda, to communicate effectively with potential collaborators about biomarker issues, and to engage in innovative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Course Content

The institute will walk participants through the entire process of data acquisition, from the collection of samples to the generation of results in the lab.

Material will be covered in seminar and laboratory settings through a combination of presentations, discussion, and hands-on exercises.

Specific topics will include:
Biology/environment interplay: Theoretical perspectives
Rationale for biomarkers
Procedures for sample collection, transport, and storage
Options for the analysis of saliva and capillary whole blood
Laboratory analysis of biological samples
Analytic models for incorporating biomarkers
Current applications
IRB and ethical considerations
Strategies for effective collaboration

Participation is limited, with preference given to individuals who have received their PhD or MD since 2006. Participants from groups historically underrepresented in population health research are especially encouraged to apply.

Following confirmation of participation, a $400 registration fee will be required by June 1. It will cover all materials, coffee breaks, and lunches during the institute, plus one group dinner. Participants are responsible for covering their travel and lodging expenses.

Applications to the institute should be submitted electronically. To apply, send the following:
1) Curriculum vitae (including contact information)
2) A brief statement (two pages or less) discussing your research interests and how participation in the summer biomarker institute will advance those interests.

E-mail all materials as attachments to:
Patricia Lasley, Administrator:

Application deadline: April 1, 2011. All applicants will be notified by April 15.


Visit our website for more information at or e-mail us at

Monday, March 14, 2011

Fieldwork opportunity!

Dr. Martin Kowalewski is advertising for a motivated and qualified field assistant to work in Argentina on the following project: "Reproductive strategies in female black and gold howler monkeys (Alouatta caraya) in northeastern Argentina"

This is an exciting and generous opportunity. Not only will travel, food, and accommodations be covered, but the field assistant will also "have the opportunity of conducting an undergraduate or master thesis associated with the project if they fit our research centre´s expectations."

Friday, March 11, 2011

2nd Annual BANDIT Happy Hour!

You are invited to attend the 2nd Annual BANDIT Happy Hour! Organized by yours truly and Dr. Robin Nelson, the Happy Hour will be on Saturday at 5pm in the Rochester Room. There will be a cash bar set up in the room to add some extra happiness, and the event will segue into the Student Prize Reception in the same room at 6pm. Earlier in the day be sure to attend the Career Development Committee's lunchtime workshop on grantwriting (noon-2pm, Director's Row 2). Learn from such heavy hitters as Leslie Aiello of Wenner-Gren and Kaye Reed of NSF.

BANDIT sessions at AAPA 2011

Presumably, you will be spending some time checking out the program at AAPA/HBA/Paleoanth/Paleopath/etc. (Maybe not, I don't know your life.) I encourage the BANDITs to let me know about your sessions, especially if it's a session you organized or were invited to participate in. Let's support each other! I will continue to update and repost this list as I hear from more of you! (Note: I go on maternity leave soon so get in touch ASAP if you want me to highlight your session on the blog!)

TUESDAY, April 12 (Paleanthropology Society)
Lewton KL. Iliac and ischiopubic modularity: implications for the evolution of the hominin pelvis. (poster)

THURSDAY, April 14
Human Biology Association
Reproductive Functioning and Trade-offs, podium session, Marquette V/VI
10:15 Longitudinal changes in testosterone among men transitioning to fatherhood in the Philippines. (podium)
10:30 Diurnal cortisol profiles in pregnancy: Does the pattern of cortisol secretion vary across populations or by birth weight? (podium)

Session and location unknown (does anyone have access to the HBA program? I can't find it online)
1:45 Genome wide association and pathway analysis of segment-specific carotid intima-media thickness phenotypes: The San Antonio Family Heart Study

Advances in Chemical Bioarchaeology. Session 16, Poster symposium with roundtable discussion, poster viewing 1-5 pm, Duluth Room. Co-organized by Kara Hoover and Carrin Halffman; Stan Ambrose, discussant. The roundtable is tentatively slated for Thursday from 3:30-4:30. There will be a flyer with the details at registration and a poster outside the room with details as well.

FRIDAY, April 15
Eating for Two: Maternal Ecology and Nutrition in Human and Non-Human Primates
Invited podium symposium, 2-5:45, Marquette V/VI. Co-organized by Julienne Rutherford and Kathryn Clancy.
Discussants: Pablo Nepomnaschy and Leslie Aiello (This is a BANDIT heavy symposium - check the program for specific talks and times)

SATURDAY, April 16
American Association of Anthropological Genetics:
Ethical Currents in Anthropological Genetics
Podium symposium, 8-noon, Salon C

Ears, Eyes, and Noses: Revisiting the Evolution and Ecology of the Primate Special Senses
Invited poster symposium, 8am-12pm, Duluth Room.
Danielle Whittaker. Chemical communication without a vomeronasal organ: parallel evolution in primates and birds? (poster)

Primate Diet, Health, Ecology and Conservation
Poster session, 10-3pm, Salon D. Recent PhD Laurie Kauffman is on two posters: poster 109: Creating sustainable primate-based based tourism: a view from the Central Suriname Nature Reserve and poster 118: Tourism in Suriname: do monkeys view tourists as predators or conspecifics? (co-authored with Jessica Westin)

Muddles in the Middle: Current Perspectives on Middle Pleistocene Human Evolution
Podium symposium, 1-5 pm, Salon A. Co-organized by Steve Wang and Sarah Freidline

Things to check out in Minneapolis

Well, the time is drawing near for AAPA 2011: Minneapolis! For those who have never been, Minneapolis is a very cool city. I personally recommend the following:

112 Eatery: the menu speaks for itself. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is wood-paneled clubbiness to a T.

Hell's Kitchen: The Goth decor is forced and over-the-top, like a bad New Orleans transplant (which really makes no sense in Minneapolis), but the breakfast is to die for. Lots of local and organic fare, including some crazy good Ojibway rice porridge. Get a toast basket so you can try the homemade peanut butter. Trust me, it is delicious!

Walker Art Center: This is a truly impressive modern art museum, with a lovely sculpture garden nearby. I was really taken by surprise when I visited the Walker Art Center - the collections and curation are excellent.

Hotel Minneapolis: Swanky boutique hotel. While this place may be out of the price range for an overnight stay, the recent mod remodel of a swanky Deco building is worth a visit, and the bar is fantastic (the food - meh). Especially impressive is the all-marble elevator lobby.

The Westin Minneapolis: Another architectural gem, the Westin is situated in the masterfully remodeled historic Farmers and Mechanics Bank, built in 1941 and a shining example of WPA craftsmanship. The facade with its Deco stone carvings and the lobby - which still looks like a bank - are phenomenal.


One-year position at Northeastern Illinois University

One Year BioAnthropology Teaching Position, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

The Northeastern Illinois University Department of Anthropology seeks a Biological Anthropologist for a one-year full time (7 courses) teaching position to begin August 2011. We are interested in highly qualified and enthusiastic candidates with expertise in human biological variation or paleoanthropology. ABD or Ph.D. in anthropology is required; teaching experience preferred. This is an excellent opportunity to gain additional classroom and course development experience in a collegial environment with a motivated, highly diverse and historically underrepresented student population.

The successful candidate will teach 2-3 sections of our introductory biological anthropology course each semester and our ANTH 356 Human Variation course in fall. Several course options exist for spring, including Human Growth and Development or Paleoanthropology. We will also consider proposals for new courses (except in primatology or osteology) in the candidate’s area of expertise.

Northeastern Illinois University is a comprehensive state university of nearly 12,000 commuter students located on a 67-acre campus in a residential area on the northwest side of Chicago. In addition to quality academic programming consistent with the University’s mission of excellence and access, the University is known for global education opportunities for students. NEIU is nationally recognized as having the most ethnically diverse student body in the Midwest, and is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution. The 3-field Department of Anthropology is among the most active on campus and has an extensive contemporary and fossil cast and bone collection. Class sizes are limited to 20-40 students. Our website is: We hope to be granted a tenure-line replacement position in the same area and begin a search in fall. NEIU is an EO/AA employer and welcomes applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, as well as other qualified applicants.

Please include the following in your application:
1) letter of interest describing relevant experience;
2) current vita including contact information for 3 references;
3) syllabi developed by the candidate if available;
4) past teaching evaluations, if available.

Application materials should be emailed to: or sent to: Lesa C. Davis, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Department of Anthropology, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625-4699.

Deadline: 4 April 2011.

Summer primate field course in Ometepe, Nicaragua

Wonderful field course offered by the Maderas Rainforest Conservancy at Ometepe, Nicaragua:

Primate Behavior & Ecology with Dr. Katherine C. MacKinnon:
This field course is designed to give students an in-depth learning experience about primate behavior and ecology in a natural tropical setting. You will learn data collection techniques and socio-ecological theory, and will design and conduct your own independent research project. The course is equivalent to an upper-level university class in primatology, but with a greater emphasis on research design, field techniques, and data collection. There will be classroom lectures, presentations based on readings and projects, informal discussions out in the field, a series of group exercises in the forest, and an individual research project based on methodology and theory learned during the group projects, various readings and classroom lectures. Expect to be intellectually and physically challenged, but above all to have fun and an amazing summer in the rain forest!

Personal plug: I took this course as a graduate student and then came back years later as a TA. It is a wonderful site. Gorgeous setting, and unparalleled visual access to the howler monkeys. You or your students will enjoy this experience at this established and well-respected field site. Also, interested in being a TA or prof? Let the good people at MRC know!

ASP 2011 abstract deadline March 12!

Don't forget: the deadline for abstracts for the upcoming American Society of Primatologists meeting in Austin, TX is this Saturday, March 12.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

"Animal Families" at the Art Institute of Chicago

Perusing the upcoming events and lectures at the Art Institute of Chicago, I came across "Animal Families":
The bonds between families in the animal kingdom are no always so different from our own. Elders often guide the younger generations, protecting, nurturing, and teaching them along the way. Come along as we search the collection for familial ties among our fellow creatures, and discover how these critters have inspired artists throughout history and from around the globe.

Talk is on April 19, 12-12:30

Friday, March 4, 2011

Promoting diversity in the sciences workforce

Limited competition - check with your institution.

Department of Health and Human Services - NIMHD Science Education Initiative (R25)RFA-MD-11-004 - This program supports educational, mentoring, and/or career development programs for individuals from underrepresented or health disparity populations to facilitate the development of a nationwide cohort of scientists and a multi-disciplinary national pool of health disparities investigators with necessary skills to conduct health disparities research in a diverse range of settings. It also supports public education and outreach on health-related research projects to a variety of audiences are appropriate science education activities.

Sabbatical replacement sought at Oberlin College

The Anthropology Department at Oberlin College is seeking candidates to fill a temporary (one year) position next year as a sabbatical replacement. The position could be filled by either an archaeologist or a biological anthropologist who can teach courses of interest to undergraduate archaeology students.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Forensics adjunct needed in NW Indiana

The anthropology department at Indiana University Northwest (i.e. Gary) is looking for an adjunct to teach a couple of forensics courses. If qualified and interested, contact Bob Mucci (, Master of Liberal Studies Program Associate Professor and Coordinator of Anthropology.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

University of Arizona Anthropology Residential Scholar

Thanks to Stacey Tecot for forwarding this great opportunity to the BANDIT blog. What a wonderful setting for working on a series of papers or a book!

University of Arizona
School of Anthropology Residential Scholar
AY 2011-12

The School of Anthropology is pleased to accept applications for our Residential Scholar Program for AY 2011-12. The scholar is housed in a National Register-eligible adobe home, adjacent to the University Indian Ruin (UIR), which is a Classic period Hohokam archaeological site, dating to A.D. 1100-1400. The archaeological site includes a platform mound and adobe compounds—one of the last platform mound communities still extant in the Tucson Basin. Located on 13 acres of Sonoran desert in central Tucson, 10 miles from campus, the complex is owned and maintained by the University of Arizona.

Site History:
In 1930, Mrs. Dorothy Knipe donated the initial six acres of the property to the University of Arizona. Charged with protecting the village’s scientific value, archaeological work on the site began that year under the direction of Byron Cummings, founder of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona (then the Department of Archaeology). While the Department provided protection for resources on the property, it developed a field research station where it conducted archaeological analysis. With assistance from the Tucson Chamber of Commerce, within a few years another seven acres were added to the property.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began construction on the compound in 1933 and in 1936 it completed a complex consisting of a caretaker’s house, laboratory, and a garage—the latter was converted to a guesthouse. In 1940, The National Park Service excavated the site, which resulted in Julian Hayden’s 1957 publication on the site. Emil Haury also excavated at the site, with students coming daily to work in the field and lab.

One stipulation of the gift is that the site be used to serve the University’s educational goals. Currently, in the spring, two days a week, our archaeological field school conducts excavations at the site and uses a laboratory building on the grounds. To better protect the site and to serve these goals, 2009 to 2010, at a cost of a half million dollars, The School completed renovation of the 20th-century residence, laboratory, and guesthouse.

The Residential Scholar Program:
For AY 2011-12, the School of Anthropology invites scholars from all anthropological subdisciplines to apply to the Residential Scholar Program which offers the scholar residence in the School’s beautifully restored adobe home, consisting of a living room (with a working corner fireplace) kitchen, bedroom, bath and an enclosed porch that is ideal for a home office. The scholar will also have use of broadband Internet throughout the complex and, except long distance calls, the Program will pay utilities. The resident may have use of the facility for the summer. During residency, the scholar will be expected to contribute to the teaching mission in the School of Anthropology through a lecture, workshop, or other form of scholarly interaction.

How to Apply:
Applications for the AY 2011-12 Residential Scholar should be submitted no later than March 31st, 2011. Proposed residency may be for a single semester or the full year. An application should include a CV and a letter of interest that explains the contribution the applicant will make to the School’s scholarly community. Submit applications to the School of Anthropology, Residential Scholar Program, Emil W. Haury Building, PO Box 210030, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 85721-0030, or email to

Congratulations, SMA winners!

The Society for Medical Anthropology recently announced its list of winners for 2010. Thank you to the great blog Somatosphere for alerting me to these announcements! A description of the awards can be found here. Special shoutout to biological anthropologist Lance Gravlee for being awarded the 2010 Rudolf Virchow Prize for "How Race Become Biology", published in AJPA.

New features at American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Wiley-Blackwell announces two cool new features at AJPA. Now you can track the most accessed articles of 2010, as well as the articles most cited in 2010 (not necessarily papers written in 2010).

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Photos from MPIG 2010!!

I am thrilled to announce that photos of the awesomeness that was MPIG 2010 have been posted at (look to the left and click on MPIG Photos). Huge thanks to Katie MacKinnon of Saint Louis University and Matthew Wyczalkowski of Washington University for documenting the meeting in such style.

While at the MPIG website, search around to learn more about the organization - its officers, history, and the upcoming meeting at Kent State University, October 14-15, 2011!

Primate field school in South Africa

From Brandi Wren (Purdue University) and Shawn Hurst (Indiana University):

Primates of South Africa Field School

Want to spend the month of June studying baboons, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, bushbabies, and other wildlife in South Africa, plus get Indiana/IUPUI/Ball State/Purdue University credit? Then join the Primates of South Africa Field School!

Watch the video:
• Learn about South African wildlife, vegetation, and ecology
• Learn how to identify animal tracks and signs
Open to students from all universities (note from JNR: although you may not get academic credit. Check with course directors to confirm.)
• All students pay in-state tuition
• Financial aid may apply

For more information, contact